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Stoke wants cycling suggestions

Have your say on how bike funding is spent

Stoke-on-Trent authorities are asking for your suggestions on how to encourage more people onto bikes after the city was awarded ‘Cycling City’ status back in June. Stoke is one of 11 new cycling towns and cities which, added to the six existing cycling demonstration towns, are set to receive the country’s largest ever investment in bike riding over the next few years. This means an extra £4.8million of cycle-related funding is available in Stoke until March 2011. The money is intended for projects to improve the image and promotion of cycling, its availability and accessibility, and also to develop the cycling infrastructure – through more parking facilities and routes, for example. The target is to double the amount of cycling in the Staffordshire city over the next two-and-a-half years. The City Council is now working with Cycling England, the independent body set up by the Department for Transport to encourage cycling, to finalise the details of the plans and decide exactly how the money will be spent. As part of this process, the public – both cyclists and non-cyclists – are invited to contribute ideas. Check out existing plans and make a comment at

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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