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About Places to Ride

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The Places to Ride programme will fund the development of new or the improvement of existing cycling facilities in communities across England.

The programme has been made possible through a £15 million commitment from Government and will be delivered over the next three years through a partnership of British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

In September 2019, for the first time since 1982, the world’s best cyclists will come to Yorkshire for the UCI Road World Championships. Different towns and cities throughout Yorkshire will see the event live in their local communities and through Places to Ride we hope to deliver a lasting legacy across England.

What we want to achieve

  • To inspire people to ride - Encouraging more people from a range of backgrounds to engage with cycling in all its forms, regardless of gender, age, ability or ethnicity. We want to provide more opportunities for people to enjoy riding in an accessible and inclusive environment, focusing particularly on provision that responds to the needs of women and girls and people with a disability.
  • To connect the community - Investing in opportunities that connect local communities and address barriers to engaging with cycling. We recognise that riding a bike enables societal benefits such as community cohesion, reduced social isolation and the promotion of health and well-being
  • To build a lasting legacy - Ensuring we deliver a lasting legacy of active environments that provide high quality and affordable opportunities to engage with cycling now, and well into the future.

Who do we want to work with?

Any organisation that is developing cycling activity in their community, and looking to provide traffic-free opportunities for people to participate. If you are a school please click here for additional information, about what to consider when submitting your application.

What can the funding be used for?

Small-medium scale facility improvements or equipment through to large-scale new build facilities across all types of cycling.

When can applications be made?

Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions will be made every 12 weeks.  

  • From: 29 November 2018
  • Until: 16 November 2020 (Stage 1 application deadline) 15 January 2021 (Stage 2 application deadline)

What should we do next?

Organisations are encouraged to discuss their ideas in advance of submission with their local Cycling Delivery Manager, who can help to refine your ideas and provide feedback on lessons learnt from other projects.

For further information regarding the programme, please see the Places to Ride prospectus.

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