CITY of York Council has been awarded £1million by the Department for Transport to improve cycling provisions in the city.

Local councils have bid for money from the £64m government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund, (LSTF). The council secured the maximum available for individual Local Authorities, which was £1m.

The award will allow the council to continue to invest further in cycling.

Cllr David Levene, cabinet member for transport said, “The award of £1m to the council from the government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund recognises the step changes that are being achieved through the iTravel York programme to reduce congestion, improve air quality and provide sustainable travel options for everyone. We are not complacent with what we have achieved so far and will capitalise on the successful Tour de France Grand Depart and the upsurge in cycling to encourage more people to take up cycling as a healthy and economical means of transport and leisure activity.”