Plans to develop new cycling facilities take step forward

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is moving forward with plans to develop new specialised cycling amenities, including a 250m velodrome.

Potential locations, designs, and funding for indoor and outdoor cycling spaces for all skill levels are now been looked at.

Funding comes from WMCA and Sport England and aims to cater to everyone, from beginners to elite athletes, promoting physical activity in the region.

Mayor Andy Street announced the findings at Halesowen Athletic Club on March 20th, after meeting with campaigners and local cyclists.

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, executive director, place at Sport England, said: “We are pleased to have engaged with and supported the business case to look at the possibility of creating facilities for cycling, which has the potential to become an important asset for people in the local community for years to come.

“Sport England’s Uniting the Movement strategy aims to provide opportunities for all people to access sport and physical activity, regardless of their background, ability, or postcode. We hope the range of cycling opportunities that could be created would have to tackle inactivity and inequalities at its heart.

“Having accessible facilities available is vital in building healthy and happy lifestyles which help the physical and mental wellbeing of all that use them. It is important that we continue to investigate projects like this so more people can fully reap the benefits that being active can have.”

Jon Dutton OBE, chief executive officer at British Cycling, said: “High quality, local cycling facilities are integral to our mission to enable more people to discover the joy of cycling, and growing the sport in the West Midlands.

“We fully support the robust and detailed manner in which this business case has been compiled and remain committed to working alongside the West Midlands Combined Authority and others to explore new opportunities to increase provision in the region.”