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2015 - 2018: Nottingham Cycle City Ambition Programme (NCCAP)

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On 7th July 2014, the Government announced a series of Growth Deals with Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs) across the country for 2015/16 and beyond with the funding to be provided through the Local Growth Fund mechanism.

The Growth Deal for the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP comprised of a range of investments totalling £174.3 million. Part of this deal was a £6.1 million investment in Nottingham’s cycle infrastructure. Investment in cycle infrastructure was recognised as a key feature in the Growth Deal because it supports economic growth, access to housing and jobs as well improving health, social inclusion and the environment.

The delivery of high quality cycle infrastructure is a key priority for the Council and this funding provides the opportunity to begin a step change in the quality and nature of provision within the City. The funding will kick start an investment at a level of at least £10 per head of population, which is the level of investment it is felt necessary (All Party Parliamentary and Walking and Cycling strategy) to bring cycle infrastructure up to standards where a greater proportion of the population will adopt it as a regular mode of travel.

The approved funding bid put forward a strong business case which has been supported by the D2N2 LEP and the Department for Transport (DfT). The business case shows that investing in cycle infrastructure will be to the benefit of Nottingham’s economy and future growth prospects as well as enhancing the public realm to take Nottingham forward as a world class city.

We fully recognise that the benefits of cycling extend beyond just being a form of transport, and with new responsibilities for Public Health, the Council wants to continue to strengthen the link between active travel and Citizens living healthy and happy lives. We recognise there are barriers to people cycling on a day to day basis but we are determined that we will breakdown these barriers and the implementation of this programme will go a long way to achieving this.
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Key benefits
The Nottingham City Cycling Ambition Programme (NCCAP) represents a step change in cycling provision across the city through the provision of:
  • Two high quality cross city cycle corridors. From the north to the south and from the east to the west of the City. These corridors will be built to a high standard in-keeping with the best of latest design guidance. The design principles used on the corridors will be rolled out on future corridors throughout the City.
  • A clear and comprehensive network of cross City Centre cycle routes. These will link to the cycle corridors and enable cyclists to access where they need to get to in the City Centre.
  • A package of neighbourhood improvements to ensure the roads in our communities are the sort of roads which will encourage new and inexperienced cyclists to cycle more when going about local trips and journeys. these improvements will complement the 20mph speed limits which have been introduced in the City's residential areas.
  • A package of improvements which will offer good quality and direct alternatives from using roads for both leisure and commuter cyclists. This will include the creation of cycle routes in many of our parks, a walking and cycling route alongside the River Leen and looking at how we can provide off road cycle routes between the facilities.
  • The expansion of the Citycard Cycles to benefit more places where people live and work.
  • Additional cycle parking in the City Centre and the districts, including a major cycle hub at the Railway Station

These improvements will have a major impact in areas such as how people travel to work, a reduction in congestion, the health of residents, as well as attracting investment through an improved transport network and public realm.