Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has welcomed the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that Birmingham is to get a share of £114 million to support the Cycling Ambition Cities programme. This is part of a £214 million boost to cycling, the largest ever single investment in the activity. The package includes £100 million over the next few years to improve the conditions for cyclists and walkers travelling alongside and crossing Britain's most important and busiest roads, a much needed boost to road safety conditions across the country.
Ann Holtom said: "I have campaigned on Birmingham City Council and locally in Tyburn Ward to improve road safety. At one point I had secured council funding for an important crossing improvement scheme on Castle Vale only to see the funds appropriated by Labour for one of their pet projects. This announcement by the Liberal Democrats in government underlines the importance of promoting cycling and safer conditions for pedestrians." As Nick Clegg has commented: "The rewards could be massive. Billions of pounds in savings for the NHS, less pollution and congestion, and a happier and safer population."