Bath Member of Parliament, Don Foster, is urging people to give backing to bikes by voting for charity Sustrans in a lottery competition to win a £50 million boost. Don Foster is leading a parliamentary bid to win support for the green transport group, which is on a shortlist of four for the Big Lottery Fund’s People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway.
The Liberal Democrat MP has joined forces with Labour former Home Secretary Charles Clarke to table a Commons motion backing the Sustrans Connect2 project. The aim is to revitalise walking and cycling in 79 locations by creating new routes for journeys, with crossings and bridges over busy roads, railway lines, rivers and canals. Mr Foster said the Bath area’s Two Tunnels initiative would give residents an easy and interesting flat, straight route between Midford and Bath, linked to other cycle and walking routes at both ends. He said:
The Two Tunnels scheme is one of the most exciting cycling and walking projects planned by Sustrans across the country as part of its Connect2 project.
The winner of the money will be decided by a TV programme and telephone vote in early December, with the Bath scheme hoping to get £1.1 million if Sustrans wins. The Commons motion urges people to vote for the “exciting UK-wide project” because it would promote sustainable travel by connecting millions of people to the places they want to go. Sustrans hopes to restore Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s swivel bridge in the docks area in Bristol as part of the project, four decades after it stopped working. London mayor Ken Livingstone and the Olympic Delivery Authority are among other supporters of Connect2, which will also benefit Weymouth, one of the 2012 venues.
Online voting begins on Monday, November 26, with telephone lines opening on Friday, December 7, and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly championing the Sustrans bid on an ITV1 show on Tuesday, December 4.