David Cameron is unveiling a £148million bid to transform cycling by making roads safer and getting more people into the saddle.
Buoyed by the success of Britain’s sporting stars, the prime minister also wants to see changes in road design to accommodate bikes.
A total of £77million will be divided between schemes outside London in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Norwich.
National parks will receive £17million and local authorities will fund changes by 2015 including road-widening and making junctions ‘cyclist proof’.
Mr Cameron said: ‘British cycling is riding high – now we want to see cycling soar.’