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Last Updated: Sunday February 06 2005 13:38 GMT

More cash needed to boost cycling

More is needed to get people on their bikes
More needs to be done to encourage people to get on their bikes according to an environmental transport group.

The National Cycling Strategy Board says the number of journeys made on bikes in the UK is among the lowest in Europe, with only 2% on two wheels.

The board want lots more money spent to help make the air cleaner and get rid of traffic jams.

The government say they are doing a lot, with spending on cycling rising from 29m to 39m since 2002.

The chairman of the board, Phillip Darnton, said that only one journey in every 50 in the UK is made using a bike.

He added that for a while the government wanted to raise that number to three in every 50, but have now changed their mind.

But the government has said they're spending millions on linking cycle lanes around the UK to schools.

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