Doctors in England will soon be able to prescribe free bikes, cycle training and walking to improve public health, the UK government announced this week.
The £12.7m programme will see 11 local authorities take part in a three-year trial. It follows a successful pilot in West Yorkshire, run by the charity Cycling UK.
“We’ve seen the difference we can make to people’s quality of life through a targeted cycling initiative,” said Sarah Mitchell, Cycling UK’s chief executive.
The pilots will start this year in Bath and north east Somerset, Bradford, Cornwall, Cumbria, Doncaster, Gateshead, Leeds, Nottingham, Plymouth, Suffolk and Staffordshire.
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