Everyone knows that regular exercise is a great way to stay in shape, so the Department of Transport is offering a £470K pot of funding (via governement investment agency InnovateUK) for innovative ideas that get people commuting by foot or by bike.

To be in with a chance you need an idea that offers a solution to one or more of these common turn-offs to commuting by cycling or walking:

  • Better safety – safety and safety perceptions are among the biggest barriers for people wanting to take up cycling and walking
  • Better mobility – to make cycling and walking normal, easy and enjoyable, we need better links and networks to key destinations
  • Better streets – well-designed and accessible streets can encourage people to walk or cycle more as part of their daily routine

Pedalling ideas

The competition which is open now until the deadline for applications on 7 June, is open to individuals, groups and organisations. It is particularly suitable for early-stage, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Industry partners such as local government, independent and third sectors can carry out the project on their own or with others.

This competition has 2 phases. Up to £170,000 is allocated for phase 1, and up to £300,000 for phase 2.

To find out more about the competition and to submit your application, head to the Innovate UK website. You can also find out about future funding opportunities by following them on Twitter: @innovateuk.