Chainmail: vote now for cycling and pass it on

British Cycling is throwing its weight behind the Sustrans campaign to grab the winner-takes-all pot of £50m lottery cash. So are a varied bunch of celebs, such as Jon Snow, Wayne Hemingway, Adam Hart Davis, Alistair McGowan, Charles Clarke, William Hague, Michael Sheen, and Dragon’s Den judge Duncan Bannatyne.

The first opportunity to help secure £50m for walking and cycling routes started at 9am today.

By going to and voting for Sustrans’ Connect2 everyone can help bring new local travel routes to the doorstep making it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys.

Internet voting closes at midday on Monday December 10th.

To vote you need to register and agree to a short list of T&Cs. This doesn’t preclude voting from outside the UK although one of the registration pull down menus asks which region of the UK you live in. To foil bot voting the site is using email registration and re captcha type-in verfications.

79 communities around the UK would benefit from the sustainable transport charity winning the £50m grant in the Big Lottery Fund’s: The People’s £50 Million contest in December. Connect2 would build bridges, foot and cycle paths, and even reinstate a ferry, giving people easier and healthier access to their schools, workplaces, shops, parks and countryside. Connect2 is competing against three non-national organisations.

An ITV1 programme championing the Sustrans bid airs on December 4th.

Check out all the YouTubed pro-bicycling vids. They’ve been up for a couple of weeks but have had precious few views. A worrying sign? Come on, cyclists, get voting and watching!