OXFORD has less to spend on cycling infrastructure than major cities across the UK, according to a businessman who launched his company here.

Kyle Grant, the founder of bike-cleaning company OxWash, joined councillors at a meeting with transport minister Jesse Norman yesterday.

Mr Grant said: “It went really well. They are onboard with some of the proposals, including cycling highways.”

He added of the councils: “I think the will is definitely there. The proposal put forward by the county council and city council is very powerful and [Mr Norman] saw that and saw that both teams are working together really well.”

Mr Grant’s company will launch in several cities across the UK, including Bristol, Reading and Bath, but the spend per person on cycling infrastructure in those is more than in Oxford.

A report published last year called for £150m to improve Oxford’s cycling infrastructure.

The former London cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan said in his Running out of Road report that segregated bike lanes, off-road routes and remodelled junctions should be built.

Mr Norman met Louise Upton, the city council’s board member for Healthy Oxford, and Ian Hudspeth, the county council’s leader. The county council has overall responsibility for cycling as Oxfordshire’s transport authority.