Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Cambridge MP Leads First Session Of Get Britain Cycling Inquiry

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert

MP Julian Huppert headed up the first session of a six-week cross-party inquiry this morning (Wednesday, January 23) designed to Get Britain Cycling.

Representatives from cycling organisations, academics and journalists gave evidence to the inquiry chaired by Julian and staged by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling.

Over the coming weeks the inquiry will collect a wealth of evidence from a wide range of groups and organisations to encourage a joined up approach to improving cycle strategy and safety and generating year-on-year government funding.

This morning’s session dealt with strategy and heard from representatives of cycling organisations who called for government leadership to launch an action plan.

Others told the inquiry about how cycling is encouraged in other countries across Europe such as through cycling-friendly infrastructure in Holland and cycle tracks across the city in Seville, Spain.

The Get Britain Cycling inquiry also heard from Times journalists who were behind the newspaper’s Cities Fit for Cycling Campaign. They called for leadership from the top and stronger guidance.

Julian said: “This was an excellent first session with a lot of good evidence.

“Over the next few weeks we will be hearing from experts drawn from a wide range of organisations including, among others local authorities, civil servants from transport, health and education and road safety groups. All their evidence will be brought together so that we can encourage government-led improvements to make a real difference to cycling in this country.

“We need better cycling infrastructure, improved safety on our roads for cyclists, measures to make drivers more away and a change in the law to offer greater protection. Our government has shown some commitment to cycling with recent investment but it can do so much more year-on-year. It’s time for real change.”

A report of the inquiry will be published by the APPG on Cycling at the end of April.