Monday, 2 September 2013

Cambridge MP Leads Debate To Keep Cycling At The Top Of The Agenda

MP Julian Huppert will today (Monday, September 2) lead a Parliamentary debate aimed at keeping cycling firmly at the top of the government’s agenda.

Julian is proposing that Parliament formally welcomes the recommendations from the Get Britain Cycling report, sets bold targets for increasing travel by bike and calls on the government to show strong political leadership, including an annual Cycling Action Plan and sustained funding for cycling.

The landmark report, from an inquiry led by Julian as co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling, set out 18 recommendations based on evidence from experts from all fields on how to improve cycling and make it safer.

It called for a national cycling champion to lead a call for 10 per cent of all journeys in Britain to be made by bike by 2020 with funding of at last £10 per person per year for cycling, increasing as cycling levels increase.

The report also calls for 20mph speed limits to become standard in urban areas and lower speed limits on many rural roads. And it says that all children should be given the chance to learn the skills of road cycling, at primary and secondary school.

Julian will tell MPs that cycling has huge advantages being fast, safe, healthy and environmentally friendly.

“But we can only encourage more people to cycle and make it safer for them to do so if we make sure that the emphasis is on cycling in the future planning and design of our towns and cities,” he said.

“If we are to increase cycling journeys we need to increase our cycling budget and that relies on leadership from this government. A national cycling champion would advocate for cycling across all departments.

“I hope that MPs will give their support to this motion so that we show the government how serious we are in making cycling a priority in this country.”

The report has been welcomed by a wide range of organisations, including the Automobile Association.

Julian’s debate is expected to take place at approximately 7pm in the main Chamber of the House of Commons. The motion will then be voted on at 10pm unless it passes unanimously.

The full text of Julian’s motion reads: That this house supports the recommendations of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s report ‘Get Britain Cycling’; endorses the target of 10% of all journeys being by bike by 2025, and 25% by 2050; calls on the government to show strong political leadership, including an annual Cycling Action Plan and sustained funding for cycling.

The report and motion is supported by the following organisations; Association of Directors of Public Health; Automobile Association; Bicycle Association; Brake; British Cycling; Campaign for Better Transport; Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation; Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management; CTC the cyclists’ organisation; Cyclenation; Environmental Transport Association; Faculty of Public Health; London Cycling Campaign; Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety; Passenger Transport Executive Group; Play England; RoadPeace; Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents; Royal Society for Public Health; Sustrans; UK Health Forum;1010 and 20sPlenty for Us.