Get Britain Cycling

posted 29 Apr 2013, 13:39 by Eli Kling
The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group have now published their report on the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ inquiry

The group’s report, published on 24th April follows extensive public evidence from over 100 individuals and organisations, including cycling organisations, the Automobile Association, and a wide range of government departments and ministers. This landmark report on the future of cycling in Britain calls for a national cycling champion to lead a drive to increase cycle use from less than 2 per cent of journeys in 2011, to 10 per cent of all journeys in 2025, and 25 per cent by 2050.

Key recommendations include:

• More of the transport budget should be spent on supporting cycling, at a rate initially set to at least £10 per person per year, and increasing as cycling levels increase

• Cycling should be considered at an earlier stage in all planning decisions, whether transport schemes or new houses or businesses

• More use should be made of segregated cycle lanes, learning from the Dutch experience

• Urban speed limits should generally be reduced to 20 mph

• Just as children learn to swim at school they should learn to ride a bike

• The Government should produce a detailed cross-departmental Cycling Action Plan, with annual progress reports

Together the Times newspaper, Sustrans, the AA, British Cycling and the CTC are urging members to sign up to a joint petition on the Number 10 website, calling for the Government to implement the recommendations. In particular, the call for £10 per person, per year, to support a radical transformation of streets and roads, as well as training, promotion and marketing to shift the culture on our roads.

The full Get Britain Cycling report along with a separate Summary & Recommendations report can be seen on the news page of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group website

We now need the Prime Minister to respond.

Get Wendover Cycling ask that everybody interested in promoting cycling and cycle safety take a few minutes to sign this important petition.