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Biking for All

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Meg Munn MP, a keen cyclist, took part in the annual Parliamentary bike ride ahead of this week’s National Bike Week. Every year the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling organises a bike ride to promote cycling.

The riders assembled at the Dutch Embassy with the Ambassador Ms Laetitia van den Assum, leading off the ride through Hyde Park to Parliament. The Netherlands actively promote cycling, there are 18 million bikes for 17 million people. Clearly they are helped by a flat landscape, but there are many other ways in which cycling is supported from which the UK can learn.

Coming less than a year before the General Election the event was also designed to persuade the political parties to make cycling a priority in party manifestos. Last year the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling produced a report called Get Britain Cycling. A key recommendation was a minimum spend on cycling of 10 per head per year to help transform our towns and cities.

Meg said:

“Cycling can be a great way to get around but if we are to get more people on bikes we need better provision so that more people can feel confident to use this form of transport. Fear of traffic and insufficient places to leave bikes safely are just two of the reasons that stop more people cycling.

With Le Tour coming to Yorkshire in the next few weeks I hope there will be a drive to invest more in supporting cycling both as a sport and as a means to get around every day.”

Chris Boardman, British Cycling’s policy adviser said:

“I’m here today to tell MPs of all political persuasions that cycling is the answer to many of the problems Britain is facing today. Choosing to prioritise cycling as a preferred form of transport would make our nation fitter, healthier and greener. Now we just need to see some solid commitments about providing leadership and sustained investment to make this a reality.”

For more information on National Bike Week go to: http://bikeweek.org.uk/

 

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