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article imageUK cyclists call on government to fund safer cycling

By Sam Wright     Oct 1, 2014 in Lifestyle
At a breakfast event during Monday’s Conservative party conference, representatives from a coalition of UK biking groups called upon the government to provide better funding for cycling schemes.
This call for action comes one year after the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG)’s Get Britain Cycling report, which advised that £10 per person per year be put towards safer cycling in Britain.
The report also covered topics such as cycling training and education, road redesigns, safer speed limits and political leadership. The long-term aim of the APPCG is to "increase cycle use from less than 2 percent of journeys in 2011, to 10 percent of all journeys in 2025, and 25 percent by 2050" according to the report.
The funding recommendations were supported unanimously by 100 MPs, but UK cycling groups are concerned by the fact that no solid commitments have yet been made.
Chris Boardman, former Olympic cycling champion and policy adviser to British Cycling, urged MPs to ‘stop treating cycling like a poor relation’ and to begin taking it as seriously as other methods of transport.
Boardman addressed MPs and local authority representatives at the UK Cycling Alliance event on Monday morning. ‘You would not plan the rail network this way, nor the road network, so why is it acceptable to treat cycling like this?’ he asked.
Jon Snow, television broadcaster and president of cycling charity CTC, said that MPs had been given plenty of time to think on the matter, and must now make good on their promises.
‘If it is serious about showing leadership on cycling, it must commit to funding of £10 per person per year to create the conditions where cycling becomes a safe and normal way for anyone to make day-to-day journeys,’ said Snow.
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