Speed campaigner named Parliamentarian of the Month
Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, has been named as Brake’s Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month for his work campaigning for 20mph limits in his constituency and across the UK.
In 2006, as leader of the Lib Dems in Cambridgeshire County Council, Julian urged the council to reconsider its position on 20mph limits. After three years of campaigning, the council agreed to trial 20mph limits in small areas in Cambridge city centre.
In early 2010, he led the All-Party Parliamentary Cycle Group (he would later join as an MP), through a city tour of Cambridge. In 2011, the year after he was elected, Julian began campaigning for widespread 20mph limits across Cambridge. In March 2013, the council announced that almost all roads in the city centre would see 20mph introduced.
Since 2012, Julian has also been leading an inquiry for the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group on making cycling safer.
Julian Huppert said: “I am delighted to win this award for a campaign which is so important for making our roads safer and saving lives. I want to see 20mph limits introduced across all built up areas where cars are likely to come into contact with pedestrians, children walking to school and cyclists.
“Slowing down speeds in these areas just makes sense and keeps people safe. I am delighted Cambridge City Council is expanding its 20mph limits and I hope councils across the UK will follow its lead.”
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: “Julian's tireless campaign to make walking and cycling safer through 20mph limits, both in his constituency and nationally, will have a big impact on the lives of people in Cambridge and across the country.
“As part of the GO 20 campaign, Brake is fighting for everyone's right to walk or cycle safely, without fear from fast traffic. By calling for widespread lower limits and debunking myths about 20mph, Julian has brought this vision a little closer.”
Call Franki Hackett at Brake on 01484 550063 for more information.