British Cycling heralds Government committment on "cycle proofing"
The Government and the Highways Agency have committed to updating the design standards and regulations needed to "cycle-proof" Britain’s roads, according to British Cycling.
British Cycling said that the announcement, following a meeting on 29 October with transport secretary Patrick McLouglin, marks a "major step forward for the sport’s governing body’s campaign to make the safer roads for all cyclists".
Cycle-proofing is British Cycling’s term for the practice of ensuring that cycling is designed into all new roads, junctions and developments. The aim of cycle-proofing is to make travelling by bicycle a safe, convenient and desirable form of transport.
Chris Boardman MBE (pictured), British Cycling’s policy advisor, said: “I’m pleased that we’re now seeing the Government begin to implement the commitments made by the Prime Minister on 12 August.
"The scale of the task to make cycle proofing happen is significant however, that does not excuse the need to move fast on pushing through change. We cannot be waiting more than six months for these regulations to appear. The time to transform cycling in this country is – as the government has said – now.
"If the Government’s pledge to ‘make Britain a cycling nation to rival any of its European neighbours’ is to be realised, then there absolutely must be tangible targets to measure progress against and an on-going financial commitment."
British Cycling went on to say that the Highways Agency will be "updating its design standards and training for engineers", and that the DfT will be "as helpful as it could to allow the successful ‘Cycling Cities’ to build cycle infrastructure which is joined up, coherent and desirable".
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