Julian Huppert, Cambridge MP, has won Brake and Direct Line’s ‘Parliamentarian of the Month’ award for his work promoting cycling safety.
In October 2010, Mr Huppert wrote a letter to Norman Baker, the under-secretary of state for transport, asking for the government’s reassurance that Bikeability will continue to be funded despite wider cuts to transport funding. Through October and November he asked a total of 13 questions in parliament on the topic of cyclist safety, including the continued funding of Bikeability.
Mr Huppert also led a debate on cycling at the House of Commons, in which he called for greater action to protect cyclists. He is continuing to strive for amendments to the law through a short bill or statutory instrument. Through this channel he hopes to achieve better enforcement of the law on mandatory cycle lanes and a cycling and pedestrian awareness element to the driving theory test.
Julian Huppert said: “I will continue to push the government to make the necessary changes to our legislation which will give cyclists the recognition and protection that they deserve and show that we are truly committed to cycling as a serious form of transport.”
For more information contact Ellen Booth, Brake’s campaigns and research officer, on 01484 550067.