Candidates told to pledge support for ‘proper investment in cycling’

12.31 | 22 November 2019 | | 1 comment

Ahead of the General Election, Cycling UK has written to all the main parties’ candidates asking them to make a simple pledge to stand up for cycling and walking if they are elected.

The charity is calling on each candidate to pledge their support for an increase in investment in cycling and walking – to at least 5% of transport spending next year, rising to at least 10% within five years.

Cycling UK says this level of funding is the minimum required for the next Government to meet its targets of doubling cycling journeys in England by 2025, and to achieve similar levels of walking and cycling throughout the UK.

Since 15 November, Cycling UK has contacted 2,164 candidates, of whom 199 have made the pledge.

Cycling UK says funding needs to ‘increase urgently’ to create healthier streets, towns and places which are better for people, communities and businesses.

Paul Tuohy, Cycling UK’s chief executive, said: “We’re breathing toxic air. Too many people are becoming obese or enduring inactivity related ill-health.

“Our roads are congested and vehicle emissions are compounding the climate crisis.

“But the good news is that fixing this isn’t rocket science. We just need proper investment in cycling and walking, to enable more people to move around actively, particularly for short journeys.”



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    Note that a commitment to Vision Zero has been included in election manifestos from the Green and Labour Parties :-

    Green Party :-
    “Civilise our streets by making Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (in which rat-running is blocked) the norm for residential areas and making 20 miles per hour the default speed limit.”

    “They would also form part of a wider commitment to the core principle of the Vision Zero campaign – that there should be no fatalities or serious injuries as a result of road traffic collisions.”

    Page 17 of the Green Party Manifesto.

    Labour Party :-
    “We will adopt an ambitious Vision Zero approach to UK road safety, striving for zero deaths and serious injuries. Labour will invest to make our neglected local roads, pavements and cycleways safer for the everyday journeys of both drivers and vulnerable road users.”

    Page 21 of Labour Party Manifesto

    Rod King, Lymm
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