The long-awaited Get Britain Cycling parliamentary report will be published today – don’t let it gather dust on the shelves like all the others. The Times’ Cities Fit for Cycling campaign have issued a call to arms to get everyone to sign a petition urging the government to implement the recommendations in the report in full
Although this is strictly speaking the business of the other parliament, we at Pedal on Parliament strongly endorse this call and we urge everyone reading this to sign up and get some real momentum behind cycling right across the UK.
We the undersigned call on the Prime Minister to pledge that the Government will implement the recommendations in the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ parliamentary report.
The inquiry, chaired by a cross-party panel of MPs and peers, heard that promoting cycling as a healthy and affordable way to travel can tackle Britain’s obesity crisis, save millions from NHS budgets, boost the economy and reduce congestion on our roads and trains.
The inquiry’s 18 recommendations focus on reallocating investment, safer road design, lower speed limits, better training and strong political leadership.
This will require cross-departmental consensus led from the Cabinet Office and Downing Street, not just from the Department for Transport.
In the Commons on February 22, 2012, the Prime Minister said of The Times’s ‘Cities Fit for Cycling’ campaign: “If we want to encourage the growth in cycling we’ve seen in recent years, we need to get behind campaigns like this.”
Now is the time to act on those words.
Sign the petition and once you have done that, mark your diary to join us at Holyrood on Sunday May 19th to tell our politicians in person.
Together we can make the whole of Britain a cycle friendly country