MPs to debate safer cycling measures


MPs to debate safer cycling measures

On their return from summer holidays, MPs will debate plans and measures designed to "revolutionise Britain's streets for cycling", according to The Times.

The call for greater safety was prompted by 70,000 supporters who signed The Times' cycle petition get more people to commute by bike rather than car.

77 MPs met in Westminster Hall to voice their concerns over congested streets, a shortage of cycle paths and the need for better training for cyclists and motorists.

Between October 2011 and September 2013, figures show that 3,270 cyclists were killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads, showing a 2.9 per cent increase on the 2005 to 2009 average. Meanwhile, a further 15,800 cyclists suffered minor injuries.

The new debate, which will take place in the main chamber of the House of Commons on September 2, will include the recommendations made by the Get Britain Cycling inquiry.

This inquiry was launched in response to The Time's Cities Fit for Cycling campaign and the new debate will give MPs the chance to support measures to address these issues and ultimately, get more people cycling to work safely.

The Get Britain Cycling report, which was submitted in April by a panel of MPs and peers, called on the Government to increase investment in cycling infrastructure, improve training and lower speed limits in residential areas.

Similarly, it wants to ensure that cycle provision is included at the planning stage of all new developments, with sufficient cycle paths a particular priority.

The Times has reported that Britain's largest motoring body, the AA, has joined Olympic champion cyclists, Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott and business leaders Richard Branson and Lord Sugar in backing the report.

To support these voices, there are more than 69,000 signatories to an official e-petition and Downing Street has confirmed that the Prime Minster is due to make an announcement on cycling policy early next month.