Parliament Debate 16 October 2014

Here is a roundup of some of the various reports on the backbench business committee debate that took place in Parliament on Thursday, 16th October 2014 on the motion:

That this House

supports the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s report ‘Get Britain Cycling’;

endorses the target of 10 per cent of all journeys being by bike by 2025, and 25 per cent by 2050;

and calls on the Government to show strong political leadership, including an annual Cycling Action Plan, sustained funding for cycling and progress towards meeting the report’s recommendations.

For about 2 hours about 25 MPs debated the actions needed to get more people in Britain to choose to cycle for everyday outings – that is, utilitarian cycling, as contrasted with sport cycling. The motion was passed unanimously.

Aside: The morning after the debate a young woman was reportedly crushed by an HGV in London whilst cycling through Ludgate Circus in The City – details HERE.

Cycling and Walking Plan

Just a couple hours before the debate started, the Department for Transport published a draft (!) of its “Cycling and Walking Plan” which was 13-months overdue:


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