Tories back pedal on cycling revolution

The Government has been accused of a real gap between rhetoric and reality for cyclists in a debate in Parliament.

 Speaking for the opposition, Shadow Transport Minister, Labour MP Daniel Zeichner demanded to know whether the Government’s “cycling and walking investment strategy” actually has the resources to deliver any investment.

A third of the cash for cycling has already been allocated to cycle city ambition grants and spending on Bikeability training will continue, but Mr Zeichner said he had “repeatedly run into a brick wall” when attempting to get answers from the Government on if there was any remaining cash and, if so, how and where it would be spend.

 Commenting Daniel Zeichner MP said: “There is a real danger that the Government is drawing up an investment strategy with no investment.”

 The disparity in cycle funding nationwide was also highlighted with spending outside of London and the cycle city ambition grant areas now projected to be around just £1.39 per person.

 Mr Zeichner also slammed the Government for failing to set national road safety targets saying: “cycling safety is a key factor in encouraging people to get on their bikes in the first place. Anxiety and fear about safety stops many people cycling, especially women and older people.”

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