SIGN THE PETITION: Tell David Cameron it's time for a UK-wide Dutch-style cycling revolution
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 8:35am 24 April 2013
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: health, congestion, the times, love london go dutch, netherlands, all-party parliamentary cycling
An all-party group of MPs has ended a four-month Parliamentary enquiry into cycling by publishing a report calling on the Coalition Government to start a Dutch-style cycling revolution.
Campaigning journalists from the The Times newspaper, which sponsored the enquiry, have launched a petition calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to take urgent steps to implement the report's recommendations:
The All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group report, Get Britain Cycling (download the PDF), calls for radical measures to make British street design cycle-friendly, in line with our Love London, Go Dutch campaign.
The report also demands stricter application of the driving laws to help make cycling on UK roads safe and inviting for everyone.
London Cycling Campaign chief executive Ashok Sinha said:
"We fully support the MPs' call for strong political leadership from David Cameron to create conditions so all our streets are safe and inviting for everyone to cycle.
"While our 2012 Love London, Go Dutch campaign helped push cycling to the top of the political agenda in the capital, in the rest of the UK cycling is still desperately neglected, and streets are often outright hostile to cycling and walking."
Supported by British Cycling, CTC, Cyclenation and Sustrans, the report calls for:
- Appointment of a Cycling Commissioner to oversee British cycling policy
- Increase in per-capita cycling spending so it's closer to Dutch levels
- The use of Dutch-style separated cycle lanes on busy roads
- A default 20mph speed limit in all residential areas
- Much stricter application of road traffic laws
The committee of MPs says a target of 10% of journeys by bicycle is the minimum we should aim for, with current levels of cycling in the UK only around 2%.
Without political strong leadership, the reports says, the UK will fail to take advantage of the vast health benefits of cycling, particularly to young people, and the massive potential to reduce congestion on our roads and public transport.