New cycle-friendly minister in Department for Transport

photo New Minister of State for Transport Sadiq Khan poses on his bicycle

Cyclists welcomed the appointment of Sadiq Khan MP as Minister of State for Transport this month following his involvement with an LCC cycling project.

Mr Khan, Labour MP for Tooting since 2005, completed one-to-one cycle training as part of Wandsworth Cycling Campaign’s Movers & Shakers in spring 2007.

The project gave key decision-makers in the borough experience of being a cyclists of cycling in London.

Minister enjoyed one-to-one cycle training
Mr Khan told LCC, “I'm determined to ensure that cycling is central to our overall transport vision. There's still more that can be done and I will ensure the interests of cyclists are well represented in all our policies.”

After the training, Mr Khan said, “It’s really important that we put into practice all our good intentions and spread the word.”

He added he was impressed with how quickly and safely he got to work and how his cycling confidence had improved.

The project, which ran from autumn 2006 to spring 2007, was funded by what is now the Community Cycling Fund for London, run jointly by LCC and Transport for London.

Wandsworth scheme now in Redbridge
Susie Morrow of Wandsworth Cycling Campaign said, “As well as raising the profile of cycling in the borough, the Movers & Shakers project improved our access to prominent local individuals, including Sadiq Khan MP, who has now moved into a key policy-making position at the heart of government.”

The Movers & Shakers scheme is now being replicated by Redbridge Cycling Campaign in north London, encouraging local MPs, GLA members, council and religious leaders, among others, to take up cycling.