With the general election over and new ministers in place, including Philip Hammond the Conservative MP for Runnymede and Weybridge as Transport Secretary, the Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC) has today pushed for the points it set out in its Vote Bike Manifesto to be implemented by the new Government.
Prior to the election, thousands of members of the CTC contacted candidates from all parties asking them to sign up to the CTC Vote Bike Manifesto. Of the 690 candidates that endorsed the Manifesto, 86 were successfully elected as MPs. Of these, 27 are Liberal Democrats, including the new Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and four are Conservatives. Furthermore, 52 are Labour, one Green, one SNP and one DUP.
CTC Campaigns and Policy Director Roger Geffen said: “We want to see the new Government put cycling closer to the heart of policies on health, transport and communities. We are looking forward to meeting and working with the new ministers, including the new Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, to find out which parts of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties’ policies on cycling will be adopted. The coalition agreement so far gives little indication on how local transport will be treated under the new administration.”
As the CTC is pushing for cross-party support in the new Parliament for cycling, the CTC Campaigns team hopes that every MP who supported the CTC Vote Bike Manifesto will also join the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and will attend the MPs’ Bike Ride on 16 June.