22 organisations combine to brief MPs on what they should be talking about ahead of Get Britain Cycling Commons debate

Debate takes place on 2 September at 7pm - write to your MP to urge them to attend

by Simon_MacMichael   August 22, 2013  

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A group of 22 organisations including the Bicycle Association, British Cycling, the London Cycling Campaign and Sustrans have combined to compile a briefing note for MPs ahead of next month’s House of Commons debate on the Get Britain Cycling report, published in April.

To be held on 2 September from 7pm, the debate will address 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 Cycle Action Plan and sustained funding for cycling.

Cycling organisations have been joined in drawing up the briefing note by others that focus on areas such as road safety, transport, public health, social issues and sustainability.

The full list is:

• Association of Directors of Public Health
• Automobile Association
• Bicycle Association
• Brake
• British Cycling
• Campaign for Better Transport
• Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
• Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
• Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
• CTC the cyclists’ organisation
• Cyclenation
• Environmental Transport Association
• Faculty of Public Health
• London Cycling Campaign
• Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety
• Passenger Transport Executive Group
• Play England
• RoadPeace
• Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
• Royal Society for Public Health
• Sustrans
• UK Health Forum
• 1010
• 20sPlenty for Us

The organisations say: “We all support the motion and wish to see 
it incorporated into policy and practice. We want to see further commitment to build on 
the Government’s recent announcements of investment in cycling. We therefore urge all MPs to attend the debate, and to vote for the motion.”

They go on to outline the benefits of cycling:

The case for cycling is now irrefutable. Academic research and modelling in all the relevant fields has demonstrated the health, environmental, social and economic benefits achievable by a decisive shift to cycling in national and local policy. Bodies such as Foresight, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Health Select Committee have given clear endorsement to cycling as a policy priority.

Key elements include:


• Health: regular cyclists suffer fewer cancers and less heart disease, are less likely to be obese, suffer depression or diabetes; they cost the NHS less in healthcare.

• Environment: cycling is almost zero emission, and a shift from the car also reduces local toxic air pollution and noise.

• Economy: more cycling helps reduce the need for fossil fuel imports, active employees are healthier and more productive, cycling and cycle tourism create valuable employment. Cycling (and walking) schemes yield much higher benefit to cost ratios than other forms of transport investment.

They then set out how they believe growth in cycling can be achieved:

The recommendations of this multi-disciplinary group of expert bodies are largely based on those in the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report. We recommend:

Political leadership: the Government should support the ambition for 10% of all trips to be by bike by 2025, and 25% by 2050. It should produce a cross- departmental Cycling Action Plan, with resources committed from all Departments whose objectives it serves, including DH, DfE, DCMS, BIS and DECC.

Investment: a long-term cycling budget of at least £10 per British citizen per year, increasing to £20, in line with more advanced EU countries and with the target percentage of trips.

Legislation and regulation: a statutory duty to make high quality provision for cyclists, as in the Active Travel (Wales) Bill, and to design cycling into all road schemes. Improve official design guidance and update regulations to make cycling provision easier.

Road safety and law enforcement: make 20 mph speed limits the norm where people live, work and shop. Improve HGV safety and limit use of HGVs on busy streets at the busiest times. Strengthen the enforcement of road traffic law, including speed limits, and ensure that driving offences – especially those resulting in death or injury – are treated sufficiently seriously by police, prosecutors and judges.

Cycle training: on the curriculum at all schools.

The debate takes place on the first day back after Parliament’s summer recess, and CTC is urging people to contact their MP to ask them to attend and back the findings of the report, which followed a six-week inquiry hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.

CTC has drawn up an email template to enable you to contact your MP, and you can customise the content as you see fit. You can find that template here.

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10% of modal share in 10 years time. Absolute pitiful number.

All the while, this will be with the backdrop mantra of "but we mustn't inconvenience cars/traffic flow." or "We cannot deny people the right to use their cars", with no recognition to the fact that the vast majority of journeys are under 5 miles and to get people out of cars, you have to make it the least convenient form of transport.

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posted by zanf [604 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 9:00

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Just to name/shame my MP, Frank Dobson. I wrote to him (with a letter and stamp and everything) exactly a month ago. The response: nil.

I wrote to him in November, the last time there was a call to arms to write to your MP about cycling too. The response was pitiful. I blogged about both letters: http://www.jstreetley.co.uk/?p=574

Even if he doesn't respond, I hope he at least shows up. I'll try and remember to check.

posted by jstreetley [61 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 9:11

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Looking out my window, most cars are crawling past between 5 and 10 mph. Its has to be quicker for most of them to cycle as most are heading into town and have to park. Better cycle specific routes etc can only help. My partner now wants to get a bike Big Grin , but she's nervous about busy roads as all new to cycling are.

posted by Mart [110 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 10:01

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I've heard of most of them, but these two

• Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
• Royal Society for Public Health

REALLY???

They have Royal status, If that's the case, I am going to start the Royal society for the prevention of cruelty to bicycles Devil

(this comment shows how much trust I have in any organization getting together with the government to make anything with cycling better, I'd rather talk about Royal society's all day)

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posted by Gkam84 [9080 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 10:10

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Agreed, some bikes are abused, unloved and neglected. I would estimate 33% of all bikes sold by Halfords have a horrible fate a head of them.

posted by Mart [110 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 10:15

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London as usual will get the money, the rest of the country will share a fraction and end up no better.

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posted by Leodis [258 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 10:47

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Gkam84 wrote:
I've heard of most of them, but these two

• Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
• Royal Society for Public Health

REALLY???

Who hasn't heard of ROSPA? I have worked in construction and rail industries though. Not sure about the other one TBH.



I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1501 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 11:27

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hood wrote:
London as usual will get the money, the rest of the country will share a fraction and end up no better.

move to where the money is if you are jealous

Feel the fear and do it anyway

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posted by hood [117 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 11:56

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bikeboy76 wrote:
Who hasn't heard of ROSPA? I have worked in construction and rail industries though. Not sure about the other one TBH.

ROSPA, yes, but never written out like that, I though it was shunted out when the HSE came about?

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posted by Gkam84 [9080 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 13:23

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hood wrote:
hood wrote:
London as usual will get the money, the rest of the country will share a fraction and end up no better.

move to where the money is if you are jealous

So everyone should move to London because they WILL get all the money....Aye, ok then Rolling On The Floor

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posted by Gkam84 [9080 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 13:24

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Gkam84 wrote:
I am going to start the Royal society for the prevention of cruelty to bicycles

I don't think just anyone can start a royal society; I think you have to actually be royal. Or at least have bunged a monkey to Prince Andrew.

Noli porcum linguere

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posted by captain_slog [284 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 19:26

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captain_slog wrote:
Gkam84 wrote:
I am going to start the Royal society for the prevention of cruelty to bicycles

I don't think just anyone can start a royal society; I think you have to actually be royal. Or at least have bunged a monkey to Prince Andrew.

Andrew.... I'll just go to the top, I was showing HM QE my trike yesterday.... Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [9080 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 21:23

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How about having transport as a key criteria, currently Govt and Councils invest in converting old rail lines, then there are cries because cyclists aren't going slow on something built from the transport budget?

Also a national strategy safeguarding old rail lines and converting them into a national cycle network

posted by langsett [26 posts]
23rd August 2013 - 21:01

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