How will the parties fulfil Infrastructure Bill mandate to fund cycling?

With the Infrastructure Bill almost certain to become law and including provision for cycling, how will the three main parties provide for cycling after the next election?

To find out, the UK Cycling Alliance - an umbrella group for campaigning organisations - is organising a debate with transport spokesmen from the Conservative, Liberal-Democrat and Labour parties in London on Monday, March 2 at 11:30, venue to be announced.

The Big Cycling Debate is billed as the first chance to hear the major parties' manifesto commitments and ambitions on cycling.

The debate will be chaired by John Humphrys of Radio 4's Today program and will feature Conservative Robert Goodwill MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport and 'Minister for Cycling' in the current Government; Liberal-Democrat Julian Huppert MP, co-chair of the All-Party Commons Committee on Cycling and vice chair of the party's Federal Policy Committee; and Richard Burden MP, Labour's shadow minister for transport.

The debate will be hosted by News UK, publisher of The Times newspaper which began its Cities Fit for Cycling campaign for better conditions for cyclists after journalist Mary Bowers was severely injured when she was hit by a lorry near the paper's offices in November 2011.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.