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Get Britain Cycling report secures Parliamentary debate in September

Findings of six-week inquiry to be debated in House of Commons on 2 September

The Get Britain Cycling report will be debated in the main chamber of the House of Commons on 2 September 2013, it has been confirmed.

Confirmation a debate wll be held comes a little more than three weeks after Dr Julian Huppert, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG), which held the six-week inquiry earlier this year that culminated in publication of the report in April, was told the Backbench Business Committee was "supportive" of his request for a debate on the issue.

At that point, around 70,000 people had signed a petition asking for the report to be debated in Parliament - still 30,000 short of the 100,000 signatures that would have been required for the Backbench Business Committee to consider whether a debate should be held.

The lobbying by Dr Huppert, MP for Cambridge, reneders the petition academic, although it does show the strength of support for the report's recommendations.

The report calls for:

• 10 per cent of all journeys to be made by bicycle by bicycle by 2025 rising to 25 per cent by 2050

• Government funding for cycling should start at a minimum of £10 per head

• Cycling should be considered at an earlier stage in all planning decisions, whether transport schemes or new houses or businesses

• More use should be made of segregated cycle lanes, learning from the Dutch experience

• Urban speed limits should generally be reduced to 20 mph

• Just as children learn to swim at school, they should learn to ride a bike

• The Government should produce a detailed cross-departmental Cycling Action Plan, with annual progress reports.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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