Cycling Investment Included In Infrastructure Bill

Move Called A 'Turning Point In Cycling'

29.01.2015

A proposed amendment to the Infrastructure Bill that would see an inclusion of a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy was approved today, in a move that cycling organisations have called a ‘turning point’.

Department of Transport minister John Hayes said of the amendment: “It would be ironic to have a road investment strategy without having a walking and cycling strategy alongside it.” Research from the CTC suggested that increased cycle use would contribute £248bn to the economy by 2050.

The amendment’s inclusion was thanks to lobbying from many cycling groups, including Sustrans, Campaign to Protect Rural England, CTC, Living Streets and Campaign for Better Transport. Health lobby organisation The Richmond Group also helped to convince MPs.

The campaign was also backed by a number of MPs, including Dr Julian Huppert, the MP for Cambridge.

Roger Geffen, CTC Campaign and Policy Director, was pleased with the outcome, but admitted that more work is to be done to get the parties to commit to funding after the election. He said: “Credit must be given to the Government backing of it, MPs such as Dr Julian Huppert who fought so hard for it, and the thousands of people who worked so hard to make this happen.

“Now is no time for resting on our laurels. With the general election only months away CTC will be looking to secure commitments of how much funding each party would put into the investment strategy.”

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