Huppert calls on Cameron to act over cycle safety
MP Julian Huppert has called on the Prime Minister to personally examine proposals designed to cut the death toll of cyclists on Britain’s roads.
Julian has headed up a cross-party letter to David Cameron signed by 40 MPs urging him to study the findings of a Parliamentary cycling inquiry and promote measures needed to get more people cycling.
The letter, published in The Times, the newspaper which launched the Cities Fit for Cycling Campaign, wants Mr Cameron to use his Conservative Party Conference speech to tell Britain’s cyclists that they can count on his personal leadership in the matter.
Led by Julian, the inquiry is being conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling, which he co-chairs, and will look at road design, safety and training.
It is designed to achieve the aims of the Cities Fit for Cycling campaign which Julian supported through a very well-attended Westminster Hall debate earlier this year.
The letter says: “We the undersigned call on you as Prime Minister to use your speech at Conservative Party Conference to make clear that this nation of cyclists can count on your personal leadership in studying the inquiry’s findings and promoting the measures need to get more people cycling in Britain.”
And it calls on Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin to outline in his conference speech the measures the government will take to encourage more cyclists onto the roads and make it safer for them.
“It is not simply enough to acknowledge that the death toll for cyclists in unacceptable,” the letter says. “The economic and social benefits of cycling in improving public health, tackling child obesity and reducing congestion and pollution are being lost due to inaction.
“Leadership, commitment and investment across government in new policies and infrastructure are all that can reverse this trend of innocent lives lost and encourage more people to ride their bikes on Britain’s streets.”
Julian said: “David Cameron has an ideal opportunity at his party conference to show Britain’s cyclists that he is fully committed to this campaign to encourage more cycling and make it safer for cyclists on our roads.
“This inquiry will hear independent evidence from experts as to what needs to be done by our government to achieve this. But a commitment from David Cameron that he will take a personal interest in this will reassure cyclists that the recommendations will be fully studied.
“Norman Baker works hard to support cycling – but leadership from the very top is also needed. Cyclists across Britain need to know that this government takes cycling seriously enough to promote it and make it safer.”
The letter can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/108986180/Letter-to-Cameron-Cycling-Scan-05-10-12