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Julian Huppert MP

Huppert seeks government clarification on future of bikeability

October 15, 2010 12:31 PM

Huppert on Parliamentary Bike RideMP Julian Huppert has called on the government to give assurances that its support for children's cycle training scheme, Bikeability, will continue at the same level.

He is worried that although the government has said the scheme is safe, it has given no indication of the level of funding or the scale of its future intentions.

Julian has written to Norman Baker, Under-Secretary of State for Transport seeking clarification.

He said in his letter: "My constituency has one of the highest percentages of people who cycle to work in the country. I am very concerned that every effort is made to ensure that my constituents are encouraged to cycle wherever possible and that the younger generation is given every encouragement to cycle to school and for leisure."

Julian raised his concerns after news that Cycling England would be abolished by March 2011 and local authority cycling schemes will be supported in future though a Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

"Bikeability is an excellent scheme," said Julian, "which teaches youngsters how to cycle safely and encourages them to use their bikes wherever possible.

"We are proud of our cycling record in Cambridge and I am anxious to make sure that future generations are encouraged to see the bicycle as a viable means of transport."

Clare Blair, Cambridge City Executive Councillor for Climate Change and Growth said: "If the government is to fulfill its promises on climate change, it must support programmes such as Bikeability which encourage young people to find alternatives to car transport.

"We have worked hard in Cambridge to promote cycling at every level and have large numbers of children cycling to school. I hope the government will support that work by giving its full backing to the future of the Bikeability scheme."