Huppert leads cross-party cycling inquiry

24 September, 2012 2 Comments

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert is leading a cross-party inquiry into cycling which will cover a range of issues including road design, safety and training. 

The inquiry will be conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling, which Julian co-chairs and will present its report to the government. 

The 10-strong panel of MPs will examine proposals in a bid to achieve the aim of The Times Cities Fit for Cycling campaign which Julian supported through a Westminster Hall debate earlier this year. 

MPs will hear testament from expert witnesses drawn from cycling charities, road safety groups, rail operators, council officials and civil servants from the transport, health and education departments. 

Julian said: “”This work is crucially important if we are to seriously promote cycling as a safe, viable means of transport and give it the investment it needs and which has been seriously lacking in the past. 

“The inquiry should look at how we can encourage more people to cycle, improve safety on our roads for cyclists, the measures we can take to make drivers more aware and how the law could be changed to offer them greater protection. 

“We know that HGVs are involved in many of the accidents involving cyclists and I have been pushing for them to be fitted with mirrors and sensors – to improve visibility in their “blind spots” – and turning alarms and safety bars. We could also make changes to the driving test to make learner drivers more cyclist aware. 

“We also need greater provision for cyclists such as dedicated cycle lanes and improvements to roads and junctions. It is time that we put cyclists on a level footing with other road users and offered them the protection they deserve. And, of course we need to make sure cyclists receive the proper training and adhere to the rules of the road. 

“This inquiry is an ideal opportunity to identify areas where we can make vast improvements while at the same time giving cycling the recognition it deserves.”

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  • David Boorman: October 8, 2012 10:00 pm

    I often come across unlit cyclists that wear dark clothes that have no idea how close they are to becoming another statistic!
    It is high time cyclists are legaly required to wear flourescent clothing and have working lights fitted.
    I also believe that we need a tv campaign to highlight the danger of riding without due care and caution.
    There is also a similar problem with pedestrians that walk the country lanes after dark.
    Regards David

  • David Peel: November 5, 2012 7:40 pm

    Whilst I agree that cyclists should use lights, the problem is surely the motorists that are not paying attention or worse, deliberately or ignorantly driving too close to cyclists or pedestrians.

    Much more needs to be done to encourage cycling (and walking), both for health as well as environmental reasons. Cyclists pose little danger to motorists (although there are some who ride recklessly), as in a collision, they are little more than an insect on the windscreen might be, but too many cyclists fall victim to motorists.

    In certain areas, it would be useful to give clear priority to cyclists over motor vehicles, as well as giving priority to pedestrians over cyclists. For example, there are many cycle lanes crossed by minor lanes and driveways that currently give priority to vehicles exiting or entering a road. It thus makes no sense for the cyclist to use the cycle lane, as they have a higher priority when using the road.

    I would also ask that you look at clarifying the law on cycling on pavements. There are many situations where it makes sense to do so for safety reasons, sometimes even with signs indicating as such. Perhaps it should be allowed unless specifically prohibited, with a clear right of priority given to pedestrians.

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