Cambridge Cycling Campaign welcomes the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report published today. The report highlights the excellent benefits to society as a whole of spending significantly more money on providing for bicycles. However, we need to hold the government to account and we expect these recommendations to be accepted and acted upon by the Prime Minister and departmental ministers.
The budget of £10 to £20 per head on cycling is an encouraging statement, but this must be set not only on the Department for Transport but also within local Highways Authorities. This means that Cambridgeshire County Council needs to fund bicycle infrastructure in Cambridge, the market towns, villages, and along the major roads between all these places.
The report recommends reducing urban residential speed limits to 20 mph, offering Bikeability cycle training to all school children, and that developments should consider bicycles and pedestrians at an early stage. These are all areas that we have been actively supporting over many years.
We are very concerned that the police do not seem to be interested in enforcing the law when it comes to speed limits, especially on rural roads where most of the deaths of people on bicycles occur in Cambridgeshire.
Martin Lucas-Smith, Chairman of Cambridge Cycling Campaign, said "This is an exciting report that recognises the value of funding infrastructure to get more people cycling, not only for reducing congestion but also reducing the NHS costs and increasing productivity of businesses."
Lucas-Smith continued, “We challenge Cambridgeshire County Council to fund the reallocation of road space to enable more children, workers, and shoppers to travel safely along the main routes into Cambridge. Where routes from villages to Cambridge have been significantly improved, it has led to big increases in cycle use.”
We welcome the recommendation that urgent action is needed to stop major roads being such a barrier to cycling. Crossing or cycling along such roads is an impossibility for many who would like to choose to use a bicycle. The current A14 is an example of such problems, and any upgrade must rectify such problems.
Cambridge Cycling Campaign is also supporting a national e-petition to force the government to debate and act upon these recommendations.
Summary & Recommendations: Get Britain Cycling
Full Report : Get Britain Cycling_Goodwin Report