You might be interested to know that the Roads Minister, Stephen Norris, announced last week that the Government is setting targets for doubling levels of cycling in England by 2002 (and the Scottish Office has also set targets). This is the first time that cycling has been taken seriously by central government in this way, and it looks like good news.
Mr Norris said:
- Setting targets will provide a challenge to get people out of their cars and onto their bikes for short local journeys..
- Local highway authorities have an important part to play in improving conditions for cyclists and I will be inviting them to indicate in their plans how they can contribute to a national target.
- The experience gained will be useful in considering the wider role of targets in other areas of transport.
His national cycling strategy is due to be launched on 10 July 1996.