Cycling needs big increase in funding say MPs

Councils hope to see an increase in cycling following the Tour de France
Councils hope to see an increase in cycling following the Tour de France
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A MASSIVE increase in spending is needed to make the UK’s roads safer for cycling and encourage more people out of their cars and onto their bikes, according to a new report from MPs.

They call for the amount spent by the Government on cycling to rise from £2 per head to £10 by 2020.

Their report comes just a fortnight after Yorkshire hosted the start of the Tour de France which councils in the region hope will have a significant legacy in terms of the number of people taking up cycling.

Louise Ellman, chairman of the Transport Select Committee which produced the report, said: “Last year 109 cyclists were killed on our roads, and over 3,000 seriously injured. Cyclists have told us the dangers they face every day from a lack of cycling infrastructure, poorly-designed junctions and aggressive driving.

“Investing in cycling will make the roads safer for all users, and encourage more people to cycle and walk.”

The report calls for a “culture change” across Government to support cycling and for a reduction the number of bike accidents involving heavy goods vehicles.

In West Yorkshire, construction of a new £21 million cycling ‘superhighway’ from Leeds to Bradford could start as early as the autumn.

Coun James Lewis, chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, added: “The cycle superhighway is a big step foward building on work like the go:cycling project to encourage more people to cycle more often.”