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Commitment to Cycling

Introduction

Cyclists and Parliament
Cyclists and Parliament
Central and local government decisions on public policy dramatically affect the UK's cycling levels. All-round and concerted commitment to cycling from every department - not just those dealing with transport - will help realise its health, social, economic, environmental and many other benefits.

Why should decision makers commit to cycling? These are just some of the reasons:

  • Cycling and transport policy: Cycling is efficient, cost-effective and helps ease congestion. It deserves a central role in all transport policies, local and national.
  • Cycling and the economy: Cycling makes good, economical use of road-space; and helps workers be more productive and less likely to take days off sick.
  • Cycling and road safety: Cycling's health benefits far outweigh the risks, so road safety policy has to tackle anything that puts people off, especially hostile road conditions. The good news is that the 'safety in numbers' effect means that more and safer cycling are perfectly capable of going hand in hand.
  • Planning and land use: Too much motor traffic is a common complaint, so the location and design of any development should provide well for cycling.
  • Cycling and health: Public health policies are more likely to meet their goals for the population if they recognise that cycling is a convenient way for people to grow fitter.
  • Cycling and the environment: Cycling is pollution-free, low carbon and quiet.  It can help improve air quality, meet climate change targets and reduce the nuisance of traffic noise.
  • Cycling, social inclusion and accessibility: Cycling is affordable transport, providing easy access to jobs and services.
  • Cycling, countryside access and rural policy: Cycling offers healthy outdoor recreation for town and city dwellers, helps make rural communities more accessible, and provides a popular tourist activity that contributes to local economies.

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