The Government has said it “takes cycling very seriously” and is committed to “leading the country in getting more people to cycle more safely, more often” in response to an online petition calling for it to ‘get Britain cycling.’

“The Government welcomes the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) inquiry and report,” it reads. “Many of the recommendations in the report mirror those shared with Government by the Cycling Stakeholder Forum members.”

The online petition was launched by Kaya Burgess, a journalist at The Times who has been a key part of the newspaper’s ‘Cities Fit for Cycling Campaign.

The petition calls for the government to implement the
recommendations of the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report. The report was published at the
end of April following a parliamentary inquiry of the same name which
was co-ordinated by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG).

The report specified 18 recommendations to the government, focussing on reallocating investment, safer road design, lower speed limits, better training and strong political leadership.

It also called for cross-departmental consensus and leadership from the Cabinet Office and Downing Street, as well as the Department for Transport.

“The Department for Transport has been co-ordinating a cross-departmental effort to promote cycling, in particular with Defra and the Department of Health,” the response continues. “We are working on making our towns and cities more cycle friendly.”

The petition remains open and currently has just under 58,000 signatures. Should it pass the 100,000 mark, it will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee.


Read the full Government response and sign the petition here

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  • gg/gg

    I live rural and see many delivery drivers (some local) on mobiles but rarely see a police patrol. They’ve upped the penalty amount but this will make no differnce. Is this law impossible to enforce??

  • phil j

    I agree with colnago dave in that mobile devices phones/sat navs pose far greater danger to vulnerable roadusers than the actuall infrastructure of the roads!

  • Colnago dave

    One thing I do not see being addressed is texting or use of mobile phones whilst driving, Where I stay there is a stretch of coastal road ( A78) between Largs and Skelmorlie , 3 miles between the speed limits, which had over 300 car accidents in one year, fortunately mostly involving minor injuries to the people involved. A frightening proportion had no other vehicle involved and as yet I have to read that drivers were charged. As they involved only one car the conclusion can only be that a majority of them were not paying attention and could the use of mobile phones be the primary cause.
    I would like to see in cases like these that the police check their mobile phone records and such a recommendation be in the government responses.