October 23 2016
Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth & co-chair of the APPCG slams driving culture in UK and says “not enough is being done to protect cyclists”…
“Not enough is being done to protect cyclists from injury and intimidation” says the co-chair of the All Party Parlimentary Cycling Group (APPCG) and MP for Brentford and Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury.
In a blog posted on national cycling charity Cycling UK’s website the Labour Party Shadow Housing Minister called for more to be done in the UK to prevent new cyclists from being intimidated on the road and subsequently put off cycling altogether, citing the non-injury cycling incident study the Near Miss Project.
“I don’t find it acceptable that people just trying to get to work or to the shops are so regularly intimidated,” Ms Cadbury writes. “New cyclists report twice as many ‘very scary’ incidents as the more experienced. Maybe they’ll ‘harden up’ and get used to harassment. But our general failure to increase cycling suggests many new cyclists just stop cycling altogether.”
“Cycling is a safe transport mode, not just for the cyclist but also other road users: you’re much less likely to kill someone else than if you’re driving a motor vehicle. You’re not causing air or noise pollution. And you’re keeping yourself healthy.”
Ms Cadbury writes that “people cycling are doing something that according to policy and research is the right thing,” and goes on to suggest ways that we, as a nation, can look to support cyclists – new and old – in avoiding that intimidation culture.