Tuesday, November 21st 2017 at 9:53PM GMT
Transport minister Jesse Norman today told a walking and cycling conference that the recently announced Cycle Safety Review would be opened to public consultation, and therefore would be influenced by evidence rather than be a “knee jerk reaction”.
The minister for roads was speaking to 150 delegates at the Department-for-Transport-sponsored Cycling + Walking Innovations 2017 conference. Organised by Landor Links, the full-day conference was staged at the Oval in London.
Norman, who is also minister for local transport, stressed he was a daily cyclist.
“The joys of walking and cycling have tangible benefits – air quality reduction, reduced congestion on our roads. Let me say that again – reduced congestion on our roads! That’s why supporting walking and cycling have become such a priority for this government.
“I had the joy of leaping on to my bicycle when I biked in this morning – it was an enormous amount of fun run in. It was quick! I knew almost to the minute when I was going to arrive. It was fantastic exercise. I got here with an endorphin high. I felt like I was one with nature and I went my own way.”
He highlighted e-bikes as important innovations and added that the spread of dockless bike share bikes will “make an enormous difference to urban cycling.”