Lobby your MP to fight Parliamentary cycling backlash
Laura Laker December 1 2016
MP Ruth Cadbury urges people contact their Member of Parliament to support cycling as congestion and poor riding used to attack active travel
An influential pro-cycling MP, Ruth Cadbury, says the UK could be at a tipping point with everyday cycling as air pollution and congestion crises reach critical levels, and urges people to get in touch with their MPs to encourage support for cycling and counter tabloid and anti-cycling voices.
At a Parliamentary meeting on Tuesday, attended by road.cc, the co-chair of the influential All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) said her cycling questions in Parliament are often met with ambivalence from MPs who believe cycle routes cause congestion and that cycling is a minority pursuit, rather than a viable everyday mode of transport.
The APPCG is a cross-party group of MPs who gather evidence on cycling and inform and advise Parliament, as well as lobbying for investment and legislation to support cycling. The group was responsible for producing the pivotal Get Britain Cycling report in 2013.
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Cadbury, who is Labour MP for Brentford and Isleworth, said: “I explain to people here that I co-chair the APPCG and it’s like ‘ooh, well I haven’t ridden a bike since I was a kid’ or ‘I wouldn’t get on a bike because it’s too dangerous’ or ‘I wouldn’t let my kids cycle’, and that is a real issue in this place.”