Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Get Britain Cycling [With a Dutch Touch]

The 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry  is an initiative of the 'All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG)', a cross party body with members in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, with the aim “to enable more people across the UK to take up cycling, cycle more often and cycle more safely by interviewing or receiving written evidence from expert witnesses on the obstacles that must be overcome and suggesting concrete, effective measures to be undertaken by central and local government as well as the wider world of business and the third sector”. Too many people in the UK feel they have no choice but to travel in ways that are dangerous, unhealthy, polluting and costly, not just to their own wallets but also to the public purse. Urgent action is required to address Britain’s chronic levels of obesity, heart disease, air pollution and congestion if we are to catch up with other countries in the developed world. There is an alternative. When more people cycle or walk, public health improves, obesity reduces and roads become safer. By changing how
people travel, we can create places where people want to live, workshop and do business. Cycling needs to be not just a personal option, when we decide how to travel for work, school or leisure. Read the report here.

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