Maria Eagle, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, speaking on the publication of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s report: Get Britain Cycling, published today, said:
“This Government has slashed support for cycling while cutting safety funding and abolishing targets to reduce deaths and injury on our roads. Yet Ministers have denied that this would have any impact upon the safety of cyclists.
“Labour has made clear that we would support cycling and make it safer for cyclists by using the existing roads budget to deliver separated safe cycling routes and safer junctions and introducing a new Cycling Safety Assessment for new transport schemes alongside tough new rules on HGVs.
“This report shows that much more needs to be done to encourage people in this country to cycle and to protect those who use our roads. However the reality is that cyclists have been an afterthought for this Government and that instead of the vision and leadership needed David Cameron and his Ministers have let cyclists down.”