Get Our Cities Fit for Cycling

February 14, 2012 2:57 PM

Last week I pledged my support for The Times' 'Cities fit for Cycling' campaign - the campaign that aims to improve the infrastructure in cities across the UK to make them more accommodating - and safer - for cyclists.

In the past ten years more than 27,000 cyclists have been killed or seriously injured on British streets.

The newspaper has introduced an eight point manifesto which aims to eliminate, or reduce some of the most dangerous aspects of cycling in our cities. They include ensuring that all lorries have proper sensors, mirrors and alarms to stop cyclists being thrown under the wheels; limiting the speed limit to 20mph in residential areas without cycle lanes; highlighting the 500 most dangerous road junctions and making sure they are properly redesigned; putting aside 2% of the highways agency budget (£100million) and using it to create some world class cycling infrastructure.

The Times has also proposed a series of small but practical measures that would make cycling safer and more accessible. These measures include raised cycle lanes with kerbs, separate traffic lights for cyclists and a registration system for bikes to make cyclists more accountable on the roads.

Over 22,000 people have pledged their support for the campaign and a Parliamentary debate on the issue has been secured for the end of February.

This is a great campaign with plenty of sensible but also life saving changes at its heart. As a cyclist myself, I understand the need for substantial change both in terms making the roads safer for cyclists, but also ensuring that drivers are aware of cyclists and drive accordingly.

This is an issue of great importance and I'm glad it is getting the attention it deserves. I urge everyone to support this campaign and get our roads fit for cycling.

For more information about the campaign, visit: www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/contact/

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