22 January 2015
A broad coalition of transport and health organisations has welcomed the proposed Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy as part of the Infrastructure Bill.
The group congratulated the Government on this important commitment as a great opportunity to guarantee long term funding that will extend travel choice, help to ease congestion and improve people's health and the environment.
The coalition had called for the amendment and has now paid tribute to the dedication and determination of the parliamentarians of all parties who have kept this issue on the agenda, especially the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and their co-chair Julian Huppert MP who tabled the original amendment to the Bill and has been instrumental in making this happen.
Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat MP and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, said:
"I am really delighted that the Government has seen the force of our argument and is writing into law the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. It is the right thing to improve health, the environment and congestion. My huge thanks go to all the MPs who signed my original amendment, all the people who contacted their MPs to persuade them to support it and the coalition of organisations who have helped to get this outcome."
The cycling and walking investment strategy coalition of organisations includes British Cycling, Campaign for Better Transport, Campaign to Protect Rural England, CTC: the National Cycling Charity, Living Streets, Sustrans, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Richmond Group (British Heart Foundation, Asthma UK, British Lung Foundation, Age UK, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Diabetes UK, The Neurological Alliance, Macmillan Cancer Support, Stroke Association and Rethink Mental Illness).
The Government amendment to the Infrastructure Bill is here.