Published: 2 May 2013
British Cycling’s Chris Boardman, Sir Dave Brailsford and Laura Trott have thrown their support behind The Times’ petition to back the Get Britain Cycling recommendations and have urged people to sign the e-petition.
British Cycling has been a key supporter of the Get Britain Cycling inquiry, with contributions from Chris Boardman and our Policy and Legal Affairs Director, Martin Gibbs. The report makes 18 recommendations to the government on what is needed to get the nation cycling with an ambition that at least 10 percent of all journeys should be made by bike by 2025 – a fivefold increase on today’s figures.
The petition currently has over 43,000 signatures, with a minimum of 100,000 needed to secure the possibility of the report’s recommendations being raised in Parliament.
Chris Boardman, who also wrote this open letter to members, cyclists and other interested parties, said: “The Times newspaper has started an e-petition asking for this to happen. The government require at least 100,000 signatures before they will consider holding a debate in parliament. We’re getting there but we need your help to really keep up the momentum on this vital issue.”
Sir Dave Brailsford said: “In April this year a group of MPs published a report about how we can Get Britain Cycling. At the heart of the report is a recommendation for strong political leadership to put cycling at the heart of transport policy.”
Double Olympic champion Laura Trott said: “There are two million people in this country cycling at least once a week. If even 10% of those people signed the petition we’d be well on our way to making the government stand up and listen.”