British Cycling urges London to 'make the choice that it wants people to cycle'

British Cycling urges London to 'make the choice that it wants people to cycle'

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British Cycling has said that London “needs to make the choice that it wants people to cycle” in a written submission to the London Assembly for their investigation into cycling in the capital.

The London Assembly will be making recommendations to the Mayor and Transport for London to improve the cycling environment and increase the levels of cycling in London.

Martin Gibbs, British Cycling policy and legal affairs director, said: “British Cycling welcomes the London Assembly investigation and we believe that with the current levels of enthusiasm for both the sport and every-day cycling following the Olympics, London has a real opportunity to establish a cycling legacy of which the capital can be proud.

"At the heart of British Cycling’s submission is a call for strong political leadership to put cycling at the heart of transport policy."

Martin Gibbs
British Cycling policy and legal affairs director

“At the heart of British Cycling’s submission is a call for strong political leadership to put cycling at the heart of transport policy with a commitment to a long term programme of investment in high quality infrastructure that is designed to encourage cycling.

“We recognise that a lot has been done to invest in and promote cycling in London but in order to get to the levels of cycling of leading European cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam a lot more needs to be done to make cycling in London an easy and compelling choice.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the London Assembly and whilst this investigation is focused on London, British Cycling anticipates that many of the policy recommendations will be applicable to other large towns and cities.”