Boardman challenges ministers to tour of Copenhagen

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Chris Boardman has written to cycling minister, Robert Goodwill MP and the chief secretary to the treasury, Greg Hands MP, to challenge them to join him on a trip to Copenhagen to see the world’s leading cycling capital city.

In his speech last week in Newcastle, Chris Boardman, British Cycling’s policy adviser, said:

“It occurred to me on my recent study tour of Copenhagen that everyone who makes the big decisions for us and our children, should be obliged to see the alternatives first hand, see it, feel it, experience it.

"I’d like to invite Greg Hands, chief secretary to the treasury, the man responsible, at cabinet level, for assessing what is and isn’t good value for money in public expenditure to come with me, for 48 hours, to one of those cities.

"So that when the minister comes to them asking for funds, they will understand just why he is passionate about making Britain a cycling nation.

"I want them to see it, feel it and experience it and then look the minister in the eye and tell him why we aren't moving heaven and earth to change the way we travel in the UK.”

The full speech is available here

Chris Boardman recently took part in a study tour to Copenhagen run by Phil Jones Associates. He produced the video on his phone and captured what he saw and learned on the trip.

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Our towns and cities could feel like Copenhagen too. Take action now by contacting your MP to ask them to write to Robert Goodwill MP and Greg Hands MP to call for a meaningful Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

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