For the General Election to be held on the 7th May 2015, the CTC have written to every prospective parliamentary candidate to ask them for their views on 5 areas:
- Ambition. Will they support measures to increase levels of cycling to 10% of trips by 2025 and 25% by 2050?
- Funding. Will they support an average government spend of at least £10 per person per year on cycling?
- Design standards. Will they support actions to create consistently high design standards for cycling in all highway and traffic schemes, new developments and planned road maintenance work?
- Safety. Will they support measures to improve cycle safety by strengthening road traffic law and its enforcement and revising the Highway Code?
- Positive promotion. Will they support the positive promotion of cycling, including cycle skills training for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities?
To take action to email these questions yourself, and to see what your prospective parliamentary candidates have said, visit www.VoteBike.org.uk. For more information on the campaign, you can also visit the CTC website.
Birmingham Friends of the Earth:
Birmingham Friends of the Earth have asked prospective parliamentary candidates about several topics, including whether they would support reallocating the £30 billion currently earmarked for 'road improvements' to instead fund improvements in local sustainable transport. For the details, see the Birmingham Friends of the Earth website.
Birmingham Friends of the Earth have also asked local election candidates about a variety of issues, including whether Birmingham City Council should guarantee funding of £10 per head per year for cycling, irrespective of national government grants. For the details, see the Birmingham Friends of the Earth website.
Sustrans are running a campaign for safer streets, calling on the prospective parliamentary candidates to support measures to make it possible for all children to cycle, scoot or walk to school safely. For the details, see the Sustrans website.