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Part of Backbench Business — Private Members’ Bills – in the House of Commons at 8:20 pm on 2nd September 2013.

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Photo of Mark Lazarowicz Mark Lazarowicz Labour, Edinburgh North and Leith 8:20 pm, 2nd September 2013

It is pleasure to be able to speak in this debate. A few minutes ago my hon. Friend Hugh Bayley made the point that if we are to increase cycle percentages, the starting point will vary from place to place. Some places already have a very high percentage, but others have a much lower percentage. I am pleased to say that Edinburgh has a good record of encouraging cycling over the years. In our case 10% of journeys to work are now undertaken by bike, whereas 10 years ago the figure was only 3%, so we have seen a 300% increase, which shows what can be done when there is consistent political commitment and a spending commitment from the local authority, which has certainly been the case in Edinburgh.