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Part of Backbench Business — Private Members’ Bills – in the House of Commons at 6:02 pm on 2nd September 2013.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge 6:02 pm, 2nd September 2013

I beg to move,

That this House
welcomes the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s report “Get Britain Cycling”;
endorses the target of 10 per cent of all journeys being by bike by 2025, and 25 per cent by 2050;
and calls on the Government to show strong political leadership, including an annual Cycling Action Plan and sustained funding for cycling.

It is a great pleasure to move this motion. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for agreeing to schedule a debate on this subject after the success of our very well-attended debate last year in Westminster Hall, which showed just how many Members of this House care about cycling. We discussed all forms of cycling, from sport to commuting, leisure, utility and all-access cycling. It was clear from that debate that Members agreed that cycling was an energy-efficient form of transport, a healthy way to get around, a cheap means of travelling, and fun as well. No one who was there will forget the tale we heard of romance on a tandem.

Since that debate, the all-party parliamentary cycling group, which I have the great pleasure of co-chairing with Ian Austin, has conducted a detailed inquiry to make a series of recommendations on what Government ought to do to get Britain cycling, and we are now debating the resulting report. To produce it, we spoke to a wide range of people.