Royal Mail: Bicycles — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:12 pm on 29th March 2010.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour 3:12 pm, 29th March 2010

My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that Answer. It is just as well, because he might not like the conclusion. Is he aware of the letter I received on 11 February from the chief executive of Royal Mail, who said that 24,000 Royal Mail bicycles were being phased out and many converted to vans because,

"these bicycles pose the wider safety risk associated with busy street networks, where the rider is exposed to greater risk than other vehicle users"?

Does my noble friend agree that that is a bit of a slap in the eye for the Government's cycling policy, which encourages cycling rather than the driving of vans? Does he agree with the Royal Mail statement that it cannot give these redundant cycles to charity for use in Africa because of health and safety fears there?

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 30 Mar 2010 5:47 pm (Report this annotation)

So bicycles used by Royal Mail are to be substituted by vans because"these bicycles pose the wider safety risk associated with busy street networks, where the rider is exposed to greater risk than other vehicle users". Royal Mail becomes part of the problem by increasing the number of motorised vehicles on our streets. Also, is the Royal Mail unaware that the CTC is promoting greater safety for cyclists through its "safety in numbers" campaign? This is because research has shown that the greater the number of bicycles on the road the safer it is for those cyclists. At a stroke the Royal Mail is making cycling less safe on two counts, plus, as mentioned in the debate, it is a "slap in the eye for the Government's cycling policy".