Cycling: Disability

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 22 October 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 58 section 8.48 of the 2018 Inclusive Transport Strategy, and the commitment to explore by 2020 the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of cycles as a mobility aid to increase the number of disabled people cycling, what steps he has taken to fulfil that commitment; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

A feasibility review has now been completed and the Department is taking forward a number of actions. These include a planned trial of permit schemes in some local authority areas as part of an Active Travel Social Prescription Pilot which the Department will be rolling out shortly; further policy and data analysis to understand the scale of the problem for disabled cyclists; and exploring options for amending legislation. Further advice will be sought from relevant stakeholders as part of the development of the Active Travel Social Prescription Pilot.

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