To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to improve provisions for cyclists.
The Government is making a number of legislative and statutory changes to make it easier for local authorities to increase cycling and walking rates. Regulations currently before Parliament are due to come into force on 31 May that will enable local authorities to apply for designated powers to issue civil penalties to those driving in mandatory cycle lanes. The regulations will be supported by statutory guidance. Mayors in England will be given more powers to manage their Key Route Networks, allowing them to introduce more cycle infrastructure in their city regions. The recent changes which Parliament approved to The Highway Code are also designed to bring about a positive shift in road user behaviour towards those who walk, cycle and ride horses.
As required by the Infrastructure Act 2015, the second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS2) will be published in the spring and will give a statutory basis to the vision outlined in the Prime Minister’s 2020 Gear Change plan. The Strategy will set out the financial resources available for walking and cycling and the other matters required by the Infrastructure Act 2015, including objectives for walking and cycling.