Cycling: Infrastructure

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 30 January 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure cycling infrastructure is accessible to (a) cargo bikes and (b) bikes for disabled people.

Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to require local authorities to make cycling infrastructure accessible to people needing adaptations to their bicycles.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Provision of cycling infrastructure is the responsibility of local authorities. They are bound by the Public Sector Equality Duty, and it is for them to ensure any infrastructure is provided in a way that meets legislation designed to reduce inequalities. Any measures for cycling should be designed to meet the requirements set out in the Department’s ‘Local Transport Note 1/20: Cycle Infrastructure Design’ and in its ‘Inclusive Mobility’ guidance to ensure cycling schemes are accessible to people with disabilities. This guidance includes advice on designing for different types of cycles, including adapted and cargo cycles. Active Travel England (ATE) has responsibility for reviewing proposed Government-funded active travel schemes and will also inspect finished schemes.

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