The ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report was published on 23 April 2013 by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG). Its author was Phil Goodwin. It followed several inquiry-led sessions partly funded by The Times newspaper.
The inquiry’s report:
- List of RECOMMENDATIONS (extracted from report)
- Department for Transport official RESPONSE (28 August 2013)
- That resulted in a fairly unanimous REACTION
- A backbench business committee DEBATE took place in Parliament with 100+ MPs (2 September 2013)
Prior to the inquiry, The Times newspaper launched its own campaign, Cities Fit For Cycling, following a crash between a person driving a lorry and one of its young reporters who was riding a bicycle.
The recommendations in the report were adopted unanimously on 2 September 2013 by 100 MPs who attended the backbench debate. The UK government’s Department for Transport has rejected almost all of the recommendations, however.
Campaigners who want to ‘get Britain cycling’ are continuing to press the Government to take action. Some of the pressure is coming through demands by people across the UK to create ‘space for cycling‘ and in peaceful, radical protests such as the Die-In staged by the grassroots campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists.
The Prime Minister David Cameron said during Prime Minister Questions on 24 April 2013:
The report has many good points. We should be doing much more in our country to encourage cycling.
Then on 12 August, the Prime Minister added:
This government wants to make it easier and safer for people who already cycle as well as encouraging far more people to take it up and business, local government, developers, road users and the transport sector all have a role to play in helping to achieve this.