CTC’s President Jon Snow was one of the witnesses at the inquiry in February this year, along with Times editor James Harding, and CTC’s Vice-President Josie Dew. He used the occasion to make a strong call for leadership on cycling and cycle safety, stressing that “Leadership means joined up Government with all departments working together to further cycling.” His calls for leadership and strong cross-departmental collaboration were strongly echoed by the Committee’s report, issued in the summer.
Commenting on the Government’s response, published today, CTC’s Campaigns & Policy Director Roger Geffen, who also gave evidence at the inquiry, said:
“The Government’s actions so far on cycle safety are pretty feeble compared with the drastic action needed if we are even to begin catching up with our continental neighbours on making a safe and normal option for day-to-day travel. ‘Leadership’ means a lot more than providing councils with a bit of guidance, a heap of statistics and the occasional mini-spurt of cash for safety improvements at a few junctions, welcome as these may be. What the Government really needs to do is to say it will place cycling and cycle safety at the heart of its forthcoming transport strategy. Nothing less will do”.
“The Government needs to act to make 20mph speed limits the norm for most urban streets, act on lorry safety, act on the design of major roads and junctions, act on promoting safe and responsible use of the roads, and act to strengthen traffic law to ensure that those who use the roads irresponsibly face the consequences. It has to snap out of the habit of expecting Councils, police forces and others to do all the work on improving cycle safety while their funding is being cut. Recent increases in cyclist show clearly that this approach just isn’t working.”