There are many reasons why cycling should be supported. It’s a fun, cheap, healthy, environmentally friendly form of transport, and has been shown to boost the economy, improve mental health, reduce congestion, and save the NHS billions. However, far too few people cycle in the UK – we need to make sure that changes.
As the MP for Cambridge, I co-chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, and led the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ inquiry and report. I obtained more funding for cycling, secured in law a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, and persuades Parliament to agree a motion calling for a target of 10% of all trips to be by bike by 2025. But there is still much more to do to make this a reality.
I hope with my experience in cycle campaigning and other areas, I can help Cycling UK ensure that at last we get the changes we need.