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Nick Clegg calls for cycling journeys to be doubled by 2020

July 5, 2014 8:00 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg has announced that he wants to see the number of journeys made by bike more than doubled by 2020.

Nick is calling for people to submit evidence of ways to help make this happen, which will be followed by a cycling summit to discuss ways in which the Government can help make it cheaper, easier and safer for people to cycle.


Cycling currently represents a 2% share of journeys made across the UK and Nick wants people to come forward with ideas about what can be done to encourage more people to get on their bikes.

The creation of cycle highways, bike borrowing schemes and the teaching of cycling skills in schools are just some of the initiatives already in place, but Nick believes more can still be done to improve cycle safety and make cycling accessible to all.

New ideas, cycling best practice and ways the government can support cycling will be discussed at the cycling summit later this year.

Nick said: "With the eyes of the world on Yorkshire for the Grand Départ, it is a great opportunity to showcase why Britain is a world-class destination for sport, culture, tourism and business.

"But if we want a lasting legacy from this weekend's event, then we need to work harder to get more people cycling.

"That's why I want to bring together the best ideas from across the country so we can make it cheaper, easier and safer for people to get on their bikes and double the number of cycling journeys by 2020."