Following today’s announcement of the government’s plans to boost cycling, this is Boot and Bike’s response to our local MP, Michael Fabricant
Dear Mr Fabricant,
I am very happy to read of your government’s very welcome, if belated,
acknowledgement of the need for more investment in provision for
cycling. Let’s hope this is only the beginning of a more holistic and
pro-active approach that recognises the health, social and
environmental benefits of cycling.
However, in order to encourage as many people as possible to start, or
resume, cycling, there also needs to be an equal recognition that the
current unfair benefits that motorised transport enjoys cannot continue
(compare today’s £77m for cycling with the recent £28b for road
building). In addition, as many recent cases have tragically
illustrated, the law does need to be reviewed to ensure that those
drivers found guilty of causing death and serious injury to cyclists,
pedestrians and other road users are adequately punished.
In your own constituency there is much to be done. As a volunteer
ranger with the Lichfield Sustrans group, I witness, first hand, the
chaotic and inadequate provision for cycling within the city. For
example, even where there is a cycle lane (Walsall Road) it is arguably
more dangerous to use because of the cars parked illegally along it.
Provision for cyclists (and even more importantly for disabled and
elderly customers) at Trent Valley Station, is as I know you agree,
risible. There is also no safe and straightforward route from City
Station into the city centre.
On a more positive note, it is a delight to cycle from the city (once
past the dangerous junction at Upper/St John’s Street) to Waitrose –
where provision for cycles and their riders is excellent. However, here
in Barton it is very sad to hear friends complain they are not able to
allow their children to cycle to school because of the absence of any
dedicated cycle routes.
Over the last few months Sustrans has re-routed NCN 54 away from the
Main Streets in both Barton and Alrewas to avoid as much traffic as
possible, but it is only the creation of dedicated cycle lanes,
separate from other traffic, that will really improve the safety of
I hope you will give your support to improving provision for cycling,
both nationally and in your constituency.
You can email your MP about cycling via Sustrans