Thursday, April 15, 2010

LibDem Manifesto - Cycling

Let's see what the Lib Dems have to offer cyclists.

"We want to improve the experience for the traveller and cut carbon
emissions. We will:
• Include the promotion of safer cycling and pedestrian routes in all
local transport plans."

That's a little more than the other parties, but no target numbers or tangible commitments. Like the others, no acknowedgement of the good cycling could do in reducing congestion and improving road safety and health.

There is at least talk of changing the economics of motoring:

"Undertake preparations for the introduction of a system of road
pricing in a second parliament"

However, a second parliament is likely more than 5 years away.

That's the last of the parties that could form or have much influence in the next Government, and it's pretty clear none of them believe cycling issues are worth more than a passing mention. It's a shame, because the next government will have to get to grips with climate change and a rising oil price. By 2020, the economics of travel may look very different, so we need to start now to be in with a prayer of having a transport system by then that doesn't rely on cheap oil. At least Vince Cable is named after a bicycle part.

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