The Times reported that despite the fact that David Cameron has confirmed that he is “huge cycling fan” and says that he wants to “go further” and “realise our ambition to make the UK a true cycling nation,” echoing the calls he made in 2013 for a “cycling revolution.” the November Spending Review seems to spell an end for cycling infrastructure spending.
I have shamelessly plagiarised Matt Turner to come up with the effort below. via
It would be useful if Tania and Zac were in receipt of more variants.
Dear Tania Mathias, I’m writing to you about the report in The Times that investment in cycling is due to be cut in the November spending review . http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article4601075.ece I’m dismayed at this news if it is indeed true as it contradicts the Prime Minister's stated intention to " make the UK a true cycling nation". We must keep investing in cycling, not for cyclists, but so that everyone has the freedom to ride a bike. Helping to revitalise our neighborhoods by reducing congestion, noise and making them nicer places to spend time. To give our children the freedom to travel independently, to reduce the burden on our health service, to begin to tackle climate change and especially poor air quality ( in which London is exceeding EU health limits ), and fundamentally, to give people a the choice to move about without relying on a car. I understand that a big focus of this review will be on transport infrastructure, but cycling seems to be missing out. Back in March the government published research into the benefit cost ratio (BCR) of cycling investment compared to other transport investment, it showed completely that the BCR was far higher for cycling than for any other form of transport. I simply can’t understand why cycling investment wouldn’t be a key part of infrastructure investment in the UK. Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/348943/vfm-assessment-of-cycling-grants.pdf Yours sincerely,