The Tories fuel tax saving could be better spent saving lives, says Cath Harris, a CTC press officer.
Using the same speedy tactics of the Labour Partys rapid rebuttal unit from the last election, the CTC yesterday brilliantly rushed out a response to Portillos 3p off a litre of petrol announcement.
This is the sort of thing which can be picked up by the nationals and used in a brief paragraph to highlight non-parliamentary opposition to Portillos pledge.
Well done to the CTC. Keep up the good work!
Heres the release:
September 20 2000
How £1.1bn could boost UK cycling
The Conservative Partys projected £1.1bn saving
on fuel tax should instead be spent on saving
lives, says CTC, the UKs national cycling
CTC says the money should be used to improve
safety on roads, subsidise public transport and
provide cycle training for all children and adults
who want to ride.
It would cost £700m to build a cycle network in
one hundred towns per year, to include cycle
lanes, 20mph zones around every school and traffic
calming measures on residential streets.
A further £200m per year would enable train
operators to provide ten bike spaces on each
train, enabling them to fulfil the governments
demand for more integrated transport.
The remaining £200m would cover the £10 cost of
training one person to cycle safely on roads.
Within a year 20 million people could become
confident and proficient cyclists.
CTC wants a commitment to reducing traffic growth,
which is bad for our health, bad for the
environment and costly to industry. Cycling
reduces congestion, pollution and damage to road
surfaces. It improves fitness, reduces public
health costs and makes people more productive at
For more information contact CTC Media Officer
Cath Harris on 01483 418284 / 01483 853639 or