November 8 2000
Cyclists welcome Browns green measures
CTC, Britains cycling organisation, today welcomes the governments decision to promote the use of greener vehicle fuels and not those
contributing to air pollution.
A reduction in pollution could encourage more people to use bicycles more often particularly for short journeys. Congestion means that cyclists are
often able to travel more quickly across towns and cities than motorists.
CTC Campaigns Manager Stuart Reid said: We support the government in standing firm against calls to abandon its green policy. Now it must
also ensure that sufficient money is invested in cycling facilities as a next step towards creating a more healthy and long lasting environment.
There has been a 10% increase in cycle commuting
in London according to DETR figures issued this
year. This has coincided with an eight per cent
drop in air pollution in cities following the
introduction of ultra-low sulphur diesel.
Three quarters of all personal UK journeys are
less than five miles long and 50% are under two
miles according to the BMA. Cars are used for 15%
of journeys under a mile, more than 60% of
journeys of one to two miles and almost 75% of
journeys between two and five miles.
The average speed of a cycle in London is
5.4mph, of a car 3.4mph and of a bus 2.5mph
according to DETR statistics of this year.