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Party says ‘we’ve always been a strong advocate of cycling’

Labour: ‘a vote for us is a vote for bicycles’

The Labour Party has pointed to its cycle legacy ahead of the General Election next Thursday (May 6th), telling BikeBiz that it has always been a strong champion for cycling.

The Cycle to Work initiative, and Cycle Town and City projects were listed by the Labour Party as proof of its bike-backing stance.

"Labour has always been a strong advocate of cycling," said Sadiq Khan, Labour’s minister of state for transport.

"In 1999, we introduced our ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme – a generous tax break scheme allowing employers to loan cycles and safety equipment to their employees. We have since built on this with the ‘Cycle to Work Guarantee’."

Khan added that the Party also has new plans to back the sector, with cash being dedicated to an ‘urban transport fund’, further Bikeability training and previously announced cycle facilities at train stations.

“As we move forward, we have announced our intention to create a new urban transport fund, following on from the success of the Sustainable Travel Town and Cycle Travel Town pilots, where targeted investment encouraged more people to get on their bikes.

“We recognise that the success of our cyclists in Beijing has helped create a new enthusiasm among young people for cycling. To capture this, we are providing significant investment in cycle training, enabling an extra 500,000 children to take part in Bikeability training by 2012.

“We have also put in place £5 million of new investment for improving facilities for cyclists at rail stations, such as more secure bicycle storage space and on-site repair shops.

Referring to the CTC’s initiative, Khan concluded: “With Labour it really is possible to ‘Vote Bike’!”

Earlier this week, the Liberal Democrats pledged their support for cycling.

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