Here is a roundup of some of the various reports on the backbench business committee debate that took place in Parliament on 2 September 2013 on the motion:
That this House
welcomes the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s report “Get Britain Cycling”;
endorses the target of 10 per cent of all journeys being by bike by 2025, and 25 per cent by 2050;
and calls on the Government to show strong political leadership, including an annual Cycling Action Plan and sustained funding for cycling.
For about 4 hours about 100 MPs debated the actions needed to get more people in Britain to choose to cycle for everyday outings – that is, utilitarian cycling, as contrasted with sport cycling (although that too was encouraged). The motion was passed unanimously.
Outside the Palace of Westminster there were over 5000 people cycling in an event organised by the London Cycle Campaign, demanding ‘Space For Cycling‘.
- TheyWorkForYou: Transcript of debate
- Parliament TV: Watch the debate (info)
- The Times: Pressure mounts on PM to make radical reforms for cycling
- The Times: Parties compete to produce ‘best manifesto for cycling’
- BBC: The shifting politics of London cycling
- BBC (video): Mass protest for cycling safety in London
- London Cycling Campaign: 5000 surround Parliament on bikes
- The Guardian: Thousands of cycling protesters surround Parliament Square in London
- Evening Standard: 5,000 cyclists protest for better safety on London’s roads after spate of deaths
- road.cc: Birmingham cyclists demand Space for Cycling
- Sustrans: Cycling debate: Passionate words must lead to immediate action
- Sustrans: The birth of the cycling vote
- BikeBiz: After four hour debate 100 British MPs agree to ‘Get Britain Cycling’
- BikeRadar: MPs call for more funding to make cycling safer
- cyclr: Comments on last night’s debate in Parliament (update: content removed at source)