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Bicycles

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps the Government have taken to increase the provision of bicycle racks in public places. (211750)

The provision of bicycle racks in public places is the responsibility of individual local authorities.

We encourage all local authorities to develop a cycling strategy as part of their local transport plan (LTP). This can include the provision of bicycle racks as well as on and off road cycle facilities such as cycle tracks and cycle lanes.

In January the Department announced a £140 million investment, over the next three years, for its cycling delivery body, Cycling England. This will complement local authority spend. £47 million of this has been allocated to extending the cycling demonstration towns (CDTs) programme to include up to 17 towns and a large city. As part of their programmes the successful CDTs will be able to provide cycle parking as well as other facilities for cyclists.

As part of the proposed package of public transport improvements to complement the planned congestion charge scheme, the Greater Manchester authorities intend to provide more than 2,500 extra cycle parking spaces introduced at 250 new locations and secure long-term parking facilities for bikes at rail and Metrolink stations.

We made funds available to provide over 2,500 cycle parking spaces in 2004-05, together with cycle shelters and CCTV at various stations all round the country.

In addition to this many train operators have provided improved cycle parking at public interchanges often working with local authorities. For example, TfL have provided improved cycle parking including the introduction of the innovative cycle centre at Finsbury Park Station, and Surrey county council have also worked with train operators to improve cycle parking at a number of stations in the county.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps the Government has taken to promote road safety amongst cyclists. (211751)

I refer my hon. Friend to my answer of Tuesday 13 June 2008, Official Report, column 848W, to the hon. Member for the City of Chester (Christine Russell).