Here’s a quick look at what the Tories, Labour, the Lib-Dems and the Greens are promising in their 2015 General Election manifestos in terms of cycling and cycle safety.
Unsurprising, perhaps, the Greens go furthest – and admirably call for a change in the burden of proof in road collisions (ie the motorists would be presumed liable for any collision, rather than the prosecution having to prove fault). They want to ban lorries without safety sensors from towns and cities.
There is also a promise from the Greens on cycle parking and cycle storage on residential streets.
The Lib-Dems call for a wholscale acceptance of the cross-party Get Britain Cycling report (which was co-chaired by Lib-Dem MP Julian Huppert) but would keep spending within current departmental limits.
The Tories want to double the number of journeys by bike (but don’t say by when) and offer a £200m investment, which is pretty modest for the country as a whole when London’s £913 million plans are taken as comparison.
Labour is arguably the most disappointing, promising only to “promote cycling”. What a shame that Mary Creagh, a keen cyclist, was booted out of the shadow transport brief off to the wilderness of international development for effectively being too good…