Nick Clegg pledges to help turn Britain into a cycling nation

In response to British Cycling's #ChooseCycling network's request to commit to cycling, Nick Clegg says he's very keen to implement the recommendations

Chris Boardman has praised the Liberal Democrats after its leader Nick Clegg pledged to turn Britain into a cycling nation in response to British Cycling’s #ChooseCycling network.

The #ChooseCycling network is a group of major British businesses who are backing cycling for their staff and customers and it asked all party leaders to make commitments to cycling in their manifestos.

The network asked parties to allocate five per cent of Britain’s transport budget to cycling and set a target for cycling to account for 10 per cent of all trips.

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“The Liberal Democrats are the only party to nail their colours to the mast and pledge to implement everything the network is asking for,” said Boardman, British Cycling’s policy advisor after Clegg confirmed he is ‘very keen’ to implement the recommendations.

“It’s encouraging to hear that Nick Clegg is passionate about Britain becoming a cycling nation to rival our European neighbours.

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“The difference is that he is actually bold enough to put some numbers and targets against this aim with measures that could have a colossal impact on how people get around.

“If the Liberal Democrats form part of a new coalition we will certainly be pressing them to ensure that these ambitions form a central part of the government’s transport strategy.”

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.