Transport representatives from the three major political parties will attend the very first ‘Big Cycling Debate,’ as arranged by the umbrella organisation, the UK Cycling Alliance.
Though the exact venue has yet to be confirmed, MPs from the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats will debate their manifesto points on cycling and its infrastructure.
Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, which publishes The Times, will host the debate, as the newspaper continues its ‘Cities Fit for Cycling’ campaign that it launched after reporter Mary Bowers, who was knocked off her bike and injured in London in 2011.
The debate is due to go ahead on Monday, March 2 at 11:30 somewhere in the capital, and will be chaired by the BBC’s John Humphrys.
Speakers at the debate will include Labour’s shadow transport minister Richard Burden, Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert, who is joint chair of the All-Party Paliamentary Cycling Group in and an active cycle saftey campaigner, as well as the Tories’ Robert Goodwill, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.
The debate comes as recent Infrastructure Bill amendments mean that there is now legal obligation on the government to come up with a Cycling and Walking investment strategy. Targets will have to be set by the Department for Transport and for the first time, and funds will have to be earmarked for the purposes of promoting active transport.