As the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group inquiry ‘Get Britain Cycling’ gets underway in Westminster, Laura Laker explains how it works.
What is the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group?
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The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) is a group of cross party MPs and peers from across the political parties, its purpose ‘promoting all forms of cycling inside and out of the Houses of Parliament’. The APPCG is chaired by Ian Austin MP (Lab) and Dr. Julian Huppert MP (LD).
(All Party Parliamentary Groups are unofficial groups within parliament made up of back benchers and peers to raise awareness of common interest issues among ministers.)
What is the purpose of the inquiry?
To enable more people across the UK to cycle more and to improve safety. The inquiry will study verbal and written evidence from a variety of expert witnesses on the obstacles to getting people cycling and concrete ways to overcome those obstacles.
Who is giving evidence?
A range of expert witnesses, from campaigners to academics to motoring and freight transport representatives. Written evidence was also submitted by around 10,000 people, members of the public included. Topics covered will include political leadership, behaviour change, funding, safety, planning and health.
Who funds the inquiry?
The secretariat of the APPCG is funded by the UK Cycling Alliance – an informal group of organisations working in and on behalf of cycling.’ It includes CTC, Sustrans, London Cycling Campaign and the Bicycle Association.
The report produced at the end of the enquiry is funded by a £10,000 donation from News International, parent company of The Times
What format do the inquiry’s sessions take?
Usually a panel of at least six of the APPCG members will attend (there are eight members in total), with witnesses giving evidence. Each witness makes a statement and is then questioned by the panel.
How many sessions will there be?
Six, the last being March 6.
What happens with the findings?
Using transcripts of the sessions and submitted evidence, a report will be produced by Phil Goodwin Transport Policy Professor at UWE, Bristol. This report will contain a series of recommendations that the group will take to government with the aim of implementing.