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Government 'working hard' to improve cycling safety

A transport minister has rejected claims by a Labour MP that the government is not doing enough to improve cycling safety, during departmental questions on 29 November 2012.

Norman Baker said he had pledged a further £20m funding for cycling projects on top of the £30m announced earlier in the year to tackle dangerous junctions.

"We have also made it simpler for councils to put in place 20mph zones and limit and install trixi mirrors to improve the visibility of cyclists at junctions, by reducing bureaucracy."

However, Leicester South MP Jonathan Ashworth said the Leicester cycling campaign felt the government needed to put "more emphasis and more support" into cycling.

He urged the government to implement all the proposals in the Times campaign and to commit to investing in "dedicated separate cycling infrastructure".

Responding, Mr Baker said this was a "churlish interpretation" of what the government had done "which is an enormous amount of effort to improve cycling" and to progress the campaign's recommendations.

He said the government had inherited a "huge backlog of important cycling interventions" from the previous Labour government "and we are progressing well to deal with those".

In response to a later question, the minister insisted the government's investment in cycling "completely dwarfs" Labour's record in office.


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