A number of big businesses, including the likes of the AA and Orange, have written a letter to the government demanding that they do more to invest in dedicated cycle routes and in the infrastructure that is required for safer cycling. The companies employ more than 250,000 people between them, and have felt the need to write to government after they conducted a u-turn on investment into cycling infrastructure.
The government has long said that it is keen for more people to cycle. They have said that it not only helps reduce congestion, but that it also means lower emissions and healthier citizens. They have resisted calls to force children to wear cycling helmets, because they said that they didn’t want to deter any youngsters from getting on their bike and taking up cycling.
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They have also pledged, previously, to invest in improving the country’s cycle routes and cycling infrastructure. Cycling and walking had been expected to be on the agenda when the 25th November spending reforms were discussed, but it has recently been leaked that this is no longer the case, and several groups have accused the government of a u-turn on the subject. A number of the country’s biggest businesses have grouped together in a bid to try and demand further positive action.
The businesses include Virgin Trains, Orange, and GSK, and they employ a quarter of a million people between them. A representative has said that it is especially important for those businesses that operate in major cities where congestion is a problem, and that they simply want to ensure that their employees are able to get to and from work using the most effective and efficient means of transport possible for their circumstances.
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The group have requested that spending on infrastructure not stop when the current plan ends next year, and have said that a moderate investment of between £10 and £20 per capita would help ensure the continued improvement and help ensure future improvements to the system. The government has yet to comment, although the minister of state for cycling, Robert Goodwill, said that Britain should hang its head in shame following a visit to Denmark.