The Cyclists’ Touring Club Magazine arrives, snappily entitled “Cycle”. It’s a marvellous mix of campaigning journalism, practical advice, reviews of bikes and equipment and reports of crazy trips. My favourite article was of the couple who traverses the Orkneys on their Brompton, simply folding it up and carrying it in their inflatable canoe between islands.
This edition compares the cycling policies of the parties. We’ve seen a lot of politicians posing (usually helmetless) on shiny bikes in London parks. David Cameron famously, cycled to the Commons, with his security details following him in a car. Boris cycled a 100 mile sportive which is impressive.
All the parties say they will take cycling seriously. This is at least a change from 2010 when cycling was scarcely mentioned, and UKIP declared that they would make cyclists pay parking fees, and would pass a law saying that cyclists should dismount and push at junctions.
I hate to say it but the SNP have done a great deal to promote cycling in Scotland. Somehow English nationalism might not be so kind.
All the parties appear to say much the same thing in their promises. The only difference is in their commitment to the £10 per head investment in cycling which would make the Infrastructure Act’s promise of a walking and cycling strategy come true.
Even I would not advocate voting for a party just because of their cycling advocacy, but if you are going to hustings why not ask about transport policy, the environment and cycling. I’m chairing the one in Warminster on April 8th at Christ Church so I can’t ask a question myself but some else might be coming along?