MP calls for dedicated cycle infrastructure to cut deaths

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A SHEFFIELD MP has challenged transport ministers to invest in a dedicated cycling infrastructure for the city.

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, said: “Despite the challenge of our famous hills, Sheffield has embraced cycling, and many of my constituents have backed the ‘Cities fit for Cycling’ manifesto.

“Will the Government commit to implementing the manifesto in full, as Labour has, and do ministers recognise that only investment in a dedicated cycling infrastructure will encourage road safety and a switch to bikes?”

After the debate, Mr Blomfield said: “The huge public interest and increase in cycling following success at the Olympics and Tour de France means this is the right moment to invest in a dedicated cycling infrastructure.

“It’s worrying that in the last year there was an increase the number of cyclists killed or injured on our roads, the first in 17 years.

“Labour wants all future road and other major transport schemes to be subject to a Cycling Safety Assessment before they are approved.”