Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy and the Infrastructure Bill

With MPs about to vote on a Liberal Democrat Amendment to the Infrastructure Bill on Monday 26 January 2015 - I have sent an email to Stephen O'Brien MP .The text of my email is below:


Dear Mr O'Brien,

As a local constituent I would like your support to help everyone cycle and walk short journeys, particularly to help children to walk and cycle the school run. Not only would this make everyone healthier but it would also transform my local area. I am asking you to add your name to and support Liberal Democrat amendments to the Infrastructure Bill which will include an amendment to introduce a Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy, .... the national strategies for roads and rail. The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy would be made up of four elements:

● a long-term vision to increase walking and cycling rates across the whole population, in rural as well as urban areas;

● a Statement of Funds Available for the next five years that would be spent specifically on cycling and walking;

● a detailed Investment Plan of programmes and schemes - for example to improve cycle-rail integration, retrofit safe walking and cycling paths along busy roads and give provincial towns and cities London-style cycling measures and exemplary public spaces;

● a Performance Specification of measures and targets - for example increases in cycling and walking levels, improvement in safety, and the proportion of schools and stations with safe routes to them.

I hope that you will be in favour of this Liberal Democrat amendment, and will make your support known by adding your signature to the tabled amendment by Dr Julian Huppert MP and speaking up as the Bill goes to Report Stage on 26 January.

A broad coalition of organisations are supporting the Liberal Democrat amendment including Campaign to Protect Rural England, Sustrans, CTC, British Cycling, Campaign for Better Transport, Living Streets, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and The Richmond Group – 10 of the leading health and social care organisations in the voluntary sector, among others. The result will secure a transformational level of long-term investment for cycling and walking for our local communities.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,



Ian Priestner

Liberal Democrat PPC for Eddisbury

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