The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking (APPGCW) Parliamentary Bike Ride returned this week for the first time since 2019.
The event brought together MPs, peers, experts and advocates for the first time since 2019, as the previous two rides had been postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is sponsored by micromobility provider Tier
Addressing the meeting, Active Travel England commissioner Chris Boardman said: ‘’We now need to change our language to talk about the people who aren’t in this room and what is important to them. And thankfully for us our soap box is so sturdy – you don’t want to give money to Putin for oil? We’ve got a solution for you. You want to save money for the family who’s really worried about the bills? We’ve got a solution. Health? We’ve got a solution, all of these things – and we need to make it visible in a language that other people value.’’
This comes at an exciting time for cycling in England, following the launch of Active Travel England earlier this year and a widespread increase in cycling over the past couple of years. The second Cycling and Walking Strategy (CWIS2) is also anticipated to be released shortly, which will detail how the Government’s Gear Change policy will be funded.
Transport minister Trudy Harrison, who took part in the event, said: ‘’It’s been said that a few times that Gear Change is the greatest health intervention that the Government has ever made, I absolutely agree.’’