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Cycling investment strategy moves closer

Plans to create a cycling investment strategy received fresh momentum today.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill signalled the start of work to draw up legal documents to force governments to set cycling and walking strategies for England.

The proposal was first mooted by the coalition government in January, and was part of the Infrastructure Act that became law in February.

But it still requires secondary legislation, and that process has now been embarked upon by the new Conservative government.

Goodwill said: “We want everyone to be able to see what we are doing for cyclists and to judge for themselves whether it’s working.

“Which is why towards the end of the last parliament we passed a law saying that the Department for Transport will publish a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

“The strategy will set out our aims for cycling. It will say how much funding we are putting aside to meet those aims, and we will report on how much progress we’re making.

“For those of you who are interested in the legal technicalities, for the cycling strategy law to come into force we need some secondary legislation.

“And I can today announce that I have instructed my officials to begin work to commence the relevant section of the Infrastructure Act.”

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