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Government slammed over poor cycling record

GOVERNMENT PLANS to quadruple cycle use by 2012 are under threat from the Government's 'fundamental lack of commitment to cycling', MPs warned this week.

A report published by the cross party Environment Transport and the Regions select committee highlighted that the Government had already backtracked on short term plans to boost cycle journeys, and was ignoring commitments it had set out in its 1998 Transport White Paper.

The critical assessment comes as a fresh blow to the Government's green credentials, already under fire after it failed to embrace last Friday's European car free day (News last week).

The committee said the Government had abandoned efforts to double cycle journeys even though the 1998 Transport White Paper endorsed targets set out in the 1996 National Cycling Strategy.

'We were surprised when (transport minister) Lord MacDonald told us that the target for 2002 had not been 'put. . . inside our formal targets'; in fact it has apparently been abandoned, ' says the report.

The committee also criticised the Government's failure to produce targets for increasing the number of journeys made on foot, as promised in the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions' 1999 annual report.

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