The Times: A Message From The Editor


“Dear Reader

This is a landmark day for cycling in Britain. We would not have got this far without your invaluable support, but we need your help again.

Today, an unprecedented House of Commons inquiry publishes the Get Britain Cycling report, making 18 bold recommendations which call on the Government to make Britain’s streets safer and more inviting for cyclists.

Please help us put pressure on the Government by signing this online petition, calling on the Prime Minister to implement the report’s recommendations:

  • Create an annual cycling budget equivalent to £10 per head of population – an increase on the current spend of less than £2 per person.
  • Fund cycling through health, education, sport and business budgets as well as transport budgets – recognising the contribution cycling makes to other sectors.
  • Appoint a national Cycling Champion.
  • Create a cross-departmental Cycling Action Plan with annual progress reports.
  • Create a statutory requirement for all new housing, business and transport developments to consider the needs of cyclists and pedestrians during the planning stage.
  • Extend 20mph zones in towns and consider 40mph limits on many rural lanes.
  • Create cycle routes running alongside trunk road and motorway corridors.
  • Limit the use of HGVs on busy urban streets at peak hours.
  • Provide cycle training at all primary and secondary schools.
  • Increase the proportion of journeys made by bike from 2% in 2011 to 10% in 2025 and 25% by 2050.

Thank you for your invaluable support over the last year, please remember to take 2 minutes to sign the petition. You can read all about the Get Britain Cycling report on our free campaign page at

John Witherow Signature

John Witherow
Editor of The Times

Categories: Cycling

2 replies »

    • Hi there! The Cornish Way… I’m tempted to consider that for my May half-term pre-Eurovelo 8 stretch of the legs. Would you recommend it? Are you camping? Where did you start / finish? (Sorry, bit of an interrogation there…)

What do you think?