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Green Party: Government’s “anti-cycling narrative” creates danger for cyclists

Green Party: Government’s “anti-cycling narrative” creates danger for cyclists

Hyde Park Corner 2.JPG Spokesperson slams Grant Shapps’ comments on number plates, compulsory insurance and speed limits for cyclists The Green Party says that the…

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Hyde Park Corner 2.JPG Spokesperson slams Grant Shapps’ comments on number plates, compulsory insurance and speed limits for cyclists

The Green Party says that the government is promoting an “anti-cycling narrative that is making things far more dangerous for cyclists” in response to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ call earlier this week for people on bikes to be required to display number plates, carry third party insurance cover and be subject to the same speed limits as motorists.

The cabinet minister’s comments, initially made to the Mail in an article published on Tuesday evening, made for prominent headlines in both print and broadcast media yesterday, and are in direct conflict with repeated assurances from his own ministers and from civil servants at the Department for Transport (DfT) that imposing such requirements on cyclists would be counter-productive.

> Grant Shapps: Cyclists should have number plates, be insured and subject to speed limits

While Shapps subsequently rowed back on his remarks regarding licensing of cyclists, his comments have been seized on with glee by some media outlets and commentators with a history of anti-cycling rhetoric.

> “Grant Shapps should be congratulated”: Frothing talk shows and Mr Loophole discuss number plates for cyclists

Indeed, much prominence has been given in some quarters today – including in the Mail (link is external) and on Talk TV – to a poll run by pro-motoring lobby group FairFuelUK, which is part-funded by the haulage industry, which claimed that 91 per cent of respondents (who had to […]

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