Updated: Nov 29, 2019
Dear Paul Tuohy from Cycling UK,
Thank you for contacting me about cycling and walking.
Encouraging cycling and walking is key to improving public health and improving air quality in our towns and cities.
That’s why a Conservative majority government will create a new £350 million cycling infrastructure fund and support commuter cycling routes, so more people can cycle safely to work and more families can go our riding together. We will boost our investment in both cycling and walking, to make it easier for people to get around, as well as working with the NHS to encourage people to become more active. We will work with local authorities to create low-traffic ‘health neighbourhoods’, making streets safer to walk and cycle.
We will create segregated health lanes on main roads, with the first of these being trialled in Blackpool. In these areas, GPs will be incentivised to prescribe bikes to patients in need. We will also double bikeability training and create a long-term cycling programme and budget like the roads programme and budget, with a new infrastructure fund to build better schemes.
Our plans will improve the quality of life for many people, improving our health and ensuring our infrastructure is fit for the future.
P.S. I am a Marathson runner and a keen cyclist. I have done a number of cycling challenges, such as Lands' End to John O Groats and Trans Pyrenees .
Dr Shengke Zhi
PPC for Manchester Withington