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GOVERNMENT TO PROMOTE CYCLE LANES

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Hansard 12 Nov: Column 839 ...
Hansard 12 Nov: Column 839

Part of the government's transport policy was to encouraging cycle tracks, transport minister lord Whitty told peers yesterday.

He we encourage the provision of cycle tracks wherever it could and other cycling priorities elswhere.

He told Lady Nicol: 'In some towns that is more difficult than others, but it is a priority for those of us involved in local transport plans'.

Lady Nicol said most accidents involving cyclists would be eliminated if there were proper cycleways. She said government should persuade local authorities and whoever else it was necessary to persuade, to set up a network of cycle tracks as soon as possible.

Lord Whitty told Viscount Long it would be too complicated to licence all bicycles, but he urged cyclists to take out insurance against being involved in accidents.

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