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24 February 2012
safer cycling Yesterday I attended the Westminster Hall debate on cycling, organised by the APPG on Cycling in response to the Times’ Cities Fit for Cycling campaign. The room was packed with MPs from all sides of the House, and one of the best attended Westminster Hall debates I’ve seen in my time in Parliament. This is testament to the profile of the campaign, and how many people have written to their MPs to voice their support for it.

In the past few weeks I have received many emails from people across Lewisham East, who are rightly concerned about the safety of cyclists on London’s roads. As a cyclist myself – albeit a fair weather one! – I can only echo people’s fears about travelling through key junctions and roundabouts.

In my speech, I spoke about my own experiences in getting knocked off my bike in London. Luckily, I was fine, but the recent fatalities at Bow Roundabout highlights just how dangerous cycling can be. I hope this debate serves to encourage Parliament and Local Councils to address basic issues of road maintenance.

You can read my full speech here.

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