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Transport Minister visits Milton Park

Published on: 09/03/2018

Today, Jesse Norman, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport visited Milton Park. He was joined by Ed Vaizey, MP for Didcot & Wantage and representatives of Oxfordshire County Council. The group met with some of the Milton Park management team including Philip Campbell, Commercial Director and Veronica Reynolds, Travel Advisor, they discussed recent green travel planning success at Milton Park and the £100,000 government funding towards cycle safety projects which was announced earlier in the day.

 

The Milton Park team are continuing to encourage members of the community to opt for different methods of transport including cycle, car sharing and public transport options. All of which is underpinned by work being carried out by the local authorities to improve infrastructure access across the county and Science Vale.

 

A summary of the announcement can be seen below:

Government publishes call for evidence of cycle safety

Ambition is to improve cycling and walking safety whilst promoting more active travel

 

Cycling Minister Jesse Norman has set out his plans to help people to walk and cycle more, as part of a push for the UK to leave cars behind for shorter journeys.

This comes as the Department for Transport publishes a call for evidence on cycling in this country, asking for a range of views and opinions from the public on everything from improved infrastructure to education for all road users.

This is part of the government’s drive to make cycling and walking safer, while encouraging more people to take up cycling at all ages as part of a green revolution in transport.

Mr Norman also announced today (9 March 2018) that he has awarded £100,000 of seed funding to 3 innovative cycling safety projects. These pilots aim to tackle a range of issues, including reducing the cost of e-bike batteries through recycling used laptop batteries.

Cycling Minister Jesse Norman said:

“We need to become a nation of cyclists, and this government wants to make cycling the natural choice of transport for people of all ages and backgrounds.

The call for evidence published today will support an open, comprehensive and thorough review across government to encourage active travel and improve safety for all road users, and I hope that as many people as possible take the time to read and respond to it.

We are determined to make cycling safer and easier across the country, and we are continuing to invest. Today we’re announcing an investment of £100,000 each in 3 innovative cycle safety projects, in addition to the recent £7 million of funding to improve cycle safety. This is all part of the first-ever statutory Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.”

This announcement comes as a report, recommending that there is a case for a new offence to be introduced to tackle dangerous cycling, has been published by the Department for Transport.

To read more, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-publishes-call-for-evidence-on-cycle-safety

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