Siôn promises West Midlands Cycling Revolution
Siôn Simon, Labour’s candidate for Metro-Mayor, today unveiled his plan for a cycle revolution at the Keep the Midlands Moving Forum in Birmingham.
Siôn will contrast his bold ambitions for cycling in the region to Tory Transport Secretary Chris Grayling who has declared, “cyclists are not road users”
Sion’s five point plan for cyclists will include:
- Signing the Cycle Charter, which aims to have 5% of all journeys taken by bike by 2023
- Improved use of canal tow paths and full cycle integration on public transport
- Better way-finding and night-time cycling networks
- Safer cycling and walking with more 20mph zones
- Building on success of Labour Police and Crime Commissioner in reducing ‘close pass’ overtaking by drivers
Siôn Simon said:
‘If we take back control of transport powers from London, then we can make a difference for cyclists. That’s good for the health of the region, its cuts carbon, and crucially it helps transform the quality of air.
‘When people die needlessly each year from unclean air, we can’t stand by and do nothing. We have to act, and act with ambition’