Bicycles on Trains Petition – Government Responds

Posted by chdot on February 9, 2007

It is now possible to create or sign petitions to the UK Government as well as to the Scottish Parliament.

A recent e-petition to Downing Street very reasonably said “We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Make the provision for Bicycles on Trains Free and Compulsory by all train operators.” It received a very reasonable 2,396 signatures – though not remotely close to a current petition –

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Scrap the planned vehicle tracking and road pricing policy“, which is heading for a MILLION signatures (exceeded 10.02.07). No wonder the ‘cycle lobby’ has an uphill struggle! (There is an alternative – “We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to go ahead with the road pricing policy, and invest the money raised in public transport and cycle networks” – but it’s got a long way to go…..)

The response to the ‘bikes on trains’ one has just been released. It is reasonably positive, though a little tame, including – “we will continue to encourage all Train Operating Companies (TOCs) to provide facilities which will help facilitate more bike and rail journeys”.

It concludes with “We have asked Cycling England, our advisory group on cycling, to look into how we might better encourage bike and rail journeys. They have accepted this remit and are now looking to see where progress can best be made to further improve bike and rail integration”.

This of course raises interesting questions as to whether any suggestions for improvements will apply to Scotland or whether the Scottish Parliament will ask Cycling Scotland to consider bike/rail this side of the Border.

UK cycling charity Sustrans has worked on its Safe Routes to Stations project in England and Scotland (PDFs).

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