Cycling

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on cycling. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
14.05.2015Transport 2015
This paper provides an overview of the transport commitments given by the main political parties in the run up to the 2015 General Election; a broad summary of transport trends over the course of the 2010 Parliament; and looks at some of the possible transport 'hot spots' post-2015, specifically devolution; local bus services; cycling provision; rail franchising; and airport expansion.
25.06.2013Road cycling: statistics
In Great Britain, in 2011: 3.1 billion vehicle miles were travelled on pedal cycles; and, 107 cyclists were killed on the roads. This note summarises statistics on road cyclists. It focuses particularly on reported cyclist casualties on the roads of Great Britain.
08.11.2012London Olympics 2012: transport
This note gives an overview of the transport planning for the Games and summarises the performance of the London transport network during the Games period.
02.05.2012Cycling: bike and rail
This note looks at the rules regarding the carriage of bicycles on the railway network, and the policies of successive governments to encourage and integrate bike and rail journeys.
02.05.2012Cycling: equipment
This note looks at the requirements for cyclists to have lights and bells on their bicycles.
02.05.2012Cycling: offences
This note looks at the road traffic offences that can be committed by cyclists and the penalties available for them.
02.05.2012Cycling: safety
This note sets out the policies of successive governments to deal with the safety issues associated with cycling; initiatives to improve cycle safety in London and campaigns by third parties to improve safety generally and to mandate the wearing of cycle helmets.
30.04.2012Cycling: policy
This note looks at the policies of successive governments and the elected Mayors of London to promote cycling in England.
31.03.2004Protective Headgear for Young Cyclists Bill (Bill 21 2003/04)
Protective Headgear for Young Cyclists Bill (Bill 21 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/29.
28.01.1998Traffic congestion (including the Road Traffic (United Kingdom Targets) Bill 1997/98)
Traffic congestion (including the Road Traffic Reduction (United Kingdom Targets) Bill) (Bill 11 1997/98). House of Commons Library Research Paper 98/16.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
05.06.2015Trends in Transport
Transport is a key driver of economic growth. It links people to their workplaces and connects businesses. It also affects health, the environment and societal wellbeing. This POSTnote looks at why transport is changing, outlines current trends across and within transport sectors and considers the planning of transport networks.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
15.07.2009Improving road safety for pedestrians and cyclists in Great Britain.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
06.02.2012THE TIMES' CITIES FIT FOR CYCLING CAMPAIGN
That this House believes that cycling is an extremely efficient form of transport which is good for health and the environment; supports successive governments' commitment to encourage ...
02.02.2011COLLISIONS INVOLVING MOTOR VEHICLES AND CYCLISTS OR PEDESTRIANS
That this House acknowledges that many other European countries have much better cyclist and pedestrian safety records than the UK; recognises that these countries apply the principle ...
07.09.2010PARLIAMENT TO PARLIAMENT CYCLISTS
That this House congratulates the Parliament to Parliament cyclists welcomed to Westminster by their colleagues on 6 September 2010 who had cycled from Edinburgh to Westminster in four ...
12.07.2010CYCLE PROVISION AT BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET STATION
That this House notes with dismay Network Rail's lack of foresight, imagination and vision in its planning of cycle-friendly facilities at the new New Street Station; further notes ...
25.05.2010PEDALS AND BEER PUMPS TOUR
That this House is alarmed at the rate of pub closures around the country; applauds the former Beautiful South and Housemartins front man Paul Heaton in his efforts to highlight the ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses