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Greens in cycling pledge

Posted 21 April 2010
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Greens in cycling pledge
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The Green Party has advocated shifting part of the government's transport funds towards encouraging activities like walking and cycling.

In an effort to reduce pollution, the party has said in its election manifesto that ten per cent of the departmental budget would go towards these two activities.

It has also pledged to increase the number of 20 mph zones, which may help increase road safety for cyclists.

While there is no indication from opinion polls that the party could make a major electoral impact, the pledges may help add to political pressure that could favour those who like to don their cycling gear and get around on two wheels.

Politicians who like to cycle frequently include Conservative leader David Cameron and his party colleague and London mayor Boris Johnson, which may mean that a Conservative-led government will offer positive policies towards cyclists.

One seat in which the Greens may have a chance is Brighton Kemptown, a three-way marginal where the party gained 22 per cent of the vote in the 2005 general election.

Posted by Brandon Egley