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Eric Pickles’ replacement is potentially great news for cycling

13 May 2015

MP Greg Clark has been announced as the replacement for Eric Pickles as secretary of state for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

As Mr Clark has advocated cycling in the past, with a campaign to increase cycling levels in his Tunbridge Wells constituency in 2013, CPRE recognises his appointment as potentially great news for cycling.

Ralph Smyth, transport campaign manager at Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments:

"The New Secretary of State Greg Clark has championed cycling in his local area, which is bound to mean a different approach - a better approach.

"We would like to see better planning guidance, which builds in high rates of walking and cycling. Significant numbers of homes are proposed in many towns and it makes sense to do all we can to help people in those new homes get cycling.

"Fear about traffic clogging up the roads is one of the most common reasons why new housing developments are opposed. If you build in Dutch style cycle infrastructure from the start, you can tackle traffic issues and won't have the extra cost of expanding road capacity.

"There's also great scope for neighbourhood planning, which Greg Clark has promoted passionately, to deliver bottom up action on walking and cycling. Our transport toolkit is full of hints and examples."

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