A Brighton MP is calling on colleagues to get Britain cycling. Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, was one of the sponsors of a motion, which was discussed in the House of Commons last night.

It called on the Government to show strong political leadership to boost cycling through extra funding and creating an annual Cycling Action Plan.

Dr Lucas said: “The Brighton Bike Train and the new cycling hub at Brighton station are two great examples of initiatives that are encouraging people to get on their bikes.

“But on a national level, the Government isn't doing nearly enough.”

During the debate, she also mentioned the work of Brighton and Hove Albion FC to promote cycling, the Old Shoreham Road cycle lane and the 20mph limit as being positive moves to encourage bike use. 

She added: "I end by emphasising that there are also very good economic and social reasons, which would alone provide ample grounds for full implementation of all the [Get Britain Cycling] report’s recommendations.

"For example, according to a Sustrans report last year, 1.5 million people are in transport poverty. These people are unable to get to jobs, shops, health care or school because they cannot drive or run a car, while public transport is inaccessible and they cannot use bikes either.

"More investment in bikes would help them tremendously."

The motion was passed. 

You can read the full debate here.