FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ NDP INTRODUCES NATIONAL CYCLING STRATEGY

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“We need to do more to make Canada a cycling nation,� said Johns who has biked to work on Parliament Hill every day since being elected. “It’s time for a national plan to get more Canadians using this low cost, environmentally friendly, and healthy mode of transportation.�

A National Cycling Strategy will commit the federal government to setting clear targets for the expansion of cycling friendly infrastructure. Additionally, it will encourage more Canadians to choose cycling as a mode of transportation and support enhanced national safety measures.

“Safety measures like mandatory side guards will save lives and encourage more Canadians to ride bicycles,� said Boulerice. “We also need to increase awareness and education for motorists and cyclists as they share the road.�

Cycling advocates support the NDP push for a national strategy that would see the federal government work with provinces, municipalities, relevant cycling and motorist groups, and industry partners to increase all types of cycling across Canada.

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