THIS week I want to bring to your attention a couple of cracking campaigns which I’ve been lucky to be part of.

The first involves cycling, normally a somewhat individual pursuit but one which has seen an enormous amount of people join forces and work as a team in recent weeks.

Following a campaign in The Times newspaper, Cities Fit for Cycling, a huge number of people contacted me to ask me to lobby the Government on a number of cycling related issues.

As a result I have tabled a number of questions with the Department of Transport, both in Parliament and in writing.

As well as contacting Ministers and Lancashire County Council with regards to certain cycle paths on the Fylde coast which are in need of improvement, I spoke in a debate and highlighted the dangers of cars parking in dedicated cycle lanes which many felt was a big concern.

I also spoke up in favour of ‘Trixi’ mirrors – which make it easier for drivers of large vehicles to spot cyclists at junctions – which many cyclists support and aren’t overly expensive.

With cycling becoming an ever more popular activity in our area, it’s right that cycle safety should be given the time it deserves.

I will continue to press for improvements to the cycling infrastructure in Fylde and I am pleased that the Government has found £11 million to fund safety training for a new generation of cyclists.  

Another great campaign is happening this week too – Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Advice Week 2012.

I’m of course taking part with one of my regular surgeries but there are a host of other organisations on hand to help people in need during the week including Citizens Advice Bureau, Advice Link, Welfare Rights Service, Age UK, Care and Repair, Disability First and Help Direct.

With everything from debt and housing to employment, benefit and care issues up for discussion no one should suffer in silence and I would urge people to visit or call 01253 476843 for more information.

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