Power player: UKIP’s transport spokesperson Jill Seymour, MEP.
What have they promised?
They don’t have their full transport manifesto available yet, but a short statement outlining the party’s position has been released. They namecheck the idea of using closed railway lines to create a network of cycle lanes, and encouraging participation in the cycling proficiency test.
Do we believe them?
Not really, no. On their website they currently have a bit of a mini-manifesto, and the transport section doesn’t mention walking or cycling at all: it’s all HS2 and pensioner’s bus passes. They also have a bloody awful track record: in 2010 (the last time they had a lengthy manifesto), they thought it’d be a great idea to give everyone a ‘Cycledisc’, to minimise “dangerous cyclist behaviour”. This is no longer policy, but it’s not great.
What about changes other than money?
Nah. I reckon they just want cyclists to be aware of the rules of the road so they don’t jump red lights and do things that might endanger those oh so vulnerable motorists.
Do they get it?
I don’t think so. The statement they provided is nice, but it completely ignores the concept of upping funding and the railways idea feels a bit like a platitude. It’s skirting around the real issue of changing cycling culture. UKIP are taking the rather libertarian stance, which feels like the equivalent of saying of “they can cycle as long as it doesn’t affect me”.
Manifesto update: Not ONE mention of cycling in the 2015 UKIP manifesto. EUGH.