Daniel Zeichner MP has taken part in a charity static bike ride in Parliament to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. Daniel cycled 1.79 miles in 5 minutes as part of the event being hosted by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) which aimed to get parliamentarians cycling for twelve 12 hours straight.
The bike ride took place from 08:00 to 20:00 in Westminster where 80 MPs, Peers and Parliamentary Officials took it in turns to cycle as far as they could in 5 minutes in an effort to reach the top spot on the leader board.
The money raised from the bike ride will help the Royal British Legion provide lifelong support for the armed forces community. The Poppy Appeal has the prestigious position of being the only charity to fundraise in Parliament.
Commenting on the event Daniel Zeichner MP said:
“I was great to get into the saddle to support the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal with a pedal power push.”
"I know the money raised will go far in supporting those who have served in the British Armed Forces and their families.”
Force chiefs have been talking to officers in the West Midlands about introducing Operation Close Pass in order to protect "vulnerable road users" from being overtaken too closely by motorists. Under the potential new iniative, cars that repeatedly are seen to be overtaking cyclists with less than the legal 1.5 m distance could face being prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge welcomed stricter enforcement to protect 'vulnerable road users', but also called for more investment in infastructure and quality road design for motorists and cyclists alike.
Daniel Zeichner said:
"It is right that everyone obeys the rules, so I welcome any initiative from the police to ensure that there is proper enforcement. Motorists should always allow proper space, but we have all seen situations in Cambridge where that doesn’t happen. Enforcement is part of the answer, but good design is also important, to make it easier for both cyclists and motorists to travel safely."
This Halloween the ghosts of buses past haunt the roads of Britain.
The terrifying truth of the murder of Britain’s bus routes is clear after the failed experiment of bus deregulation which celebrates its grisly 30 year anniversary this week.
Daniel Zeichner MP will visit an out of use bus stop in Cherry Hinton (this Friday 28 October at 2pm at the junction of Bridewell Road and Colville Road) which he says highlights the problem of bus deregulation. It is a bus stop that local people consistently tell him they would like to use – but Stagecoach no longer run buses there – and there is nothing local communities can do about it.
Across the country, similar terrible tales are told. Since the 1980s, bus journeys outside London have halved - falling from around 2 billion to 1 billion a year. Many rural communities have had their buses completely scrapped.
The Bus Services Bill currently being debated in Parliament and Daniel Zeichner MP is calling for a change in the way buses are run in our country. He said:
“Buses are a vital public service and it’s about time the public had some say in how they’re run.
"Thanks to Tory deregulation, bus passengers have been blighted by rising fares and cuts to services for three decades.
“With the Bus Services Bill soon to arrive in the House of Commons, Labour will be taking the fight to the Tories and standing up for bus passengers.”
At a launch of the latest report from the West Anglia taskforce in Bishop's Stortford, Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner called for the Government to accept the evidence and urgently stump up the cash for investment in the West Anglia Main Line.
The West Anglia Taskforce recommendations call for a new station at Addenbrooke's and four-tracking the Liverpool Street rail line close to London in advance of Crossrail 2. With new airport capacity in the south east at least ten years away, the improvements will also allow unused capacity at Stansted to be used effectively.
Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner said:
“With the new rail franchise in place, it is now vital that the line is improved. Investing in the West Anglia Main Line will cut journey times for Cambridge commuters and help growth in the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor.
“We need to get the right infrastructure in place to position Cambridge and the region as the place in the world to do business especially in the technology and bioscience sectors. We urgently need fast and reliable transport to connect people to places.
“The importance of excellent transport links cannot be overstated, particularly following the Brexit vote.”
Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner had the chance to see behind the steering wheel in a behind the scenes tour of Cambridge car rental company Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Swann's Road Cambridge CB5 8JZ.
During his visit, Mr. Zeichner met the branch manager, and find out how the rental car industry is taking safety and customer service to the next gear.
Daniel Zeichner, who is also a Shadow Transport Minister, also had a chat with the staff about changes and challenges to the rental car industry over the next few years, especially with developments in autonomous cars, and green fuel emissions.
Daniel said “It's great to see companies like Enterprise taking the driving seat in vehicle safety, green emissions, and customer care.”
Daniel Zeichner MP heard about the importance of talking buses at the Labour Party Conference.
He heard about the experiences of a guide dog owner who had missed their stop and been left stranded on a bus because they were unable to know where on the route they were.
Following the announcement from Abellio Daniel Zeichner MP said: “I'm pleased we finally have some certainty about what will happen on the Cambridge-Liverpool Street line, after this much delayed announcement.
It’s bikes, buses and walking for Daniel Zeichner as he was appointed as a shadow transport minister.
Cambridge bus-users will endure another fare rise this weekend, as
Stagecoach continue to impose above inflation increases. In the week
that inflation officially hit zero, and after a steep fall in fuel
prices, Cambridge Labour candidate Daniel Zeichner says that
hard-pressed passengers in the city should not be having to pay over the
odds to get about:
Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher MP was in Cambridge today at the Milton Road Park and Ride at the invitation of Cambridge Labour Parliamentary candidate Daniel Zeichner.