24 April 2012
Last updated at 05:42 ET
Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow has told MPs there is “no leadership from the state” on cycle safety.
Mr Snow and Times newspaper editor James Harding are among witnesses giving evidence to an influential committee about cyclists’ safety.
Mr Harding has led a campaign to make roads safe for cyclists after Times journalist Mary Bowers was knocked off her bike and left in a coma.
“There is no leadership from the state at all,” Mr Snow said.
MPs from the transport select committee are questioning the pair as part of an investigation into road safety.
The Times has published a list of the “worst roads for cycling in Britain” as part of their campaign. Cyclists and drivers highlighted 4,010 junctions, 2,778 stretches of badly designed road, 1,453 poorly built cycle lanes and 1,360 roads made dangerous by pot holes, the newspaper said.
The Times editor and Channel 4 news presenter will be followed by transport ministers Mike Penning and Norman Baker.
Mr Snow wrote on his blog recently that the “government appears to be in confusion about cycling”. He said cycling should bring health and environmental benefits but that ministers seem to be “going in precisely the opposite direction”.
The influential transport select committee said it wants the government to respond to the “most pressing safety concerns for cyclists using UK roads”.