Just under a fortnight before the Millennium Festival of Cycling starts theres a nice preamble courtesy of the Environmental Transport Association and their Green Transport Week, which begins today. Transport Minister Keith Hill MP kicked the event off

Transport Minister backs bikes

The 2000 ETA Green Transport Week launch was today hosted by Medway Council in Rochester.

Transport Minister Keith Hill MP gave the keynote launch speech at a conference in Rochester’s Corn Exchange building:

"86% of personal travel in Britain – in terms of distances travelled – is by car, van or taxi, said Hill.

This Government is committed to improving alternatives to using the car, and to allow people to feel less dependent on their car, particularly for short journeys.

"If we want to see change we need to tell people about the benefits of

sustainable travel, but more than that – we need to offer realistic,

practical and convenient choices and show that they work. The car should

represent just one transport option among several – cycling, walking,

public transport among them.

"So I am delighted to launch this year’s ETA Green Transport Week and wish its programme of events, initiatives and projects every success in this its eighth year."

A list of Green Transport Week regional events is on the ETA website at


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