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Unless you've been sitting in a small dark room for the last few months, you'll know that today is the big day - the polling stations are open and it's time to cast your vote.

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Of course, you'll be voting for the party who you think will do the best job at running the country as a whole.

However, for most of us, cycling is pretty important in our day-to-day lives - so here's a look at what the key parties claim they will do for cycling.

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Leader David Cameron is a keen cyclist - though he sparked some controversy when it transpired his cycle to work was accompanied by a car/broomwagon which transported his briefcase.

But what do the conservatives promise in their manifesto?

"We want to double the number of journeys make by bicycle and will invest over £200 million to make cycling safer, so we reduce the number of cyclists killed or injured on our roads every year."

It's not stated over what time period the money will be spent. Comparatively, the party would spend 15 billion on the roads 500 million ensuring cars and vans are zero emissions vehicles by 2050.

Ed Miliband

The labour manifesto only mentions cycling twice, but they do pledge support:

"We will support long-term investment in strategic roads, address the neglect of local roads, and promote cycling."

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However, other than stating that money will be transferred to local powers under the English Devolution Act, giving them: "control over local transport systems so that in future, local bodies can integrate trains, buses, trams and cycling into a single network" there isn't much information given on specific plans or pots of money.

However - they have elsewhere set out an Action Plan for cycling, which includes:

  • Tough new rules for HGVs.
  • A Cycle Safety Assessment of all new road schemes.
  • Give local authorities greater responsibility to support cycling.
  • End the stop-start approach to supporting cycling infrastructure.
  • Encourage more people to commute to work by bike.
  • Ensure that children and young people have every opportunity to cycle safely.
  • Restore national targets to cut deaths and serious injuries and a new target to increase levels of cycling.
  • Review of justice system and how it protects vulnerable road users.
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Leader Nick Clegg has said he wants to see the number of journeys made by bike more than doubled by 2020. When announcing plans to spend £214m on cycling in the UK he said: "Research shows us that boosting cycling could save billions of pounds otherwise spent on the NHS, reduce pollution and congestion, and create a happier and safer population."

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The party has committed to spending £10 per head on cycling, and want to see cycling make up 25% of journeys by 2050.

The manifesto claims that health will be improved: "by opening up more sports facilities and building more cycle routes we can cut obesity and reduce heart problems."

Cycling is also considered in their plans for greener tansport as the manifesto claims they will: "Support options for an intercity cycleway along the HS2 [High Speed 2] route, within the overall budget for the project."

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The greens support cycling, and in the 'Transport' section of their manifesto cycling is listed as their second highest priority, only behind walking - public transport is in third.

The Green's have been instrumental in introducing 20mph limits into residential areas and want to make streets "healthy and safe places for people to walk and cycle".

They also plan to provide cycle parking where there is demand, and will also invest in secure on-street parking in residential areas.

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UKIP have supported the CTC's 'Vote Bike' campaign saying:

“Britain needs a sustainable transport policy which is fair to all and serves the needs of our country. We wish to encourage cycling, and improve access and safety for cyclists.

“We would seek to introduce interurban cycle tracks by utilising the network of closed railway lines and, where possible, increase extra cycling lanes. These would be high quality paved surfaces, and lit at night.

“We would encourage participation in a cycling proficiency test to ensure an understanding of the Highway Code and the rules of the road."

However - the manifesto makes no mention of cycling - and transport minister Jill Seymour is quoted in the manifesto to say: "Motorists should not feel as if they are being used as cash cows to boost national or local government funds."

The manifesto states that they will not allow speed cameras "as revenue raisers", and they will remove road tolls.

The legacy of vintage cars is also high on the agenda, and they state: "To help protect the enduring legacy of the motor industry and our classic and historic vehicles, UKIP will exempt vehicles over 25 years old from Vehicle Excise Duty."

So - who will you be voting for?