Lots of good wording except for use of ‘pavement’ instead of ‘footway’.
The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) held its latest inquiry into England’s first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) earlier this week as Cycling UK’s #morethanmilk action scored a result with over 50 MPs writing a letter to The Times backing Cycling UK’s five key asks.
Government funding for cycling is set to fall to 72p per head (the equivalent of just two pints of milk) for residents in England outside of London by 2020/21, compared to funding of £86 per head for motorways and major roads (equivalent to a magnum of champagne per person!). Since the launch of #morethanmilk over 1,800 emails have been sent to MPs in England, asking them to support a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP. One of Cycling UK’s members wrote: “We used to ride on the left of the road. Now we ride on what’s left of the road.”
Could Britain be brave enough to commit to a fundamental rethink of its transport policy?
Drastically reduce pollution, road deaths, get people more active and healthy, reduce the burden on the NHS and make our island a more pleasant place to be?
Not too much to ask is it?
The Government published its mission statement for the forthcoming Cycling and Walking Strategy (CWIS) on the 17th December, the last day of Parliamentary business in 2015. However, CTC, the national cycling charity, believe there is a “yawning chasm” between the Department for Transport’s admirable aims and the funding available following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
Here is a link to the DfT announcement of the intention to award contracts to Arriva Trains North and First Transpennine:
Neither this nor the related statements issued this morning mention improvements to provision for cycle users or continued consultation with them. The Secretariat is seeking further information, in particular on what promises may have been made in the Arriva bid concerning provision for cycle users or dialogue with them. Watch this space for more info when it becomes available.
Well done to everyone who supported Buy nothing Friday. Here’s an interesting article worth checking out:
After several years of campaigning for the centre line to be removed on the B6530 (the road immediately east of Corbridge) and Advisory Cycling Lanes to be installed, its fabulous to see this has been done! A HUGE well done to NCC Highways for doing this. Hopefully, the drivers who have increasingly parked on the side of this road to further narrow the carriageway and make this vital cycle link an unhappy experience, will start to use the free parking on the south side of the bridge and actually walk back across it. Lets hope this 860 meters of safer cycling is just the start and Hexham Tyne Bridge and Ferry Road will follow very soon with others to follow.
….And as soon as possible we will drastically reduce subsidies on renewable energy, significantly lower efficiency standards for new houses and despite saying we support cycling, we will totally ignore the opportunity the Annual Spending Review presents for allocating funding to cycling.