Cycle Campaign News February 2014
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From the Editor
Handing in its first petition to the police was an important moment for CTC's ongoing Road Justice Campaign (see 'Headlines' below).
Prosecutors, the courts and sentencing are also in sight this year - poor collision investigation, inexplicable charging and prosecution decisions, and lenient sentencing must become a thing of the past.
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Improving the health of Londoners: transport action plan (Transport for London)
Action plan outlining why TfL believes that it must more explicitly recognise and demonstrate its role in helping make Londoners keep fit through its transport policies and programmes.
Sets out 10 ‘new ways of working’ so that TfL can make a difference by 2017. Encouraging and promoting walking and cycling is central.
Cycling, Health and Safety (OECD International Transport Forum)
Substantial new report on cycling, reiterating the message that the health benefits to society of cycling outweigh the negative impacts by up to a factor of 20. Says that creating a safe system through government policy and city action is key to reaping the greatest advantages through increased physical activity.
With sensible recommendations (e.g. on lower speeds), useful ‘health v safety’ chapter and comparisons of other countries’ policies and/or historic trends in cycling/cycle safety.
Free online version available, or around £70 for printed copy (248 pages)
Modelling the Health Impact of a 10% cycling mode share (Dr James Woodcock for British Cycling)
Briefing to explain the calculations behind the welcome claim that a 10% cycling mode share could reduce the total burden of disease by just over 1% each year (equivalent to 92 thousand extra years of healthy life gained over the life-course from the reduction in new cases of disease in one year).
The author says: “This includes a reduction of nearly 5% in the burden of heart disease, diabetes and stroke and 4% in the burden from dementia. Road traffic injuries increase by just under 10%. Total benefits from increased physical activity are around 97 thousand years of healthy life gained whilst around 5 thousand years of healthy life are lost due to the increase in injuries. Using a slightly different method the total number of premature deaths in one year could fall by just over 2%."
The healthy commute: What impact does cycling to work have on employee health? (Cycle to Work Alliance/Sustrans)
Report showing that the tax-efficient Cycle to Work scheme is currently helping to prevent over 500 deaths each year, while saving the Government £5.1 billion over the decade.
The research was carried out using the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT).
Briefing arguing that consultation on 20 mph is valuable if it's difficult to predict the outcome, but given that most people support 20 mph in any case, sounding out opinion can waste time and money. Says that it's better to sell the benefits of lower speeds through effective engagement and get on with the improvements.
Delivering change: How cities go low carbon while supporting economic growth (Centre for Cities)
Ed Clarke, Zach Wilcox & Nada Nohrová
Report, with case studies, setting out a framework for understanding the roles that cities can play in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Takes a comprehensive look at a number of factors (e.g. green manufacturing, renewable energy etc.) and stresses the importance of leadership, knowledge and networks. Cycling gets a brief mention, and one of the places highlighted is ‘Cycling City’ Bristol.