CycleDigest April 2013
From the Editor
Cycle-friendliness is one of our themes this month, not least because of the improvements due to junctions and routes at 78 locations in England thanks to the Government's Cycle Safety fund, while London Cycling Campaign's 'Safer Urban Lorry' is a step forward in the HGV battle.
As far as local cycling levels are concerned, some places certainly have a lot to be proud of, but in others cycle-friendliness still needs a serious boost. The latest figures from the DfT and the returns from the 2011 Census show a very patchy picture indeed.
The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's report on their 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry will be out next week, so watch out for that - and if you haven't got in touch with your MP urging them to sign the Get Britain Cycling EDM 679, now's a good time.
Finally, the publications we've highlighted this month span a wide range of subjects, from an excellent guide to recording Rights of Way before we lose a lot of them, to a report on London's transport system. And there's much more as usual, so do read on.
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Cyclists will benefit from improvements to routes and junctions at 78 locations in England within the next 12 months. Some of the schemes are radical and impressive, including the partial removal of a gyratory in Leicester and the construction of a £2m cycle bridge in Bury St Edmunds.
The Government and local authorities will share the £40m cost.
New data for cycle use in England show that the Olympic bounce in 2012 perhaps wasn't quite as powerful as commentators at the time thought it might be. However, the fact that the Department for Transport is issuing local figures at all is an advance - until recently, they only published nationwide figures for cycle use.
2011 Census figures weren't very encouraging either, unfortunately. Also issued a short time ago, they show little change in commuting levels since 2001, but as with the DfT's local cycling data, the picture is patchy - some places still boast relatively high levels of cycling.
Check out the Census figures for where you live - see Chris Peck’s blog.
In February, CTC's ‘Prioritise this!’ campaign asked cyclists to email their newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs, England & Wales) and call on them to prioritise road safety in their imminent Police and Crime Plans for 2013-2016. Partnerships, targeted operations and police cuts were amongst the most common issues highlighted by PCCs.
Rhia Weston, CTC's Road Safety Campaigner, has analysed all the results and suggests some further action.