CycleDigest August 2013
From the Editor
Welcome to the August issue of CTC's CycleDigest.
Congratulations are due to the eight cities and four national parks who've been awarded significant central government funding for cycling.
Although the amount each city has to spend on each of its citizens varies, between them it amounts to around £10 per person per year and, happily, this is the sum recommended by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's (APPCG) 'Get Britain Cycling' report, published in April.
This is good news for the cities, of course, but the new cycle funding only covers one tenth of Britain's population for two years, so an enduring commitment to spend £10 per person annually wherever they live would be far better - and just think what could be done with double! £20 per person per year is, after all, the APPCG's long-term ambition.
One way of helping reach that goal is to urge your MP to attend the 'Get Britain Cycling' debate on Parliament's first day back on 2 September. It's really easy to send them a letter!
The presentations from Velo-city in Vienna (June 2013) are now on-line. Browse for an insight into all sorts of cycling stuff from all sorts of countries. For those who can’t decide what to look at first, delegate Chris Peck lists his top five presentations, plus his own one!
Anthony A. Laverty et al (Published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, August 6 2013).
Results of a nationally representative study adding to the evidence backing up the need for a concerted policy focus on promoting active commuting (i.e. walking and cycling) to tackle obesity and diabetes, and reduce cardiovascular risk factors.
Michael Duncan / Andrew Johnson (Published in the European Journal of Sport Science online, 3 June 2013)
Study by UK researchers looking at the impact of acute cycling on the brain-power of 18 children with an average age of just under ten. Their spelling improved irrespective of intensity, and moderate levels of exercise made their reading better – but the children's arithmetic suffered at both moderate and high intensities.
Lisa Farrell et al (University of Bristol / ESRC)
Based on detailed data on over one million individuals in England, this paper reports high levels of physical inactivity and concludes that education, household income and local area deprivation are all independently and strongly associated with lack of exercise. Says that: “About 8 per cent of the adult population that can walk do not even walk for five minutes continuously in a four-week period” and that “Nearly 80 per cent do not hit key national government targets.”
New leaflet from Nottingham City Council advertising the city’s cycle hire facility. The scheme is one of the services offered to resident and non-resident holders of a ‘Citycard’, a plastic smartcard covering travel, libraries and leisure activities in Nottingham. The 300-bike strong hire facility has experienced a slow start, but the council intends to build on it over the next two years.
Prepared by Toole Design Group for Adventure Cycling
For some time now, the US has been developing a national network of cycle routes to connect urban, suburban and rural areas using a variety of cycling facilities. This report looks at how state departments are getting on. With case studies from Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Maine and Kentucky.
More of a project at the moment than a book you can easily purchase (you’ll see why if you click on the link), if you’re moving house and reluctant to employ a massive removal van or two, you’ll be entertained, informed and intrigued by what goes on in Portland, Oregon, USA.