CycleDigest January 2014

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Pothole quilt
CTC's Fill that Hole site is a good way of reporting road defects like these
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From the Editor

I'm not exaggerating (honestly), but this winter I've seen smallish potholes grow into huge chasms in the hours between my cycle to work in the morning and my ride back in the evening.

I'm pleased to say, however, that reporting them to CTC's Fill That Hole has alerted the council and they've patched a lot of the worst ones on my list.

Patching helps, but long-term road maintenance, including high quality resurfacing is preferable. It would be even better to use any resurfacing opportunity to make the road network more cycle-friendly as well. This has been CTC's message for some time and, happily, it seems to be getting through - see this Digest's headlines below for more!

Cherry Allan

CTC Campaigns

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New publications

"If you could do one thing..." Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities (The British Academy)

A collection of opinion pieces on health inequalities from leading social scientists, including Professor Danny Dorling on the case for 20 mph speed limits for cars in residential areas, by shops and schools. 

Prof Dorling says in the summary: “In many urban areas in mainland Europe, 18.6 mph (30 km per hour) is now normal in residential areas. 20 mph will become normal in most residential areas in Britain also. All that is in question is how many people will have to suffer before that occurs.”


Cycling on Towpaths (Inland Waterways Association (IWA))

New advice on towpath cycling in response to the increase in demand for new or continuing use of canal and river towpaths as cycle routes.

IWA acknowledges the wider benefits of encouraging the population to cycle for recreational and transport purposes, but highlights a need to positively manage cycling on towpaths and make sure that cyclists are aware of potential hazards. IWA also believes that not all towpaths or sections of towpath are suitable for cycling, however.

See also CTC's campaigns briefing on towpath cycling


School Cycling Handbook (Danish Cyclists’ Federation)

A book for parents, schools and municipalities alike, giving advice based on scientific results and experiences from schools all over Denmark.


Access for Blind People in Towns (The National Federation of the Blind of the UK, circulated by DfT)

Additional guidance note to local authorities, circulated by DfT, to assist the creation of streetscapes that are fully accessible to blind people as required by the Public Sector Equality Duty.

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