CycleDigest March 2013
From the Editor
Welcome to the March issue of CycleDigest, CTC's round-up of cycle campaigning news.
Spring is as good a time as any for visionary thoughts: the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group has just wrapped up its Get Britain Cycling inquiry and a report will be out in April; funding for cycling in London has leapt up; and there's much promise for sustainable 'door-to-door' travel. That's not all that's on the horizon, so please click on.....
And - another new thing - this is the first entirely paperless edition of the CycleDigest and we hope you like it. If you have any feedback, please email me.
Cherry Allan, CTC Campaigns
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How to Get Britain Cycling!
The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s inquiry opened on 23 January, aiming to gather a body of expert evidence on how to Get Britain Cycling. A report will be published in the spring.
- Strategy (session 1)
- Safety (session 2)
- Planning and design (session 3)
- Active lifestyles (session 4) – starring, amongst others, Olympic medallist Chris Boardman
- Local perspective (session 5)
- Government (session 6) - with evidence from CTC's President, Jon Snow.
The inquiry closed on Monday 4 March.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, plans to spend £913m on a new 'Cycling Vision' for the capital. Cycle routes named after Tube lines, better cycling infrastructure and increases to cycle parking at mainline stations are just some of the proposals. The Mayor is also keen to ‘de-Lycrafy’ cycling to broadening its appeal to a wider cross section of society.
Public transport, walking and cycling make ideal travelling companions, so the launch of the Government's vision for door-to-door journeys by sustainable transport is a welcome step forward.
CTC has objected to Government proposals to raise the speed limit for lorries on rural single-carriageways. We think it would be better to improve the enforcement of existing limits or reduce the ‘default’ limit for rural single-carriageways, with higher limits only on roads which are suitable.
Helen Grant MP, the Minister for Courts and Victims, has committed to support discussions about how to improve the legal system's response to road traffic offences. Campaigners from CTC, British Cycling and RoadPeace met the minister in December, highlighting recent examples of derisory sentences given to drivers prosecuted for killing or seriously injuring cyclists.
Cycle use went up by 15% in 2011, according to official figures released in December by the DfT. The uptake is mainly amongst young and middle-aged men.