CycleDigest May 2013
From the Editor
Welcome to the May issue of CycleDigest. No apologies for mentioning the 'Get Britain Cycling' e-petition four times (this is the first mention) - it's doing very well, but still needs more people to sign it. Our headline below explains why and how.
Improved infrastructure, justice for victims of collisions and lorries are never far from our minds, and the stories we've covered this month reflect this. So does our 'Get Britain Cycling' campaign - I hope you've signed the e-petition as a result of my first mention, but if not, please do so now and encourage your friends to do the same!
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With best wishes
CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport)
In-depth analysis of how the logistics sector performed during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Permanently adopting the measures introduced then, it says, would improve safety levels for cyclists and others, and bring environmental benefits, including:
- More night-time deliveries
- Consolidation of loads onto fewer vehicles, and;
- Much improved levels of communications between local authorities, operators, customers and employees
- Fewer CO2 emissions
- Less traffic congestion
- Reduced fuel consumption
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Module-based manual with data on casualties and risk factors, a look at land-use and planning, prioritising interventions, safety plans and evaluation. With case studies and useful material on speed and the need to reduce limits.
Cycle to Work Alliance
Report on a survey of 18,500 employees who use the tax efficient cycle to work scheme.
Finds, for instance, that:
- they save 112,210 tonnes of CO2 every year
- they cycle over 13 million miles per week
- 67% of them would commute by car if they did not cycle to work
- 54% did not cycle to work before signing up to the scheme
- 72% would not have bought their bike if it had not been available through the scheme.
Research institutes Fraunhofer, INFRAS and IFEU, commissioned by the German Environmental Agency
German study on the economic effects that a shift from driving to sustainable transport would have compared to 'business as usual'. The researchers calculated that a 10% increase in the modal share of walking and cycling in urban areas would mean that the German GDP would go up by 1.11% by 2030. This doesn’t sound much, but nevertheless represents about € 29bn, based on German GDP in 2012. Air pollutants would go down by between 5 – 10 % and CO2 by about 2 %. English summary downloadable. See also ECF's press release.
How valuable is cycling to national and local economies? Why do we need to invest in it? What can businesses, developers and the Treasury do to promote it? Read CTC’s new briefing, ‘Cycling and the Economy’ to find out – it’s full of facts and arguments you can use to persuade people that cycling makes sound economic sense.