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Brighton's Old Shoreham Road: the cycle-ways to the future?

18 June 2012
Innovative cycle lanes with a degree of separation from the road have been introduced on Old Shoreham Road in Brighton. While not perfect, these new lanes are about the best that can be done under current highway design regulations.
Cycling Minister Norman Baker MP opened the cycle lanes

The new lanes are designed to give a degree of separation from motor vehicles, without completely sacrificing priority over side-roads or at major junctions. The width varies from around 1.5m to over 2m wide, with most of the space for the lanes having been taken from the carriageway. At junctions with the main roads cycles have a 5 second headstart traffic light.

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CTC member Mark Brummell killed in the New Forest

28 May 2012
Mark Brummell, CTC member and stalwart of the Southampton Cycling Campaign, was hit by a car and killed at Ipley Cross in the New Forest. His friends and colleagues will greatly miss him.
Mark Brummell as rickshaw driver at Su White's wedding in 2004

CTC was shocked to learn of the death of Mark, who was killed when he was hit by a car driven by a 59-year-old man from Christchurch, on May 28th.

The driver of the car has been arrested and released on bail on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. CTC's Stop SMIDSY campaign has been tracking cases like this to document how effective the criminal justice system is when it comes to the deaths of cyclists.

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A CTC local campaigner reactivates Crawley cycle forum

How do you revive your local cycle forum? Peter Smith in Crawley did just that.
Campaigner Peter Smith leads the Crawley Family Bike ride

CTC Volunteer Support Officer Laura Brooks attended the Crawley Borough Council cycle forum and met the CTC local campaigner and other members. The forum, despite only being revived in 2008, is now very active and effective, so she asked Peter Smith to explain how this had been done.

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Brighton goes against the flow

Contra-flow cycling is coming to more streets in the North Laine neighbourhood of central Brighton.
Jubilee St has a contra-flow cycle lane - 12 more will only be signed only

Brighton's North Laine neighbourhood is a vibrant shopping area, tucked in between the railway station, the main road north to London and the historic town centre. Narrow terraced streets were long ago made one-way to reduce through motor traffic. But, as with nearly every one-way restriction over the decades, no concession was made for cyclists.

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CTC local campaigner gets a newspaper on-side

What should you do if your local newspaper publishes an anti-cycling article?
Cycling in Guildford

Terry Duckmanton became a CTC local campaigner for Guildford in 2005 because he wanted to positively change attitudes towards cycling.

Terry was contacted by Laura Brooks, CTC Volunteer Support Officer, because  a local reporter was planning to write a piece on cycling for the local paper, the Surrey Advertiser. The paper wanted a quote from a local CTC representative.

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The Horndean to Havant Cycle Route

How did CTC campaigners in Hampshire work together to create a new cycle route between Horndean and Havant town centre?
Horndean to Havant Cycle Route

Local CTC campaigner Mike Ashton explains how a number of dedicated CTC campaigners in Hampshire, local authority officers and cyclists successfully worked together to introduce a new cycle route between Horndean and Havant town centre.

A new cycle route was built between Horndean and Havant town centre following a campaign that started in 2003. The purpose of this paper is to outline the stages and describe the process followed.

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Cycle parking (good practice)

There's hardly a destination where cycle parking isn't necessary - schools, businesses, stations, surgeries, shopping centres, to name but a few. This guide explains the best way of providing it.
Cycle parking

The importance of well designed, high quality and convenient cycle parking wherever it's needed (or potentially needed) must never be underestimated. It affects the chances of a bike being stolen or damaged; and it can even influence someone’s decision to cycle in the first place. Lampposts, railings or gutter pipes just aren't good enough.

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York cycle campaigners attempt to save key cycle route

CTC cycle campaigners from York do battle to retain the road layout at Water End junction, which includes an advisory cycle lane. Some local residents have claimed since it was introduce it has caused increased traffic congestion. Local campaigners are fighting for it to stay on safety grounds.
Water End Junction

The City of York built the suburban orbital cycle route as part of its three year Whitehall-funded Cycling Demonstration City programme.

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Developing new paths for cycling in the countryside

Do you ride - or want to ride - on a particular path, but can't tell whether you're allowed to do so? Does your favourite bridleway suddenly turn into a footpath and you wish it didn't? Do you want to do something about it? Read on...
Riding off-road

Background

How to tell where cycling's legal

  • Footpaths are open to walkers only (yellow waymarkings)
  • Bridleways are open to walkers, horse riders and cyclists (blue waymarkings)
  • Restricted byways are open to walkers, cyclists, horse riders and horse drawn vehicles (plum waymarkings)
  • Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) are open to walkers, cyclists, horse riders, horse-drawn vehicles and motor vehicles (red waymarkings).

A list of all recorded public rights of way i

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The 'Hierarchy of Provision'

What is the best way to provide for cyclists on the highway network? Sharing space with motor traffic? Or segregated as much as possible from it? And what about all the options between these extremes?
Cycle road marking

Many people who don’t cycle say they’re held back by their fear of traffic, and reckon they’d cycle if there were more cycle paths away from the roads.  Local demands for 'traffic-free' routes can be quite persuasive for councils, but when they install segregated tracks they often meet with opposition from cyclists who would prefer to cycle on the road rather than lose priority at every side-road on a poorly designed segregated cycle track - particularly if they are fast, confident commuters.

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