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votebike-banner_logoIf you care about cycling, ask your parliamentary candidates where they stand on five cycling themes, listed below.

Responses and comments can be seen on the website. Cycling needs champions in Westminster! They will set the future funding for transport.

AMBITION     Measures to increase levels of cycling to 10% of trips by 2025 and 25% by 2050.

FUNDING       An average government spend of at least £10 per person per year on cycling.

DESIGN STANDARDS         Action to create consistently high design standards for cycling in all highway and traffic schemes, new developments and planned road maintenance work.

SAFETY         Measures to improve cycle safety by strengthening road traffic law and its enforcement and revising the Highway Code. Including cycle skills training, for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Election 2015: Check out these local manifestos for cycling and transport

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Brighton and Hove City Council is made up of 54 councillors. All these seats are up for election on May 7th 2015. Check out the local manifestos from the political parties! This is what the the candidates say they’ll do if you vote for them!

Conservative party manifesto See particularly pages 8 and 11

Green party manifesto See particularly pages 24-26

Labour party manifesto See particularly pages 16-17

There are a lot of differences in their approach to cycling and transport!

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Space for Cycling: must try harder!

Cycling southbound on the A23Bricycles has asked all Brighton and Hove City Councillors to sign up to Space for Cycling which aims to improve the quality of life for all by making our streets and roads safer and more inviting for everyone to cycle. The main themes are:

  1. Protected space on main roads and at junctions
  2. Removal of through motor traffic on residential streets.
  3. Lower speed limits. 20mph in villages and built-up areas. 40mph or lower on rural lanes.
  4. Cycle-friendly town centres with people prioritised over motor traffic to create high streets that are economically viable and socially vibrant.
  5. Routes through green spaces and parks
  6. Safe routes to schools

The breakdown of Brighton and Hove City Councillors signed up to this essential 6-point commitment to cycling is as follows:

1   Conservative councillor

1   Labour councillor

17 Green councillors

There are 54 councillors in total. The map of Councillors signed up for Space for Cycling is at http://www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/space-for-cycling/space-for-cycling-your-councillors-views Click on Brighton on the map.

If you have not already written to your councillors, please do so through www.space4cycling.org.uk or contact them directly. If they don’t sign, please challenge them about why they haven’t! Let us know what happens.

More information in  Bricycles News103 including your suggestions for local improvements, and in Bricycles News102 

Space for cycling: 19 Brighton and Hove City Councillors have signed up!

???????????????????????????????People all over the country have been asking for their councillors’ support for Space for Cycling at: http://www.space4cycling.org.uk  Please sign up at the link above and ask your councillors to support S4C’s essential points. By clicking on the interactive map linked to the above site, you can view the results of the requests. Nineteen Brighton and Hove City Councillors out of 54 have so far pledged their support. They are:

Cllr Jason Kitcat (Green)
Cllr Ian Davey (Green)
Cllr Sven Rufus (Green)
Cllr Pete West (Green)
Cllr Ruth Buckley (Green)
Cllr Ollie Sykes (Green)
Cllr Stephanie Powell (Green)
Cllr Mike Jones (Green)
Cllr Alex Phillips (Green)
Cllr Graham Cox (Conservative)
Cllr Rob Jarrett (Green)
Cllr Amy Kennedy (Green)
Cllr Phelim Maccafferty (Green)
Cllr Warren Morgan (Labour)
Cllr Sue Shanks (Green)
Cllr Bill Randall (Green)
Cllr Lizzie Deane (Green)
Cllr Leo Littman (Green)
Cllr Liz Wakefield (Green)

We’re calling on ALL Brighton and Hove City Councillors (and any prospective councillors) to commit to continuing transport improvements by signing up to Space for Cycling’s six key points. This will make our City safer and more encouraging for cycling and walking and contribute to urgent Public Health and environmental objectives. As we approach an election year, it is important to have this assurance. The main themes are:

  1. Protected space on main roads and at junctions
  2. Removal of through motor traffic on residential streets.
  3. Lower speed limits. 20mph in villages and built-up areas. 40mph or lower on rural lanes.
  4. Cycle-friendly town centres with people prioritised over motor traffic to create high streets that are economically viable and socially vibrant.
  5. Routes through green spaces and parks
  6. Safe routes to schools

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR COUNCILLOR. also, tell us what improvements you want to see in your area of Brighton and Hove! Email: bricyclesbrighton@gmail.com

Good result for latest 20 mph consultation

The results of Brighton & Hove’s 20 mph consultation (Phase 3 area) show that 55% of respondents support 20mph on their own street! The percentages in favour were:

IMG_9945Medina Terrace 63%
Mile Oak 60%
Hangleton 53%
Woodingdean 49%
Rottingdean & Ovingdean 69%
Saltdean 51%

Proposals for new 20 mph limits have been developed in the light of local support/opposition. Full report here. It’s Agenda Item 61, pages 61-151. It will be discussed at the Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee meeting on 25 November. The Speed Limit Orders will be advertised in December.

Bricycles welcomes ruling on Unchain’s misleading 20 mph casualties ad

IMG_1011ed212 November 2014: Bricycles welcomes today’s ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority on this advert about casualties on 20 mph roads.

The ad from pro-motoring group “Unchain the Brighton Motorist” appeared in The Argus on 18 July 2014. One of the headings read “Casualties rise by more than 20% on 20 mph roads”. The ad implied there was a relationship between 20 mph speed limits and an increase in casualties. The ad has been judged to be misleading and unsubstantiated by the advertising regulator. The ASA have told Unchain to ensure they do not make claims in future about the relationship between speed limits and casualties if they cannot substantiate them. The ad breached the code on misleading advertising, substantiation and qualification, and it must not appear again in its current form.

This is the third time the ASA have ruled that advertisements produced by the Unchain group have been misleading. There have been four rulings in total on Unchain the Brighton Motorist, with three upheld or partially upheld

Becky Reynolds of Bricycles said “We complained to the ASA about this ad and we welcome their ruling which confirms our view that the ad was misleading. We don’t want to see the public misinformed about a crucial area like Road Safety. Far from an increase in casualties, the data in Brighton and Hove for phase 1 of the 20 mph area shows that there has been a decrease in both the number of casualties and the severity of injuries when the figures for 8  April 2013 to 7  April 2014 are compared with the previous three years. Collisions are also down. We are strongly in support of slower traffic speeds which are a great step forward for the safety of all road users.”

Figures for the first year of 20 mph Phase 1 implementation are at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/20mph Casualties and collisions are significantly down. Figures for Phase 2, implemented in July 2014 are not available yet.

In a separate ruling, following a complaint from the Unchain group about a Brighton and Hove City Council leaflet, the ASA supported the Council’s statement that a 20mph speed limit leads to a reduction in road collisions and the severity of casualties and improves the quality of life of local neighbourhoods. It’s good news that the ASA agree on this crucial and frequently disputed point. However they ruled against the Council’s claim that 20 mph limits encouraged more walking and cycling for local trips which in turn would bring significant health benefits and reduce congestion. They do not accept that there is enough evidence!

Ask your councillor to support Space for Cycling!

20140514 - SpaceforCyclingcroppedDoes your councillor support Space for Cycling? Check this out in the countrywide map at http://bit.ly/RQ2QI3  Click on your area to see who is in support.

We are calling on all Brighton and Hove City Councillors and prospective councillors to support this campaign. Councils can improve the quality of life for all, by making our streets and roads safer and more inviting for everyone to cycle with these measures:

  1. Protected space on main roads and at junctions
  2. Removal of through motor traffic on residential streets.
  3. Lower speed limits. 20mph in villages and built-up areas. 40mph or lower on rural lanes.
  4. Cycle-friendly town centres with people prioritised over motor traffic to create high streets that are economically viable and socially vibrant.
  5. Routes through green spaces and parks
  6. Safe routes to schools

The Tour of Britain is coming to Brighton!

Stage 7 Route – Camberley to Brighton – on Saturday, 13/09/2014

Estimated times of arrival (subject to change):

  • FLTourDitchling Beacon      2:57pm
  • Coldean Lane           3.06pm
  • A270 Lewes Road    3.08pm
  • Bear Road                3.11pm
  • Warren Road            3.14pm
  • Wilson Avenue         3.14pm
  • Marina Way              3.16pm
  • Through tunnel        3.17pm
  • Marine Parade          3.19pm

More information at http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage7/#.VBKnYfldV8E

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