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Three things you can do to help us keep our cycle lanes

Labour in Brighton & Hove has recently announced it wants to ‘pause’ the rollout of emergency cycling infrastructure, pending a consultation that we don’t need, given that we’re in a pandemic and need emergency travel measures now, and a consultation is already underway. This means we’ll lose out on £2.68 million of government funding to help people get around.

Here are three easy things you can do to help.

1. Sort out fact from fiction and tell the truth

There’s a huge amount of disinformation out there, ranging from the exasperating ‘Cycle lanes cause emissions’ (we’ve yet to find the exhaust pipe on a bicycle) to the ridiculous ‘Cyclists want to take over the world’ or the frankly depressing ‘There’s a war on cars’.
Check out our myth-busting blog post, or the stupendous Cycling Fallacies website. Post about them on Facebook, Nextdoor, or, if you’re feeling brave, the comments under any Argus article on cycling. (And yes, readers are much more angry about cycle lanes than they are about road carnage).

2. Write to your councillors, urging them to support safe cycling

Our councillors are not transport experts. They’re members of the community, like you and us, who do a demanding job for little money, and are expected to respond to constituents’ questions on everything from weeds to education policy.
Using our simple guide and template, write to them to explain why safe streets for cycling are so important and why everyone stands to gain.

3. Take part in the consultation

One of the myths regarding the temporary cycle lanes is that there is no consultation. Public consultation is has been open since June. You can have your say on the council’s website until 31 October 2020.

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