Ditchling Road Improvements

Brighton & Hove City Council partnered with neighbouring authorities and the South Downs National Park (SDNP) want to enhance sustainable access to our beautiful National Park. Ditchling Road is an important gateway into the National Park and the partnership is keen to create a supportive, welcoming and safe route which positively encourages people to walk, cycle and use public transport to get there from Brighton & Hove.
From Woodbourne Avenue to Coldean Lane, Ditchling Road and the green spaces either side are fully within the South Downs National Park boundary. This part of Ditchling Road is now subject to improvements so people can access the national park sustainably. This section of road also has a poor casualty record with two fatalities recorded in the last three years.
The consultation period has been extended from 8th Sept until 15th September, the web portal  will remain open until midnight on 15th September 2013. Bricycles welcomes the cycle/pedestrian path and speed reduction.

Council plans Old Shoreham Road cycle lane extension

The Argus has reported  that Brighton and Hove Council is planning to extend the Old Shoreham Road cycle lane for 1km to the West beyond The Drive towards Nevil Road. It will apparently include a new wide cycle lane with raised kerbs to separate bikes from cars, improvements to major junctions and new pedestrian crossings and may be approved at a town hall meeting on Tuesday, following which a consultation on the scheme will take place later this year and construction could take place between March and July 2014.

Get Britain Cycling By signing The Number 10 E-Petition

The Get Britain Cycling report, published by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group this week, aims for 10% of trips by bike by 2025 and 25% by 2050, and £10 per person, per year in funding for cycling. 

Now we need the Prime Minister to respond. The Times, Sustrans, the AA, British Cycling and CTC are urging members to sign up to a joint petition on the Number 10 website, calling for the Government to implement the recommendations. In particular, the report calls for £10 per person, per year, to support a radical transformation of streets and roads, as well as training, promotion and marketing to shift the culture on our roads. This is the opportunity to start making the changes necessary. Please do take a couple of minutes to sign up on the Number 10 site.

Brighton Station Bike Hub news

In January, Transport Minister Norman Baker unveiled plans for £62m investment for cycling in England. Up to three cities (includes Brighton) will be invited to bid for a fund of up to £30m Cycle City Ambi on Grants for infrastructure improvements to make cycling easier and safer in urban areas. There is also a fund of up to £12m available to local authories working in partnership with National Parks to improve conditons for cyclists. The Government will announce the successful projects in the summer. 

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20 mph speed limit for centre of Brighton and Hove

This is wonderful news for road users. It is one of Bricycles’ long term campaign goals. Following agreement at the Transport Committee on November 27, Brighton and Hove City Council is introducing a 20 mph speed limit for the centre of Brighton and Hove from April 2013. Officers are to proceed with advertising the formal Speed Limit Order for the changes in speed limit in the Phase 1 Area. 

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Bike Train update

Bike Train will be running group rides to eight different events during the Autumn season. This includes all Saturday Albion matches at the Amex Stadium in Falmer, as well as Apple Day at Stanmer Park and Bonfire Night in Lewes. The rides aim to be fun, family friendly and go at a gentle pace with music and experienced ride marshals. Each event ride will be on-line as a Facebook event where you can sign up and find out more.

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