Barriers to cycling must be removed!

2020-01-27 ETS committee (2)We’ve told Brighton and Hove City Council that the gates appearing in Brighton must be removed and a better solution applied that doesn’t prevent cycling. 

Our Campaigns Officer made the case at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee in January.

Our deputation with text and photos is here.

See the webcast. The relevant bit starts at 0:24:00.

The gate below is at the junction of Natal Road and Dewe Road near the University of Brighton’s campus on the Lewes Road. It is permanently locked. No consultation was carried out on its placement. Not good enough!

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Help the homeless in 2020!

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“Bike It Brighton” is on Sunday 7 June 2020 at Preston Park Velodrome, Brighton.

Early bird registration now available until Friday 31st January

Brighton Housing Trust’s flagship cycling event is returning this year with a new name and look, and new, exciting activities planned for the day. Join us for Bike It Brighton on Sunday 7th June 2020 at Preston Park Velodrome and play your part in combating homelessness across East Sussex. Choose between a 60 mile or 30 mile challenging ride across the South Downs, or a family-friendly cycle on Preston Park Velodrome. There will be food and entertainment throughout the day at the Velodrome. Join us and help someone who is homeless get the support they need to find a place they can call home.

Find out more and register here

The organisers are also inviting charities to partner with them for this event to help raise money for local causes. Charities can purchase places in the event in blocks of five. They particularly welcome smaller charities in the Sussex area to come on board. If you are interested in becoming a charity partner then please contact fundraising@bht.org.uk

Strategy, what strategy?!

2019-10-28There are many failings in transport, especially for cycling. The total lack of strategy is plain at all levels.

Transport for the South East (TfSE) wants to plan strategic transport across the South East and is consulting from now until 10 January 2020. The consultation documents are here

TfSE draws together Councils, Local Enterprise Partnerships, businesses, transport providers and some stakeholder groups.  What are they going to come up with? The scenario put forward by the TfSE results in a reduction in cycling and walking by 7%!

It is essential that sustainable transport and cycling infrastructure gets much more investment if we are ever going to have a cycle-friendly region.

Join with others in working out how to influence this strategy and get the best result! Attend this half-day meeting at Gatwick organised by the Transport Action Network, a new organisation assisting people and groups calling for sustainable transport in their local area. More information about Transport Action Network here.

Election Hustings – The Future of Transport in Brighton & Hove

On Thursday April 25th, starts promptly at 7.30 pm till 9.00 pm at Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD. Arrive from 7 pm for tea and coffee.

Join us at a local elections hustings on transport. This is your opportunity to find out more about where the different political parties stand on local transport issues. We have invited representatives from the four main parties. Sustainable transport expert Stephen Joseph OBE will be speaking about how healthy, active and sustainable local transport has been delivered across the UK. See our Facebook page (search for Bricycles) and look for events or click: https://www.facebook.com/events/593760521098327/

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Labour MPs and Green Councillors turn out for our Space for Cycling ride

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Stephen Morgan MP rides a BTN Bike Share bike on the ride.

Our Space for Cycling ride at the Labour Conference was a great success!

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In front, holding flags from left to right: Stephen Morgan MP, Andy McDonald MP, Fabian Hamilton MP, Tom Guha of Cycling UK and Becky Reynolds of Bricycles

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Andy McDonald MP for Middlesbrough, made a pledge to increase funding to £10 per person per year for cycling and walking if a Labour government were elected.

Many thanks to Andy for coming and also to Stephen Morgan MP for Portsmouth South and Fabian Hamilton MP for Leeds North East (below).

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Fabian Hamilton MP with a BTN Bike Share bike.

We were also very glad to welcome two Brighton and Hove City Councillors who arrived on bikes, both from the Green Party: Councillor Alex Phillips and Councillor Dick Page.  

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Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner also stopped by for a chat!

Many thanks to Tom Guha from Cycling UK for arranging the speakers. Cycling UK’s press release here.

 

Space for Cycling ride on 25th September

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Don’t forget the “Space for Cycling” ride during the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on Monday 25th September at 6.30 pm.

We are organising the event in collaboration with Cycling UK, the national cycling charity.

It’s not party political, but we do want to ensure that cycling is on everyone’s political agenda!

We are inviting Labour Party delegates, Brighton and Hove City Councillors and MPs from every party to join us.

The details are on Facebook and below:

Meet opposite the Brighton Hilton Metropole Hotel on the seafront cycle track on Monday 25th September at 6.30 pm.

We will have photos and a mini ride to Hove and back.

Space for Cycling encourages the politicians (of whatever persuasion) to make cycle-friendly decisions i.e. plan, invest, build high quality cycling infrastructure.

Come along and impress the Labour delegates with your enthusiasm for cycling!

Brighton Bike Share launches today!

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We’re up and running! Paul of South Coast Bikes delivered the BTN Bike Share bikes to their seafront locations and to many other points around the town. Starting from September 1st, these handy bikes will be available for hire. See BTN Bike Share for all the details. See the Council news release. Happy cycling!

These cycle tracks need traffic barriers!

Over the last three months we have recorded several instances of motor vehicles crashing onto cycle tracks next to the A23 and A27 near Brighton. The risk to people walking or riding on these tracks is clear. As the vehicles clearly can’t be relied upon to stay on the road, crash barriers are needed. Among the incidents, two lamp posts on the A23 were flattened in separate crashes.

Bike security marking at stations

British Transport Police in partnership with Southern Railway Rail Neighbourhood Officers will be conducting cycle marking events at Brighton, Eastbourne, Bognor, Three Bridges and Lewes stations over the coming weeks. Full details below.

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A previous bike marking session at Brighton Station 
  1. Wednesday 03rd February 2016 at Bognor Regis railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours
  2. Wednesday 10th February 2016 at Brighton railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours 
  3. Wednesday 02nd March 2016 at Eastbourne railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours
  4. Wednesday 09th March 2016 at Three Bridges railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours 
  5. Wednesday 06th April 2016 at Lewes railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours
  6. Thursday 07th April 2016 at Bognor Regis railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours 
  7. Monday 11th April 2016 at Eastbourne railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours 
  8. Wednesday 13th April 2016 at Brighton railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours 
  9. Wednesday 20th April 2016 at Bognor Regis railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours 
  10. Wednesday 27th April 2016 at Three Bridges railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours
  11. Wednesday 04th May 2016 at Brighton railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours 
  12. Wednesday 11th May 2016 at Eastbourne railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours 
  13. Wednesday 18th May 2016 at Bognor Regis railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours
  14. Wednesday 25th May 2016 at Three Bridges railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours 
  15. Wednesday 01st June 2016 at Brighton railway station 17:00 to 19:00 hours 

Time to Cycle!

More than 120 riders are making their way to Paris to call for an end to environmental damage and to get urgent action on climate change at the COP21 summit. The first group of cyclists arrived from Balcombe on the A23 cycle track video here and called at Withdean Park in Brighton on Sunday December 6th before a reception at Brighthelm. You can follow their journey. See Time to Cycle and Brighton’s Climate Action Network for links.

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