Space for Cycling ride with Shadow Transport Secretary!

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The Labour Party Conference starts in a few days’ time at the Brighton Centre in Brighton.

We have arranged a short bike ride in support of “Space for Cycling”, and we will be joined by the new Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Lilian Greenwood.

Please come along and show your support for cycling and sustainable transport! Please tell friends and colleagues!

The ride will start opposite the Hotel Metropole on the seafront cycle track on Weds 30 September. We’ll meet there at about 08.10 ready for a prompt start when Lilian arrives.

There will be photos and a short ride e.g. to Madeira Drive and back.

The Space for Cycling logo is red and white, so if you can also wear any red clothes, that would make even more of an impression! The weather should be OK. Hope to see you there!

Start point:  On the seafront cycle track opposite the Brighton Hilton Metropole Hotel King’s Road, Brighton BN1 2FU

We are keen that all political parties support proper investment in cycling and better transport planning so that riding a bike becomes easier and safer for everyone!

Link to further information about Space for Cycling

More background to the event: http://www.ctc.org.uk/blog/brighton-labour-conference-2015

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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!

Council aim to improve London Road but funds limited

Brighton and Hove City Council is asking people to choose one of three options for short term improvements on London Road. These are 1) A General Clean / Smarten Up / Tidy  2) Minor Improvements to Preston Circus and 3) Improvements to the Oxford Street / Ann St Crossing. They will choose the option with the most votes by 9th September. 

London Road needs more bike parking, better east – west routes for cyclists, less traffic, wider pavements and better bus shelters, however funding is limited for this scheme. The budget has been drastically reduced because funds have been diverted for emergency repairs to the seafront arches. 

Not enough bike parking!

Motorist ad fails to give the whole story on casualties

IMG_8004edAnother negative advert has been published in the Argus (18/7/14) by pro-motoring lobby group Unchain the Brighton Motorist. They write: “Unchain your Brighton & Hove! Join our campaign for a better city. Casualties rise by more than 20% on 20 mph roads.” They omit to give the whole story and leave the reader with the impression that this is the situation in Brighton and Hove. But it’s not! Casualties in Brighton and Hove have decreased since the introduction of 20 mph zones. The increased casualties which the ad quotes are simply reflecting the fact that across the country there are many more roads with 20 mph limits. The national casualty figures are not being measured against a baseline. The Department for Transport don’t keep statistics on the total length of 20mph or 30mph roads so any conclusion that the numbers of casualties reflects increased danger is completely baseless. Write to the Argus about this irresponsible ad! letters@theargus.co.uk

Space for cycling

20140514 - SpaceforCyclingcroppedThe national Space for Cycling campaign is calling on councils to improve the quality of life for all, by making our streets and roads safer and more inviting for everyone to cycle.

This means:
1.    Protected space on main roads and at junctions
        NOT poor pavement conversions that stop at every side road!
2.    Removal of through motor traffic on residential streets
       Deliveries, refuse collections and resident access would be unaffected.
3.    Lower speed limits
        20mph in villages and built-up areas. 40mph or lower on rural lanes.
4.    Cycle-friendly town centres
        People prioritised over motor traffic to create vibrant high streets.
5.    Routes through green spaces and parks
6.    Safe routes to schools

Bricycles Campaigns Officer, Becky Reynolds talked to CTC about the creation of the invaluable North Laine contraflows. Read about it here.

Space for Cycling is being coordinated by CTC, the London Cycling Campaign and Cyclenation groups. Brighton has been commended for infrastructure like the Lewes Road and the Old Shoreham Road. Click here for the guide for councillors.

Another advert banned by the Advertising Standards Authority

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints against a third advert attacking Brighton & Hove City Council’s 20mph policies. The latest advert comes from Unchain the Brighton Motorist (UBM).

This follows judgements against two previous adverts, one from the GMB union and one from UBM, (about which Bricycles complained and which was adjudged to have breached the code on misleading advertising and substantiation on 11 counts.)

The latest advert, also from UBM criticised the council’s approval of Phase 2 of 20mph speed limits.

The ad breached the advertisers’ code on misleading advertising and substantiation on 3 counts. The ASA has told UBM that it must in future hold robust evidence to support claims, and ensure adverts do not mislead.

The three judgements can be seen here

 

More biking to work in Brighton!

Cycling to work has got more popular in Brighton and Hove over the last 10 years! The number of people living here who cycled to work increased by 109% according to the 2011 census results published today! Other notable increases were London (101%), Bristol (94%), Manchester (83%), Newcastle (81%) and Sheffield (80%). See more analysis by the Office of National Statistics at http://bit.ly/1pysUBjCycling southbound on the A23

20 mph Orders for excluded roads

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The Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to reduce speed limits to 20 mph on Preston Drove, Surrenden Road and Stanford Avenue have now been published, along with a couple of others that slipped through the process.  It only takes a couple of minutes to give your support via a simple response form on the Council’s website  or by emailing parking.consultation@brighton-hove.gov.uk DEADLINE: 8th April 2014. The reference numbers are TRO-9b-2014 and TRO-9c-2014. You must give your full name and address. Tell the council that these roads are main routes to schools. 20 mph speed limits mean greater safety and a better environment for healthy walking and cycling.

People without web access can write to the Executive Director Environment, Development & Housing, Brighton & Hove City Council, Hove Town Hall, Room 323, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ, following the points above. Deadline 8th April 2014. Spread the word!