We are delighted to see that the new Leader of the Labour Party chooses to ride a bike! We’re inviting Jeremy Corbyn and all the delegates from the Labour Party Conference to ride with us to support Space for Cycling. The conference runs from Sunday September 27th to Wednesday 30th September. It will probably be one morning before conference starts! More details soon. They will be posted on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Bricycles
If 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.
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!
Bricycles 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:
- Protected space on main roads and at junctions
- Removal of through motor traffic on residential streets.
- Lower speed limits. 20mph in villages and built-up areas. 40mph or lower on rural lanes.
- Cycle-friendly town centres with people prioritised over motor traffic to create high streets that are economically viable and socially vibrant.
- Routes through green spaces and parks
- 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.
Stage 7 Route – Camberley to Brighton – on Saturday, 13/09/2014
Estimated times of arrival (subject to change):
- Ditchling 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
The weather’s great for riding to work! Cycle to Work Day is a national event, championed by multi gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey, which aims to encourage everyone to take to cycle to work on Thursday 4th September 2014.
Bricycles is a member of a new alliance challenging more roadbuilding on the A27/A259. The South Coast Alliance on Transport and the Environment has a website under construction at scate.org.uk SCATE also have a new Facebook page at:
www.facebook.com/southcoastalliance and are on Twitter @SCATE_A27_A259
There are some very biased online surveys about the A27 with leading questions and no awareness of cycling, buses, trains or alternatives to motor transport e.g. at: http://www.acesalliance.org/aces-blog. These will no doubt be used for lobbying. Don’t let them use your money for destructive road schemes instead of investing in better alternatives!
East Sussex Chambers of Commerce and local politicians such as Eastbourne Conservative parliamentary candidate and Councillor Caroline Ansell are lobbying for money to be spent on an A27 upgrade. But Bricycles is in favour of a switch in funding to sustainable transport. It’s a better, healthier choice. We don’t want to see the South Downs National Park damaged by new roads.
Please ‘like’ Bricycles Facebook page www.facebook.com/Bricycles for updates on this and other issues.
Phase 2 of Brighton and Hove’s 20 mph speed reduction programme has made great progress. Traffic Regulation Orders for 20 mph (and one for 30 mph) for the Phase 2 area were approved at Brighton and Hove City Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability meeting on Tuesday 4 March.
It was also agreed that Speed Limit Orders will be advertised for the previously excluded roads of Preston Drove, Stanford Avenue and Surrenden Road. This followed a residents’ petition. The formal decision list is on the Council’s website. Once published, the Speed Limit Orders need to be supported.