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.
Great news! We are delighted that Brighton and Hove City Council have voted to support CTC’s Space for Cycling campaign. There was agreement at the Environment Transport and Sustainability committee on November 25th 2015 to ask Brighton and Hove’s Chief Executive Officer to sign the council up to the initiative. This shows admirable unity of purpose between the Labour Chair of the committee, Councillor Gill Mitchell and the Green Group, led by Councillor Pete West, who tabled the motion. Bricycles has been promoting Space for Cycling since the start of the campaign led nationally by the cycling charity CTC. We now hope to see a continued and renewed focus at local level on the remaining barriers to cycling, particularly dealing with busy roads and dangerous junctions.
CTC’s blog on this and the Autumn Spending Review
Space for Cycling has 6 themes:
- Protected space on main roads
- Removing through motor traffic in residential areas
- Lower speed limits
- Cycle-friendly town centres
- Safe routes to school
- Routes through green spaces
More information here on what Space for Cycling means.
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