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

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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!

Time for 20mph!

Walking to school on Preston DroveURGENT! Please lobby the Councillors on the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee  as soon as possible (and it must be before their meeting on 4 March 2014 at 4 pm.) Ask them to support the recommendations in the “Brighton and Hove 20 mph phase 2” report, and particularly to support 20 mph speed limits on Preston Drove, Stanford Ave. and Surrenden Rd. The members are:
gill.mitchell@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk (L)
alan.robins@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk (L)
emma.daniel@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk (L)
geoffrey.theobald@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk (C)
tony.janio@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk (C)
graham.cox@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk (C)
ian.davey@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk  (G)
christopher.hawtree@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk (G)
ollie.sykes@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk (G)
pete.west@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk (G) (Chair)

The background to this is that Preston Drove, Stanford Avenue and Surrenden Road were removed from the 20 mph speed limit process at the last minute in December 2013 by Labour and Conservative councillors voting together. But these streets are main routes to schools. Most road deaths and serious injuries occur on roads with 30 mph limits so these are the important roads to improve! Preston Drove and Stanford Avenue are not key bus routes. Fast roads discourage cycling and walking. A petition of 742 signatures in support of 20 mph on those roads is being referred to this Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee. In addition a deputation is being made. The roads are now back on the agendaWe can achieve 20 mph limits here and elsewhere if the councillors support the 20 mph recommendations!  Please email them using the addresses above.

For further detailed council information: The 20 mph report starts on page 217 in the “Public reports pack” on the council website  The deputation is on page 43. The petition is mentioned on page 45.

Crash on the Lewes Road

Bill McQueen, a 73 year old lecturer was cycling to work as usual to the University of Brighton when something happened to cause him to be found unconscious on the A270 northbound carriageway of the Lewes Road on Friday 29 Nov at about 10.00 am. Bill’s daughter, Anna McQueen has uploaded some pics we took at the time to: https://www.facebook.com/anna.mcqueen/media_set?set=a.10152129959097498.1073741826.527102497&type=1) with a request for more information. Bill has fractured a vertebra. Image

Do you know what happened?  If so, please let Anna McQueen know at https://www.facebook.com/anna.mcqueen  or phone 101 to speak to the police quoting case reference 0691 29.11.2013

Lewes Road launch

The £4 Million upgrade for public transport, cycling and walking infrastructure was given a great launch with a Bike Train ride on Saturday 5th October. Cyclists met at the Level and elsewhere to ride the new cycle lanes and meet at Wild Park for speeches, music and celebration. Here is Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion on the back of Duncan’s tandem with lots of other riders.Image