Transport Cycling Page
This is where we'll add any interesting stuff about cycling. Please do send in any suggestions for content to be added here
Cycling: Wiltshire Council documents and links
Analysis of responses to Active Travel (Pop up cycle lanes) Consultation
Wiltshire Council Freedom of Information gave us the statistics from the consultation on the Emergency Active Travel Fund Schemes ending Jan 2021. Two Transport Topic Group members analysed them and produced this two-page analysis of the results. Non-cyclists generally disliked the schemes, and cyclists generally liked them, which should come as no surprise. The fine details may be interesting...
Objection to decisions on Active Travel Scheme Consultation - Feb 2021
WCA Transport Topic Group Convener Andrew Nicolson has objected to these decisions and associated recommendations by Bridget Wayman on the cycle and active travel funded schemes for West Wiltshire (Tranche 1, existing, and Tranche 2, proposed) that were the subject of the consultation ending 8th Jan 21. Andrew's response is linked here.
Cycling: Government guidance, policies, announcements etc
Policy paper Cycling and walking plan for England: Sets out a vision for a travel revolution in England's streets, towns and communities. Published 27 July 2020
This government document gives guidance to Local Authorities intended to help design 'high quality cycling infrastructure'. Published 27 July 2020
Dave from the Transport Topic Group, has provided this summary of key points from the combined government guidance, and identified that current Wiltshire council plans and approaches in many places fall short. To access government funding for active travel and other cycle funding, it's clear that LAs must meet the new design guidance.
Also we note that LTN1/20 seems quite urban-focused and as such needs some translation and adaptation for rural areas and market/smaller towns. Exceptions to the guidance will have to be justified but will be acceptable where no other solutions can work/a case is made.
Cycling: Swindon materials
Cycling: Sustrans, Cycling UK and other organisations
This easy to read report by Sustrans, debunks each of the main arguments against active travel investment and provides evidence to help counter these arguments. It is a great source for facts to argue for investment in active travel and to support and challenge LAs in the development of their Local Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Plans (LWCIP)
Cycling UK are inviting cyclists to add their 'missing links' to an interactive online map of the UK. 'Missing links' are off-road routes that, if useable, would open up access to parts of the countryside or other routes. We can monitor the suggested links in Wiltshire to inform our recommendations to Wilts Council.
Cycling: Other interesting stuff
This presentation is a working collection of images and testimony depicting the varied modern uses of bikes and available adaptations for transport. It seeks to break down some barriers to the view that people need cars and vans to do everything, and promote cycling for all, not just lycra-wearing men! It also includes the story of how Copenhagen became such a beacon of cycle-friendly living.
This tool is for government, councils, consultants and campaigners. It works from an interactive map, at www.pct.bike. See a <5 minute video there or on YouTube. There are also more instructions here.
It predicts how many people would cycle and where, using Census and government travel data. You choose between Commute or School, and between now (2011 Census) and four future scenarios :
Go Dutch (people are as willing to cycle as they are in Holland now)
E-bikes (...and willing to make longer hillier trips)
Government Target (to double cycling by 2025), or
Gender Equality (women/girls are as willing to ride as men/boys).
Then you zoom in on the map, right down to local ward level, play with various controls, and find out where people would want to ride if they had decent conditions. That lets you plan some investment, test scenarios, predict benefits and more. There are case studies such as Cornwall (five towns), Hereford (small city, bigger than Salisbury, Trowbridge or Chippenham), Kenilworth (smaller than them), Tunbridge Wells (study of cycling to the station) and West Sussex (study of e-bikes potential).