Something to read: The Impact of Road Projects in England

It is pretty widely understood, apparently outside political circles, that if you build roads you get more traffic. A report commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England looked into the effects of major road projects and unsurprisingly found that yes, you do indeed get more traffic. CPRE commissioned consultants Transport for Quality of Life Community Interest Company (TfLQ) to examines the impacts of road schemes on traffic, the environment, the economy, road safety and land use. Source: The Impact of Road Projects in England – Campaign to Protect Rural England This is particularly pertinent to us here in South Wales, … Continue reading Something to read: The Impact of Road Projects in England

Something to read: Rides of Way, by CyclingUK

Following a survey of over 11,000 off-road riders, CyclingUK has produced a report into the motivations, perceptions and habits of the UK’s growing mountain biking community. The survey was carried out jointly with OpenMTB, who you may remember from a gathering that was held to coincide with the Welsh Government’s consultation on improving access to the countryside back in September 2015. A first of its kind in the UK, Rides of Way provides unique insight into the current off-road cycling scene based on the 11,482 responses the initial survey received. Cycling UK believes the report will be of particular use … Continue reading Something to read: Rides of Way, by CyclingUK

Something to read: Driving…an extinction event –by West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police, the pioneering force behind #opclosepass are excelling themselves right now. Not only are they making waves across the UK with their close pass initiative, they are also producing some fantastic posts on their blog. Their latest one really is a thing of beauty. It’ll be uncomfortable reading for any petrolheads among you, but heartwarming for anyone who cycles, walks or just despairs at the quality of driving you see on today’s roads. Yet we have shown as a collective, us drivers and riders of mechanically propelled vehicles, that we are incapable of carrying the burden and shrug … Continue reading Something to read: Driving…an extinction event –by West Midlands Police

The Lion’s Share –via Singletrack Magazine

We have some more required reading for you today, courtesy of Bez. Here he rails against the fallacy that is the phrase “share the road”. It’s very long, spectacularly well evidenced and absolutely worth a read. The basic premise of mathematical equations holds absolutely true here: since the vehicles are different, if “Person A plus lorry” is deemed to be equal to “Person B plus bicycle” then it follows that Person A and Person B are not equal. This simple truth underpins the whole problem of defining people by their mode of transport: if we treat all road users as homogeneous … Continue reading The Lion’s Share –via Singletrack Magazine

Uphill challenge for cycling in Wales? – via BBC News

Here’s a great #cycletoworkday inspired article from the BBC, to read with your morning coffee. He said it was vital the public, as required, was involved in helping to plan the routes so they were put “in the right places” that people would actually use. “So much of this is about having the confidence to take space off cars, having a council saying [to cyclists] ‘what you’re doing is an improvement and is really going to make a difference [to how people travel]’,” he added. Source: Uphill challenge for cycling in Wales? – BBC News Thoughts? Continue reading Uphill challenge for cycling in Wales? – via BBC News

Junction Malfunction and a New Dawn –via West Midlands Police

You can state the facts about accidents, close passes and blame until you are blue in the face –cycling campaigners spend an inordinate amount of time doing just that. However, it is a rare joy when a wonderful blog post turns up from a traffic policing unit that says pretty much the same thing. So drivers need to expect a zero tolerance approach for any offence involving a vulnerable road user, or an offence that could contribute to a collision involving a vulnerable road user. The only way to change driver behaviour and concentrate minds on looking out for vulnerable … Continue reading Junction Malfunction and a New Dawn –via West Midlands Police

Something to read: Transport Project Investigations 2015

Every single one of us has a local councillor. Councillors are our means of instigating change in our own neighbourhoods, so when we tell them about our concerns they put them forward for further investigation. The Council has recently published a mammoth 155 pages of those concerns that were raised by people like you during the previous year. Transport Projects have investigated Road Safety issues throughout Cardiff by carrying out a series of Area Studies. The investigations have taken into account new issues raised by Councillors and members of the Public, along with existing issues and areas of concern –via … Continue reading Something to read: Transport Project Investigations 2015

Something To Read: Moving Cycling Forward – By the European Parliament

The EU may be the subject of much heated debate right now, but one thing is for sure, a number of EU member states simply wipe the floor with us in terms of cycling provision. However, until now there hasn’t been a consistent EU-wide strategy to ensure best practice is adopted across the board. This is a step towards that. From our point of view, this document is full of quotable facts and case studies that you can use in letters to councillors; or even just to throw randomly into conversations. People will think you are mad, but gradually this … Continue reading Something To Read: Moving Cycling Forward – By the European Parliament

Debunking some common Cycling Fallacies

We have a new favourite website. Cycling Fallacies has launched, providing a one-stop-shop for rebukes and counter-arguments for nearly every common falsehood or half-truth that we cyclists seem to spend an inordinate amount of time dealing with. The site, which was created with the support of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain is laid out in a common sense grid that is easy to navigate, putting well-reasoned responses to let’s face it, bovine bio-waste at your fingertips. This week the big story in Cardiff, Velothon aside has been a police presence on Queen Street, booking cyclists. As an example of Cycling … Continue reading Debunking some common Cycling Fallacies