The Times Cities fit for cycling
In November, Times journalist Mary Bowers was just yards from arriving at work on her bike when she was hit by a lorry. Mary, 27, is still not conscious and is making a slow recovery in hospital.
Tragically, such an accident is far from rare. More than 27,000 cyclists have been killed or seriously injured on British streets in the past 10 years.
On the urban roads of Britain today cyclists need to be fit for cities. Cycling should be both safe and pleasurable. Ministers, mayors and local authorities must build cities that are fit for cycling.
The Times has launched a public campaign and 8-point manifesto calling for cities to be made fit for cyclists:
- Trucks entering a city centre should be required by law to fit sensors, audible truck-turning alarms, extra mirrors and safety bars to stop cyclists being thrown under the wheels.
- The 500 most dangerous road junctions must be identified, redesigned or fitted with priority traffic lights for cyclists and Trixi mirrors that allow lorry drivers to see cyclists on their near-side.
- A national audit of cycling to find out how many people cycle in Britain and how cyclists are killed or injured should be held to underpin effective cycle safety.
- Two per cent of the Highways Agency budget should be earmarked for next generation cycle routes, providing £100 million a year towards world-class cycling infrastructure. Each year cities should be graded on the quality of cycling provision.
- The training of cyclists and drivers must improve and cycle safety should become a core part of the driving test.
- 20mph should become the default speed limit in residential areas where there are no cycle lanes.
- Businesses should be invited to sponsor cycleways and cycling super-highways, mirroring the Barclays-backed bicycle hire scheme in London.
- Every city, even those without an elected mayor, should appoint a cycling commissioner to push home reforms.
Rod King founder of 20sPlentyForUs
National campaigner Rod King, founder of ‘20s plenty for us‘ and 2012 Directory of Social Change Influencer of the Year runner up will speak at this years ED’s Cycle Co-op Annual Seminar at the Bishopbriggs Community Church this Friday (27 Jan.) . Following the success of the 2011 event, there has been a great deal of progress to report back, icluding Bishopbriggs achievement to become the first town in Scotland to have all our primary schools receive the Cycling Scotland Cycle Friendly School Award. To register click here, you are very welcome. Continue reading →
Bishopbriggs BMXer, Christopher Eastwood (aka Katman, 16) formerly of Bishopbriggs Academy, was a winner at the first national BMX competition in Edinburgh’s Transgression Indoor Skate Park, “Snow Ballin’ BMX Jam” at the end of 2011. However, this magnanimous youngster offered all his prizes to stage a local competition at the Bishopriggs Youth BMX Club the following evening, Sunday 11th Dec.
Bishpbriggs BMXer Katman winner in national jam.
Christopher was one of the founders of the Bishopbriggs Youth BMX Club just one year ago. The CTC Bike Club funded project for boys and girls from 10 to 19 has been so successful that it regularly attracts around 30 to 40 youngsters from across Bishopbriggs, and provides a focus for their energy, with nearly 100 members. The club was launched as a fortnightly initiative, but with more support from CashBack for Communities, it will be able to run weekly from the New Year Continue reading →
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After a highly successful and very busy summer of Weldtech courses, we are pleased to announce that the ED’s Cycle Co-Op’s Winter Workshops will be returning from the evening of the 1st December 2011. More details of what you can learn and course costs can be found Continue reading →
This summer, a delegation of ED’s Cycle Co-op met with members of the European Parliament in Brussels, at the invitation of Scottish Conservative MEP, Struan Stevenson. MEPs from Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, as well Scotland were all encouraged by the success of the co-ops cycle promotion efforts and shared experiences of cycle culture in their own countries. Continue reading →
EDsCycleCo-op heads to Brussels.
Bishopbriggs cycle campaign activists headed to Brussels at the invitation of Struan Stevenson MEP. They headed off on Monday 11th and return Thursday 14th July, just at the end of Co-operatives fortnight.
The remarkable achievement of more than doubling the number of children cycling to primary schools in Bishopbriggs in one year so impressed Scottish MEP, Struan Stevenson, that he invited a small delegation of East Dunbartonshire’s Cycle Co-operative to discuss their achievements with colleagues at the European Parliament. Continue reading →
UK Bike Week Winner Bishopbriggs Cycle Festival 2010
This years’ Bishopbriggs Cycle Festival will be even better than before with a truly amazing line up of things to watch, ride and race. It’s on Sunday 19th June from 2pm to 5pm in Bishopbriggs, Etive Park,G64 1PN. This is an event for everyone, so bring along your grandchildren and your granny. Over 1,000 people turned out last year, so don’t miss it Continue reading →