The Bristol Broadcast

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to speak on behalf of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain at a Scrutiny Committee held by Bristol City Council. Sustrans were also there along with Dr Adrian Davis (Chair), Dr Fiona Spotswood of UWE & Ed Plowden of Bristol City Council. I was speaking immediately after Dr DaveContinue reading “The Bristol Broadcast”

Well, Fancy That! No 1: Nice Things Cost Money

It is a wonderful time for sports cycling in Great Britain; Bradley Wiggins has become the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France with Chris Froome enjoying an equally unprecedented second place. The hard-working men and women of Team GB are no strangers to success in Olympic events and so it has provedContinue reading “Well, Fancy That! No 1: Nice Things Cost Money”

Localism for Dummies

Last Tuesday morning, I put on my Cycling Embassy of Great Britain approved attire (just a regular suit for a regular activity) and attended the Annual All-Party Parliamentary Bike Ride, which is now in its twelfth year and is a prelude to Bike Week. Despite the wretched weather, there was a respectable turn out ofContinue reading “Localism for Dummies”

The Local Transport White Paper – Soft and Very, Very Long

So the Department for Transport has released a Local Transport White Paper entitled ‘Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon – Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen’ This 99 page document mentions the word ‘cycling’ a stonking 88 times. It’s filled with nice stuff. Here is the Introduction; ‘Two-thirds of all journeys are under five miles – many ofContinue reading “The Local Transport White Paper – Soft and Very, Very Long”

Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hammond?

As the chilly Autumnal mists clear, the World of British cycle campaigning finds that not only have the goalposts been moved, but the playing field has been sold off as well. Road.cc report can be found here Yesterday I posted the initial DfT Press Release regarding the Spending Review. However, further detail seemed to emerge in the form ofContinue reading “Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hammond?”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 4 – Highways Departments & Cycling Officers

WARNING: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS AN OFFENSIVE ACRONYM In the same way that the Department for Transport had Cycling England to keep at arms length at national level, so it holds with Highways Departments and Cycling Officers at County Council level. From a cycle campaigning perspective, Highways Officers are often like Mrs Mainwaring in Dad’sContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 4 – Highways Departments & Cycling Officers”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 3 – The Cycling Action Travel Plan Strategy Solution

Sometimes a dog will gnaw away at something it shouldn’t. I’ve found that the best way to distract the dog is to find a nice stick and throw it, instantly releasing the thing that you don’t want gnawed. This is basically the same attitude that the Government & Local Authorities take with cycle campaigners. TheContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 3 – The Cycling Action Travel Plan Strategy Solution”

So Long, And Thanks For All The Pish

  Last Friday, road.cc reported that Cycling England now looks certain to be abolished as part of a Government cull on quangos (or ‘quasi autonomous non-governmental organisations’ to give them their full snappy title). Christian Wolmar, writer, broadcaster and member of the board of Cycling England anticipated this by writing a very strong open letterContinue reading “So Long, And Thanks For All The Pish”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 1 – ‘Section 106 Money’

    Yesterday evening I attended a local cycle campaign meeting where we were lucky enough to have the County Cycling Officer present. She kept quoting ‘Section 106 monies’ for cycling schemes as there clearly isn’t a direct budget for cycling at the moment. In case you may have attended cycle forums or meetings yourselfContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 1 – ‘Section 106 Money’”