- Central government briefing papers (2016)
- Horsham District Cycling Forum
- Living Streets
- WSCC Sustainable Travel Initiatives
Sustrans has started an overhaul of the National Cycle Network with new projects to open up walking and cycling to everyone, including children, wheelchair users and the less physically active.
The projects are a result of the first ever review and an independent audit of the 16,575-mile Network, published in November 2018. ThePaths for Everyone report classified 54% of the Network as 'good' or 'very good' and unveiled a long-term plan to make it traffic-free and tackle physical problems. These include poor surfaces and barriers that prevent access for many people, particularly those with adaptive bikes, wheelchairs or prams.
Among the key measures to improve the Network are 55 'activation projects' which Sustrans aims to deliver in partnership with local authorities and other landowners across the UK. These range from improving signage, to removing unnecessary barriers and creating new traffic-free sections. The projects are to be finalised by 2023, at a cost of approximately £60 million.
Analysis by Brake, the road safety charity, has found that, on average, those on two wheels face 63 times higher risk of being killed or seriously injured on British roads, per mile travelled, than car drivers. Brake is calling for drivers to be ‘Bike Smart’ by slowing down, taking care to look properly at junctions and taking care to avoid car dooring.
Brake’s analysis has highlighted the vulnerability of those on two wheels. Cyclists and motorcyclists account for nearly 4 in 10 of all deaths and serious injuries on British roads, a total of 9,740 in 2017 or an average of one bike death or serious injury every hour. Bike deaths also make up more than a quarter of all British road deaths, with a total of 101 cyclist deaths and 349 motorcyclist deaths in 2017.
Measures to combat road rage, encourage more mutual respect between road users and protect the vulnerable have been released in a two year action plan to improve road safety, from the Department for Transport.
Councils will be given powers to tackle dangerous parking in mandatory cycle lanes, and will also be encouraged to spend around 15% of their local transport infrastructure funding on walking and cycling.
The Department for Transport will appoint a new cycling and walking champion, to ensure new policies meet the needs of road users across the UK, and will host a new 2019 Bikeability Summit encouraging businesses to promote cycling and walking schemes to their employees.
The action plan will also assess whether insurance companies could offer discounts to drivers and motorcyclists who have passed Bikeability training. The DfT will work closely with courier companies to explore incentives for drivers who undergo training in driving safely alongside cyclists, pedestrians and horse-riders.
A new report by the Department for Transport has been released showing how commuting behaviour has changed between 1988 and 2015. The changes are driven by changes in working patterns and travel behaviour.
Since the late 1980s there has been a downward trend in the number of commuting trips from 7.1 journeys per worker per week in 1988/92 to 5.7 in 2013/14.
More than half (56% in 2013/14) of commuting journeys are made by car as a driver. This proportion was stable through to 2008, after which it decreased by several percentage points.
Cycling to work has increased in London, but the trends elsewhere have been mixed.
An Active Travel Toolbox has been launched by Sustrans to help local authorities and their partners make the case for, and improve walking and cycling schemes.
The free toolbox, which includes guides, resources, tools and case studies, is organised into three areas, which can be used for forecasting the impact of planned interventions: