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Cycling is Good for

 
 
  • The global environment- If people used cycles rather than cars for shorter journeys (less than 5 miles), less "greenhouse" gas would be produced.
  • The local environment- Just imagine what a busy road, currently packed with cars, would be like if the people were riding cycles instead. So quiet, no fumes.
  • Society - Most people could use a cycle for personal transport. If cities were designed around pedal cycle transport, people wouldn't be excluded from normal social activities if they didn't have a car.
  • Yourself- Cycling is cheaper than driving and more flexible than using buses. It's also a great way to enjoy yourself and one of the most simple and effective ways of getting fit. Cycling, even at a gentle pace can help you to feel good and look great. Why waste time and money on boring gym exercise bikes?
 

 

Council backs down on City Centre fines

 
 

(15 March) Coventry City Council had proposed fining people £100 for cycling at certain times in certain places within the area bounded by the ring road. Following consultation, it now proposes that only people who cycle in a manner which is not "careful and considerate" and who do not obey a request to dismount will face a fine. See section 3.6.3 of the Council report

Council officers expect that sufficient video evidence will be available to settle any dispute over whether any particular instance of cycling was or was not "careful and considerate".

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Comment

A change from thinking that cycling is anti-social to only regarding inconsiderate cycling to be anti-social is to be welcomed.

Cycling in the city centre is not like motoring. For almost a century it's been realised that allowing motoring in an area usually leads to the space being dominated by cars, whether moving or parked. In the foreseable future there's no chance of the city centre being dominated by the presence of bicycles. Inconsiderate cycling can be a problem, but the mere presence of pedal cycles is not.

 

       
A46/A428 junction
(aka TGI island)
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(17 March) Highways England is proposing to build a flyover for A46 traffic at this junction . But no improvements are (yet?) envisaged for cycling. There's already a Toucan crossing over the southern leg of the A46.

George Riches of Cycling UK (Coventry) submitted the following comments to Highways England:

  1. Toucan crossings of the northern A46 slip roads need to be added. Without these, eastbound A428 cyclists will have to cross the A428, use the existing toucan crossing and then cross back, if they want to avoid sharing the roundabout with motor traffic. Crossing and crossing back is time-consuming and increases risk.
  2. Considering Section 2.1 of "Interim Advice Note 195/16 Cycle Traffic and the Strategic Road Network" (link). Can consideration be given to additional, motor traffic free, cycle routes between places on either side of the A46, using existing grade separated A46 crossings? Residential areas such as Ryton & Binley Woods to the east and workplaces such as the business parks along the Stonebridge Highway (A45/A46) and around the M69/A46 junction (including University Hospital) to the west. Such routes would provide an attractive alternative to car use on the Strategic Road Network for these short journeys.

Highways England Website

(15 March) Coventry City Council has suspended a quarter of the city's bus lanes (2km). Does that affect your cycling? If so, please send your comments to me at George.Riches@CoventryCyclist.org.uk, I'm due to represent cyclists at a meeting with the council on the issue in May.
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Last update: 17 March 2017