The Right to Ride Report to the August meeting of the Calderdale CTC Committee covered a number of issues of interest to those interested in encouraging more people to cycle more often in Calderdale. These are listed below, with links where appropriate.
Cycle Yorkshire – Tour de France legacy
A local “West Yorkshire” version of “Cycle Yorkshire”, the Tour legacy strategy to which all the Yorkshire local authorities have supported, has now been produced for West Yorkshire ie. Calderdale / Bradford / Kirklees / Wakefield. It is called “More People cycling more often” and has four main themes :-
More Coaches, leaders and volunteers; more and better places to cycle; building skills and confidence; more cycling events and activities.
The document is especially important as it now provides a starting point from which to engage with Calderdale Council on improved cycling provision. For example, the section on “More and better places to cycle” includes the commitment ” we will..ensure that any new development or highway scheme is designed to accomodate cyclists through a process of cycleproofing”.
Another important element of the West Yorkshire document is the identification of CTC as a partner in the implementation of the strategy.
A full copy of the document can be found on the West Yorkshire Metro website or by following this link:-
Calderdale Council Member Cycling Champion
Councillor Dot Foster, (Labour, Sowerby Bridge) has now been appointed the Member Cycling Champion. It is hoped to hold a meeting with Councillor Foster in the near future to discuss the implementation in Calderdale of the West Yorkshire Cycle strategy and how it might complement the CTC Space for Cycling Campaign, to which Cllr Foster has already given her support.
Bikes on Trains
It was reported that the Secretariat of the Northern Rail Cycle Forum, on which Calderdale CTC is represented, had made a submisson to the Government as part of the current franchising process for Northern / Transpennine Express calling for more space for bikes on trains, the current provision of 2 spaces being considered inadequate. If successful, this would come into effect in 2016 as part of the new franchise awards. HADRAG (Halifax and District Rail Action Group) had also made a similar representation.
Calderdale Cycling Infrastructure
The following developments were reported :-
The completion (subject to signage) of the West Vale (Viaduct) cycleway between Rochdale Road and Green Lane;
The completion by April 2015 of the extension of the Hebble Trail to Halifax Railway station;
The provision of additional warning signs for the proposed refuge for cyclists and pedestrians at Fallingroyd, a scheme designed to facilitate crossing the A646 by those using the canal towpath between Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge.
Improvements at Salterhebble (Elland Wood Bottom Cycleway extension) and Cooper Bridge were being kept under review.
House of Commons Transport Select Committee report on Cycle Safety
The key recommendations of the Transport Select Committee report – evidence was given to the Committee by CTC’s Roger Geffen – were summarised. These included:-
Increasing spending on Cycling to £10 per head of population by 2020; support for local authorities wishing to introduce 20 mph speed limits in “high risk” areas; obligating Local authorities to “Cycleproof” in the design of new roads; making awareness of cyclists part of the Highway Code and Driving Test; improving the safety record of HGVs “given the disproportionate level of HGV involvement in collisions with cyclists”.
A link to the report is available here:-http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/transport-committee/news/report-isolated-communities/
Letters to the Editor
It was reported that a letter had been sent to the Halifax Courier in relation to the outcome of the Court proceedings reported in the newspaper on 18 July under the heading “Truck Driver taunts and knocks cyclist off bike”.
A copy of the letter can be accessed here:- 140721LettertotheEditor
The letter had not been published.
Further information on the above, or any Right to Ride issues, can be obtained by contacting Reid Anderson, CTC Right to Ride representative for Calderdale.