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Local Cycle and Walking Infrastructure Plan

The Draft Reading Transport Strategy 2036 is out for consultation, see https://consult.reading.gov.uk. The consultation on the Reading Transport Strategy includes the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan and the details of what is proposed in terms of cycling routes are provided within the appendices. Appendix C gives an overall cycling network plan and Appendix G […]

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Last letter from Adrian Lawson

It comes as a bit of a surprise to be writing as the former Campaign Chair. I joined the campaign in 2007, and Ros Furley the ‘acting’ Chair at the time sort of persuaded me to join the committee, and at the next AGM I was elected Chair, a position I felt honoured to hold, […]

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Interview with Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward

We are delighted to have the opportunity to interview Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward, Caversham Ward, Lead Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities. RCC: What are your dreams and visions for cycling in Reading? Adele: I want cycling to be normal. I’m a member of the Labour Cycles campaign group, and our strapline is ‘For the many, not […]

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Why Electric Bikes Are The Answer

The way we move around in a Covid-19 world is going to change. For a time, public transport may not be as viable for large numbers of people. If this results in extra car usage we will get a lot more congestion on the roads (and pollution in the air). I would guess that most […]

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Reading’s Biggest Ever Road Repair Programme

At the end of 2019 residents were given the opportunity to participate in a consultation on Reading Borough Council’s 2020/21 budget. In the introduction to the consultation RBC’s Labour Leader Jason Brock stated: “I know you think road surfaces are in a poor condition. This budget is proposing Reading’s biggest ever road repair programme with […]

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Christchurch Bridge To Get Hairpin Bends?

Berkeley Homes has now submitted its planning application for blocks of flats on Vastern Road. Importantly for cyclists this development includes for a new link from the cycle/pedestrian bridge over the Thames to Vastern Road and the town centre. This is a once-only opportunity to make a good quality cycle link from north Reading to […]

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Wokingham Road – New Cycle Lanes

RBC has recently repainted the cycle lanes along Wokingham Road. This was done as part of the works to create National Cycle Route 422, which runs between Newbury and Windsor and crosses through Reading along Bath Road, Berkeley Avenue, Cemetery Junction and Wokingham Road. The creation of NCN422 has afforded the opportunity to right some […]

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Cycling Challenge for Scientists’ Tribute

Why not take on your next cycling challenge!! A recent Sports England Active Lives survey showed that 6.3 million adults cycle for leisure and sport, which unsurprisingly resonates with the fact that cycling is becoming one of the fastest growing sports. For some this brings desire to push the limits of one’s endurance and cycle […]

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Cyclists At Roadworks, New TfL Guidance

Guidance for Local Authorities and their contractors has been limited to the Highways Agency Traffic Advisory Leaflet (TAL) 15/99 Cyclists at Roadworks, produced in 1999. Transport for London has now prepared alternative guidance available from http://content.tfl.gov.uk/temporary-traffic-management-handbook.pdf. It was initiated and specifically produced to include clearer and better provision for cyclists and pedestrians than in the […]

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Barriers To Cycling

Over the past 25 years Sustrans has established more than 16,000 miles of the National Cycle Network – though it actually owns only 500 miles of this. Two years ago Sustrans set about a thorough review of the network and its findings were summarised in the ‘Paths for Everyone’ report released in 2018. The findings […]

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