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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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Christchurch Bridge Access

The cycle and pedestrian bridge over the Thames near Reading Station, or Christchurch Bridge to give it its official title, was opened in 2015.  Although our plea for it to be segregated was ignored, the bridge has undoubtedly been a welcome addition to Reading’s transport infrastructure. The Council’s longer-term strategy for the bridge was to […]

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Reading Bike Kitchen

Reading Bike Kitchen (RBK) is an entirely volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation founded to encourage cycling by making low cost bicycle maintenance available to all. You can find out more via our website: www.readingbicyclekitchen.org. I’m hoping everyone has heard about, visited or even volunteered with this fantastic community facility which not only supports making cycling more open […]

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Car Door Cycle Lanes – A Brief Reprise

In 2015 we made a big fuss when RBC painted cycle lanes in the car door danger zone alongside parking bays on Wokingham Road. We pointed out that this was completely against both national guidance and RBC’s own policy as given in its Cycle Strategy. Following our concerns RBC’s Traffic Management Sub-Committee made an undertaking […]

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Narrow Parking Lanes for NCN 422

We pointed out the dangerous cycle lane markings in Wokingham Road as they were dangerously close to car doors and therefore in contravention of good practice. When RBC repainted them, they made the lanes a little wider, but seemingly this was at the expense of making the parking bays too narrow. The photographs show vehicles […]

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