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Let’s Start By Getting It Right

During the summer Lockdown the Government released an important policy statement. With news focused on other things it probably went unnoticed by most. The policy, released by the Department for Transport in July, is called ‘Gear Change: a bold vision for cycling and walking’ and can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/cycling-and-walking-plan-for-england. The policy statement really is […]

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Other Autumn Campaign News

Target for Cycle Journeys in 2036 In August we submitted our comments on Reading’s draft Local Transport Strategy to 2036. The draft strategy included the target to increase the number of people who regularly cycle from 5.1% now to 10% in 2036. The Green Party raised a petition calling for a more ambitious target for […]

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Oxford Road Tilehurst Section

As you probably know by now over the last few months RBC has received some funds to support active travel in the borough. The amount of funding received depends on the quality of the schemes proposed but with a certain amount indicated. In the first tranche RBC unfortunately didn’t get the full indicated amount approved. […]

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Life On A Trike

When we moved to Reading in 2018 one of the first things we bought was a cargo bike. Being a second­–generation non-driver and life-long cyclist, I had been thinking of getting one ever since we had a child to put into it, but living on the 5th floor of a block of flats with no […]

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Narrow Cycle Lanes

The width of cycle lanes (on carriageways) is often a matter of criticism and debate. We probably all agree that the wider a cycle lane the better, and that 1.5m to 2.0m (5ft to 6ft 6in) is preferable. The problem occurs when there is not enough width for a 1.5m cycle lane and a standard […]

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A Better Code for Cyclists?

The Department for Transport ran a consultation from August to October this year seeking views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. From a cyclist’s point of view the main changes include: The introduction of the ‘Hierarchy of Users’ or ‘Hierarchy of […]

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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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