Our Mission Statement
- To campaign for better facilities for cyclists in Reading, in particular a network of safe cycleways linking residential, industrial and commercial areas, and giving access to the town centre.
- To work with Sustrans, the Cyclists’ Touring Club (both locally and nationally) and others interested in promoting cycling and the wellbeing of cyclists.
- To identify the needs of cyclists in Reading, and to campaign for their provision.
- To work with and advise local authorities and, where necessary, criticise and highlight their shortcomings.
We will achieve this by:
a) Protecting cyclists’ rights:
- To cycle safely and conveniently to any destination in Reading
- To be regarded as a vehicle (current Road Traffic Act) and therefore to use the carriageway, unless specifically banned e.g. a motorway
b) Campaigning to improve cycling infrastructure:
- While every cyclist has the right to the above, many will not wish to use very heavily trafficked roads, junctions or roundabouts; where these occur, continuous, direct cycle routes should be provided in order to encourage cycling in Reading
- Cycle routes that are separate from roads used by motorised vehicles should be separated from the latter by a verge. If pedestrians are to use this route as well, they should have their own pathway e.g. a raised pavement. Shared pavements should be avoided to prevent conflict with pedestrians and enable cyclists to proceed at their normal speed. We do not condone cycling on pavements
- When these cycle routes rejoin the carriageway there should be adequate facilities for cyclist to do so legally and safely.
- Advanced Stop Lines for cyclist should be incorporated at popular junctions where cyclists need to turn right
- Adequate and secure and cycle parking should be provided at major destinations
c) Influencing local government transport policy:
- Whenever a new road scheme is planned, the needs of cyclists should be incorporated at the beginning of the scheme and not as an afterthought.
- A 20mph speed limit should be set on all residential roads and in the centre of town.
d) Encourage education and awareness
- Campaign for adult cycle training schemes.
- Encourage green travel plans for Reading organisations.