Chairman’s Letter, March 2018

Dear RCC members, It took many months of emails, phone calls and Twitter messages before I finally got to speak to a member of the Thames Valley Police road safety team to explore working together on a close pass project in Reading. Close pass was an initiative from West Midlands police. One of their cops […]

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Bike Kitchen Update

Many local cyclists miss the Bike Kitchen that took over Jacksons in 2014. There was no such thing as a quiet time when the doors were opened, and there was a lot going on behind the scenes when the doors were closed too. From the moment we tentatively opened the doors one Saturday in June […]

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Wokingham Borough Council Spring Report

Traffic in Wokingham has been causing a headache for Wokingham Borough Council (WoBC) because of delays in the project to renovate the market square. With the road closed from Peach Street to Broad Street, traffic is diverted and jams are even worse than usual. This lead to a petition on the WoBC website, which got […]

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Reading Borough Council Spring Report

Since the last Campaign News in December and the time of writing (mid February) there have been no meetings to report on or major issues that have cropped up. The Cycle Forum was on 27 February at the Council Offices, and feedback from this will be reported in the next newsletter. We discussed what to […]

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Vastern Road Roundabout Too Dangerous For Cyclists

The Vastern Road roundabout by Reading Bridge is by far the most dangerous area for cyclists in Reading. The official collision records (STATS19) show 19 cyclist casualties in three years. These atrocious figures should be generating urgent action by Reading Borough Council. Unfortunately, four months after the issue being raised RCC have seen no remedial […]

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Caversham Walkabout

A Caversham walkabout meeting was held with Adele Barnett-Ward, who is a prospective Labour candidate for the Caversham Ward, accompanied by three cycle campaigners. Adele rides a bike slowly (she says) and therefore is keen to make cycling safer and feel safer. We spent nearly two hours looking at Caversham’s streets and discussing various issues. […]

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Interview with Cllr Debs Absolom

The Newsletter Editor interviewed Cllr Debs Absolom to find out more about her and what she thinks about cycling issues. You have recently become the Chair of the Traffic Management Sub-committee and the Cycle Forum. Did you seek these positions out due to a particular interest in transport issues? I took on the role as […]

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Chairman’s Letter, December 2017

Dear RCC members, Right. I am going to start jumping red lights when riding my bike*. I have patiently sat at traffic lights waiting for them to turn green for many years. It wasn’t always so, as a younger man I certainly used to jump them, but not at the moment though. I now enjoy […]

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Cycling with a club

Never Say Never! Most of us who use our bikes to go from A to B regard the weekend club cyclists as ‘lycra clad loonies’ and a different species! The perception is of a large pack of super fit (mainly men) kitted out on expensive bikes, but couldn’t be more different from my experience of […]

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Reading, Wokingham and West Berks to get an LCWIP

In 2017 the UK Government published its first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy which sets out the Government’s ambition to make walking and cycling the natural choices for shorter journeys or as part of a longer journey. The Strategy sets a target of doubling cycle journeys by 2025. As part of the Strategy the Department […]

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