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Our response to the National Cycling Delivery Plan

It took about a year and a half for the government and DfT to respond to the Get Britain Cycling report which led to an unprecedented parliamentary debate on cycling in September 2013. The Cycling Delivery Plan, which also covers walking, can be found here And this is our response to the informal consultation: ________________________ To: Department for Transport Newcycling is Newcastle’s cycling campaign; it is a voluntary and community sector organisation constituted in 2010 which represent 1,500 members. We want to see better cycling conditions and more dedicated space for cycling. Newcycling has reviewed the Cycling Delivery Plan submitted[…]

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Response to Local Authority (Car) Parking consultation

We’d like to support the Cycling Embassy submission http://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/news/2014/02/12/response-to-dft-consultation-on-local-authority-parking to your Local Authority (Car) Parking consultation https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/local-authority-parking. The Localism agenda in fact should give more freedom to local authorities to decide their own parking strategies. We believe that local authorities should be allowed to set their own levels of parking fees and indeed be permitted to “earn” excess income that should be invested in car alternatives such as bike infrastructure. Many studies have shown that the role of car use is overestimated for shopping. We point you towards Sustrans Retail Vitality studies that replicate outcomes of Continental studies. We’ve seen[…]

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An Uncaring Reply

We received another disturbingly uncaring reply from Mike Penning (minister for road safety). Read it here. Thanks again to Catherine McKinnell MP who forwarded our letter to the minister.

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Road Safety and Stricter Liability

We received a disappointing written reply from Mike Penning MP re: stricter liability and EDM 1393, attached below. Thanks goes to Catherine McKinnell MP who wrote to the minister, Norman Baker MP initially, on behalf of the campaign. We will forward the letter to the national groups concerned with road safety, to seek advice as we believe there are some inconsistencies in the letter. Meanwhile, it is still important that you write to your MP demanding fairer treatment for vulnerable road users, template [doc] below.

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