U.K: Travel behaviour "nudge" is welcome but cycle-friendly streets are needed too

נשלח 3 בפבר׳ 2011, 9:46 על ידי Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 23 בפבר׳ 2011, 23:33 ]
21.01.2011, ECF - European Cyclist's Federation

CTC - The UK's National Cyclists' Organisation welcomed the UK Government's recent announcement of funding to "nudge" people towards greener transport choices, but says that better cycle-friendly planning is also needed.

CTC believes the Local Transport White Paper and accompanying Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) show a welcome shift in DfT's willingness to fund cycle training and other 'smarter choices' programmes to encourage people to use sustainable transport.  Measures such as cycle training, personalised travel planning, and cycling development projects are already proving cost-effective at increasing cycle use which is why CTC plans to increase its deployment of it's Cycle Champions, Bike Club and Workplace Challenge programmes. However, if travel behaviour is to change for good, the Government must consider the full range of possible measures. The poor design of cycle facilities and road layouts are concerns for experienced cyclists and significant barriers for new cyclists, yet The White Paper does little to address this.

 Roger Geffen, CTC's Campaigns Director commented: "If large numbers of people are to take up cycling as a healthy and money-saving transport option, we need to improve the design skills of Britain's transport planners."

CTC is also concerned about certain details of the criteria for the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The Local Transport White Paper recognises that the policy failures of the last 60 years mean that the costs of air pollution, physical inactivity and road casualties are three times greater than those due to congestion. So if councils try tackling congestion by squeezing more traffic through our road network, they could worsen those three other problems. This in turn could undermine not just the LSTF's main objective of carbon reduction but its economic objective as well.

On the merits of cycling as a local transport solution, Roger Geffen added, "As councils finalise their Local Transport Plans and develop their Sustainable Transport funding bids in these economically challenging times, we hope they will recognise that cycling is the best value-for-money solution".

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Notes to editors:

Contact: For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact Alex Bailey on 0844 736 8453 or email publicity@ctc.org.uk

 - CTC is the UK's national cyclists' organisation, with 70,000 members and affiliates in 250 clubs across the UK. We are the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK, established in 1878. We provide a comprehensive range of services, advice, events, and protection for our members and work to promote cycling by raising public and political awareness of its health, social and environmental benefits. For more information see <http://www.ctc.org.uk/DesktopModules/Articles/ArticlesView.aspx?TabID=0&ItemID=538&mid=13641>

 - The Local Transport White Paper was published on 19 January, together with accompanying guidance on the criteria for a Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). The latter will provide £560m funding over four years (April 2011 to March 2015) for transport solutions whose main objectives must be to promote economic growth and cut carbon emissions, with sub-objectives to promote physical activity, air quality improvements and safer streets. More information is available at <www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/sustainabletransport/> and <www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/transportfund/>

 - Of the £560m LSTF, £350m is "revenue funding" which can support "smarter choices" measures (e.g. promoting cycling for schools, workplaces and other targeted groups) while £210m is capital funding (for transport infrastructure). This is a significant shift in the balance of transport funding towards the former, which will be strongly welcomed not just by CTC and other sustainable transport groups but also by local authorities themselves. A report commissioned by the Department for Transport found that "smarter choices" typically had benefit-to-cost ratios of 10:1, compared with figures of around 2 or 3:1 which are typical for road schemes.

 - A Cabinet Office Strategy Unit report on urban transport, published in 2009, found that the costs to society due to congestion were £10.9bn, but that the costs of road casualties (£8.7bn), poor air quality (£4.5-10.6bn) and physical inactivity (£9.8bn) taken together were around three times higher.

 - CTC is concerned at the lack of clear guidance to local authorities on the need for pedestrian-friendly and cyclist-friendly street design. The Local Transport White paper contains one mention of the Government's 'Manual for Streets' but omits to explain its importance in promoting active travel, while its 'Cycle Infrastructure Design' guidelines are not mentioned at all.  Neither document is mentioned in the LSTF guidance.

 - CTC has published guidance on cycle-friendly Local Transport Plans, entitled 'Cycling: a local transport solution', and a specific briefing on 'smarter choices' measures to encourage cycling. Both are downloadable from <http://www.ctc.org.uk/ltp>. CTC will be urging local authorities to take note of this advice as they finalise their Local Transport Plans (which need to be completed by the start of April) and will be keen to work with them on developing cycle-friendly LSTF bids over the coming months.

Source: ecf.com


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