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Direct, Fast, Safe Cycle Routes to the 2017 May Elections

posted Apr 25, 2017, 2:38 AM by Heather Rainbow   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 3:08 AM ]
Direct, fast safe cycle routes to the May elections.  We are asking candidates to sign up to cycle routes that are fit for purpose.  How will they ensure that there is funding to meet this need.  We do not want money thrown away on rubbish cycle paths. We do want more money from central government and the Hampshire Highways Authority.
Elaine Still ( has signed up to the national Space 4 Cycling campaign.

Read pro cycling replies from Andrew McCormick and Mike Westbrook below.
 
Andrew listed the main cycle routes we need and said that he would work with the Manydown project manager to obtain funding.
Andrew was all in favour of the county providing Bikeability level 3 and training for Mums, Dads and recreational cyclists.

"The main barrier to cycling is road safety. I would not recommend cycling on the Reading, Newbury, or Alton roads to anyone. They are death traps. " We at Cycle Basingstoke agree which is why we urgently need better and more cycle routes parallel to main roads.

We are very pleased that Andrew has the same priorities as Cycle Basingstoke:

"The 8 routes out of Basingstoke need separate cycleway provision adding: the A30 (London and Winchester), the A33, the A339 (Newbury and Alton), the A340, the B3400 and B3046. The Reading, Newbury, and Alton roads should be treated as priorities, they are too dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists to safely use. We have millions of pounds to be realised from the Manydown scheme to the west of Basingstoke that could be used to fund cycleways on the A339 and B3400, and other developments to the south west of Basingstoke that could contribute to the A30."

Mike Westbrook wants more and better cycle infratructure as this means better health and less congestion.  He has been working with schools to find routes that actually "connect".    He was " encouraged to see ... a local developer incorporate an internal route on the periphery of a development but running parallel to a busy main road."  Cycle Basingstoke is campaigning for direct cycle routes parallel to the main busy roads but buffered by a hedge or similar.  

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Heather Rainbow,
Apr 25, 2017, 3:07 AM
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Heather Rainbow,
Apr 25, 2017, 2:41 AM
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