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Electing our Councillors and cycling on 4th May

posted May 2, 2017, 4:40 AM by Heather Rainbow
Will our new county councillors help us to cycle?
 
We were very impressed by Doris Jones  (see file below)
She would actively visit schools and businesses with advice on how to cycle to work and school.  She identified a source of money and  would lobby councillors and officers to make sure it was spent usefully on cycling

Ian Edney said as a new councillor he could not say HOW he could help but he did know what was needed, as he regularly commuted by bike into town and has argued at various transport forums for decent cycle routes to and across town
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JP Taylor said that children should not cycle on roads and pavements and use cycle routes instead. Does he not know that almost all cycle routes are either on the road or the pavement?
He said  cycle routes were safe for people of all ages, we disagree -  there are no  cycle routes in Basingstoke that are fast, direct and safe,  for all  whatever their age or ability.  There are a few cycle routes like this in London but there are none in Basingstoke
 JP Taylor said
‘safe cycling must remain prominent in all our minds,’  - but he offered nothing concrete (no apologies for the pun) he asked cyclists to be respectful of other users.  He would repair potholes if there was enough money in the budget.
  
Anthony Jones was in favour of cycling,  but believed that providing money and space for cycling would  disadvantage car users and would increase congestion and pollution. 

This is untrue as shown by reports from Transport for London demonstrate reduced congestion and the  blue chip companies and large London hospitals favour cycle lanes to get their employees safely and efficiently  to work.  Most opposition comes from the media and small businnesses who believe that cyclists do not spend money in shops.  
Research has repeatedly shown that local businesses seriously overestimate the proportion of their customers who drive to their stores.  In fact, a number of studies from the UK and US, Australia and New Zealand have come to the conclusion that replacing on-street parking with a bike lane can boost business – and in the worst case has no negative impact:
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Heather Rainbow,
May 2, 2017, 4:40 AM
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Heather Rainbow,
May 2, 2017, 4:40 AM
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Heather Rainbow,
May 2, 2017, 4:40 AM
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