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Cycle Basingstoke celebrates a successful year of campaigning

September 29, 2019

Our vision is Cycle journeys that are  direct, quick and safe,

possible for people of all ages, all abilities and for all purposes

 

Cycle Basingstoke campaigns for safe conditions for cycling.  In the photo you can see a super low kerb or upstand at the entrance to Hewett Lane and the cycleway in Hook.  The parked vehicles came to the assistance of a lady who came off her bike when her wheel hit the kerb as she turned left.  She fell to the ground in agonising pain, unable to stand or walk so an ambulance had to be called.   Upstands on cycle routes instead of a flush kerb are a frequent hazard.

 

Heather, chair of Cycle Basingstoke, has been invited to speak to  councillors at Winchester on design standards which endanger people who cycle and how these can be remedied.  This is just one outcome of sustained lobbying for infrastructure and cycle routes which are fit for purpose and safe to use.

 

In the Annual report   we list our successes.  We have obtained major changes for cycling in the Basingstoke Transport Strategy.  We persuaded the Councils to revise the Basingstoke Cycling Strategy and there is now an investigation into both the Basingstoke and the Hampshire Cycling Strategies.

 

We have managed to get modal shift (aim to increase cycling) on to the Agenda in the Basingstoke Transport Strategy.  There is to be a change in adopted design standards for infrastructure and a funding and delivery plan for priority corridors (arterial roads into Basingstoke), quick wins and useful links. Up to now it has been considered too expensive to provide proper cycle infrastructure.  We wait with baited breath.

 

You can learn more by reading the Annual Report 2019 or coming to the AGM on Wednesday 2nd October 7 - 8.30 at BCOT.

 

Campaign issues remain the same

  •  highway safety

  • highway maintenance

  • new housing with no cycling connections and increased motor traffic

  • traffic management schemes which make cycling more difficult

  • shared use pavements, intermittent cycle routes with obtacle courses

  • parked cars, legal and illegal

We are grateful for help and support from a lot of people including

  • our County and Borough councillors.

  •  Simon who has managed our website, facebook and  membership.  Due to heavy work commitments he has reluctantly had to resign so we are looking for people to take on these jobs.

  • committee members who have worked on communications and replies to planning applications and consultations

Membership and email subscribers have increased from 75 to 116, mainly thanks to our information stall during Green Week.  We shall be contacting people who have volunteered to help with campaigning.  We will be considering how to collaborate with others on new projects at the AGM in response to requests from members.     

 

Together we can achieve our vision of cycle journeys that are direct, quick and safe that everyone can enjoy regardless of age or ability.

 

 

 

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