Campaign Action – Consultation: Deadline 4th Oct 2010

Our suggestions for your response to the proposed Joint Local Transport Plan (JLTP). This plan covers the next 16 years – so even if you do no other campaigning until 2026 please do this one !

 

First please complete the quick online survey at http://hosted.southglos.gov.uk/snap/ltp/localtransportplan.htm. Local authorities do study the results of these surveys and your responses will help build up a case for cycling. The alternative is that results might be swamped by answers to these following questions that are not the ones YOU would give! —-

“Which area do you think is the MOST important, and which is the LEAST important? Choose from: Cycling; Network Management; Freight Measures; Parking Measures ;Public transport ;Road safety ; Rural transport ; Smarter choices; Walking”

You can then do your email response:
It is best to personalise your response a little – just add something like “My name is xxx and I cycle to work in Bristol centre everyday”. Do NOT say you are a member of BCyC or any other organisation (if you do your response may not be counted individually but treated as part of that organisation’s response). Include your name and full postal address.
Send your response by Monday morning 4th October, to: transport@westofengland.org headed similar to “Personal response to the consultation draft of the Joint Local Transport Plan ”

What to say:
Here are some points to make in your response (shuffle and change to your own words if you have time)
• The JLTP3 should include a definite commitment to a major cycling scheme bid, to be implemented at the beginning of the programme.
• Ove Arup & Partners’ Greater Bristol Cycling Strategy of Sept 2010 should be adopted as a guidance document in the JLTP.
• The target increase in cycling of 76% by 2016 is too modest. Also you need to show that people are shifting from cars to bikes, so a target of proportion of all journeys would be better. The target should match that in the Greater Bristol Cycling Strategy by Ove Arup and Partners, i.e. 9% of all journeys by bike by 2015. (It was 4% in 2008).
• The plan should commit highway engineers and designers to change their design & maintenance approach to one that treats roads as public spaces for the benefit of residents and not as freeways for motor traffic passing through – and gives precedence to cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
• The councils should work to the best design practice for cycle traffic in road infrastructure, and then give a bit extra. The practice of looking to construct to the lowest standard that can be read into “Cycle Infrastructure Design” guidance will need to end.
• In referring to “cyclist” the councils’ practice must take account of the very low power output the human body – and apply the golden rule for cycle traffic design: make sure the cyclist can keep moving.
• The design approach to cycleways should be the same as for roads, except that the width is less. Designers should not incorporate obstructions that they would not put in a road.
• Say you personally agree with and support the submission by CTC RtR and Bristol Cycling Campaign which can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/293ezrl
• Remember your name and address.

The councils’ full consultation draft is at http://www.travelplus.org.uk/our-vision/let%27s-talk-transport-matters