Cycle to Work Day 2020

Cycle to Work Day is back on Thursday 6th August! Given the circumstances with COVID 19 and that many are still working from home, this year’s Cycle To Work Day has a twist. Rather than swapping your commute, trying cycling anywhere for any reason with anyone!  So why not make the most of the day by cycling to work, to the shops or even a socially distanced bike ride with friends and family.

Joining in with the big day is simple. Just hop on your bike, log your journey on Love to Ride.

If that wasn’t enough to get you involved, there are also a number of prizes available for pledges including several new bikes and cycling equipment. 

If you are ready to make the pledge visit cycletoworkday.org and don’t forget to take a cycle selfie using the #CycletoWorkDay hashtag on social media.  

SN

Portsmouth’s New Cycle Repair Kits

Portsmouth City Council have recently introduced and installed 9 new repair stations so you can fix your bike on the go! These repair stations aren’t just for use by cyclists however, as the kits are also suitable for wheelchair and pram users.  

Source: Portsmouth City Council 

Each station is equipped with a variety of tools plus an air pump and a set of guidance for usage. The tools include a Phillips screwdriver, a flat screwdriver, T25 Torx, an adjustable spanner, flat wrench 8 x 10mm, flat wrench 13 x 15mm, hex key set and tyre levers (plastic with steel core).  

The repair kits can be found in the following locations:  

  • Eastern Road Cycle Path (opposite Sword Sands Road) 
  • Fratton Bridge 
  • Hampshire Terrace (near Mercantile House) 
  • Broad Street (near The Point)  
  • Devonshire Square 
  • Albert Road (near Victoria Road South Junction) 
  • Clarence Esplanade (near Clarence Pier) 
  • South Parade (opp Kirkstall Road) and 
  • Eastney Esplanade/Henderson Road (near Eastney Swimming Baths)  

We would love to hear your feedback on these if you use one and don’t forget to send us a picture or hashtag us on Instagram!  

The question is – which city will follow suit and implement something similar next?  

SB 

How coronavirus is driving a revolution in travel

Since the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK many sustainable walking and cycling improvement schemes have been fast tracked. This has seen the implementation of new pedestrian walkways and pop-up bike lanes, which forms part of a nationwide wide effort to create more space for social distancing as Government restrictions begin to lift. Last week the Transport Secretary announced a £250 million emergency fund to help active travel. 

During this period, Local authorities have the ability to use temporary traffic orders to widen pavements, install cycle lanes, create new zebra crossings and close streets to traffic. Over the last week, new walking and cycle spaces have been created in Glasgow, Leicester, York and Brighton to name a few with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announcing plans to close a number of roads in London to traffic to create one of the largest car-free areas of any city in the world.  

Has the way you travel changed since lockdown began? Have you noticed any cycle and pedestrian improvements in your local area? Let us know by using @paulbashamassociates on social media or by commenting below! 

SN 

Future Travel Choices

The current lockdown has got many people talking about how we might adapt our travel once restrictions are lifted. There has been some extremely positive news in terms of reductions in air pollution, however, even the most ardent climate campaigner would not expect people to adhere to these restrictions long term. So what might we see when ‘normal’ life resumes?

Firstly, many businesses may have found that despite the initial upheaval, working from home has worked well and thus allow more flexibility for their staff going forward.  This could be important depending upon how quickly the economy recovers, as businesses may seek to reduce their floor area demand with hot desking and limiting the number of staff in the office at any one time.

Further to future working arrangements, the benefits of video conferencing have been demonstrated through this period, and it could certainly help to substitute costly meetings, reducing the need to travel and the associated expenses.

A benefit that has also been realised during the current lockdown, has been the increase in the number of cyclists, which in part has been attributed to the reduction in traffic.  It remains to be seen whether this uptake in cycling will continue post-lockdown, but there are green shoots which could inspire people to travel more often by bicycle.

There are many factors that will affect future travel and these are just some of our thoughts, but we would love to hear from you about how future travel may be shaped by the current lockdown.

RH

Government announces a £5 billion pledge to improve bus and cycling services alongside HS2 announcement.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the go ahead of HS2, there was also a £5bn announcement for new investment into vital local transport links outside London, as well as vital upgrages to local roads.

The multibillion pound package to transform buses and cycling will deliver at least 4,000 new Zero Emission buses, higher frequency services (including evenings and weekends), more affordable, simpler fares, and new priority schemes to make existing routes more efficient. The £5 billion in funding will also help build over 250 miles of new, high quality separated cycle routes, described as ‘Mini-Holland’ schemes to make town centres safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

The PM also pledged and outlined further upgrades relating to local connections including:

  • Reducing congestion and boosting the local road network across the country by accelerating local schemes to the next stage of development, including Hartlepool in the north to Melksham to Salisbury in the South West;
  • Upgrading Bristol East Junction station to tackle an identified major pinch point in the South West rail network, enabling passengers to travel in and out of Bristol more easily;
  • taking forward work to improve the A1 north of Newcastle, strengthening the link to the Scottish Border.

After thorough analysis of the benefits and impacts of the project, mainly stemming from Douglas Oakervee’s independent review of HS2, work on Phase 1 (the route between London and Birmingham) is set to start in April. Government will revive the legislation to deliver Phase 2a (connecting Birmingham to Crewe) as soon as possible so that preparation works can move forward.

Phase 2b of the project involves extending high-speed rail from the West Midlands to the North. In order to deliver the Northern Powerhouse Rail and Phase 2b as effectively as possible, the government will draw up an integrated plan for rail in the North that will have been informed by an assessment from the National Infrastructure Commission.

This will work to identify the most effective sequencing of all relevant investments in the north, and look at how the two schemes can work together alongside wider investment in transport for the north and Midlands. There will be a further focus on ensuring that lessons are learned from Phase 1 of HS2 to drive down costs.

These announcements are especially relevant considering the ever relevancy of climate change and the increased need for sustainable travel.

Read the full story here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-confirms-hs2-will-go-ahead-alongside-revolution-in-local-transport#

ID

Adur and Worthing Councils Draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan Consultation (LCWIP)

Adur & Worthing Councils, with key partners, have been preparing a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) in a bid to make eco-friendly transport the natural choice for shorter and parts of longer journeys in the area.

The Adur & Worthing Cycling and Walking Working Group have worked on the proposals for primary cycling routes, secondary cycling routes and core walking zones created for this public consultation.

The proposals offer a strategic overview of the key routes and will define where interventions and future investment is required to create safe and accessible infrastructure. The strategy includes plans to double cycling levels by 2025, reduce the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured and increase the percentage of children walking to school.

Local residents are being invited to view and comment on the proposals at public exhibitions and share their views in an online survey. You can get involved in the following ways:

View the Plan at an Exhibition:

  • 9:00 – 5:00 Wednesday 27th November 2019 – Monday 6th January 2020 In the foyer of Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1HA and in the foyer of Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Rd, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5WU

Attend a consultation event:

  • 9:30m to 12:30pm, Thursday 19th December 2019, Worthing Town Hall, Foyer
  • 2pm to 5pm, Thursday 19th December 2019, Shoreham Centre, Foyer

OR … you can view the proposals at: https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/lcwip/

HCH

Government announces further funding for Bikeability Scheme

The government has announced that a further £13 million will be invested in the Bikeability Programme following the scheme teaching 3 million children to cycle since the launch of Bikeability in 2006. The continuation of this funding means that the 50% of primary schools across England will be able to access the programme.

Therefore, more schoolchildren are set to benefit from the Bikeability scheme following the additional funding announcement. The announcement comes after the scheme has had a record year with 400,000 children completing the scheme up to April this year.

The Bikeability Scheme is offered at 3 levels based on a child’s age and experience. Training starts with basic bike-handling skills in a traffic-free, controlled environment and builds to managing a variety of traffic conditions on different types of roads.

The scheme forms part of the government’s long-term ambition for cycling and walking to become the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of longer journeys, in addition to the £20 million to provide traffic free cycling and walking routes and improved signage, road crossings and accessibility for mobility scooters, wheelchairs and adapted bikes as part of a programme of upgrades for the National Cycle Network.

Considering that being environmentally conscious is of paramount importance, this investment announcement could not be more beneficial or relevant.

Read the full article here

Find out more about the Bikeability Scheme here

The UK’s first fully electric city- wide bike hire scheme

Bike hire schemes have experienced unprecedented levels of growth across the country in recent years. The introduction of the electric bike, more commonly known as the E-bike has also been met with growing enthusiasm as schemes have been set up, bridging the gap between the conventional bicycle and motorised forms of travel.  E-bikes solve many of the reasons people do not cycle such as; distance, hills, and ownership while still offering the benefits of a car such as flexibility, range and rush- hour speed.  

Co- bikes was the UK’s first on- street solely e-bike hire scheme and still is the only docked model in operation three years after the scheme’s introduction. Co-Bikes is operated by Co- Cars which is a not- for- profit social enterprise that runs a successful car club company in Exeter. Co-bikes has a monopoly in Exeter, with no other competition from dockless schemes or other operators. Co- Bikes targeted locations within the proximity to transport interchanges and business hubs in the city. This included docking stations enabling users to hire or return e-bikes at various locations on an A to B hire model.  

When comparing how bike share schemes perform, there are considerable differences between models. The standard metric for comparing bike scheme performance has become trips per day per bike (t/d/b), as it allows for variation in the number of bikes in the system. Tracking the utilisation of each bike helps explain the level of success of bike sharing schemes. Globally, usages rates for non e-bike schemes range from 2 to 8t/b/d however other high profile schemes have been found to be as low as 0.3- 0.5t/b/d.  

When analysing Co-bikes usage, it is important to recognise that the scheme launched on a skeleton network when compared with other operators. In Co-bikes opening year it had an average of 0.5 trips per day per bike and has been improving year on year since. The scheme reached 1t/b/d in July 2018, with peak days recording 40 rentals at 2t/b/d which is a comparable usage on London’s Santander bikes.  

Exeter has shown that a phased strategy of delivery can be extremely effective.  Following the success of this pilot, Devon County Council and Co-Bikes have secured funding to expand the network to 100 bikes in 2019. This will need to be analysed to investigate the relationship between network size and bike usage while also investigating the correlation between docking station locations, trip purpose and redistribution. This work could be used as a guidance to future e-bike schemes across the country to gain an insight into the motives behind membership and the reasons for discourage use.  

LS

Bike to School Week 2019

Between 23rd-27th September 2019, school children across the UK are invited to take part in Bike to School Week, an annual initiative organised by Sustrans and supported by Bikeability trust.

The initiative which celebrates cycling to school is aimed at increasing the number of children that travel to school sustainably. Unlike places such as the Netherlands where an impressive 49% of children cycle to school, current figures suggest that in England only 2% of primary school children cycle to school.

It has been proven that cycling has many benefits including mental and physical health benefits as well as positive environmental implications. It is therefore important that more is done to make cycling a popular option in the UK. It is hoped that Bike to School Week will play an important role in encouraging UK government to prioritise safer environments for both pedestrians and cyclists, in particular children on their journeys to/from school.

This year, families are invited to join two competitions:

  • The Bike to School Week Sustrans photo competition, where sharing photos of cycling to and from school with the hashtag #SustransWin could see one lucky pupil win a brand new Frog Bike; and
  • The Bikeability Trust story competition. All entrants with stories surrounding riding to and from school during Bike to School Week will be entered into a prize draw to win a brand new Carrera Abyss 24 inch wheel suitable for 8 – 9 years old. Find out more about how to enter. 

To find out more information or to download your free family guide, please visit: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/campaigns/bike-to-school-week-2019/

Good Luck to all of you entering this years Bike to School Week competitions.

MW

Cycle to Work Day 2019

Cycle to Work Day is back again for 2019! This event is the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event that will be taking place on the 8th August 2019. Since 2012 there has been an increase in the number of cyclists hitting the streets to celebrate everyday riding.

This year, however, will be different as Cycle to Work day will be running on Cyclescheme’s Love to Ride community.  

How Can I Take Part?

In previous years, riders that have taken part have pledged the number of miles they plan to record on the Cycle to Work Day website.

You can sign up with Facebook, Strava or simply by entering your details, and then connect a smartphone app so you can log your rides. All the information you need to register is on the Love to Ride website ( https://www.lovetoride.net/cyclescheme ).

Once you are signed up, you can invite friends and colleagues, and share experiences of trying out a commute on two wheels.

7 Weeks of Cycling:

In comparison to previous years where it has just been about cycling to work on the day, the scheme has had an upgrade this year with 7 cycling challenges over 7 weeks, that you are able to take part in and possibly win!

Joining the Community:

If you are already a member of the Cyclescheme Love to Ride community, all you need to do is take part in the challenges.

If you want to join the Cyclescheme Love to Ride community and take part in the Cycle to Work Day 2019 challenges, follow the links below:

  1. Register for free
  2. Undertake the 7 weeks of cycling challenges (most of them have passed now)
  3. Make sure you commute to work on the 8th August
  4. Invite friends and colleagues to join in the fun
  5. Get rewards and win prizes