Sustrans and the CTC have both announced they are relatively pleased with the DETRs Ten-Year Transport Plan, published yesterday

Cycle orgs welcome Prescotts plan

With the 20 percent boost in cash from the Comprehensive Spending Review, John Prescotts Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions has ambitious plans.

Cycling features in them. Not massively, but the thoughts there and both the CTC and Sustrans have said nice things about the Plan. Sustrans have greater cause for happiness: Safe Routes to School gets extra cash.

The extra funding for Safe Routes to Schools projects and Local

Government Five Year Transport Plans – LTPs – (these are bids from

Local Authorities to central Government for funding) increase the likely

success of schemes offering people transport choices by encouraging

cycling, walking and integrated transport. Improvements in local

infrastructure would also help social inclusion by improving travel for

children and those who have no access to a car.

John Grimshaw, Sustrans Director and Chief Engineer, said: We are

pleased that the Government is giving people options other than just

using the car. The extra money for Safe Routes to Schools schemes is

very welcome, the school run adds significantly to our congestion

problems, but we have to address transport as a whole. We would like to

see some of the extra funds for rail used to address how people get to

and from a station. Sustrans is already working with Railtrack to progress

Safe Routes to Stations. Providing routes and secure storage facilities for

people who want to ride a bike to a station will be much cheaper than

putting in extra car parking spaces. Likewise anyone using a train should

have the option to take a bike with them and use it at their destination.

A recent Mori poll, conducted for the Commission for Integrated

Transport, showed that 81% of people want improvements in provision

for cycling including more cycle lanes and cycle parking.

This concurs with another Mori poll carried out to coincide with the

opening of the National Cycle Network that showed 87% of the

population would like to see the government and Local Authorities

create more safe cycle routes.

The CTC has given the Plan a guarded welcome:

CTC is pleased that a target for cycling has been retained and welcomes the extra money for road safety and for local transport. This puts us on track to increase cycle use and decrease road casualties, which is

good news, said Kevin Mayne of the CTC.

However, the Government has ignored any commitment to reducing road traffic and watered down its target of quadrupling cycling by 2012. Ministers now want to treble the number of cycle trips by 2010. This is a cop out. Rather than addressing the lack of progress in the last three years the Government has just reduced the target. CTC will be working hard to ensure this is not repeated over the life of this plan.

We do not oppose bypasses or road widening in principle but cyclists do have to use or cross these routes and will feel the impact of increased

traffic Has the effect of this been included in the final sums and will our views be heard?

Extra funding for rail is welcomed by the CTC but cyclists access to the system needs improving.

Cyclists must be able to reach stations, park bikes safely and take them on trains as much as practicable. These are points [we] will take up with the new Strategic Rail Authority, said Mayne.

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