Delivery of the National Cycling Strategy: A review

Annex A - Objectives of national cycling strategy, 1996

1. Increase cycle use

• Target (number of trips)- double by 2002 quadruple by 2012

2. Establish a consensus

• Support for the broad thrust of NCS document. -Wider support for the NCS

3. Take action

Planning for sustainable access

  • Plan for short trips - Increase accessibility to facilities by short trips.
  • Establish indicators of sustainable transport schemes and packages
  • Create local cycle network - Link development and cycle route networks to public transport
  • Provide wider access - Link urban route networks into the countryside and the National Cycle Network

Integration with other modes

Enable combinations of cycling and public transport - Programme of refurbishment (rail) and design (coach and rail) for bike carriage

Improve cycle safety

  • Improve road user courtesy traffic law
  • Identify the possibility of a cycling safety target by rate (exposure), consistent with increasing cycle use
  • The overall content of Local Safety scheme programmes to reflect the extent of casualties to Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs)
  • Reduce traffic speeds
  • Identify scale of and solution to HGV threats
  • Improve road user courtesy traffic law

Create a cycle-friendly infrastructure

  • "Think cycling" in all highway management and public transport schemes
  • Agree initial guidance for a "Cycle Audit" procedure by 1997
  • Reallocate road space
  • All major guidance to reflect Cycle-Friendly Infrastructure Guidelines
  • Promote "people capacity" - Strategic cycle review of all LA areas by 1998/9.
  • Reallocate road space - Cycling priority strategies in all LAs by 1999. Study cycle access to Vehicle Restricted Areas

Provide for cycle parking

  • Secure, ample cycle parking at key destinations in towns and at public transport interchanges
  • Secure, ample cycle parking available at places of education and the workplace

Reduce theft

  • Improve security - Set graded standards for cycle security devices
  • Increase recovery - Effective cycle registration and recovery scheme linked to the Police National Computer
  • Promotion of linked schemes at point of sale

Shift travel incentives

  • • Reward cycle use
  • • Establish parity of allowances between cycles and other transport

Raise public awareness

  • Educate transport providers and trip generators
  • Raise awareness of good practice in cycle-friendly provision
  • Take a lead as an employer
  • Inform potential cyclists
  • Re-establish cycling as normal transport, cycling as a fun and health activity
  • Cycle users to respect traffic laws
  • Engage other road users
  • Establish that cyclists are a legitimate road user with equal status to drivers
  • Recognise the speed and convenience of cycling
  • Recognise the potential for improvements from and impacts of non-cycling programmes.
  • Educate retailers
  • Provide customer bike parking

4. Unlock resources

Resourcing to meet the NCS objectives

  • Highlight cycling in local transport funding
  • Broaden funding sources for cycling
  • Develop the Common Appraisal Framework to reflect the benefits of cycling in local transport plans
  • Staffing: All LAs to prioritise cycling; DOT to consider staff resources for cycling sufficient to meet new policy objectives

5. An ongoing process

Progress the NCS

  • Afford the NCS processes a high status
  • Establish the National Cycling Forum
  • Annual report of progress
  • Local Authorities to regularly assess progress towards local targets for cycling

Research and Development

  • Increase cycle use -Review the data collection on cycle use
  • Study "best practice" in medium sized European towns
  • Safety - Investigate the basis for cycling safety (exposure) targets
  • Identify the scale and solution to Heavy Goods Vehicle threats
  • Expertise -Review professional training courses
  • Guidance -Review all technical guidance
  • Standards - Review highway authority standards
  • Cycle parking -Study standards of cycle parking equipment and installation
  • Attitudes -Develop a research basis for attitudinal monitoring

6. Monitor progress

Key indicators

  • Improve public transport links -Measure and identify targets for increased combined trips with public transport
  • Improve Safety -Investigate a cycling safety target by rate (exposure)
  • Establish cycling policies - LAs to adopt a Cycle Strategy by 1999
  • Reduce cycle theft -To measure, and later target, reductions in cycle theft
  • Improve cycle parking - Secure, ample cycle parking at key destinations
  • More cycle users - Monitor use and attitudes by gender and age
  • Increase cycle use -Local increases in cycle use to contribute to the central target
  • Resource the process - Increase funding for cycle-friendly measures

The headline target

  • Target (number of trips)
    • double by 2002
    • quadruple by 2012

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