Changes at Bucks County Council Cycling Team

posted 1 May 2012, 15:09 by Eli Kling
Rebecca Dengler, Team Leader Sustainable Travel Bucks CC joined a recent Aylesbury Cycling Campaign meeting to give an update on cycling issues in the county.

A brief summary:

Cycling Demonstration Town funding has ended.

There is no longer a dedicated cycling officer, Bike It Officer or Bike Club Officer. [Simon Glover previously BCC Cycling Officer has moved to the Projects Team].

Planning and Transportation are coming back together again with Environment sharing a Sustainability theme.

There is now no specific cycling and walking officer within the Sustainable Travel Team.

Sustainable Travel is merging with Waste and Carbon Reduction.

There is a School Travel Plan Officer who promotes sustainable travel to schools via Go for Gold and other incentives.

There is a Business Travel Plan Officer.

For 2012 / 2013 Bucks CC has obtained £180k from DfT and allocated £20k from its own resources to pay for Bikeability Cycle Training for 5000 pupils. This will include Level 3 training which is needed particularly by secondary school students.

The Policy and Strategy Team have been asked to produce the Cycling and Walking Strategies required by LTP3.  These         were due to be available in April 2012 but have been delayed by the departmental reorganisations.

The Cabinet Member for Sustainability is Steve Adams and for Transport is Peter Hardy.

Bucks CC was unsuccessful in the first year of bids to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund but is bidding for £1M this year in  partnership with Sustrans, CTC and Living Streets.

The plans for the Arla dairy near Aston Clinton include covered cycle parking for staff and a site Travel Plan. Arla are funding the resurfacing of the canal tow path between the site and Aylesbury