News Archive 2013


GWC committee meetings and AGM

posted 21 Jan 2014, 11:46 by Eli Kling

GWC committee meeting Tuesday 4 February at 64a Lionel Ave at 7.30pm

GWC AGM Tuesday 4 March time and meeting place as above

 

Please confirm that you can come

 

Chris  Peeler
64A Lionel Avenue
Wendover Bucks
HP226LS
TEL 01296 624089

GWC Highlight The Lack Of Cycle Path Maintenance

posted 10 Dec 2013, 14:33 by Eli Kling

Lack of maintenance and repair to shared use cycle paths continues to be of concern to users and prompted GWC to write to Bucks Herald (BH) highlighting the problem. The letter, published on December the 4th is repeated below for the benefit of non BH readers.

Fix For Cyclists Too

I was interested to read in last week's BH that Janet Blake, BCC cabinet member for transport was aware of "problem pavements". I wonder if she is also aware of problem cycle paths.
 In recent years millions of pounds have been  spent creating a series of cycle routes in Aylesbury called Gemstone routes. Many of these are footways converted to dual use paths without there being any real improvement to the cycling surface.
Local cycling group Get Wendover Cycling have been trying to get improvements to the surface of Gemstone route Amber Way that runs between Wendover and Aylesbury but without success. Last year a site inspection by a BCC local area technician in conjunction with two of our members identified problem areas that needed attention. It was noted that three areas on the path had already been identified for repair at an earlier date by white paint now much faded. At that time we were told there was no specific budget for cycle route maintenance and it is understood this situation has not changed. Currently there is some capital funding to extend the existing network but that this new money cannot be used for repair and maintenance.

Whilst it is good news that there is some funding for development there will be little chance of getting potential users such as motorists doing short journeys out of their cars and onto the cycle routes unless money is allocated for maintenance and repair. The experience of using the routes needs to be noticably improved.
Brian Bostock
Get Wendover Cycling.

Electric Bikes Are Becoming More Popular

posted 18 Nov 2013, 13:59 by Eli Kling

The performance and reliability of battery assisted bikes has improved significantly over recent years and as a result they are gaining in popularity.A new electric bike hire scheme has been introduced in Henley to encouraging people who are not regular cyclists to explore the Chilterns on two wheels whilst www.electricbicyclenetwork.com lists hire centres nationally, focusing primarily on popular tourist areas like Devon, Derbyshire and the Lake District.

 

Two GWC members now own electric bikes, below is one owners experience.

"I recently bought a state of the art electric bike that has a lithium cobalt battery and motor connected to the pedal crank. In operation, a sensor measures my input and I can choose to have this multiplied by the motor either by 50, 100 or 150%. Eight fully enclosed hub gears help cope effortlessly with headwinds or any hill. Range is exceptional, 50 miles on a charge is possible. From Wendover a journey to Stoke Mandeville Hospital takes just over quarter of an hour and no parking hassle. If I worked in Aylesbury an electric bike would be my preferred commute. and since you don't have to work hard pedalling regular business clothes would be fine."

There are in fact two basic designs of electric bike. One has power that can be switched on or off, the other, power is on all the time but is only applied when the rider is pedalling and more power is needed. Anybody wanting more information on electric bike should visit CTC's website www.ctc.org.uk

New Government Transport Planning System Suggests No DfT Money for Cycling

posted 12 Oct 2013, 15:00 by Eli Kling

The way DfT allocate Government funds to local authorities for transport projects costing over £5 million is changing. Up to 2012 local authorities bid for money and DfT would decide where funds are allocated. From 2015, under the new Government localism policy,proposed projects have to be submitted by Local Transport Bodies, (38 in total). These have a broader representation than was previously the case and can now include representatives from local enterprise partnerships and other interested stake holders.The first bids have now been submitted to the DfT and also independently analysed by Campaign for Better Transport and Campaign to Protect Rural England. Their 24 page report titled "Where The Money's Going" shows no money has been allocated specifically to cycling. Whilst this is disappointing it is perhaps not surprising as the funding is only for major projects with more than 50% of the budget for new roads.There are a few mixed sustainability schemes that include an element of cycling. The reviewers rated the Buckinghamshire Bodies plan third from the bottom and gave it a sustainability rating 1 out of 10. Their full report can be seen on their websites. Details of the Proposals put forward by the Buckinghamshire body do not seem to be on BCC's website. New Government Transport Planning System Suggests No DfT Money for Cycling. The way DfT allocate Government funds to local authorities for transport projects costing over £5 million is changing. Up to 2012 local authorities bid for money and DfT would decide where funds are allocated. From 2015, under the new Government localism policy,proposed projects have to be submitted by Local Transport Bodies, (38 in total).These have a broader representation than was previously the case and can now include representatives from local enterprise partnerships and other interested stake holders.The first bids have now been submitted to the DfT and also independantly analysed by Campaign for Better Transport and Campaign to Protect Rural England. Their 24 page report titled "Where The Money's Going" shows no money has been allocated specifically to cycling. Whilst this is disappointing it is perhaps not surprising as the funding is only for major projects with more than 50% of the budget for new roads.There are a few mixed sustainability schemes that include an element of cycling. The reviewers rated the Buckinghamshire Bodies plan third from the bottom and gave it a sustainability rating 1 out of 10. Their full report can be seen on their websites. Details of the Proposals put forward by the Buckinghamshire body do not seem to be on BCC's website.

Mini Duathlon

posted 15 Jul 2013, 14:31 by Eli Kling   [ updated 15 Jul 2013, 14:33 ]

Even if you do not feel like taking part in the Duathlon, this sounds like a pleasant evening out and is happening in a really nice setting.

On behalf of the Core Strength Gym (http://www.corestrengthgym.co.uk/index.html):

Mini Duathlon and BBQ

Friday 26 July

Enter as an individual or a tag team of two

 

Come and join us for an evening of friendly competition and socialising. Take part in the Duathlon (3.6km run – 10km bike – 3.6km run) or just come and enjoy the free BBQ.

This is a social event open to all ages and abilities at no cost (you just need a bike and a pair of trainers!)  Please feel free to invite your friends and family members along as well.

 

SIGN UP TODAY ON THE BOARD IN THE GYM RECEPTION

Enter as an individual competitor or in a team or two – one person runs and the other cycles.

 

6.45pm – Mini duathlon briefing

7pm – Race starts

8.30pm – Free BBQ and Drinks

9pm – Event awards


Jeremy Clarkson on Cycling

posted 7 Jun 2013, 14:44 by Eli Kling

It seems that motoring champion Jeremy Clarkson is beginning to see some of the benefits of cycling. As reported by the Environmental Transport Association [ETA], he recently used his column in The Sunday Times to urge ‘normal people’ to start riding bikes. By normal he means people unlikely to dress in Lycra  He hasn't turned into a fully-fledged ecowarrior just yet – his conversion is more to do with saving money, time and reducing his waistline, than saving the planet. Visit the ETA website for an interesting read as this develops into a discussion first,on helmet safety and second, cycling whilst under the influence of drink.

The petition 'Promote cycling by implementing the recommendations in the 'Get Britain Cycling' report.' has reached 57,759 signatures

posted 15 May 2013, 13:54 by Eli Kling

Just revived the flowing email from HM Government e-petitions:


 

Dear Eli Kling,

The e-petition 'Promote cycling by implementing the recommendations in the 'Get Britain Cycling' report.' signed by you recently reached 57,759 signatures and a response has been made to it.

As this e-petition has received more than 10 000 signatures, the relevant Government department have provided the following response: The Government welcomes the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) inquiry and report. We will look at the recommendations carefully and respond in due course. The Coalition Government takes cycling very seriously and is committed to leading the country in getting more people cycling, more safely, more often. Many of the recommendations in the report mirror those shared with Government by the Cycling Stakeholder Forum members. In the last 12 months we have allocated £107m of new money to support safety and community links that encourage more cycling. This is over and above the £600m Local Sustainable Transport Fund where 94 out of the 96 projects contain a cycling element. We have also introduced measures to make cycling safer, including flexibility for Local Authorities to introduce 20mph speed limits in residential areas and a process for applications for further rural 40mph zones. Furthermore, we have made it easier to install Trixi mirrors to improve the visibility of cyclists at junctions. The Department for Transport has been co-ordinating a cross-departmental effort to promote cycling, in particular with Defra and the Department of Health. For example Transport and Health Ministers shared a platform at the Leicester Active Travel Conference in November to promote better working between public health and transport planners. We now plan to take this further by establishing a project team involving more departments and stakeholders. We are working on making our towns and cities more cycle friendly. In January we announced the Cycle City Ambition Grants and have invited cities outside London to bid for a share of a £42m grant. The guidance requires cities to demonstrate local leadership and set out a 10 year ambition for more cycling. Successful bids will receive a cycling budget equivalent to £10 per head, which is the level of support the APPCG inquiry report recommends. The £42m grant will also benefit National Parks who have been asked to develop schemes to improve cycling facilities to help support cycling as a fun leisure activity as well as a healthy way of getting around. We will announce the successful bids in the summer. This e-petition remains open to signatures and will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee should it pass the 100 000 signature threshold.

View the response to the e-petition

Thanks,

HM Government e-petitions http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/

Beer Festival Funds New Cycle Racks In Haddenham

posted 11 May 2013, 13:32 by Eli Kling

Neighbourhood News in the Bucks Herald reports that Haddenham Parish Council assisted by the local Safe Walking and Cycling Group recently installed several new cycle racks at various venues in the town. Additional racks are to be installed in the near future. All the racks have been paid for by the annual Haddenham Beer Festival Trust. So perhaps to get more cycle racks in Wendover we need a fund-raising beer festival and it may be that Wendover Parish Council will follow Haddenham's excellent example.

Get Britain Cycling

posted 29 Apr 2013, 13:39 by Eli Kling

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group have now published their report on the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ inquiry

The group’s report, published on 24th April follows extensive public evidence from over 100 individuals and organisations, including cycling organisations, the Automobile Association, and a wide range of government departments and ministers. This landmark report on the future of cycling in Britain calls for a national cycling champion to lead a drive to increase cycle use from less than 2 per cent of journeys in 2011, to 10 per cent of all journeys in 2025, and 25 per cent by 2050.

Key recommendations include:

• More of the transport budget should be spent on supporting cycling, at a rate initially set to at least £10 per person per year, and increasing as cycling levels increase

• Cycling should be considered at an earlier stage in all planning decisions, whether transport schemes or new houses or businesses

• More use should be made of segregated cycle lanes, learning from the Dutch experience

• Urban speed limits should generally be reduced to 20 mph

• Just as children learn to swim at school they should learn to ride a bike

• The Government should produce a detailed cross-departmental Cycling Action Plan, with annual progress reports

Together the Times newspaper, Sustrans, the AA, British Cycling and the CTC are urging members to sign up to a joint petition on the Number 10 website, calling for the Government to implement the recommendations. In particular, the call for £10 per person, per year, to support a radical transformation of streets and roads, as well as training, promotion and marketing to shift the culture on our roads.

The full Get Britain Cycling report along with a separate Summary & Recommendations report can be seen on the news page of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group website

We now need the Prime Minister to respond.

Get Wendover Cycling ask that everybody interested in promoting cycling and cycle safety take a few minutes to sign this important petition.

The 2011 Census show cycling to work has hardly increased since 2001 but leisure cycling appears to be on the increase

posted 28 Mar 2013, 05:26 by Eli Kling   [ updated 30 Mar 2013, 02:37 ]

The 2011 Census shows that cycle commuting has barely increased across England and Wales since 2001, the nation average being 1.90%. However, this overall figure conceals huge variations. Hull has seen the biggest decline whilst London Boroughs showed the biggest increases. Hackney led the way where 14.6% of commuting journeys are now by bike, Inner London Boroughs average 4.4%. Milton Keynes with it's established Red Way cycle lane infrastructure only achieves 2.9% with no increase since 2001 In Buckinghamshire 1.40% commute to work, in Aylesbury Vale it is down to 1.18%. From this data it is clear that cycling is unlikely to become a significant part of commuting travel in the near future. 

In contrast new data from the Department for Transport suggests that cycle use increased by 15% in 2011. Growth was particularly strong among young and middle-aged men.The data, published as part of the National Travel Survey, show that Britons now cycle 49 miles per person, per year, more than at any time in the last 20 years. The increase is attributed to leisure cycling and the interest in joining fund raising charity rides and sportive events.

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