News Archive 2014


UPDATE ON GOVERNMENT APPROVED CYCLING AND WALKING STRATEGY

posted 6 Jul 2015, 16:18 by Eli Kling

In January cycling in the UK reached a turning point when the Coalition Government decided to include a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy into the forthcoming Infrastructure Bill. Although this was heralded by sustainable transport campaign groups as a major step forward, it is perhaps only the first step in what could be a long journey.
CTC now report that at a recent cycling conference, Transport Minister for walking and cycling, Robert Goodwill MP, announced that he had instructed Department of Transport officials to prepare the legislative order that will bring into effect the legal provisions in the Infrastructure Act requiring the Government to adopt a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. Details of what the bill is asking for visit www.ctc.org.uk.
In the meantime it has been reported that the the new Government has clawed back £23 million,originally promised by the Coalition. This was the first part of a funding programme to make cities more bike friendly. So much for progress.

GET WENDOVER CYCLING ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

posted 15 Feb 2015, 14:40 by Eli Kling

It's AGM time again. This year it is on 3rd March, 7.30 at 64a Lionel Avenue, Wendover.

The meeting is open to members and non members so please come along and find out what we have been doing and help us plan the year ahead. If you would like more information, perhaps a copy of the agenda, please contact our chair, Chris Peeler, 01296 624089.

A new report suggests that more Councils are switching Street lights off to save money

posted 25 Dec 2014, 07:35 by Eli Kling

Recent articles in the national press have highlighted the extent to which street lights are being switched off to save money. With political encouragement from the government and as councils continue to face more cuts in funding it is likely the practice will continue.

The policy remains controversial however with evidence that lighting reduces traffic accidents as well as providing reassurance to home owners,pedestrians and other vulnerable groups. Cyclists are particularly vulnerable, often not seen by motorist in broad daylight never mind during the hours of darkness.

BCC are actively involved in this programme and have already switched the lights off at 46 locations within the county, two being in this area. In 2011, at the end of the switch off trial GetWendoverCycling responded to a public consultation objecting on the grounds that cyclist safety was being jeopardised. This had no effect, the lights remained off and the lighting installations are now being removed so it will not be possible to switch them on again.

So if you value the street lighting where you live you need to be aware of what the local authority is planning as further switching off may be under consideration.

Aylesbury CTC Group Rides

posted 18 Dec 2014, 10:04 by Eli Kling

The rides planned for January and February are listed in the PDF here. Most rides start in Aylesbury but there are two starting in Aston Clinton and one at the Wendover clock tower. As adverse weather may affect the programme so it is wise to check with ride leader before setting out.


WANT TO TRY AN ELECTRIC BIKE?

posted 8 Nov 2014, 08:28 by Eli Kling

Interest in electric bikes appears to be on the increase with two local cycle shops now offering them for hire as well as for sale.

Whilst electric bikes are a relatively new in the UK they have been popular in some European countries, notably Germany and Holland for many years.

Many people may be sceptical about the benefits of battery assisted cycling so the opportunity to hire a modern electric bike locally can be an attractive proposition. Particularly as the extra power makes the hills in the Chilterns easy to climb.

Electric bikes, to buy or hire, are stocked by:

Lovelo Cycle Works, Berkhamsted.

www.lovelocycles.co.uk.

The Bicycle Workshop, Great Missenden.

www.bicycleworkshopgreatmissenden.co.uk.

Mountain Mania in Tring also sell electric bikes and have a demonstration model available for trial.

www.mountainmania.co.uk.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS FINALLY PUBLISHED IT'S DRAFT CYCLING DELIVERY PLAN

posted 2 Nov 2014, 03:45 by Eli Kling

Just hours before MP's were scheduled to discuss the future of cycling the Government finally released its draft Cycling Delivery Plan for informal consultation.

This long awaited document makes no funding commitments. During the poorly attended parliamentary debate the Cycling Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, said "We want to explore how to get £10 per person" The draft plan merely suggests that "working with local government and businesses, we can together explore how we can achieve a minimum funding packet equivalent to £10 per person per year by 2020-21.

CTC described the document as a "derisory plan" not a "delivery plan". They go on to express the view that after numerous and lengthy delays it falls far short of delivering the Prime Minister's promised cycling revolution.

The draft plan is on the government website www.gov.uk and can be found by searching cycling delivery plan. For more information visit www.ctc.org.uk.

Two useful links

posted 4 Sep 2014, 03:40 by Eli Kling

A visitor to our site (Chris) suggested two very useful links. This is a good occasion to add a "links" panel on left:

  • ICE Patch make QR code stickers that adhere to your cycle helmet. They can be scanned and used to identify you in the event of an accident or collision.
  • Young Car Driver have lots of advice for learner drivers and inexperienced motorists, including a guide on how to treat cyclists on the road which will be of particular relevance.

DUAL USE FOOTWAY/CYCLE PATH REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE

posted 28 Aug 2014, 01:42 by Eli Kling

For several months GWC have been trying without success to estabish the criteria used byTransport for Buckinghamshire (tfB) to decide how and when to repair and maintain dual use paths. Our reason for pursuing this is to get some improvements to the deteriorating surface of Amber Way gemstone route that runs between Wendover and Aylesbury. Cyclists using this route will know what we mean.

TfB claim that the surface is acceptable in spite of the fact that, following an inspection, one of their engineers in company with two of our members agreed that improvement work was necessary.

In an endeavour to get an answer a committee member raised a question at Wendover Local Area Forum on 3rd July asking how TfB prioritised footway and dual use path maintenance, also how can groups like GWC have an input into this process.

The Chair of the meeting considered this a reasonable question and promised answers, these are still awaited.

TOUR OF BRITAIN CYCLE RACE VISITS BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

posted 20 Aug 2014, 02:39 by Eli Kling

On Friday 12th September the 6th stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race will pass through Buckinghamshire. Riders start the day in Bath and towards the end of the stage race through Chinnor, Princes Risborough, up Kop Hill and onto Great Missenden and Chesham, finishing in Hemel Hempstead. Anybody interested in cycle racing will have an ideal opportunity to see top flight professionals in action. For details of approximate timings and route map go to www.visitbuckinghamshire.org/2014-Tour-of-Britain.

Amersham Bike Fest and Electric Bikes

posted 22 Jul 2014, 15:09 by Eli Kling

The Amersham Bike Fest last Sunday appeared to be a resounding success judging by the number of bikes being ridden or locked to street furniture. All types of cyclist appeared to be catered for with stalls selling new bikes, second hand classic bikes and parts. CTC, Sustrans and Tour of Britain were there, and free bike checks were offered by Cycle-Tech. During the day serious cyclists had the opportunity to take part in rides into the Chilterns.

One stand, Velospeed, was attracting a fair amount of attention with a range of electric bikes. There were at least a dozen different designs and interested visitors were encouraged to try any one of them. Many people appeared to be taking up this offer. One design was of particular interest in that it looked exactly like a high end hybrid bike but with a battery pack behind the seat tube. Anybody thinking of going electric should look up this local company.

The Bike Fest was part of a street festival that included stalls selling vintage clothes, antiques, bric-a-brac, in fact almost anything. With a huge range of stalls selling food and music laid on, everybody appeared to be enjoying the event and the sunshine. Surely the Bike Fest will become an annual event.

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