KCC Newsletter #45


Cycling in Paris

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The KCC newsletter often shows examples from abroad as to how much better cycling could be here.  However, despite the Marie investing billions of euros in the construction of protected  “pistes cyclables”, cycling in Paris can still, sometimes, be frustrating.

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Hello everybody and welcome to this month’s newsletter of news and information for local cyclists, would be cyclists (if conditions were better for cycling) and decision makers and planners who could help to make the conditions better.

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Greenpeace’ s Transport Event:

On Thursday 15th October Greenpeace Huddersfield are hosting an online event related to Transport. KCC will be one of a number of people speaking on the future of transport in a zero carbon economy. The link below will give more information and give you a free ticket to the event.

https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-green-recovery-the-future-of-transport-in-huddersfield-tickets-124122123613?utm_campaign=post_publish&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eventbrite&utm_content=shortLinkNewEmail

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Decarbonising Yorkshire:
There is a similar theme for this event, but different speakers (including a London Cycling Campaign rep).
It’s organised by the Yorkshire Zero Carbon Transport Group on 12th November 2020. Tickets and further information for this event are available on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/delivering-active-travel-decarbonising-yorkshires-transport-tickets-123724195399

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Adult Cycle Training:
In 2018 50 % of all car journeys were under 5 miles and in urban areas 40% were under two miles. These are cycle ride distances well within the capacity of most people over the age of 16.
We know, however that many who would use a bike to go to work or college, go to the shops, or go for an enjoyable healthy ride with friends or family, don’t, because of a lack of confidence or the skills, to ride on the road.
CityConnect are offering FREE adult cycle training at the present time at a number of different local locations. If you, or someone you know, would like to benefit from this training, all the details can be found from the link below:

https://www.cyclecityconnect.co.uk/get-cycling/adult-cycle-training/

 

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GoDewsbury:

Like Huddersfield; Dewsbury has a Blueprint of development for the future that includes some cycling infrastructure upgrades.
There is still, however, a lot more that needs to be done to regenerate the town and it’s surroundings. Not least of all, the making of cycling and walking routes to the south of the town, where there are plans for a large housing housing development. If cycling and walking routes are not in place when the housing starts coming ‘on stream’, new residents will automatically use their cars for the short journey to the station or the shops, despite the journey time turning out to be much the same as on a bike. They will thereby increase congestion and pollution  create pressure on places to park, continue to increase their health risks because of activity etc etc.
GoDewsbury is a local stakeholder group that has examined the tremendous potential of Active Travel in this area to be known as Dewsbury Riverside. It’s all in the document in the link below.
Kirklees Metropolitan Council should be acting on it now before it is too late.

https://godewsbury.uk/2019/07/08/dewsbury-riverside-way/

 

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Finally a video about the recent and ongoing revolution of cycling in London. Click on link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxpJL8RWRWg&feature=share

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John Lewis KCC Chair