More people should cycle, says transport report

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MORE Wiltshire people should be replacing short car trips with bicycle journeys, county planners believe.

A report says 40 per cent of Wiltshire commuters live within cycling distance of work, but only three per cent cycle.

Since only 10 per cent walk and two per cent take the bus, the report’s author, senior transport planner Heather Blake, concludes: “It’s clear that there are a large proportion of journeys that could switch from car to cycle.”

The report, part of Wiltshire Council’s proposed Local Transport Plan covering the years to 2026, was considered by the cabinet on Tuesday after going out for public consultation last year. It covers cycling, motorcycling and sustainable transport schemes such as car-sharing.

It says Salisbury has areas where between six and nine per cent of people cycle to work, which is relatively high.

It proposes the council looks at providing cycle paths shared with pedestrians, disabled people and horse-riders where possible and safe. In rural areas, the council should consider removing stiles to improve access and allowing cyclists to use footways that are below standard width, if pedestrian use is very limited.

The report also recommends investigating electric bike hire as part of the general promotion of cycling in order to reduce pollution and boost health, particularly among the quarter of the Wiltshire population thought to be obese. It says motorcycle and scooter use on A roads and the M4 went up by 28 per cent in Wiltshire between 2001 and 2011.

However, weekday trips into the main towns went down. To facilitate motorcycle use and reduce injuries and congestion, the plan is to consider allowing motorcycles to use suitable bus lanes. The council will also remove or reduce road features and signs that can be a hazard to motorcyclists and “seek to provide adequate levels of secure parking”.

Initiatives to cut carbon emissions and make transport more “sustainable” include workplace car-sharing. The report quotes Porton Down as an example, where car-sharing increased from nine per cent to 22 per cent between 2007 and 2011. The final Local Transport Plan will need to be approved by the full council.

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2:57pm Tue 21 Jan 14

hillyanne says...

Yes.Sounds good;apart from when cyclepaths are flooded and side roads are full of hazards such as potholes or dips from poor filling in by utility cos. and icy slopes because side roads are no longer gritted(I went flying last week) or when one has to go out on the busy roads where some drivers have no idea about safe overtaking.Otherwise it's a great way to get about here in Salisbury!
Yes.Sounds good;apart from when cyclepaths are flooded and side roads are full of hazards such as potholes or dips from poor filling in by utility cos. and icy slopes because side roads are no longer gritted(I went flying last week) or when one has to go out on the busy roads where some drivers have no idea about safe overtaking.Otherwise it's a great way to get about here in Salisbury! hillyanne
  • Score: 15

3:36pm Tue 21 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

As a keen cyclist, pedestrian and motorist I can safely say that the roads in Salisbury are not safe for any mode of transport, possibly an ox drawn cart but, as for cycling, forget it. From experience you will be constantly repairing your bikes wheels, tyres and suspension, if you haven't been injured in the process of having your trusty boneshaker damaged.
As a keen cyclist, pedestrian and motorist I can safely say that the roads in Salisbury are not safe for any mode of transport, possibly an ox drawn cart but, as for cycling, forget it. From experience you will be constantly repairing your bikes wheels, tyres and suspension, if you haven't been injured in the process of having your trusty boneshaker damaged. karlmarx
  • Score: 7

6:28pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Mike Hawkins says...

Does the author of this report, Heather Blake cycle to work? If so, how far does she cycle?
Does the author of this report, Heather Blake cycle to work? If so, how far does she cycle? Mike Hawkins
  • Score: 13

6:30pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Mike Hawkins says...

Mike Hawkins wrote:
Does the author of this report, Heather Blake cycle to work? If so, how far does she cycle?
Or, if she does NOT cycle, how far does she travel?
[quote][p][bold]Mike Hawkins[/bold] wrote: Does the author of this report, Heather Blake cycle to work? If so, how far does she cycle?[/p][/quote]Or, if she does NOT cycle, how far does she travel? Mike Hawkins
  • Score: 10

6:31pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Mike Hawkins says...

Or, if she does not cycle, how far does she travel to work?
Or, if she does not cycle, how far does she travel to work? Mike Hawkins
  • Score: 10

10:33pm Tue 21 Jan 14

aldonreaper says...

how many of the cabinet drove to the meeting and claimed the expenses for the fuel
how many of the cabinet drove to the meeting and claimed the expenses for the fuel aldonreaper
  • Score: 11

12:38am Wed 22 Jan 14

Grampie says...

Our MP coulld set an example by cycling to his constituency office. The roads are relatively flat from his house and it woild save him claiming milage for his car thus saving us tax payers money and reducing polution.

How about making bus travel cheaper. The number of people using buses rose when pensioners were granted bus passess. Make it cheap as chips from the park and ride and it would reduce the number of people driving in the city, making the air cleaner and the streets safer for cyclists.
Our MP coulld set an example by cycling to his constituency office. The roads are relatively flat from his house and it woild save him claiming milage for his car thus saving us tax payers money and reducing polution. How about making bus travel cheaper. The number of people using buses rose when pensioners were granted bus passess. Make it cheap as chips from the park and ride and it would reduce the number of people driving in the city, making the air cleaner and the streets safer for cyclists. Grampie
  • Score: 6

5:51am Wed 22 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Grampie wrote:
Our MP coulld set an example by cycling to his constituency office. The roads are relatively flat from his house and it woild save him claiming milage for his car thus saving us tax payers money and reducing polution.

How about making bus travel cheaper. The number of people using buses rose when pensioners were granted bus passess. Make it cheap as chips from the park and ride and it would reduce the number of people driving in the city, making the air cleaner and the streets safer for cyclists.
He wouldn't be able to claim 45 pence a mile from the taxpayers then Gramps.
[quote][p][bold]Grampie[/bold] wrote: Our MP coulld set an example by cycling to his constituency office. The roads are relatively flat from his house and it woild save him claiming milage for his car thus saving us tax payers money and reducing polution. How about making bus travel cheaper. The number of people using buses rose when pensioners were granted bus passess. Make it cheap as chips from the park and ride and it would reduce the number of people driving in the city, making the air cleaner and the streets safer for cyclists.[/p][/quote]He wouldn't be able to claim 45 pence a mile from the taxpayers then Gramps. karlmarx
  • Score: 4

9:09am Wed 22 Jan 14

minivin says...

karlmarx wrote:
Grampie wrote: Our MP coulld set an example by cycling to his constituency office. The roads are relatively flat from his house and it woild save him claiming milage for his car thus saving us tax payers money and reducing polution. How about making bus travel cheaper. The number of people using buses rose when pensioners were granted bus passess. Make it cheap as chips from the park and ride and it would reduce the number of people driving in the city, making the air cleaner and the streets safer for cyclists.
He wouldn't be able to claim 45 pence a mile from the taxpayers then Gramps.
yes, but he can still claim 20p per mile :-)
[quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grampie[/bold] wrote: Our MP coulld set an example by cycling to his constituency office. The roads are relatively flat from his house and it woild save him claiming milage for his car thus saving us tax payers money and reducing polution. How about making bus travel cheaper. The number of people using buses rose when pensioners were granted bus passess. Make it cheap as chips from the park and ride and it would reduce the number of people driving in the city, making the air cleaner and the streets safer for cyclists.[/p][/quote]He wouldn't be able to claim 45 pence a mile from the taxpayers then Gramps.[/p][/quote]yes, but he can still claim 20p per mile :-) minivin
  • Score: 3

8:51pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Grampie says...

minivin wrote:
karlmarx wrote:
Grampie wrote: Our MP coulld set an example by cycling to his constituency office. The roads are relatively flat from his house and it woild save him claiming milage for his car thus saving us tax payers money and reducing polution. How about making bus travel cheaper. The number of people using buses rose when pensioners were granted bus passess. Make it cheap as chips from the park and ride and it would reduce the number of people driving in the city, making the air cleaner and the streets safer for cyclists.
He wouldn't be able to claim 45 pence a mile from the taxpayers then Gramps.
yes, but he can still claim 20p per mile :-)
At least he would be saving us tax payers 25p a mile. Every little helps as they say.
[quote][p][bold]minivin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grampie[/bold] wrote: Our MP coulld set an example by cycling to his constituency office. The roads are relatively flat from his house and it woild save him claiming milage for his car thus saving us tax payers money and reducing polution. How about making bus travel cheaper. The number of people using buses rose when pensioners were granted bus passess. Make it cheap as chips from the park and ride and it would reduce the number of people driving in the city, making the air cleaner and the streets safer for cyclists.[/p][/quote]He wouldn't be able to claim 45 pence a mile from the taxpayers then Gramps.[/p][/quote]yes, but he can still claim 20p per mile :-)[/p][/quote]At least he would be saving us tax payers 25p a mile. Every little helps as they say. Grampie
  • Score: 2

12:03am Mon 27 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Grampie wrote:
minivin wrote:
karlmarx wrote:
Grampie wrote: Our MP coulld set an example by cycling to his constituency office. The roads are relatively flat from his house and it woild save him claiming milage for his car thus saving us tax payers money and reducing polution. How about making bus travel cheaper. The number of people using buses rose when pensioners were granted bus passess. Make it cheap as chips from the park and ride and it would reduce the number of people driving in the city, making the air cleaner and the streets safer for cyclists.
He wouldn't be able to claim 45 pence a mile from the taxpayers then Gramps.
yes, but he can still claim 20p per mile :-)
At least he would be saving us tax payers 25p a mile. Every little helps as they say.
MP's can claim 20P a mile for using a pushbike? What does that cover, saddle sores?
[quote][p][bold]Grampie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minivin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grampie[/bold] wrote: Our MP coulld set an example by cycling to his constituency office. The roads are relatively flat from his house and it woild save him claiming milage for his car thus saving us tax payers money and reducing polution. How about making bus travel cheaper. The number of people using buses rose when pensioners were granted bus passess. Make it cheap as chips from the park and ride and it would reduce the number of people driving in the city, making the air cleaner and the streets safer for cyclists.[/p][/quote]He wouldn't be able to claim 45 pence a mile from the taxpayers then Gramps.[/p][/quote]yes, but he can still claim 20p per mile :-)[/p][/quote]At least he would be saving us tax payers 25p a mile. Every little helps as they say.[/p][/quote]MP's can claim 20P a mile for using a pushbike? What does that cover, saddle sores? karlmarx
  • Score: 4

12:04pm Mon 27 Jan 14

gingin says...

Mike Hawkins wrote:
Does the author of this report, Heather Blake cycle to work? If so, how far does she cycle?
I don't know if she cycles but as usual with Wiltshire Council its do as you are told then we can claim the results!!

Good idea to increase cycling however a lot needs to be done on maintenance first as I wouldn't consider cycling on Salisbury's roads.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Hawkins[/bold] wrote: Does the author of this report, Heather Blake cycle to work? If so, how far does she cycle?[/p][/quote]I don't know if she cycles but as usual with Wiltshire Council its do as you are told then we can claim the results!! Good idea to increase cycling however a lot needs to be done on maintenance first as I wouldn't consider cycling on Salisbury's roads. gingin
  • Score: 1

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