Our responses       CONTENTS
Strategic Rail Authority Consultation on cycle provisions
Welsh Review of Trunk Roads
Technical Advice Note (Wales) Transport
Cardiff Local Cycling Strategy

Strategic Rail Authority Consultation on cycle provisions - July 2004

The SRA draft cycling policy if it properly followed government policies would not be so weak and hands-off, but would include specific guidance, standards and targets, rather than 'aspirations'. The SRA's business case fails to consider all the benefits of cycling. For example, the health gains are 20 times higher than accident losses, so talking of the gains being "partially offset" is misleading - accident costs should be therefore excluded. The full response gives our argument.

Welsh Review of Trunk Roads - December 2002

The Welsh Review of Trunk Roads is defective because it contains not a single mention of cycling. Nor does it include any policy framework for taking account of pedestrians' and cyclists' needs. It fails to take account of a key principle of the National Cycling Strategy that the Assembly's Transport Directorate is supposed to implement, that: it is essential that the road network is made suitable for cycling. The draft Welsh Walking and Cycling Strategy states that the work on Trunk Roads in Wales will help improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists by taking full account of their needs. Clearly this is a false pretence.
You can read
our full response.
The draft TAN is at http://www.wales.gov.uk/subitransport/content/trunk/review-e.pdf

Technical Advice Note (Wales) Transport - March 2001

The Cycling Campaign was critical of the draft Technical Advice Note (Wales) Transport of March 2001. We objected strongly to the proposed "segregation of cyclists away from the carriageway where possible. high volumes of traffic or high speeds". This is a drastic and highly costly proposition, carried over from the previous TAN without cyclists' agreement. Depending on definition, we suggested it would require building 1000 to 2000 miles of segregated cycleway. We asked for a financial appraisal and comparison with alternative strategies for capital expenditure on cycling. Perhaps this criticism has held up the issue of the final revised TAN.
You can read
our full response.
The draft TAN is at http://www.wales.gov.uk/subiplanning/content/tans/consultations/tan18letter-e.htm

The Cardiff Local Cycling Strategy

In mid 1996 the Government published the National Cycling Strategy (NCS). Cycle campaigners generally welcomed this document as a positive contribution to the cycling cause. It includes a Model Local Cycling Strategy (LCS) as an example of what Local Authorities should be doing for cyclists. Cardiff County Council has just published their LCS, and it differs from the model LCS in several important areas. Would you believe it, in every departure from the model LCS, the Cardiff version is weaker! Since Cardiff was one of the places that were looked at when the model was drawn up, it seems surprising that the Local Authority has seen fit to water the document down so much? In Our response to the Draft Strategy we welcome the fact that Cardiff Council intends to implement a LCS, but why such a weak and watery one?

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