Dear Forum Member

At the July Forum meeting the topic of Priorities for improving cycling in Wolverhampton was revisited in tandem (oops) with the Times 8-Point manifesto.  After a brief discussion it was agreed that this matter should be addressed by a separate task group. 

This task group is not intended to be exclusive; everyone should feel welcome to contribute either by attending of forwarding information for consideration if they wish.  People with specific relevant knowledge or expertise will be particularly welcome.  Here is a copy of the Times Manifesto:-

1. Lorries entering a city centre should be required by law to fit sensors, audible turning alarms, extra mirrors and safety bars to stop cyclists being thrown under the wheels.

2. The 500 most dangerous road junctions must be identified, redesigned or fitted with priority traffic lights for cyclists and Trixi mirrors that allow lorry drivers to see cyclists on their near-side.

3. A national audit of cycling to find out how many people cycle in Britain and how cyclists are killed or injured should be held to underpin effective cycle safety.

4. Two per cent of the Highways Agency budget should be earmarked for next generation cycle routes, providing £100 million a year towards world-class cycling infrastructure. Each year cities should be graded on the quality of cycling provision.

5. The training of cyclists and drivers must improve and cycle safety should become a core part of the driving test.

6. 20mph should become the default speed limit in residential areas where there are no cycle lanes.

7. Businesses should be invited to sponsor cycleways and cycling super-highways, mirroring the Barclays-backed bicycle hire scheme in London.

8. Every city, even those without an elected mayor, should appoint a cycling commissioner to push home reforms.

Here also are Julia’s initial 4 questions

-          what are the main priorities in Wolverhampton for what we want to see happen?
-          over what time frame would it be realistic to expect them to happen?
-          what effort will we (cyclists, WCC and other organisations) have to put in to make them happen?
-          by what criteria will we know success has been achieved?

The meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday 12 September 19:00 – 21:00.  It will be held in the meeting room at Merridale Fire Station.  Tea/Coffee will be provided as usual, if you want to bring your supper to eat, I think that’s ok but try to avoid anything that’s going to leave strong food odours around the room.

It would be useful for me to have a rough indication of numbers in advance of this meeting so please let me now if you intend to attend.

Kind regards

Tim Philpot
Section Leader Road Safety
Wolverhampton City Council

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