The Centro Cycling Charter was approved by the authority on April 28th 2014.
The Charter is a set of principles for cycling in the West Midlands.
From this Charter, a detailed action plan will be developed.
5% (400% increase) of all trips made by 2023, and 10% by 2033.
The core principles around the charter seem good.
The Charter Leafet has 7 sections,
- Why do we need a cycle charter?
- Promotion and Encouraging Cycling
- Cycling Network
- Next Steps
The strategy has some common themes within proposals for the Wolverhampton Council Cycle Strategy which is currently under review.
Quotes from their leaflet : Cycling Network
We need significant changes in the planning, design and maintenance of the West Midlands transport network if we are to increase cycling levels.
1. A high quality and coherent cycle network across the West Midlands for commuting and local trips that meets the needs of all levels of cyclists. Design that references European best practice.
The cycle network will enable existing and potential cyclists to have confidence that wherever they cycle, they will experience a high quality and consistent cycle ‘offer’ of routes, signage and cycle parking.
2. The needs of all road users, including cyclists, are considered from the outset in the designing of all new and upgraded road improvements across the network – avoiding expensive retrofitting.
A key principle of the transport network is to make the most of existing connections as efficiently as possible, ensuring the movement of as many people as possible in the most sustainable and safest way.
Cyclists given a higher priority than in the past, utilising the User Hierarchy as a guiding principle. Cyclists will be consulted and actively engaged with to ensure any new proposals are fit for purpose.
3. Through the Planning Process, we will ensure developers cater for the needs of cyclists in the planning and construction of all new housing estates, schools and hospitals, business parks and industrial estates, and leisure and retail sites. High quality cycle access should be standard in all new developments.
Where new developments are located along or near existing canal and cycle networks, access needs to be integrated to achieve a high quality urban environment.
4. Cycling will be better integrated with public transport to provide ‘door-to-door’ travel choices across the region – enabling people to easily move from bikes to buses, trains or trams, fully integrated into public transport journey planning.
More Info :
Cycle Charter Leaflet : http://www.centro.org.uk/media/214790/Cycle-Charter-Appendix-2-28-April-2014.pdf
Results of the Consultation : http://www.centro.org.uk/media/214787/Cycle-Charter-Appendix-1-28-April-2014.pdf
Agenda Item at Approval Meeting : http://www.centro.org.uk/media/214784/Cycle-Charter-28-April-2014.pdf