Encouraging more to cycle through increased govt spend on safe cycle-paths/lanes
Far too many people use cars for short journeys - creating congestion, damaging health and generating more Co2. Around 80% of journeys are under 4 miles - ideal cycle territory. Make the Govt transfer some funding from road schemes into creating more safe cycle-routes!
Chris Lowe commented
Please have a look at Hembrow's blog to see the quality of infrastructure that the Dutch have....
If we made footpaths & cyclepaths safer by introducing sensible dog control legislation as is found in the rest of Europe more people would use them and agree with your excellent suggestion.We urgently need proper dog control legislation in this country in line with the rest of Europe. This would save our public services a lot of money. More than 6 thousand people are treated in hospital for serious injuries caused by attacks by dogs whose owners cannot be bothered to control when meeting other people in public spaces. If dog owners were required to put their dogs on a short lead when meeting others in public places as is required in most of Europe this would prevent virtually all of these which would save our public services considerable money and help all those who are frightened of dogs from the constant nuisance and fear that they feel when meeting dogs in public places. Medical staff in A&E departments, GPs and shadow DEFRA MP Mary Creagh say this is a growing problem (dog attacks requiring medical treatment are increasing by about 5% each year!).
The Government should pass a law requiring all new road developments to incorporate cycling infrastructure to Dutch standards.
Mr C. commented
Indeed, The Cycling Embassy of Great Britain offers guidance for the construction of safe, direct and convenient dedicated infrastructure for cyclists, the kind of thing which has been around in The Netherlands for years. Building these facilities to the right standard is of paramount importance. If you build crap, it won't be used.
Geoff Rone commented
Join the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain!
badly needed! In the UK alone, 21% of greenhouse gas emissions are generated by transport related activities and of these, passenger cars account for 58.3% and HGVs 20%. (Source: Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future 2009)