Today, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and a global coalition of pro-cycling organisations are publishing an open letter calling on governments attending COP26 in Glasgow to commit to significantly increasing the number of people who cycle in their countries in order to reach global climate goals quickly and effectively.
The world needs much more cycling if we are to combat climate change. Without quicker and more determined action by governments worldwide to cut transport carbon emissions, we will be dooming present and future generations to a world that is more hostile and much less inhabitable.
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Our annual Cycling Infra Day is on Friday the 16th of October. We ask you to look in your local area or regular cycle route and photograph examples of infrastructure which are great, not so good, or what definitely needs improvement.
It’s fair to say 2020 has been a tough but interesting year for cycling. We want to have a look back at our how our infrastructure has changed over the past year, and also see how the new pop-ups under the Spaces For People funding are working out for the people using them.
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Yes, consultation is underway on changes to the Highway Code. Their aim is to increase protection for ‘vulnerable’ road users, that’s pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders (see GoBike Consultation Digest).
Why is this important? Here’s why:
The Highway Code matters because it shapes the culture on our roads, from how road users treat each other, to how we police road users.
The Guardian, 28 July 2020
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Like many local authorities, East Renfrewshire has been giving some thought to transport and travel in the post-Covid world, and has received an initial £100,000 of Spaces for People Funding for safer walking, cycling, and wheeling.
This is a huge opportunity. In the past, many parts of East Ren have often felt like a hostile and dangerous place for people on bikes – yet the sheer number and diversity of people seen out enjoying walking and cycling during lockdown have shown just how much of a difference safer, low-traffic spaces can make. Almost 100,000 people live in the East Ren council area and with reduced capacity on public transport likely for the foreseeable future, safe routes for active travel are critical to avoid further locking in car-dependency.
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We are seeing lockdown starting to ease and our local high streets reopen for business, and with that comes the conversation about what to do with our public spaces to help both businesses and people with physical distancing.
One option might be to add some Parklets on many of Glasgow’s local high streets, particularly outside cafes and restaurants.
Continue reading “Green not Grey for our Streets – What street in Glasgow wouldn’t look better with a Parklet?”
It’s been three weeks since the funding for ‘Space for People’ was awarded to Glasgow City Council. As part of this we have a new addition in the heart of our city that includes cycle infrastructure. The pavement has been extended on Gordon St and Argyle St at Glasgow Central Station. To create this space there has been a change to road lanes going Westbound, with both becoming contraflow cycle lanes.
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I think this is a question that a lot of us have been asking ourselves; will we see change on our streets? Will our streets finally be for the people? Is this the starting point towards a more sustainable and carbon neutral Glasgow?
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Hello everyone, some of you may know my name from Twitter or have seen one of my videos (sorry for the swearing), but even if you have or haven’t, my name is Thomas and I am the newly elected Co-Convenor for the GoBike group.
I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself via my first blog post on GoBike website to let you all know a little bit about me and how I got here!
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