As I write this post, COP27 in Egypt is well into its second week. Last weekend members of GoBike joined with friends from Pedal on Parliament and other organisations to wave banners emblazoned with the ‘This Machine Fights Climate Change’ slogan during a march through the streets of Edinburgh. We were there with thousands of others to take part in the Day of Global Action for Climate Justice.Continue reading “Consultation Digest (National) Issue 15, 18 November 2022: The one during COP27.”
There’s less than a month until the local elections on 5 May and lots of ways to get involved. Call on your candidates and on politicians to support action for cycling – there’s a special roundup of election actions you can take at the end of this digest.Continue reading “Consultation Digest (National) Issue 12, 8 April 2022: The one before the local elections.”
We have certainly been well battered by storms this month and I guess it’s curtailed a few planned rides. As well as a windy month it’s also been a very busy time for both policy consultations and local elections planning ahead of the 5 May polls.Continue reading “Consultation Digest (National) Issue 11, 25 Feb 2022: The one with the STPR2 response guide.”
In my nearly 20 years of policy work, I’ve never known a time where there have been so many major consultations live at the same time. It’s time to get busy – plus there’s the local elections on 5 May, now less than 100 days away.Continue reading “Consultation Digest (National) Issue 10, 28 Jan 2022: The one with the carrots”
There must be an election coming! One of the signs is the reduction in the number of new consultations from the Scottish Government as it wraps up its work programme for this current Parliament. However, before Parliament dissolves and Government goes into purdah there is a petition to sign asking parties to support cycling, and the Strategic Transport Project Review consultation to respond to.Continue reading “Consultation Digest (National) Issue 5, 12 March 2021: Transport projects for a low-carbon Scotland”
For me, lockdown 2.0 has seen the return of home schooling and child care, and a need for brutal prioritisation of my time. As a result, whilst this digest includes lots of consultations for you to dig into I haven’t been able to provide much of a guide to each this month. Apologies for that.Continue reading “Consultation Digest (National) Issue 4, 12 February 2021: Transport projects going green”
Welcome to the first Go Bike National Consultation Digest, written by Jim Densham, a monthly round up of current and forthcoming consultations from Scotland and the UK. Because of Covid there was a big pause in usual government work over the spring and summer, but since September there has been a flurry of consultations. This is likely to continue into the new year as the SNP government tries to get as much work done as possible before parliament is dissolved in late March and campaigning properly kicks off for the Holyrood 2021 elections.Continue reading “Consultation Digest (National) Issue 1, 13 November 2020: A few days left to respond to the Infrastructure Investment Plan”
Hi, my name is Jim Densham – I’m a Go Bike member but in my day job I am Campaigns and Policy Manager in Scotland for Cycling UK (CUK). I lead CUK’s campaigns work in Scotland but also our policy influencing, which is mainly focussed on influencing national policies and responding to consultations.Continue reading “GoBike’s new national consultation digest and a guide to the Road Safety Framework”
The language we use can be critical, as we know from so many spheres of our lives, so do please look at the journalism survey in Item 1.6.
Where can you store your bike if you live in a tenement etc? See the consultation on development in Item 1.7.
Plus we have important updates of speed cushions – confirmation of 8 more areas to be given this treatment, as well as less predictable issues, so do please read on.
Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 71, 13 October 2020: How do we talk about cycling and where do we store our bikes?”
Our feature photo this issue shows the star of the film “Gone With The Wind”, Olivia de Havilland, at the age of 104, see this article from the Metro in July this year, riding her bike! Well done her, but would she have been able to negotiate our streets and cycle routes? How would a tricycle negotiate all the speed cushions appearing on our streets or the bollards on many of our cycle routes? Please do respond to consultations, particularly Item 1.9, Glasgow City Council looking for views on the future Transport Strategy, to ensure that cycling, and walking, are attractive options to us all and put your views and comments on the Streets for All Glasgow Commonplace Map, see Item 1.1.
Section 1: Current Consultations
- Streets for All Glasgow Commonplace Map, a joint GoBike, Glasgow Eco Trust and On Bikes map, please put in your proposals, comments and views
- **NEW** South Lanarkshire Council, Have your say on active travel, Carluke, Hamilton and Lanark, online surveys, close 04 October
- Glasgow City Council, Cleeves Road Traffic Calming Scheme, closes 08 October
- Glasgow City Council, Ashgill Road (Extension) Road Traffic Calming Scheme, closes 08 October
- Glasgow City Council, Ryehill Road Traffic Calming Scheme, closes 08 October
- Glasgow City Council, Ruchazie Road Traffic Calming Scheme, closes 08 October
- Glasgow City Council, Victoria Park Drive North Traffic Calming Scheme, closes 08 October
- UK Department of Transport, Review of the Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, closes 27 October
- **NEW** Glasgow City Council, Connecting Communities, Transport Strategy Public Conversation Your views, closes 30 October
- Transport Scotland, Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2030 – Draft public consultation, closes 21 December
Section 2: Forthcoming Consultations
- East Dunbartonshire Council, Proposed Local Development Plan 2, consultation starts 19 October
Section 3: Consultation Feedback
- Glasgow City Council speed cushion policy
- East Dunbartonshire Council, Local Development Plan Newsletter No 59
- Glasgow City Council speed cushion latest update!