PCC Cycling Budget

Portsmouth City Council Local Transport Capital Programme

On behalf of the forum, a letter has been sent to Councillor Alex Bentley, executive member for traffic and transport, expressing concern that the cycling budget has been cut for the second successive year.

Some background information is shown below.

Data Protection Act

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Portsmouth Cycle Forum is a not for profit organisation.

It is thus exempt from registering under the Data Protection Act 1998 but is required to meet the other requirements of the Act.

Personal Data will be kept only for the purpose of allowing participants or potential future participants to be notified of forum activites and to communicate with each other.

This data will comprise no more than names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Data will not be disclosed to any other party unless there is a legal obligation to do so.

One-way Streets

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Alex Bentley, PCC executive member for traffic and transport, was asked to approve recommendations on this subject at a decision meeting on 19 September.

The methodology proposed for evaluating the need for such schemes and the feasibility of implementing them took no account of cycling.

Link to the paper below.

John Holland and Paul Dawson made a deputation on behalf of the forum to draw attention to the need to evaluate the impact on cycling in this case and in the development of other highway schemes.

They suggested that there should be a presumption that all one way streets should be provided with cycle contra-flows.

Charles Stunell, head of traffic and street management agreed with this.

There is a target in the Portsmouth Cycling Strategy (see link below) to provide contra-flow cycle facilities on all non-classified residential one-way streets by 2015.

This would be a good time to draw to the council

DfT consultation on cycling infrastructure design

Summary:

This consultation seeks views on the contents of the draft Cycling Infrastructure Design document. It is likely to be of interest to all local highway authorities, highway consultants and cycling organisations.

Published date:

13 August 2007

Closing date for comments:

05 November 2007

I have only glanced over the contents so far, but it appears to be very comprehensive and something that we should become familiar with.

If the table of contents is anything to go by, commitment to this by PCC would mean that all our concerns would be met.

You can download it at:

Link target is http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/infrastructuredesign/consultationpaper

Link text is http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/infrastructuredesign/consultationpaper

http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/infrastructuredesign/consultationpaper

Paul Dawson