We have a guest speaker from Leicester at our next openmeeting on Thursday 26th January.
Jan from British Cycling will be telling us about the work they have been doing to transform the city for cycling. As the UK’s first Environment City, Leicester’s city council has plans to quadruple cycling levels by 2024. This is being done by a number of programmes, including spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on new infrastructure.
So could this be the reason behind Leicester City’s recent successes?!
Themeetingwill take place onThursday 26 Januaryat7.00pmin Lecture Theatre 2 of theRichmond Buildingof the University of Portsmouth.
This article has been cross-posted to the progressive and collaborative We Left Marks blog here.
Recently I went on a work ‘risk assessment’ course where we had to identify measures that could reduce the risks in a given activity. We were instructed to start ‘with the most effective safety measures that helped all of the participants‘, and then work our way through to the most ineffective measures.
The ‘measure of last resort‘ – considered the least effective, most expensive and recognised that the risks could not be reduced in any other way – was to mandate safety gear such as goggles or helmets.
The UK’s approach to cycle safety is the measure of last resort by default. It’s one that is heavily focussed on safety gear – such as cycle helmets, fluorescent clothing and bike lights. Yet we have failed to create adequate cycling infrastructure or provide consistent cycle training which would be more effective and help everyone.