This article was published in 2002, in Newsletter 40.
Sustrans – the sustainable transport charity – asked every cycle owner in the UK to make a New Year Resolution to make use of this mode of transport in the coming year. Cycling Campaign members will already be aware of the health benefits, zero emissions, speed and low cost of riding a bicycle. Cambridge will even get its first Sustrans path this year.
Free cycling events and rides that encourage cyclists to venture into rural areas will be one of the main attractions of next year’s national Bike Week (15-23 June). All Bike Week and Bike2Work registered events will be promoted at http://www.bikeweek.org.uk. Bike Week is the UK’s only nation-wide celebration of all kinds of cycling. One objective in 2002 is to get more cyclists visiting rural areas that were hit by the Foot and Mouth epidemic in 2001. Spending by cyclists will aid the recovery of many businesses, including tea-rooms, village shops, cafes, pubs and tourist attractions.
There is a special cycling edition of World Transport Policy & Practice , a quarterly journal edited by Professor John Whitelegg. It is available free of charge as Adobe Acrobat PDF files on the internet at http://www.ecoplan.org/wtpp/wt_index.htm
The National Lottery’s Community Fund awarded Transport 2000 a grant to develop its ground-breaking initiative Reviving Main Roads, which aims to look at innovative ways of reclaiming streets from traffic. The project is expected to run for three years from April. Too many main roads have been devoted to motor vehicles with no thought given to their other uses and users. Transport 2000 hopes to find ways to make major roads more suitable for people, not just for their cars. The lottery grant will also be used to expand Transport 2000’s Streets for People network which aims to help local communities tackle traffic and transport issues on their own doorsteps.