Snippets from elsewhere

The Campaign is a member of the Cycle Campaign Network (CCN) who produce a regular bulletin of news from around the country.

From CCN News July 2006:

Cycling allowance for schoolchildren?

English local authorities may pay parents an allowance if their children choose to cycle to school. The option would apply to ‘eligible children’, such as those living beyond the statutory walking distance of 3 miles or those unable to walk to school because of the nature of the route.

The idea is floated in draft guidance on home to school travel in the context of the Government’s Education and Inspections Bill. The guidance also explains how authorities should conduct audits of infrastructure to support sustainable school travel.

ECF looks to the future

John Franklin represented CCN at this year’s AGM of the European Cyclists Federation (ECF). Here is an extract from his report.

As part of its renewal, ECF has produced a 5-year programme of what it will attempt to achieve. Here are some of the main goals:

The ability to take bikes by train is important across Europe, and ECF wants cycle space in every train. It has already persuaded the European Parliament to give its support for bikes to be carried in all cross-border and high-speed trains and was responsible for getting cycle carriage information added to the consumer web site.

In support of cycle tourism, ECF will push for extension of the Euro Velo signed cycle routes across Europe, with subsequent maintenance an important consideration.

Road safety aims are blind spot mirrors on every lorry, safer car fronts and more prominent activity against mandatory cycle helmets. ECF has established its own working group on helmets and I gave a presentation on the subject to the AGM which was well received. ECF is to develop cycle training initiatives, building on experience in Switzerland and the UK. It also wants to see more action against the menace of cycle theft.

WTO may boost bikes

Bicycles could be freed of trading tariffs, making them cheaper to buy, if a new world-wide trading policy on environmental goods and services is ratified by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The WTO, not known for its environmental credentials, is proposing to classify bikes as ‘environmentally preferable products’, like wind turbines and bio-gas equipment. In principle, this could boost cycle use, particularly in parts of the world where the cost of a new bike is significant relative to local rates of pay.

(Based on news item in BikeBiz)

From Sustain (the Alliance for Better Food and Farming) Digest, No.59, Summer 2006

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens has established a cycle route through central London which takes in eight city farms as well as many of the city’s famous landmarks and tourist attractions.

Research by Lisa Woodburn