Policy Statement

Policy statement – January 2016

Vision – to make Plymouth a cycle friendly city and get more people cycling

Aims  

  • promote cycling as an efficient and enjoyable mode of transport for everyday travel and leisure
  • campaign and lobby for improved cycling infrastructure and facilities and safety for cyclists
  • represent the views and aspirations of cyclists
  • work with other organisations that share our vision

Policies

Promote the benefits of cycling for enjoyment, health and the environment and encourage more people to cycle further

  • We will use our website, Facebook page and press releases to share cycling ‘good news’
  • We will organise public rides with a focus on encouraging novice, less experienced and less confident cyclists to enjoy cycling around the city

Campaign and lobby for improved cycling infrastructure and facilities and safety for people who cycle.

We will campaign and lobby for:

  • High quality routes that take people who cycle where they want to go and link places where they live, work, shop, study, access services and enjoy leisure time. The best provision for people who cycle on busier roads is segregated cycle routes which are direct, well maintained, sufficiently wide and safe to use.
  • The full implementation and enhancement of Plymouth’s strategic cycle network and effective maintenance of existing provision so that it meets the needs of people who cycle around the city.
  • Adequate, secure and suitable cycle parking at all neighbourhood centres, including schools, supermarkets, hospitals, leisure facilities and places of work, and at bus and rail stations and park and ride sites to encourage and facilitate more sustainable travel choices.
  • Improvements to cycle safety including 20mph zones in residential areas to improve the safety of people who cycle, pedestrians and all road users.
  • Funding for cycling at £10 per head per year as the widely accepted minimum level of investment needed to back the now statutory Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Strategy.

Represent the views and aspirations of people who cycle whatever type of bike they choose to ride

  • We will maintain a website and Facebook and Twitter presence which act as a forum for people who cycle to share comments.
  • We will hold regular meetings, open to all, with published agendas and minutes.
  • We will use our status as consultees to Plymouth City Council for the benefit of people who cycle in the city.

Work with other organisations that share our vision 

  • We will build constructive relationships with other like minded organisations in the Plymouth area.
  • We will continue to affiliate to CTC and access their support and services for the benefit of members.
  • We will consult guidance from Sustrans and support the continued development of a national cycle network.
  • We will seek to build constructive, non-antagonistic relationships with other road users.
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