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Originally created on: Friday 23 March, 2012
Press release Friday, 23 March 2012
Council pledges to make Brighton & Hove a city fit for cycling
Brighton & Hove City Council has pledged its support for a national newspaper campaign to make cities ‘fit for cycling.’
At last night’s council meeting, councillors voted unanimously to support The Times’ cycling campaign and invite government ministers to visit the city and see first hand the improvements being made locally.
The Times campaign, which was started following one of their reporters being seriously injured in a collision with a lorry while on her bicycle, calls for a range of measures to make cycling safer. These include reducing speed limits to 20mph in residential areas, providing world class cycling infrastructure and improving training and road safety education.
Councillor Ian Davey, cabinet member for transport and the public realm, said: “I am delighted that our aspiration to make Brighton & Hove a city fit for cycling has so much support.
“As more people cycle in the city each year we must do everything possible to make sure that they can do so safely. The Times campaign has made a significant contribution to the national cycling debate and signing up to it reinforces the work we are doing.
“The council is introducing a new high quality segregated cycle route on the Old Shoreham Road that will be completed shortly, and from next month we will be consulting on proposals to improve the cycle lanes out to the universities and the Amex stadium on the Lewes Road.
“These measures, alongside reduced speed limits in residential areas, will go a considerable way to enabling more people to cycle more often, more safely.”
Brighton & Hove City Council has helped bring forward a number of measures to support cyclists, such as better cycle parking, in particular at Brighton Station, cycle training in schools; supporting adult cyclists through travel planning and training; and the promotion of existing cycle routes in the city. Next week the council will consider introducing an extensive contraflow network to give cyclists two-way access in one-way streets in the North Laine.
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