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Ryan Mallon Sat, Jan 08, 2022
Milan has approved a £200 million plan to create a new network of bike paths linking the city and its surrounding areas.
The ‘Cambio’ Biciplan project was designed in consultation with the Dutch spatial economic research firm Decisio and is part of the city’s goal to secure a 20% modal shift to cycling.
The network will link 750 kilometres of bike lanes across 24 different lines, including 16 radial, four circular and four long-distance greenways. Some existing routes will be added to the network, while others will be newly constructed.
Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens of the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, speaking at a meeting of the London Assembly transport committee on Tuesday, said TfL has “a clear position to get to a target of one million prosecutions a year for speeding”.
He said there were more than 360,000 prosecutions for speeding offences in London during 2021 and 263,000 during 2020.
Plans are in place to give 564 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in London the powers of traffic enforcement officers within “a few days”, the meeting was told.
The additional officers will be monitoring speed limits on London’s roads between 6am and 10pm to begin with as part of arenewed campaign of enforcement.
But Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, has said TfL’s goal is “not to get to however many prosecutions, the goal is to not enforce at all”.
Cllr Mike Hakata January 14, 2022
The Walking and Cycling Action Plan (WCAP) underlines our commitment to making Haringey a safer, healthier and greener borough in which our transport infrastructure is designed and built to ensure active travel and public transport are the first choices for almost all journeys.
The WCAP occupies the space where transport planning meets public health.
Our lived environment is a crucial determinant of health, with air quality and inactivity being two key factors driving inequalities.
Two in three UK drivers unaware of planned Highway Code changes
Much of the British public is unaware of sweeping changes to the Highway Code that are due to come into force at the end of January, prompting claims that transport ministers are “missing in action”.
The revamped code establishes a hierarchy of road users, which means those who pose the greatest risk to others have a higher level of responsibility. This means someone cycling will have greater responsibility to look out for people walking, while someone driving will have greater responsibility to look out for people cycling, walking or riding a horse.
At least two in three drivers were unaware of the changes before Christmas, according to the AA, which polled 13,000 of its members on the subject.
Joe Talora 7 hours ago
Drivers who break the rules on London’s “red route” roads are set to face increased fines of £160, TfL has announced.
As of January 17, fines for offences on the TfL-managed roads will increase from £130 for the first time in over 10 years following a public consultation carried out during autumn last year.
Fines can be issued for things such as blocking a yellow box junction, parking illegally in loading bays or driving in bus lanes.
TfL has said the increased fines will improve road safety and reduce congestion on some of London’s busiest roads while contributing to improved air quality.
Despite making up just five per cent of London’s roads, red routes carry 30 per cent of all the capital’s traffic while accounting for 37 per cent of all road traffic deaths in London.
Stephen Fry has added his support to the campaign against the controversial Norwich Western Link.
The broadcaster, who grew up in Norfolk and is known for his links to the county, is among 23 prominent local figures, climate experts and politicians to have signed an open letter organised by the Stop the Wensum Link group calling for a rethink on the proposed route.
The scheme to build the 3.9mile road that would connect the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) to the A47 west of Norwich has been beset by problems in the last year, from rising costs to consultation delays.
The planned A27 Arundel Bypass is a hugely destructive, costly, eight-kilometre, dual carriageway which would wreck three villages and harm rare and protected wildlife. Most of the traffic is only travelling a short distance, much of which could be transferred to walking, cycling and public transport with proper investment.
You can help STOP this damaging scheme by responding to the consultation by 8th March (by email, or filling in Question 8 of the online feedback form ) stating:
You can also respond by email on A27ArundelBypass@highwaysengland.co.uk .
Mark Moran 04 January 2022
City council argues business parking fees could raise £95m over decade to fund better public transport
Leicester City Council has launched a public consultation over its proposed Workplace Parking Levy (WPL), a scheme that the authority argues will help fund a radical overhaul and long-term modernisation of the city’s public transport, cycling and walking networks.
Over the summer Leicester City Council carried out initial consultations into a possible scheme, and now more detailed plans for the WPL have been published.
The 12-week public consultation will give people and employers the chance to find out more details about the proposed WPL and how it would work, and to comment on the scheme.
Eirian Jane Prosser
AMBITIOUS plans have been made to cut car journeys in Oxfordshire by a quarter over the next eight years.
Oxfordshire County Council is currently urging the public to have their say on a blueprint aiming to deliver a zero-carbon transport network by 2040.
The main goals of the Local Transport and Connectivity Plan, which was approved last October, include cutting car trips by a third by 2040.
It also plans to increase the number of cycling trips around the county from 600,000 to one million by 2031.
Environmenta campaigning groups, including Planning Oxfordshire’s Environment and Transport Sustainably (POETS) and Oxford Friends of the Earth, have praised the council for its plan.