Campaign group the Alliance of British Drivers wants higher speed limits and fewer cycle lanes
MPs are to hear evidence on road safety from a campaign group that dismisses warnings about global heating and wants higher speed limits and fewer cycle lanes, prompting alarm from environmental and active travel organisations.
The Commons transport committee will take oral evidence on Wednesday from the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD), which says it represents mainstream views but accepts its membership is “tiny” as a proportion of drivers.
The ABD’s formal position is that human-created global heating is a myth, and that many concerns about the health impact of vehicle pollution represent “scaremongering”.
ABD’s policies include raising all speed limits to 85% of actual average speeds and abolishing urban 20mph zones. It believes that cycling and walking are “not a credible transport policy”.
In May, the ABD’s official Twitter feed argued that the UN and other groups “have been captured by One World Global Marxist sympathisers, whose gradual aim is to gradually pauperise and depopulate the west and the developing world”.
Carlton Reid09:06am EDT
As part of her campaign to be re-elected as Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo pledged to carve out more space on the streets of her adopted city for pedestrians and cyclists. She said she would do this, in large part, by removing car parking spaces.
On January 29, Hidalgo revealed at an election hustings (the first round of voting took place in March) that the space required to make Paris more people friendly would come at the expense of motoring. She told electors she would remove the great majority of the on-street car parking spaces in Paris. And despite car parking being the supposed “third rail” of urban politics—touch it at your peril—she comfortably won a second term.
This article will appear in Transportation Alternatives’ Vision Zero Cities Journal as part of the
Car Ad Executive Turned Bike Advocate Tells All
For many years, I worked in the automotive sector of the advertising industry. Then, I started riding a bike with my kids to school and finally stopped drinking the car culture Kool-Aid.
But what I learned making and selling car ads has value. The Vision Zero movement could learn a lot from the marketing practices of the auto industry. As we seek to transform streets and drive traffic deaths down to zero, we can take cues from how cars are sold.
Sadiq Khan says government’s proposals to plug capital’s Covid-ravaged finances are ‘not right’
Gwyn TophamFri 16 Oct 2020 17.23 BST
Londoners would be “punished” by proposals including having to pay £15 to drive in the suburbs, the mayor has claimed, after talks on a fresh funding settlement for the capital in the face of Covid-19 failed to reach agreement.
Negotiations for a settlement for Transport for London will continue after the government offered to extend the existing £1.6bn bailout terms for two more weeks, just before a deadline to avert financial collapse.
It’s simply wonderful to see Low Traffic Neighbourhoods spreading across the UK, although at least in my part of the world, I wish I did’t have to cycle quite to far to find one. Hot on the heels of the LTNs in Redbridge starting to be rolled out, another interesting scheme is running.
Government updates law to ban drivers from using phone in any way, not just calling and texting
Drivers who use hand-held phones in any way behind the wheel will face £200 fines and possible bans when changes in the law take account of smartphones.
While making calls or texting on a hand-held mobile while driving is already illegal, taking photos, scrolling through a playlist or even playing games on phones has not been outlawed until now – allowing drivers to escape charges when spotted with a phone.
In a ten year period between census dates of 2001 and 2011, Hackney Council focused almost exclusively on low traffic neighbourhood or modal filtering schemes according to a recently unearthed report by noted engineer, Brian Deegan. During that time, cycling trips more than tripled, cycling mode share for work trips more than
Liberty Sheldon13 October, 2020
The data, which analysed sentiment from over 6,000 UK sports enthusiasts, reveals which cities across the UK are the most, and least, cycle friendly. The research found that London is among the worst cities for cycling while the city of Newcastle has ranked the best.
54% of London cyclists surveyed stated aggressive drivers in the capital as a reason they don’t feel safe on the roads, closely followed by drivers in Brighton and Hove (50%), Glasgow (49%), Leeds (49%) and Liverpool (49%). Welsh drivers are thought to be the friendliest, with just 24% of Aberystwyth cyclists feeling concerned about inconsiderate drivers.