Thursday 25 March 2010

Will CPZ change permit cycling?

Email to LBL engineer re CPZ review in Wincott Street:

I am just checking whether the CPZ review is incorporating the cycle-friendly changes I proposed (below) and that you were going to check through with Richard Ambler should he not have contacted you within the necessary time frame?

I note that the Government's top health advisor, says cycling must be increased eightfold to combat the public health crisis caused by designing cities around motor vehicles On the state of public health: Annual report of the Chief Medical Officer 2009 (March 2010)

In the annual report Donaldson despairs over the low levels of physical activity in Britain . In particular, he calls for our transport infrastructure to be re-designed in order to encourage the levels of walking and cycling in the Netherlands and Denmark.
The report recommends that: "National targets should be set to double travel on foot in England's towns and cities, and to increase travel by bicycle eightfold; transport policy and road design should support the achievement of such gains." (page 63)
The report says: "There would be significant reductions in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and dementia. In London alone, over 55,000 healthy years of life could be saved every year. Travel by bicycle or on foot needs to become the safe, viable, attractive option for a far greater proportion of journeys." (page 60)