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Local authorities can do better in integrating and encouraging ...
Local authorities can do better in integrating and encouraging

cycling in their areas, said Glenda Jackson, minister for local

transport, launching new guidelines.

The Cycle Audit and Review guidelines can be used to help ensure

opportunities to improve conditions for cycling are properly

considered in new road schemes, and to help assess the cycle

friendliness of existing transport networks and links.

Speaking at the Institute of Highways and Transportation (IHT) yesterday, Ms Jackson said:

'Cycling is good for everyone. It's a sustainable, healthy and

environmentally friendly means of transport. It can contribute to our

integrated transport strategy by helping to reduce congestion, and

helping to improve our environment.

'We will be expecting local authorities to integrate cycling into

their local transport plans, improving provision for cyclists. These

guidelines will help them achieve this by helping resources to be

targeted to best effect.'

Published by the IHT, the guidelines have been drawn up in response

to a recommendation in the National Cycling Strategy that cycle audit

procedures were needed to ensure that opportunities to enhance

cycling conditions are not missed, or even inadvertently made worse

when changed to transport infrastructure are planned.

Derek Palmer, director of technical affairs at the IHT and chair of

the steering group which produced the guidelines, added:

'People will only travel by bicycle if the highway infrastructure is

made safe and pleasant. The Guidelines explain the procedures for

evaluating new and existing roads in order that much better provision

can be made for cyclists in the future.'


1. A steering group, which represented a wide range of highways

authorities, relevant professional groups and cycling organisations

developed the guidelines.

2. Cycle Audit' is a systematic procedure applied to planned changes

to the transport network which is designed to ensure that

opportunities to encourage cycling are considered comprehensively and

that cycling conditions are not inadvertently made worse.

3. Cycle Review' is a systematic process applied to existing

transport networks, which is designed to identify their positive and

negative attributes for cycling, and to assess ways that those

networks can be changed in order to encourage cycling.

4. The National Cycling Strategy was launched in July 1996. It

provides a blueprint for the development of cycling in the UK.

5. The Cycle Audit and Review Guidelines, by D G Davies and

J M Sharpe, are published by the Institution of Highways &

Transportation/Department of the Environment, Transport and the

Regions/ The Scottish Office/ The Welsh Office/ DoE Northern Ireland.

They are available from the Institution of Highways and

Transportation (IHT), by phoning 0181 387 2525 or emailing Price£25.00, ISBN No: 0 902933 26 4.

6. Traffic Advisory TAL 7/98 summarising the Guidelines is available

freeof charge from the DETR's Charging and Local Transport Division,

Zone 3/23, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR.

Telephone order line: 0171 676 2478.

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