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
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
email@example.com. 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.