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Another cyclist has been involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.
The cyclist is now brain damaged and unable to speak.

The driver was given 6 penalty points, fined £100 plus £150 costs and £15 victim support.
The Police charged the driver with Careless Driving rather than Dangerous Driving
probably because they were more likely to get a conviction for Careless Driving.

The CTC believes this may be because the Crown Prosecution Service have a policy that says -
a vehicle colliding with another on emerging from a side road can be considered as careless driving.
The CTC wish to challenge this and would like details of similar "accidents" that get police involvement
as soon as they occur. Contact the CTC here.

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Anyone thinking about Cycling to work should read this article from the Guardian.

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Research has shown that the type of clothing worn when cycling has no effect on how motorists overtake.

The average space left has dropped from nearly 6ft in 1979 to less than 4 ft, and some motorists consider 20 inches adequate!!!

See the report here

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The Murky World of Cycle Lighting

Confused? Read this.

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Cycle Storage

Our comments on the proposed Cycle Storage at the Bus Station have been recognised.
Transport for Manchester are now proposing to site it near the Plaza.

The proposal came from Transport for Manchester before consulting local cyclists
many of whom expect it to become a white elephant.
What are Your Thoughts?
Contact us here.

Meanwhile another Government Grant will provide secure and safe cycling sheltered storage facilities with swipe card access.
These shelters will include Sheffield stands, cover, lighting; CCTV and provide storage for 600 bikes as follows:
Salford Central 100 bikes; Manchester Oxford Road 200 bikes; Blackburn 50 bikes; Blackpool North 100 bikes;
Ashton under Lyme 50 bikes; Hazel Grove 50 bikes; and Eccles 50 bikes.

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Dangers of Sat Navs.

At the end of August, two drivers were both sentenced in the same week for killing cyclists whilst distracted by their sat navs.

One driver, who relied heavily on the device, ploughed through a crossroads after failing to notice a stop line;

and the other effectively drove blind for 18 seconds whilst zooming in on her sat nav.

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The Government is considering its advice on Road Behaviour.

Read their Press Release here.

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Whereas the Mayor of London has proposed a £913 Million Cycling Plan for London

An unofficial view of the plans for London can be seen here

and a German view of Cycling in London can be seen here.

The comments could be relevant to Stockport should we get the opportunity to criticise what is proposed.

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Another ill informed decision relevant to cycling.

The Advertising Standards Agency have banned an advert (here)
produced by Cycling Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The CTC's response can be seen here.

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Stockport MBC is seeking details of minor measures to improve cycling facilities.
If you are aware of any of the following please contact Don Naylor, Stockport's Cycling Officer.

!:- Contra-flow cycling. The possibility of cycling on One Way streets in the opposite direction as a short cut.

2:- Cycling signs such as No Cycling, Cyclists Dismount etc that can be removed without affecting safety.

3:- Dropped curbs where currently it is necessary to get off or jump the curb in order to proceed.

4:-The possibility of widening cycle lanes that have been created below the National Recommended Minimum of 1.5 metres.

5:- Shopping areas, Libraries etc that would benefit from having Cycle Stands.

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Some opportunities for the more adventurous disabled cyclist:-
in Scotland, and in Wales, and another in Wales.

The CTC is compiling a Directory of Groups catering for Special Needs Cyclists.
Please Click Here if you want to know more.

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DEFRA is aiming ot improve the way Rights of Way can be catered for
Click Here for details.

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Connect2

Connect2 is a joint project between Stockport Council and Sustrans to create an Off Road Route between Stockport andMarple. The major hurdle, a bridge over the River Goyt near Chadkirk
should be completed by July 2010 in time for the Chadkirk Festival.

When the route is completed it will link with the Middlewood Way and provide a Commuter route into Stockport and a leisure route to Macclesfield and beyond.

However it does require cyclists to encourage Stockport Council to recognise
and cater for the needs of cyclists. Here are some examples of what the Council considers satisfactory.
Lobby your local Councillors for better conditions for cyclists.

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Halls Route.

We are delighted to report that Transport for Manchester has recognised the Halls Route
A leaflet showing the Halls Route, and similar routes in other areas of Manchester
should be in libraries etc. shortly.


We have the opportunity to provide more detailed plans on our Web Site
and anyone interested in their creation please contact the Webmaster
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Stop SMIDSY

CTC - the UK's national cyclists' organisation is calling on all cyclists to add their voices to its new campaign to combat bad driving.

Stop SMIDSY is a major campaign to end the culture of brushing off dangerous incidents with the excuse
"Sorry Mate I Didn't See You". It aims to change lax attitudes towards bad driving and the failures of the
legal system to respond to it when it occurs.

By encouraging cyclists to report crashes and near misses on the new Stop SMIDSY website, CTC will build up a picture of how
cyclists are treated by other road users, with the ultimate goal of transforming drivers' attitudes to reduce danger on the roads.

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Coventry has its own Cycle Postal Delivery Service

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Someone - we assume the Council - has demolished the BMX course
created by local young cycling enthusiasts near Brabyns Park.

If you have any interest in catering for cyclists, particulary the younger element,
please make a complaint to the Chief Executive of Stockport Council.

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RSS - Really Simple Syndication - notifies you when a Web Page is changed so keeping you up todate.
However Stockport's RSS feed provides you with all the information they want to supply,
so you have to trawl through a number of links to other sites to find what you want.
You are probably better off using the Consultation and Traffic links above.
For more general information try www.stockport.gov.uk/cycling

While waiting for Stockport to provide more convenient RSS feeds,
one of our members has come up with the following

http://page2rss.com/rss/b4a8d49764fde081a9b8560fe5a7f3be

Paste it into your Mail facility and, hopefully, you will be kept up to date.
In the mean time we are being supplied with some Highways Consultations
Please go to our Message Board to see what is being proposed.

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Sustrans are hoping to extend the Tissington Trail into Buxton.

Show your support by visiting the Derbyshire Web Site

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Apparently, house prices in Sydney, Australia are going up in areas that have cycle paths. Despite the loss of on-street parking, one owner of a house on the city's Bourke Street has seen its value increase by $100,000! The road boasts "a Parisian-style bike boulevard with gardens and street lamps".
see here

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Cow Lane

(Between Sainsburys in Stepping Hill and Dial Pk Primary School)

If you have used this with a bicycle during the last 20 years please contact
Stockport's Rights of Way Department

 

iCycle have set up a Cycle hire Scheme in Manchester

see here

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While snow is threatened you might like to see how they cycle in the snow in the Netherlands.

Click here

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