Kent's cycling manifesto
Cycle campaign groups from across Kent have worked together to produce a cycling manifesto for this year's local elections. The manifesto covers the minimum changes we expect to transport, road safety and planning and other policies and practices in Kent. We and the other cycling groups are asking political parties, councillors and council candidates to endorse the manifesto. Those that do will be praised, those that don't will be shamed.
Please download the manifesto and ask candidates in your area to support this.
Cycling UK have devoted a section of their website to the election campaigns: Elections 2021: Cycling for everyone. Living Streets have produced a walking manifesto for the UK which echoes many of the points made by Cycling UK and Kent cycle groups.
Image from Cycling UK
Kent cycle routes map update
Kent County Council (KCC) have secured funding to update their map of cycle routes in Kent. AECOM have been appointed to carry out this work and they and KCC would like local cyclists and cycling groups to help identify missing links in the cycle network.
To make this quick and easy AECOM have created a web map which shows the existing cycle network, district boundaries within Kent and some base mapping/imagery. The map also has an editable layer where unidentified cycle routes and links can be drawn on the screen.
KCC hope that 'The provision of a definitive map of Kent's cycle network will aid the promotion of accessible, safer and well-planned active travel opportunities' and make 'future development of the cycle network, accurate journey planning and highways asset management' more effective. And this is a good opportunity to help with that!
The map is available at:
https://aecomgeospatial2.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=bce47e576fdb4fd3b0a731e5ab859d57 - you may have to cut and paste this link into your browser - or you can click on the screen grab of the map above.
If you support our objectives, why not join us?
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A road safety strategy for Kent
Kent County Council (KCC) are consulting on their draft five year Road Safety Strategy for Kent and their 30 year vision, Vision Zero . The strategy's primary aim is for no deaths on Kent’s roads by 2050.
To achieve Vision Zero, KCC propose adopting the ‘Safe Systems’ approach which is supported by many national and international organisations. This new strategy is a great improvement on the last - a miserable failure which never came close to meeting its targets for road casualty reduction.
The consultation questionnaire, strategy and supporting documents are available on KCC's consultation website until 15 March 2021.
The final version of the strategy will be presented to the Council's Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 26 June 2021.