Pedal Power
Issue 85
March 2010

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Report on University Parking and Entrances

based on a report from Swampedbycars - http://swampedbycars.blogspot.com

This report to Charnwood Borough Council can be read on the web site under 'committee papers' http://tiny.cc/tV6Uw.

In summary:

Whilst not going as far as campaign members might have wished, the panel, under the able leadership of Jill Vincent, has come up with some very sensible recommendations.

Portsmouth Cyclenation/ CTC Spring Conference 2010

This event will be taking place on Saturday 17th April 2010 under the title “Future Cycling Cities” and will focus in particular on the Portsmouth city wide 20mph speed limit. Details at http://conference.pompeybug.co.uk.

Ladies' cycling day – Tuesday 16 March

This event takes place at Queens Hall, University of Leicester between 10am-4pm and is being organised by Cyclemagic and the University of Leicester. It includes:

Any men wishing to attend need to be escorted by 2 ladies. Further information - www.velobelle.blogspot.com

Qualify as a Ride Leader

Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport and the Active Together project are challenged with getting more people involved with sport and to increase the physical activity levels of adults (aged 16+) in Leicestershire. A team of 15 Physical Activity Development Officers ( PADOs ) are working across the county (3 in Charnwood) and hope to coordinate a series of leisure rides during 2010. To deliver these rides a team of leaders are needed.

They are therefore running a free two day course that will qualify participants to lead rides independently, for candidates from Leicestershire who can deliver activities in partnership with Active Together. The course fees will be funded through the Active Together training programme. It is a British Cycling Level 2 Ride Leader Course and will be held at Loughborough University Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May 2010.

Active Together will be responsible for coordinating and delivering rides and leaders may receive payment for leading rides too. Affiliation to British Cycling (required) may also be funded by Active Together. Qualification is also dependent on having obtained a recognised first aid qualification (this could also be funded by Active Together) and is subject to child protection criminal record checks.

If you would like to attend the course or would like futher details, please contact Andrew Watson at Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, SportPark, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3QF. Telephone M: 07944 703419 T: 01509 564872 Email: A.Watson4@lboro.ac.uk www.lrsport.org.uk.

Government Office for the East Midlands - Sustrans

There was a joint GOEM/Sustrans event on 23rd November 2009 in Nottingham on “Sustainable Travel Choices” and the presentations are now available at http://tr.im/Q7zT.

Some of the points made at the event were:

Nottingham Conference Success

Nottingham Pedals hosted a very successful conference based on the theme of Cycle campaigners working in partnership. Professor John Whitelegg showed how a city like Nottingham could achieve 30% of trips by bicycle by the year 2030. For copies of the presentations go to http://www.cyclenation.org.uk/resources/papers.php.

Vote Bike!

With the general election approaching, CTC is launching the Vote Bike campaign to get the word out about cycling to prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs). CTC’s new online campaigning tool makes it easy for cyclists to send emails to their PPCs, asking them to express their support for CTC’s Vote Bike manifesto. The site will show how PPCs have responded and any comments they’ve supplied, so Vote Bike can help you find out about your candidates’ support for cycling. See www.ctc.org.uk/votebike.

Helmets

Based on a report in CTC Cycle Digest

The authors of a recent government commissioned report have rightly identified the shortcomings in previous research into the effectiveness of cycle helmets, but have then overlooked equally serious problems in their own work. They have also failed to discuss the adverse effects of telling cyclists to wear helmets, such as deterring people from taking up cycling, and the many ways in which helmet-wearing might actually increase the likelihood of cyclists being involved in collisions in the first place. The flaws, in summary, are as follows.

The report:

 

In response, CTC has produced its own simplified cost-benefit assessment. Even using the report’s own questionable assumptions about the effectiveness of helmets, we still estimate that a law making helmets compulsory for cyclists would result in a net increase of 253 premature deaths, at a net economic cost of between £304 & 415m per year, as well as around £180m annually for the remaining cyclists to purchase and replace helmets. This is similar to the $400m cost of helmet compulsion for the UK as estimated in a study by de Jong (Evaluating the Health Benefit of Mandatory Bicycle Helmet Laws, Macquarie University, 2009 - Working Paper http://ssrn.com/abstract=1368064 ).

In short, the report represents yet another failure to provide “a comprehensive review of the effectiveness of cycle helmets”.

The potential for cycle helmets to prevent injury – a review of the evidence is downloadable from www.trl.co.uk .

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