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Category: Space For Cycling

Fleet Station Costs Skyrocket and Cycle Provision Delayed Severely

Today marks the start of National Customer Service Week but you’d be forgiven for shaking your head at that after finding out how much South West Trains and Network Rail have let costs escalate and delays mount for their train station at Fleet, Hampshire. The cost to “revitalise” Fleet train station has mushroomed an incredible 48% to £8,871,000 from an original…

Cycle? Yes! Alas, Guide Dogs charity blind to government inaction

This week saw the Guide Dogs charity launch a campaign called #cycleyes — as in ‘Cycle Eyes’ not ‘Cycle? Yes!’ — although the latter is what they spelled, albeit with different punctuation! Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best of launches – a flawed survey’s results were highlighted and led to later retractions. The charity also missed…

Cycling on military land under review

The byelaws which govern public access to various UK military lands are being reviewed. I queried if any restrictions are being considered for cycling across military lands: Definitely a maybe on that… UPDATE 12 August 2014: See the correspondence section below for a letter received from the MoD. The aptly named ‘Byelaws Review Team’ at the Ministry of Defense…

Legacy of Tour de France: Car-centric local growth deals

On the day that the Tour de France cycling sport racers come to southern England, the government announce even more money to support the country’s car culture. Over £2 billion is going to be spent in 39 ‘local growth deals‘ including £118 million in towns like Basingstoke along the M3 corridor (aka ‘Enterprise M3‘) for example: Basingstoke North Corridor…

GroundCycle: Because pies in the sky (cycle) require a coffee-perky foundation

The SkyCycle concept for travelling about in London is in the Daily Mail again. It is the second time around for this radical bicycle infrastructure idea – the first time was back in September 2012 (readers who encounter issues with clicking links to The Daily Mail can read this and that instead). Aside: The original proposal may…