Maidstone Cycle Campaign Forum

Cycle campaign for the Maidstone Borough area

  • Highway Code changes

    sound+fury // 1 thread

    A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.

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  • DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-transport-strategy

    Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:

    Shared Space:

    8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
    forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
    incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
    We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
    us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.

    Objectives regarding Cycling:

    • Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
    local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
    account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
    the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
    2019;
    • By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
    cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
    cycling.

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  • M2/A249 Stockbury Roundabout

    Created by maidstoneonbike // 1 thread

    Highways England are spending up to £100 million on changes to this roundabout. The following is from their website:

    Traffic using the M2 junction 5/A249 Stockbury roundabout suffers delay and the junction has a poor safety record. The approach to the junction from the north and east, in particular, experiences high levels of delay and the junction is identified in the list of the top 50 national casualty locations on the trunk and motorway network.

    An increase in capacity is necessary to accommodate traffic from planned new developments and the capacity problems are also inhibiting economic investment plans.

    Improvement of the junction was proposed in Swale Borough Council’s Draft Transportation Strategy 2014 and in Kent County Council’s framework for regeneration in 2010 (Growth without Gridlock). It is also proposed within the South East Local Economic Partnership’s Growth Deal and Economic Plan 2014.

    The scheme was included in the March 2015 Roads Investment Strategy (RIS) and in our Delivery Plan 2015.

    Aims
    The objectives of this scheme are to:

    reduce travel time and improving journey time reliability in the hotspot areas
    reconnect communities
    reduce and the impacts of pollution
    enable local planning authorities to manage the impact of planned growth and in doing so support the wider economy
    provide safer roads with fewer delays which can adequately cater for the impacts of adverse weather
    minimise impacts on the natural environment and optimising environmental opportunities and mitigation
    provide opportunities for improved accessibility for all users

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    There is an opportunity for cycling and walking provision, and Highways England have suggested that Maidstone Cycle Campaign propose such provision to them so they can make arrangements to sort funding for it.

    Any suggestions for cycling and walking provision would be beneficial

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  • Detling - Prohibition of Motor Vehicles

    Anon // 1 thread

    Proposal to prohibit motor vehicles (except for access) with the clear intention of restricting through traffic.

    There are works in progress on Pilgrims Way at present although these may be unconnected.

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