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CycleCities: searching for good practice

20. March 2014
Merton Council played host to a series of workshops for the European CycleCities project and during 24th-26th of February 2014, the 4th interregional workshop took place in London Councils. The project funded under the INTERREG IVC European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme.

The project is looking to produce good practice guides to enable cities across Europe to increase the desire to cycle. Partners are from Greece, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the UK.

The first session featured Brian Deegan the Principal Technical Planner - Cycling from Transport for London (TfL) and Mark Strong from Transport Initiatives.

They discussed with the partners the process of how in order to produce the new cycle design guide for London due to be published in 2014 have reviewed cycling across Europe for good practice. Partners experienced a ‘Boris Bike’ journey to the events at London Councils by Southwark Bridge.

The variety of bike sharing systems across the world was a feature of the next workshop – Tim Caswell from HourBike presented his company model which has been rolled across the UK including Reading, Dumfries and Lincoln. Tim had also been an advisor on the New Moscow bike sharing programme a real challenge because it is the city with the worst traffic congestion in the world based on TomTom's Annual Congestion Index. http://velobike.ru/. These models were discussed in comparison to the Barclay cycle Hire “Boris Bikes” and the Brompton Dock  models. The project will assess them on success, flexibility, sustainability, and cost to install and maintain.

The final session looked at the London models for cycle training for both children and adults. Liz Brooker from Lewisham Council and Keith Filby from Merton Council presented the models used by both boroughs and Mark Strong from Transport Initiatives gave an overview of other UK models used. One of the key issues on this subject was should cycle and pedestrian training be part of the national curriculum as it is in Germany?

Good practice guides will be produced in 4 different thematic areas. Final results of the good practice research will be presented at the CycleCities project Conference in Piraeus in November 2014.

Meeting agenda (.pdf, 102 kb)

Presentations:
Cycling Infrastructure in London, Brian Deegan (.pdf, 13,9 mb)
Piraeus, Greece: Recent Transport Changes & Cycling network proposal, Maria Poulou (.pdf, 6,6 mb)
Cycle Training, Service Design & Delivery a Short Review, London Borough of Merton, Keith Filby (.pdf, 567 kb)
Cycling in Lewisham, Liz Brooker (.pdf, 699 kb)
Bike Sharing System, Hirebike (.pdf, 11 mb)

   
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