We thought some of you might be interested in what is going on at a national level. This is the text of an email update from Suzanne Forup and Sally Hinchcliffe from We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote:
“We’ve been abit quiet on the WCV front over the last couple of months, but we (Sally and Suzanne) met a couple of weeks ago to discuss ideas and a proposed plan for 2019 including supporting some of the major events in the upcoming calendar:
Pedal on Parliament on 26 to 28 April
PoP has just announced the 2019 plan for PoP up PoPs – please get involved or set up your own action. And let the PoP team know!
Edinburgh Open Streets
City of Edinburgh Council has announced it’s Open Streets dates, starting on Sunday 5th May, as part of the City Transformation – we’re sure your physical and online support of these would be welcomed. Details of the City Transformation interim report and its proposals are here:http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/2618/strong_public_support_for_radical_change_in_edinburgh_s_city_centre
Meeting Lee Craigie, Active Nation Commissioner
Representatives from GoBike, Spokes and ourselves will meeting with Lee Craigie in March to discuss campaigning issues. Please let us know if you’d like something specific raised.
WCV Campaigner training days in May/June – focus on inclusion?
Suzanne has met colleagues at RNIB several times over the last couple of months, building a positive relationship through the tandem cycling project we are delivering together. There is interest in seeing if we can collaborate on responses to design consultations – it’s a complicated issue and can get quite technical, but bringing together walking/cycling campaigners with people that campaign for disability inclusion in street design could help us all make our arguments for safe, separated space stronger. We’d welcome your thoughts before we take this further with the RNIB and other potential partners.
We understand that consultations or discussions on design standards – Cycling by Design and Designing Streets – should commence in the not too distant future. It’s vital that we all contribute to these and ensure that we develop world-leading standards that enable everyone to walk and cycle safely (see above point on ‘everyone’). We’ll let you know when we have more information, or perhaps the better informed can tell us!
Upcoming consultation – local
The world seems full of consultations, and it’s challenging to respond even though it’s absolutely vital that we do! We know that the next round of Community Links Plus awards are likely to be announced in in May/June, no doubt leading to more opportunities to engage with local authorities on specific plans. Please let us know about any local consultations and we’ll try to encourage people to respond.
Upcoming consultations – national
National Transport Strategy and Strategic Transport Project Review (STRP2) are on the 2019/20 agenda but timescales for effective and direct responses aren’t clear to us. When we have something more helpful to say we’ll be in touch!
The Transport Bill Stage 1 continues, with a number of organisations signing a letter to political leaders backing the Workplace Parking Levy: https://foe.scot/press-release/campaigners-support-workplace-parking-levy/. – please support if your organisation feels able to!
Local campaigner events – autumn 2019
We had some great feedback from the local campaigner events and the consultation training events we did in the autumn of last year. We’d like to run these again in different locations in the autumn of this year – let us know if you’d like one in your area or if you would like to share your expertise!
All best wishes
Suzanne and Sally
We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote Co-ordinator