Embassy News

Department for Transport proposes raising speed limit for lorries on single-carriageway roads

The Department for Transport has opened a consultation on proposals to raise the speed limit on single carriageway roads for lorries over 7.5 tonnes from the current 40 mph to 45 or 50 mph.

Writing in the Foreword to the consultation, Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said

The Times' Cities Fit for Cycling campaign returns

A year and a day after one of their journalists, Mary Bowers, was devastatingly injured after being run over by a lorry, The Times' Cities Fit for Cycling campaign returns with a vengeance.

Response to the consulation on cycling improvements along the A24 in Morden

We write in response to the consultation on cycling improvements along the A24 Epsom/London Road in Morden, part of Transport for London’s process of junction reviews.

Response to the consulation on safety improvements at the Waterloo (IMAX) roundabout

We write in response to the consultation on initial safety improvements at the Waterloo (IMAX) roundabout, part of Transport for London’s process of junction reviews.

Response to the Lambeth Bridge northern roundabout consultation

The proposed improvements to the roundabout at the northern end of Lambeth Bridge have some merit. Placing the existing zebra crossings onto raised tables, to reduce speeds and improve priority, is sensible, as is the decision to replace the side hatchings with an extension of the footway, which represents a partial tightening of the geometry of the roundabout.

The improvements also include an implicit recognition that the roundabout is unattractive for many current and potential cyclists.

Save the Emperor Way path in Fishbourne

The Emperor Way path in Fishbourne is part of the National Cycle Network and an important connecting route between the village and Chichester, allowing children to cycle to and from schools in the area without using a busy A-road.

Denmark comes to London

In 1807 the British fleet sailed to Copenhagen, bombarding the city and seizing the Danish Navy (the original 'Copenhagenize'). Yesterday saw the process reversed - a considerably more benign Copenhagenize Danish invasion of London.

Mikael Colville-Andersen spoke first to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group at Portcullis House, having cycled across London with the Danish Ambassador.

CPS consultation on guidance for charging offences arising from driving incidents

The Crown Prosecution service has produced a consolidated guidance document on the guidance for charging offences arising from driving incidents. The document is available in accessible format here, and in pdf format here, and is open for consultation until November 8th.

Cycling Embassy submits evidence on Manchester's Oxford Road

Consultation exercises seem to be coming thick and fast with another one just closing on Manchester's Oxford Road and the surrounding area. Although this will improve bus transport into the city centre, as Chester Cycling has pointed out the changes to the surrounding streets will tend to favour the private car, putting cyclists and pedestrians at risk.

Cycling Embassy submits evidence to the West End Commission

The Cycling Embassy of Great Britain have submitted written evidence to a consultation by the West End Commission. This Commission aims to

 work towards a long-term strategic framework to ensure that the West End meets the future needs of residents, businesses, communities and visitors alike while continuing to occupy its vital place within London and in the global economy. In doing so they have invited participants to submit their ideas and solutions for making the West End a better place.

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