Hereford Civic Society Annual Lecture – A comprehensive consideration of cycling and cyclists in this country compared with Europe, by cycling experts:
Brian Deegan – one of the UK’s leading street design engineers
Jess Read – healthy transport engineer and urban designer
Jesse Norman – MP & Highways Minister
Hosted at the Hereford University Centre, Folly Lane, Hereford HR1 1LS
Arrival from 7.00pm, for 7.15pm start, 8.30pm close
BOOKINGS to Julia Davis email: DavisJulia@hlcollege.ac.uk or tel: 01432 365431.
The news that Herefordshire Council has again failed to get funding to progress a bypass should make us all stop to think. Do we want to solve our traffic problems right now, or would we prefer to suffer another 20 years in traffic jams as we wait for them to find the money?
Most of Hereford’s traffic is internal. Half of all Hereford’s car journeys are less than 2 miles long. We could now switch our efforts to dealing with internal traffic and the 2 mile journeys which would never use a bypass anyway. This is much easier, faster and cheaper to fix.
This isn’t about forcing everyone to use a bike either. Just a small reduction in internal traffic could make the rest of it flow freely, as it does in school holidays.
Our politicians haven’t managed to deliver a bypass for decades. Do we trust them to deliver in the next 5 years when government won’t even fund a survey? Why are we still waiting? Why not solve our traffic issues now? A city wide 20MPH limit along with a proper well designed bike network, free school buses and better pedestrian facilities would make it easier and safer for our children to get to school and all of us to walk or cycle every now and then.
With air pollution a major factor in ill health for both young and old, even a small reduction in traffic volumes could reduce pressure on our underfunded NHS too, by making us all a little bit fitter, healthier and happier. We could start right now, but we need councillors who ‘get it’.
Hereford Green Party have asked PC World why the bike racks have disappeared from outside their store.
‘We are sure sure PCWorld want to play their part in reducing congestion and pollution, so we are mystified as to why the racks have gone, quite apart from the fact that if cycling customers cannot park their bikes securely they will shop elsewhere’, said Rob Hattersley from Hereford Greens.
‘It’s really important for customers to know there is somewhere safe and secure for their bikes, or they will simply drive and add to Hereford’s traffic problem’, Rob, a keen cyclist but also a driver, added. ‘A kind PCWorld assistant allowed me to leave my bike inside the store on this occasion! Actually, biking from home right to the till inside was kind of ideal, but that’s not the point!.