BikeBiz May/June 2020

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Cycling UK’s Roger Geffen spoke of the need for greater separation for cyclists when there is a high volume of traffic

Local roads: What are the priorities? Rebecca Morley listens in to a Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum policy conference where speakers met virtually to discuss the funding of local roads, maintenance and preparing for future challenges


oor road surfaces and a lack of quality infrastructure are two of the key barriers to cycling. According to a 2020 Savanta study, 44% of UK citizens aged 16+ never cycle, rising to 54% for women. A third of those surveyed said they don’t cycle more because it’s too dangerous. More specifically, the research pointed to cars, heavy good vehicles, bad road conditions, buses and lack of cycle lanes as potential cyclists’ ‘key worries’.

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The UK’s local road priorities were the focus of much discussion at a Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum policy conference in late April, where speakers from the Department for Transport (DfT), the RAC, Cycling UK and more met virtually to discuss funding and maintenance priorities for local roads, priorities for road users and integrating active travel systems.

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