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West Midlands Cycling & Walking Strategy David Kinshuck & Dene Stevens Pushbikes Campaigns David Kinshuck …ophthalmologist treating diabetic retinopathy; member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists public health group members of the West Midlands Cycling Walking Coalition Strategy aims

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West MidlandsCycling & Walking StrategyDavid Kinshuck & Dene StevensPushbikes CampaignsDavid Kinshuck …ophthalmologist treating diabetic retinopathy; member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists public health groupmembers of the West Midlands Cycling Walking Coalition


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Strategy aims

  • By 2020 to enable ~20% of journeys to include cycling

  • Increase walking

  • Cycling should be safe for young (>12y) and inexperienced

  • 20mph limits or less on all residential roads

  • Cycle training and related support

  • Cycle lanes by busy roads


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…walking…

Also needs slower speeds…

20mph limits (or less) would make both walking and cycling safer


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Savings: 25% cycling & slower speeds

  • 50% reduction road accidents.. 10mph slower speeds

  • 50% reduction in obesity and diabetes

  • 30% fewer mental health problems with regular exercise

  • 30% less crime with regular exercise

  • 10% increase in academic achievement

  • 30% less drug use / risk taking behaviour

  • £100+m….new investments, as the city becomes more pleasant


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Savings: 25% cycling & slower speeds

  • £60m…..fewer road accidents (50% reduction .. slower speeds, now £120m)

  • £62m…..…..less obesity/diabetes (Health is £1b/year/city, obesity costs 25% =£250m, if 25% cycle there will be 25% less obesity)

  • £8m………...improved mental health(mental health is £100m/year/city, if 25% cycle they will have 33% fewer problems…£8m)

  • £25m……....less crime(crime is £1b/year/city, if 25% cycle they will commit 10% less crime)

  • £25m…….….higher academic achievement(education is £1b/year/city, if 25% cycle they will have 10% greater academic achievement, a gain of £25m)

  • 10% less drug use and £100+m….new investments, as the city becomes more pleasant see hereSee here online


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Problems

  • Councils now have to set their own targets, rather than being bound by a national one. Cllrs might think they can forget about cycling

  • 95% Councillors responding support our aims

  • All local MPs support

  • Central Government is not providing incentives…it supports congestion reduction

  • Current levels of funding are enough to train about 3% of children thoroughly to national standard.

  • NO large scale speed reduction/traffic reduction/cycle training/cycle lanes.


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Ideal

  • Short term…London style cycle network

  • Long term…Amsterdam or Hull style provision

  • Tackling equality in cycling…few women/ Asian cyclists


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Dangers are the main deterrent

An RAF Tornado pilot…

” Cycling across Birmingham is much more scary that flying a Tornado Jet”


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Related issues

Lost basketball pitches to developers

Several informal football pitches to developers


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We Need Your support

  • What can this group do?

  • What can we do next?

  • Cycling and walking are ‘Joined up thinking’


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