Edinburgh's Princes Street reopens to confusion for cyclists

One of Edinburgh's busiest shopping streets has been described as a 'crazy death trap' by cyclists who have been funnelled into multi-use lanes shared with trams, buses and taxis.

Princes Street, which reopened to buses early this morning after several years of renovations, including a new tram system, has been painted green on both sides with white bike signs betwen the tram lines.

£15 million set aside to improve safety of cyclists at junctions in England - but Sustrans calls for more

Transport Minister Norman Baker has today announced that £15 million is being made available to local authorities in England, other than in London, for schemes to improve the safety of cyclists at junctions.

Work starts on £1.1 million scheme to improve 'death trap' cycle route in North Wales

Work has started on a £1.1 million scheme to make safety improvements to a cycle route in Conwy which was once branded a “death trap” by the former Chief Constable of North Wales Police, reports BBC Wales.

The works being carried out under the direction of Sustrans on the stretch of National Cycle Route 5 running from Conwy Morfa and Penmaenbach headland include a new bridge being installed over a railway line to take cyclists and pedestrians away from the busy road.

New Hove cycle path will help children cycle safely to school

A new cycle route across Hove was opened yesterday, safely linking the two sides of the city and slowing traffic in the area.

Transport Minister Norman Baker attended an opening ceremony and praised the innovation.

Councillor Davey said that the scheme would help encourage more children to cycle to school, the Brighton and Hove News reported.

Economy boosted by biggest ever increase in UK cycling

Millions of extra bike journeys were made last year on the UK's National Cycle Network, thanks in part to to rising petrol prices and higher fares on public transport, according to a new study that claimed Britain had seen the biggest ever increase in cycling.

A Sustrans report, Cycling Revolution, published today claims that about 40 million more cycling trips were made last year than 2010 – an 18 per cent increase – taking the total to 256 million.

Bristol should lose Cycling City status says Sustrans founder John Grimshaw

Bristol should lose its status as the UK's first, and so far only, Cycling City if plans for a new Rapid Transport Scheme go ahead says John Grimshaw one of the founders of Sustrans.

Mr Grimshaw contends that Bristol made a permanent undertaking to ensure that walking and cycling would be improved by any new transport scheme his comments suggest he believes the Rapid Transport Scheme (RTS) plans break that commitment.

Wales reveals "ground-breaking" plans requiring councils to provide safe walking & cycling routes

Sustrans has welcomed what it describes as “ground-breaking” plans by the Welsh Assembly Government to make it a legal requirement for local authorities to provide cycling and walking routes, with the proposals, contained in the Active Travel (Wales) Bill announced in a White Paper yesterday, described as the first of their kind in the world.

Entiries open for Sustrans Sea to Sea Challenge ride this September

Sustrans is calling on cyclists to join it this September on a three-day coast-to-coast fundraising ride from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Tynemouth on the North Sea, organised in partnership with cycling holiday specialists Saddle Skeddadle.

Now said by Sustrans to be the UK’s most popular challenge ride, the trip along the Sea to Sea (C2C) route will take participants through the spectacular scenery of the Lake District, Cumbria and North Pennines.

Sustrans and The Times to host cycle safety debate involving London mayoral candidates later this month

Sustainable transport charity Sustrans is teaming up with The Times newspaper, which in February launched its Cities Fit For Cycling campaign, to hold a debate later this month on cycle safety involving the four main candidates in London’s mayoral elections. The debate, involving the Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Labour’s Ken Livingstone, the Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones of the Green Party, takes place in Westminster on Monday 30 April.

Mayoral Transport Manifestos: Sustrans says Boris Johnson intent on bringing London "to a standstill"

With the London mayoral elections exactly one month away, Sustrans has accused Boris Johnson of being “intent on bringing the capital to a standstill” following publication of the transport manifesto by the mayor, who is seeking re-election. The charity described Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, on the other hand, as “committed to providing transport for all.”

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