Nearly arrested

Iain Dawson, our Publicity Officer, writes:

I was nearly arrested last night.

I was collecting my bike from where I’d parked it. It was late, there was no-one else around, I was spotted on CCTV, the police were called.

Three things:
1. Someone was bothered enough to call the police
2. I was long gone by the time they turned up (I heard about it this morning)
3. How, exactly, would I have proved it was my bike ? It’s free, my bikes are registered there, the police have access to it. It saves confusion and makes life a lot easier for you, and a lot more difficult for the seller if you spot one of your bikes being offered for sale second-hand.

They do register other property as well but bikes are, perhaps, the most vulnerable given our habit of leaving them locked to things outdoors.

Let’s get strategic – County Cycling Strategy and other stuff

There are a couple of things going on in local transport circles, which Northamptonshire cyclists may wish to get involved in:

1. Consultation on County Cycling Strategy
One of the “Thematic Transport Strategies” covering areas such as Bus transport, Smarter Travel Choices and Walking, this sets out general policies rather than specific projects. You can respond by email, mail or online survey – see link for details. Closing date for responses is Friday 19th October 2012.

2. Consultation on Town Transport Strategies
These cover Brackley, Northampton, Daventry and Towcester. and are more specific, with various aspects of interest to cyclists. There are public exhibitions from 2nd – 11th October including one in Central Library, Northampton on Tuesday 9th, 2.00-4.30 pm. You can respond by email, mail or online survey, or at the exhibitions – see link for details. Closing date for responses is Friday 2nd November 2012.

3. Kingsthorpe corridor modal shift project aka “Kingsthorpe Education and Economy Project (KEEP)
Sustrans are leading a project with various councils around the country to reduce congestion and encourage people to use active forms of transport. In Northampton this is focussed on Kingsthorpe, the University and local schools. There are two officers for the 2.5 year project, Dan based at the University and Will based in the county council. They will briefly introduce their project at our AGM on 24th October 2012.

4. Tricky/ dangerous junctions
We were recently asked by the county council to contribute some ideas about junctions that need safety improvements. This was at very short notice but we will let you know if we get any feedback. Meanwhile, if you have any views on priority junctions that need improved for cyclists, let me know for future reference.