Re-introducing cars to Abington Street in Northampton Town Centre

John Cutler, our Right To Ride Officer, alerted me to the way in which it is proposed that cars be re-introduced to Abington Street.

The majority political party on Northampton Borough Council included this proposal in its manifesto for the 2013 Council elections.

St Giles Terrace is to become one-way (northerly); Abington Street will be re-opened to cars one-way (westerly); and then Wellington Street will be accessible one-way (northerly).

The main problem with the Road Traffic Order is that it is, unthinkingly, to apply to ALL vehicles – so that cyclists will be affected by it.  It is as if the use of bicycles has been forgotten by the planners.

It would be perfectly possible to design the road markings and infrastructure to allow cycling in both directions.  (Indeed, other East Midlands towns and cities – Leicester, Derby, Nottingham – allow cycling in their pedestrianised areas.  This was forgotten in Northampton when Abington Street was originally pedestrianised in the late 1980s.)

Could I urge you, therefore, if you live in Northampton and the surrounding area to e-mail your objections and suggestions to abingtonstreet@mgwsp.co.uk and to copy your e-mail to your borough councillor and to your county councillor?

Cycling in the Northampton Carnival Parade – Saturday 8th June

I’ve just been tweeted a reminder from @CycleNorthants that the Carnival is looking for riders for the Bike Parade in the Northampton Carnival on Saturday 8th June.
All riders are welcome and the organisers are trying to get as many as possible for an impressive display.  You can either bring your own bike or ride one of their “silly” bikes.
The Parade lasts from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. and there will be more activity afterwards at Far Cotton Recreation Ground.
Details from @CycleNorthants  / Northamptonshire Highways / northamptonshire.gov.uk/Cycling.