Thursday, 20 September 2012

Network West Midlands Cycling twitter Q&A

Network West Midlands are holding a twitter question and answer session about cycling between 4:30 and 5:30 this afternoon. This covers any issues which come under the wider remit of the Centro regional transport authority, including cycling infrastructure as well as anything to do with integration between cycling and public transport.

Here are my 10 starter questions:

  1. Why does Birmingham New Street Station, the hub of a metropolitan area of some 2,000,000 people, have just 39 cycle parking stands?
    (Note - there are no confirmed plans to increase this number as part of the new Street redevelopment. Comparison -- Groningen station in the Netherlands has over 10,000 cycle parking spaces, despite serving a city with one 10th of the population).
  2. Why don't @londonmidland trains have a cycle icon on the exterior doors? This makes it very difficult to find the right space.
  3. Why does the Network West Midlands 500 page local transport plan have less than two pages dedicated to cycling?
  4. Why are most cycling infrastructure improvements reliant on other road projects in order to go ahead?
  5. Why do councils have an obsession with shared cycling paths, even when space is available for segregation between pedestrians and cyclists?
  6. When will Coventry have a dedicated cycling officer?
  7. How will @networkwm ensure that Dutch standard cycle routes will be provided into the Coventry Gateway project?
  8. What is the annual transport infrastructure budget for Coventry, and how much of this is spent on cycling?
  9. Why are some traffic light controlled junctions being upgraded to include advance stop boxes when others are not?
  10. Are there any plans to convert the former railway from Hampton in Arden to Kingsbury into a cycle path?

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