Sunday, 11 November 2012

Cycling in Coventry - FOIA Request

In order to know where we are going, we have to find out where we stand. The following Freedom of Information Request was sent this evening:

 Cycling in Coventry - FOIA Request

To whom it may concern:
For the most recently available dates:

 Modal Share
a.     What percentage of commuter journeys within the city of Coventry are made by bike / on foot / by bus / by car / other means?
b.     What percentage of total mileage (within the city of Coventry) are made by each of the modes above?
c.     How many cyclists travel in and out of the city centre (from any location) each day?
d.     Does the Council have a target to increase cycling, and if so, to what level and by when?

a.     What is the annual budget for Coventry City Council?
b.     What is the annual transport budget for Coventry City Council, excluding contributions to other transport organisations (eg Centro)?
c.     Excluding the schemes bid for as part of the Local Transport Sustainability Fund, what is the annual budget per capita for cycling in Coventry?

Cycling Network
a.     For each of the route classifications mentioned below, what is the total approximate number of available route miles?
                                                               i.      Marked cycle lanes on roads.
                                                             ii.      Routes running parallel to roads which are segregated from traffic, but shared with pedestrians.
                                                            iii.      Routes segregated from traffic and pedestrians.
                                                          iv.      Traffic free cycle paths away from roads?

RRoad junctions
a.     How many traffic light controlled junctions have:
                                                               i.      Advanced stop lines on all approach routes.
                                                             ii.      Advanced stop lines on some approach routes.
                                                            iii.      No advance stop lines?
b.     How is this number planned to change in the next 3 years?
c.     How many traffic lights in the city have specific phases for cyclists approaching from a direction which is otherwise closed to general traffic (ie from a cycle path or a one way contra-flow).
d.     What is the average timer setting for pedestrian and toucan crossings, and who would make a decision to reduce this?

 Speed limits
a.     Including the city centre, how many zones are there within the city where 20mph is the speed limit?
b.     Approximately what percentage of the population of the city live in residential zones where 20mph is the limit?
c.     What plans does the council have to increase 20mph zones in the city?
d.     Does the Council have a specific policy regarding the provision of on road cycle lanes, segregated or alternative routes, on roads where the speed limit is 40mph or above?

Cycling Team
a.     How many people (full time equivalent) dedicate their time to the development and promotion of cycling (excluding training). Please include roles where cycling is part of job description.
b.     Is there one specific officer in the council whose exclusive role is cycling (excluding training).

 Cycle Training
a.     How many schools are there in the city of Coventry, and how many of these take part in the Bike It Training programme?
b.     What percentage of pupils enrolled in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have taken part, or plan to take part in the Bike It Scheme?
c.     What facilities are available for adult cycle training?
d.     What is the total number of cycle training officers working in local schools in Coventry?

Council Business
a.     How many cycles are owned by the council for pooled use by employees?
b.     How many cycles are provided for individual employee usage through Cycle To Work scheme(s)?
c.     How many parking spaces does the Council provide for employees and guests in or adjacent to the Council House, and where?
d.     How many miles are expensed each year by council employees and officers making business trips by bike?

a.     How many cycle parking spaces are available for public usage within the city centre?
b.     How many additional spaces are planned within the next two years?
c.     Does the council have any requirement for smaller commercial developments such as shops and pubs to provide cycle parking facilities, where such space is available (ie if they are providing a car park, to allocate at least 5% of parking area for cycles)?         

1Mapping and Communication
a.     How often is the cycling map provided by the Council updated?
b.     How many paper copies are distributed each year and through what means? (Council premises, libraries, schools, by post etc)
c.     How many times is the online version of the map downloaded each year?
d.     How often does the Council send mailings to every household in the city, and how often do these mailings contain information and advice about cycling?

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