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Volunteers clear the cycle/pedestrian path by the Arun Leisure Centre

Sustrans and Bognor Regis Cycle Forum volunteers have cleared the path that runs from the Arun Leisure Centre down to the pedestrian crossing alongside the A2259 in Felpham.  It had become very narrow because of encroaching vegetation on the path; it had become slippery and generally unpleasant. It’s hoped that the work will encourage more students from the FCC to cycle to school and perhaps even use the cycle path instead of the pedestrian path, and vice versa!

2019 Cycling Summit - success!

The 2019 Cycling Summit – held on Thursday November 14 – was a success! Of course the true nature of success is in the outcome – in other words - what changes for the better. More of that later.

New report from Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport - read it!!

Better planning, better transport, better places is a new advice note published by the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

It contains advice that is relevant to anyone engaged with Local Plans, and new developments in particular. Extract from the Executive Summary below.

Update on LCWIP progress

This from Andy Mouland at WSCC: - LCWIPs – the Districts and Boroughs are all on track to produce drafts by end of November.   A lot of work is going on right now (e.g. desire line mapping and street audits) and the intention is to use some of the remaining WSP days for business case training towards the end of the project.

West Sussex County Council's Cycle Design Guide goes live!

After many months of hard work, the Cycling Design Guide is now part of the mandatory reference material for Local Planning Authorities and WSCC Officers.     It is here  - https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/media/13164/cycling_design_guide.pdf

New cycle way opened! Medmerry - Pagham

A new, 3km cycle route has been completed, linking Pagham Nature Reserve with Medmerry Nature Reserve, boosting facilities for residents, visitors and wildlife enthusiasts alike. 
The county council’s Public Rights of Way team worked with The Manhood Peninsula Partnership on ideas to bolster tourism in the area - and found that cycling provision was under represented. From this, a £400,000 scheme was devised. It includes: 
• 1.2Km of shared pedestrian/cycling pathway 
• re-construction/improvement on cycle route 88 

Cycle Forum members elected to Horsham District Council

We now have 4 new cycle forum members elected to Horsham District Council: Ruth Fletcher, Frances Haigh, John Milne (Lib Dem) plus Mike Croker (Green) and a further Green, Bob Platt.    Horsham Lib Dems stood on a manifesto of working with Horsham District Cycling Forum, so all 13 should provide positive support for better cycle infrastructure.  Peter Smith has been reelected in Crawley (Lab).  Paul Brown has been elected in Mid-Sussex District Council (Green), as has Richard Bates (Lib Dem).

WSCF submits comments on draft WSCC Cycling Design Guidelines

WSCC is consulting with selected interested parties on its Cycling Design Guidelines. This will be the first set of guidelines to be drawn up, owned and implemented by West Sussex. The Local Planning Authorities and the WSCF were sent the draft at end February with a return date of 31 March.

Christ's Hospital success!

The Horsham and District Cycle Forum, and the Open Spaces Society have been critical in saving the bridleway through the school grounds at Christ’s Hospital.

This from Ruth Fletcher of the HDCF.

WSCF registered as a stakeholder with NICE

Following a response to a NICE consultation, NICE requested that WSCF become a registered stakeholder.   NICE wrote to me by name - "We would encourage you to register as a stakeholder. Comments received from non-registered organisations and individuals are not summarised in the summary report presented to the committee but are included as an appendix. These comments are not made available on the NICE website.

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