Our Letter to the New Councillors
The Campaign has written to all successful County Councillors in and around the city to congratulate them on their election and offer to work with them positively over the next few years to build a better city, with cycling at it's heart.
This is what we've asked each of these Councillors :
- Brief yourself: we would be very happy to meet to talk you through what other cities are doing to enable safe cycling as the preferred means of transport for short journeys. We would commend to you some examples of what safe cycling infrastructure looks like here: ‘Guide for Decision Makers’ from the national Cycling UK organisation. See also the 2015 All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group report ‘Get Britain Cycling’.
- Plan: Insist that your Council Transport Officers, led by Jamie Hulland, build a ‘Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan’ (LCWIP) as encouraged to do so in the recently-issued Government ‘Cycling & Walking Investment strategy’ (CWIS). Only by having a ‘LCWIP’ in place will the County secure government funding for cycling.
- Nominate a Lead Councillor and Officer for Cycling: ensure that as portfolios are allocated in the new Council there is a Councillor tasked with leading the move to make commuting cycling accessible for all ages and abilities for everyday journeys. Insist that there is an Officer similarly charged with ensuring cycling underpins all planning and transport developments.
- Audit progress on existing cycling strategies: The County already has some good cycling strategies in place but progress against them is not being tracked and delivery against them is disappointing. Insist that Officers give a six monthly update on delivery against cycling (and air quality) strategies.
Devon County Council Elections 2017 - Update!
We can take stock, with some pride, of the fact that as members of the Exeter Cycling Campaign we've got cycling onto the agenda in these county elections.
We were targeting the 9 city seats in the County, that's 36 candidates...plus the St.Thomas city council by-election. Together as a Campaign we're aware that we've made at least 51 contacts to 32 candidates.
From some of the candidates' responses there's a clear awareness that enabling safe cycling is something people are calling for.
In addition the Campaign contributed to the recent election hustings, asking a formal question and contributing to the ongoing discussion.
That's the first step achieved. We'll be writing to all successful candidates as soon as they are announced to engage with them further.
In May 2017 Devon County Councillors will be up for election. This is important because Devon County Council are the highways authority, and so control much of the spending and design for roads.
The Exeter Cycling Campaign aims to encourage Councillors to have a bold vision for Exeter. We seek to help Councillors see that they have an important role to play in putting cycling at the heart of the city's response to the challenges we face of pollution, congestion and unhealthy lifestyles.
The Cycle Campaign is strictly non-political but ideally we would like the Councillors themselves to become advocates for enabling cycling in the city.
The elections present an opportunity to engage with all prospective Councillors in and around Exeter to demonstrate the strength of feeling in support of enabling more cycling amongst their electorate and the businesses of Exeter.
Here's how you can be part of this . . . we have prepared:
- Supporter briefing about the Exeter Cycling Campaign's approach to the Devon County Elections 2017
- Notes for meeting a prospective Councillor
Some of the things you can do include:
- Email or write to your prospective Councillors (sample 1, sample 2)
- Attend an election hustings and ask a question
- Tell us which prospective Councillors you've been in contact with using email, or Facebook, or fill in our summary spreadsheet