BCP was formed in December 2011 and comprises representatives of each school in Beaconsfield, (primary and secondary) town and district councillors, Bucks County Council Sustainable Travel and School Travel personnel, Sustrans, PCSOs and cycling enthusiasts and interest groups.
Supporters include Leader of the South Bucks District Council Ralph Bagge, Leader of Bucks County Council, Martin Tett, and our Beaconsfield M.P. the Right Hon. Dominic Grieve QC, MP.
The Beaconsfield Transport Study and Public Consultation, May 2003, proposed a cycling strategy to :-
- Create a core network of cycle lanes and cycle paths
- Encourage use of cycles for short – medium journeys
- Reduce reliance on cars
- Encourage cycling amongst school children by means of safer routes
- Make cycling easier with increased cycle parking
A snapshot of the results of the Public Consultation for that Study stated:
“Provision of cycle lanes, new routes, parking and crossings – 74% in favour”
The cycle path proposal was hence heralded as High Priority within the Study, with the aim of completing the network of lanes and paths within 2-3 years. Even though the funding was available, as the Study report states, the proposals were never carried out.
By 2012, when BCP undertook a further survey, over 90% of respondents said they were in favour of the promotion of cycling in Beaconsfield by way of BCP’s aims for a cycle network.
Remit of BCP
BCP aims to build on the excellent work in the Beaconsfield Transportation Study by creating a platform to commence collating a community and school-led campaign to begin the process of the funding and eventual construction of a cycle network for the town.
BCP proposes sign-posted cycle routes to the seven schools in Beaconsfield, station and shops, playgrounds, community facilities and sports clubs using mainly quieter residential roads, with short elements of existing footpath linking up the routes and crossing the railway line. Some of this work has begun.
Reasons for Campaign
Beaconsfield already has an ideal combination of factors for creation of the proposed cycle network. BCP members’ research, data-gathering and informal consultation to date have only reinforced this view. There are a number of off road paths and footpaths which could easily be adapted for shared usage to link to our proposed network; there are already a number of bike racks in strategic locations; all the Beaconsfield schools have a School Travel Plan and promote cycling and sustainable transport methods in their plans; the topography of the town, on the whole, is excellent for cycling and perceived enthusiasm for cycling is significant
- BCP wishes to reduce the number of cars on the roads in Beaconsfield, and increase the number of cycle paths for personal health and environmental reasons.
- BCP wishes to co-ordinate under one roof the school travel initiatives and ecological objectives of a number of local interest groups in the town.
Local plans to include an A355 Relief Road and 350 additional homes in Wilton Park will generate additional traffic congestion. Local anxiety regarding increased traffic can be diluted with a clear policy and objectives.