A case-study of cycle infrastructure in car-centric Buckinghamshire, UK
ABSTRACT How has planning in Beaconsfield changed cycle infrastructure over time? How has local and national government influenced mobility? Why did the ‘Little Holland’ cycle scheme flop? Jacob Leman, a Geography student at a Dutch university and Beaconsfield native, explores the past, present, and future of cycling in Buckinghamshire, and asks: what can we do to make cycling a real mode of transport, and promote sustainable liveability?
This policy essay is part of the course SP2 Government Dynamics, a Year 2 course at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen.
I asked my professors and they recommend you at least include the last part of this, as free advertising for my course! Jacob
Following the success of our Beaconsfield walks map, we have now launched a cycling version. If you’re looking to explore our beautiful area, take a look at our local walks and cycles. Thanks to a grant from the Local Area Forum last year and the Roland Callingham Foundation this year, the Beaconsfield Society has mapped out shorter and longer routes for you to follow – within just 5 minutes walking or cycling from almost anywhere in Beaconsfield, you can reach hidden spaces, rural paths and open countryside.
The ‘Buckinghamshire Greenway’ is a unique and emerging vision for a transformational walking and cycling route stretching from Milton Keynes and Brackley to Uxbridge and Heathrow Airport, forming the north-south spine of a future countywide walking and cycling network made up of a series of local links.
Sir, Jawad Iqbal is right to be concerned (“Nimbys are putting the brakes on our cycling revolution”, July 20), not just for cyclists, but also for the millions for whom driving is simply not an option. In Greater Manchester, where I work, one third of households do not have access to a car. Without a safe alternative to public transport — which can only operate safely at 30 per cent capacity — hundreds of thousands will be forced on to crowded buses, trams and trains or will not travel at all. In many places, even before schools return, services are at capacity.
This road space is not being given up for cyclists, it is being made available for shop workers, carers, NHS staff …