Down to London yesterday with the Chief Executive to give a presentation to the Transport Minister on our progress with the Cycling Demonstration Town initiative.
We were able to give good news about developments in Darlington, with rising numbers of people using bikes around the town. Projects such as that linking the town centre and South Park, which I blogged on below, are now well underway.
It was also interesting listening to progress from the other 5 towns allocated cash. In several, the Councils are working with the Police to get officers out of Police cars and onto bikes. This means they are better placed in town centres to chase and apprehend crminals who also use bikes to get away - there's a good example of this in Southend. They also set an example too, of course, of good ridership which serves to promote cycling more generally. It's a virtuous circle.
I learned after the meeting that Durham Constabulary are out of step again, apparently refusing to introduce the initiative on "health and safety grounds." I can't imagine what those would be - I hope they reconsider and we will continue to raise this with them.