Darlington Bike Campaign's Symposium on Saturday was a success, wiith over 50 people attending.
The highlight for me was the presentation by Werner Brog from Socialdata, the international firm which has been tracking local residents' trip choices by mode since we became one of the UK's 3 Sustainable Travel Towns. I'll cover the latest findings in a separate post.
The Bike Campaign have produced a position paper on the future of cycling in Darlington which was chewed over by myself and Martin Swainston during a "politicians' slot". Speaking for Labour, I was able not only to cover our very good record on promoting cycling (Cycling Demonstration Town status, significant investment in cycling infrastructure, huge progress made on cycling in schools), but also the future, should Labour be re-elected in May. That included completion of the radial route work, the Skerne Valley way under the £5 Note bridge, and also a fresh push to increase cycling at secondary schools, using the good work at Hummerknott as a model.
Some of the demands of the Cycling Campaign I couldn't support (general cycling on pavements for example, and imposing a 20mph limit on all roads across the town) but we are moving in the right direction. I hope another Symposium is organised next year, to take the debate forward.