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Groningen2006

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Transport in Grongingen

Transport in Grongingen

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  • 1. Socialist Health Association • Manchester • Transport & Obesity The art of the possible: Cycle hell in Manchester? Groningen chose cycling heaven Richard ArmitageSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 20071 2 3 in 5 journeys by bike within City of Groningen: 3km radius of city centre cycle city 2002 data: 37% of all trips Pro-cycling actions since 1970s Key city in north Netherlands Residents: 180,000+ and rising Large student population Regional economic powerhouse Cycling investment has had no adverse economic impactSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 20073 4 Supermarket bike park Afternoon school runSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 20075 6 1
  • 2. How much road for pedestrians and cyclists? Bike + pedestrians can mixSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 20077 8 Cars not allowed through the city centre It will be multi- storey bike parks nextSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 20079 10 Putting your bike 10,000+ on level 2 is easybikes at therail and businterchangeSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 200711 12 2
  • 3. Finding it later is harder Cycling traffic managementSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 200713 14 3,000 bikes in lock-up, Cycle route signs beneath the rail stationSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 200715 16 Public realm transformed - More new bike parking cycle investment continuesSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 200717 18 3
  • 4. It’s part of the cultureSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Quick chat, then off home Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 200719 20 Cycle heaven: divine Why so little progress on intervention not required! cycling in the UK… In Groningen: Poor leadership 1969-1972 GM’s LTP2 draft - decline in walking! – all political hues accept new traffic policy Scraps from the funding table – city centre - no through route for cars But the M6 widening gets approval 1976 Verkeerscirculatieplan- 42% of budget spent on cycling facilities Cycling engineers & promoters 1989-2000 c.£15m (would have been Low salaries, lowly status, no support £210m in Greater Manchester) Media bias 2006 €5.5m (GM equivalent: £52m) Journalists wedded to their carsSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 200721 22 Imagination… The missing ingredients Ambition, imagination, vision Strategic plan (is this the TIF?) Large scale investment Programme lasting 20+ years Marketing (at ‘car’ levels) Multi-agency joint action plans Sense of urgencySlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 200723 24 4
  • 5. Vision… (of Ambition…(making loveliness) the bus cool)Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 200725 26 Visit: www.fietsberaad.nl, go to Rapporten, Manchester Utd. After the and download: match 20 September 2012 Continous and integral: The cycling policies of Groningen and other European cycling cities Fietsberaad-publication no. 7, April 2006 Richard Armitage Transport Consultancy Ltd. Oxford House, Smithy Fold Road, HYDE, SK14 5QY Tel: 0161 368 6603 richard@ratransport.co.uk www.ratransport.co.ukSlide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 2007 Slide Richard Armitage • Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester • 8 October 200727 28 5

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