Petition to Police Service of Northern Ireland
Don't criminalise electric bikes
Due to a quirk in the law, people riding electric-powered bikes in Northern Ireland without a motorcycle license, tax or insurance could face prosecution. This could lead to a fine and penalty points on the person's license. This law has been changed in the rest of the UK, but due to the failure of the traditional parties in Northern Ireland to form a functioning Executive, this change cannot currently be made in Northern Ireland. These bikes are more similar to normal, pedal-powered bicycles than they are to motorbikes, and many people with disabilities and mobility problems rely on them to get about. They have a maximum speed of about 15 miles per hour, little more than the speed of the average cyclist. The leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland, Steven Agnew MLA, said that the law was "incredible". Steven said: "It's a problem that needs to be resolved by the Assembly ultimately, but the police can work on the spirit of the law, beyond the letter of the law and I'll be writing to the chief constable to make that point and not to prosecute people for riding these bikes." If you agree with Steven, we're asking you to sign this petition and let the Police Service of Northern Ireland know that people should be able to use their safe, environmentally friendly method of transport without worry of criminal charges.
Petition to City and County of Swansea Council
A shared use path for cycling and walking across Clyne Common
An increasing number of people are cycling and walking across Clyne Common, sharing the busy B4436 is not ideal, a high quality shared use path is needed to make travelling across the common a pleasant and safe experience. Such a path was first proposed more than a decade ago, but it got nowhere. Now there are more cyclists and walkers and also the support of the Welsh Government in the form of the Active Travel Act (Wales) 2013. Its purpose is to get people out of their cars and, instead of driving, walk or cycle for utility journeys. The benefits would include better physical and mental health for users and a more pleasant environment for all. As well as catering for adult cyclists and pedestrians, a route across the Common would provide a safe route to Bishopston Comprehensive for children travelling from the West Cross and Mayals areas. We believe the provision of a safe travel corridor for non-motorists alongside the B4436 is long overdue and would further open up Gower to more environmentally friendly travel, benefitting local residents and visitors alike.
Petition to leeds city council
Change the so-called mini roundabouts at Stanningley Bottom
The mini roundabouts at Stanningley Bottom are dangerous. Many people simply drive straight across at speed as if they are not there while others do treat them as mini roundabouts. This has given rise to much road rage and has also been the cause of many accidents and even more near misses since they were introduced. This is an area in which cyclists, school children and elderly pedestrians are particularly vulnerable as they try to use this 'shared space'. To solve these problems, the mini roundabouts should be correctly marked as defined in the Highway Code. It would also be helpful to have 'rumble strips' on the approach to them and clear signage warning people that there are TWO mini roundabouts, not just one. Also helpful would be an electronic sign, showing people their current speed and fences alongside double yellow lines. Currently, it is not unusual to see vehicles, including large vans, parked on the double yellow lines in between the two mini roundabouts, increasing the risk, confusion and danger to other road users. I would urge all who are concerned about the road layout to sign the petition and share as widely as possible on your social media please.
Petition to Taunton Deane Borough Council
Please provide a cycle link via the Boulevard, Firepool, Taunton
The Firepool development is a once in a lifetime chance to provide a high quality cycle link to Taunton Town Centre from the Station, via the proposed Boulevard. However, TDBC say that cyclists will not be able to use the Boulevard, unless walking. They are proposing an alternative longer route which involves two crossings at the NIDR and which bypasses the main areas of activity ( going past the car park). The photograph above (from Bristol) shows how cycling can be accommodated in the context of the Boulevard. Station Road is one of the 15 hotspots for cyclists, from our 2016 survey. The Boulevard would enable people to avoid it, if heading to the town centre and beyond. Providing poor quality cycling infrastructure is not consistent with the ambitions of Taunton's Garden Town status. We ask TCBC as promoters of Firepool, to reconsider their policy for the Boulevard and design it so that it can be safely used by people walking and cycling.