The Greater Nottingham Transport Partnership are holding their 12th Annual Cycle Forum on 20th January between 11.45am and 2pm.  The event – called Nottingham’s Cycling Ambition– 2018 and beyond is free for attendees and has received its highest ever sign ups for an annual forum!

The forum – which will be attended by 120 delegates – will provide the opportunity for keen cyclists and businesses to get involved in future plans that affect cycling in and around our city.

This event is a great opportunity to find out about and discuss the exciting developments in Nottingham’s Cycling Infrastructure. Delegates will be welcomed by Councillor Nick McDonald – Portfolio Holder for Business, Growth and Transport  and Nottingham City Council Cycle Champion and speakers will include John Bann, Nottingham’s Cycling and Road Transformation Manager.  Nick and John will share more information about the city’s vision for cycling and the Nottingham Cycle City Ambition Programme (NCCAP) which sees £6.1 million investment in Nottingham’s cycle infrastructure with matched investment from Nottingham City Council to a total of £9 million.

Delegates will have the opportunity to join Nottingham City Council’s Cycling and Road Transformation team in discussions about plans for the year ahead. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Launch of cycle route signing and branding
  • Update on Nottingham’s Broadmarsh Redevelopment
  • Improving sustainable links to the Boots site in Beeston
  • Cycleway maintenance
  • The Council’s Bid for the Government’s Access Fund (cycling elements)
  • The launch of consultations on the Respect Nottingham – Road User Code
  • Consultation on the Cycling Action Plan

The Code describes the conduct that will help create an environment of understanding, education and empathy around the use of road and pathway space between pedestrians, cyclists, public transport, cars and heavy goods vehicles.  An action plan to support the implementation of the Code is under development.  This will be the first opportunity for the public to consider the Code.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Growth, Jobs and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “The Cycle City plans are really exciting and will improve cycling facilities for commuters, families and leisure cyclists and are part of our vision for a green, healthy city in which people have positive choices about how they travel around. The Western Corridor is the centrepiece of the proposals; improving access to and through the city centre, making it more likely that bikes will be chosen ahead of cars to complete short cross-city journeys.

“The  progress we have already made on our cycle strategy over the last 12 months shows the commitment we have to provide  a world class cycle network but we now need to review how effective it has been. We must challenge ourselves andare open to feedback from others whether pro cycling or not convinced. This Forum gives us the chance to do this as well as setting out our ambitions for the next year and beyond.”