Cycle Campaigning Toolkit
The toolkit will be a dedicated website, free of charge to use. It will be split into two main sections:
- Reporting a problem: a section open to anyone
- Managing and solving problems: for campaigners and groups
The toolkit aims to have the following outcomes:
- Fundamentally, increased resolution of problems on the street/path network and therefore an improved cycling environment
- Improved and better-organised working practices by local groups around the country through access to a new tool to help them manage the deluge of cycling problems that they get told about or wish to see resolved
- Increased reporting of network deficiencies, i.e. increased involvement of local people
- Increased awareness of problems faced by cyclists
- Improved working relationships between campaign groups and Local Authorities (a common problem)
- Increased ability for Local Authorities to justify central government investment
- Increased demonstration of partnership working between Local Authorities and local people
- Potentially, consolidation of existing web-based systems, reducing the need for groups to maintain custom-written and highly-specific systems.
The toolkit is being created by CycleStreets, who run the UK-wide cycle journey planner (at cyclestreets.net), run ‘for cyclists, by cyclists’. As well as the cycle journey planner, which has planned almost a million routes in the UK, the CycleStreets website includes a Photomap campaigning tool used by cyclists to report problems and good practice, by locating photographs on a map.