19 May 2013

Supporting The Actively Courteous Cyclist (STACC)

Cycling continues to get a lot of coverage in the press, mostly positive - charity rides, more cycling parking added at City Station, etc.  But there are still letters critical of cyclists week after week, mainly caused by a few people riding selfishly and aggressively.  STACC calls on all members and supporters to make a special effort to be courteous when riding.  Not only will you enjoy your ride more, as you get to smile at people and they usually respond in kind, but you will help the cause of better cycling and provision for cycling.
I am sure we all think we are already fairly considerate, but still, we can all benefit from a review and a refresh of our skills and knowledge.
Here are some links to really good guidance to help you maintain a high standard of courtesy and riding skills.

Sustrans, the civil-engineering charity that has created the National Cycle Network, has a code of conduct for cycling on shared paths, it can be found on-line at http://www.sustrans.org.uk/change-your-travel/get-cycling/cycling-code-conduct-shared-use-paths


The British Horse Society has produced an excellent Code of Conduct for Horse Riders and Cyclists, which can be found on their website http://www.bhs.org.uk/~/media/BHS/Files/PDF%20Documents/Safety%20leaflets/Cycling%20Guidance%20leaflet.ashx

“We want to see more people cycling, and there is more that unites cyclists and pedestrians than divides them” says Living Streets.  Living Streets Policy Briefing reference 03/09, available online at http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/sites/default/files/content/library/Policy_briefings/pb0309pedcycle.pdf addresses the problems that anti-social cycling brings.

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