Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2011
REFERENCE FROM EXTRAORDINARY SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 7TH JULY, 2011
“145 VALE CYCLING STRATEGY -
Jon Fox (Capita Symonds) had been appointed as a consultant to progress a Vale Cycling Strategy and urged the Authority to consider promoting cycling wherever possible. He congratulated the Vale on the successful funding they had received for various cycling initiatives to date. In his opinion cycling should be seen as a cross cutting agenda and should infiltrate every service area within the Council, in particular schools. He gave examples of small areas where the Council could be effective to promote cycling e.g. in the use of events which could also be used to encourage traders to attend and in planning applications where developers could be encouraged to consider cycling issues when submitting proposals. Another suggestion was that public transport could be adapted to suit cyclists.
In considering the presentation, Members referred to the need to ensure that cyclists were made aware of their responsibilities whilst cycling and that school children should be encouraged to cycle safely. In their opinion education was key. The Head of Service stated that the presentation by Mr. Fox was part of the initial stages of developing a strategy and that further consultation would be undertaken with a view to reporting back to Committee within approximately 6 months. He further advised Committee of an award that the Vale team had won in recognition of the cycling initiatives that had been undertaken within the Vale. The Council had also been the only local authority in Wales to have been part of this award ceremony.
The Chairman, a keen promoter of cycling, welcomed the work that was to be undertaken and although aware that a Task and Finish review on cycling had not been approved as a priority under the Scrutiny Committees review programme, took the opportunity to ask Members if they would participate in a Member-only review, to which a number of Members agreed to take part.
Some Members considered that the Cabinet should be requested to undertake a “mind mapping exercise” and establish recommendations on cycling in the Vale and that the Committee should receive a presentation on the bright project. However, the contrary view was to wait for the outcome of the consultation before making any firm recommendations. Following a vote on the matter it was subsequently
(1) T H A T Cabinet be requested to undertake a “mind mapping exercise” to establish recommendations for proposals for cycling within the Vale.
Reason for recommendations
(1&2) In order to consider ways to further develop cycling within the Vale and to advise on the legal rights and responsibilities in relation to cycling.”