Their negative impacts on the environment are obvious: the energy and resources used to produce them; the difficulty with dealing with them once they become refuse; and the visual impact they can have when plastic bags often end up as litter. This new law brings England into line with the rest of the UK, with the Government predicting up to an 80% reduction in the use of plastic bags in our supermarkets.
In 2013, Urban Movement Director, John Dales, and Phil Jones, of Phil Jones Associates, led a team that undertook an International Cycling Infrastructure Best Practice Study (ICIBPS) on behalf of Transport for London. This work – based on study tours of 16 cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Malmo, Munich, Nantes, New York, Seville and Utrecht – was intended to guide the preparation of the latest London Cycling Design Standards (LCDS) and also to be a ready resource for practitioners and others. Now that the final version of the LCDS is to be published, TfL has put online both the ICIBPS Main Report and the Appendix containing summary bulletins from each city visited. As these documents are both long (108 and 62 pages respectively) and full of photos, TfL can only host low-resolution versions. If you would like high resolution versions, these can be downloaded here (Main Report) and here (Appendix). We trust you find them useful and perhaps even inspirational sources of information.
Should parking policy be strengthened by weakening local authorities' powers to act rationally on the basis of evidence? Don't be daft | JOHN DALES
The Government's 'Technical Consultation on Planning' (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/technical-consultation-on-planning) closes on Friday 26th September. It's a 98-page long document that, by its title and length, is likely to discourage people from reading it and responding. I almost gave it a miss until I heard a whisper that it contained something important about parking standards. So I looked it up and dug down, way down. What I found, unheralded, unevidenced, and horribly out of place, was the following question (Q 2.16): "Do you agree that parking policy should be strengthened to tackle on-street parking problems by restricting powers to set maximum parking standards?" You can respond on this or any other part of the consultation by visiting SurveyMonkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JKMX63K. I don't just think that this is an unjustified, misleading and prejudicial question, however. I consider that the treatment of the matter of maximum parking standards within this consultation clearly contravenes the Government's own Consultation Principles (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/consultation-principles-guidance). On the off chance that you're interested, I reproduce below the email I wrote to the Department for Communities and Local Government containing my grounds for this assertion.
Yesterday, consultation closed on the (sadly all-too-modest) proposed changes to our national Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD). Today, consultation begins on the (much-anticipated) London Cycling Design Standards (LCDS). It seemed like a good day to write about just how hard it can be to get new ways of thinking into how streets are actually laid out.