This recommendation is grouped into the topic: Redesigning our roads, streets and communities
6. The Highways Agency should draw up a programme to remove the barriers to cycle journeys parallel to or across trunk roads and motorway corridors, starting with the places where the potential for increased cycle use is greatest.
Official Department for Transport Response…
In his statement on 12th August 2013, the Prime Minister announced that cycling will be at the heart of future road developments. He committed to ensuring that all new big road developments will incorporate the needs of cyclists into their planning and design. This reinforced the commitment made in Action for Roads – that the Government will cycle-proof the trunk road network and minimise situations where major roads are a barrier to cyclists, pedestrians and communities.
Work will begin immediately on junction improvements and other improvements that will help cyclists at locations on the trunk road network where major roads can prove an obstacle for journeys by bike. £5 million will be invested in upgrades at 14 locations with design or construction work starting this year and a further £15 million will be invested in 2015 to 2016, with plans in place for many more similar schemes beyond that.
The Highways Agency is working with cycling groups to provide training for highway engineers so that they design cycle friendly road improvements. This training will be accredited by professional engineering associations and delivered as an e-learning module.
The Highways Agency liaises with local cycling groups and has recently opened up dialogue with British Cycling. The Highways Agency also hosts the Vulnerable Road Users Committee attended by vulnerable road user groups, including Sustrans and CTC, twice a year.