Council received Motion No. 103, moved by Councillor Michna and seconded by Councillor Williams of which notice had been given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule No. 9 as follows:-
' This motion calls upon Middlesbrough Council to express its support for the Time's newspaper's campaign for 'Cities fit for Cycling.' The motion also asks Middlesbrough Council to do the following:
1. write to the Times newspaper expressing support for its campaign.
2. write to the Transport Minister expressing support for the Times campaign.
3. appoint a Cycling Commissioner.
4. work with other neighbouring Local Authorities to implement those proposals in the Times manifesto that do not require any further government legislation.
The Times 8 point manifesto is:
1. Trucks entering a city centre should be required by law to fit sensors, audible truck-turning alarms, extra mirrors and safety bars to stop cyclists being thrown under the wheels.
2. The 500 most dangerous road junctions must be identified, redesigned or fitted with priority traffic lights for cyclists and Trixi mirrors that allow lorry drivers to see cyclists on their near-side.
3. A national audit of cycling to find out how many people cycle in Britain and how many cyclists are killed or injured should be held to underpin effective cycle safety.
4.2% of the Highways Agency budget should be earmarked for next generation cycle routes, providing £100 million a year towards world-class cycling infrastructure. Each year cities should be graded on the quality of cycling provision.
5. The training of cyclists and drivers must improve and cycle safety should become a core part of the driving test.
6.20 m.p.h. should become the default speed limit in residential areas where there are no cycling lanes.
7. Businesses should be invited to sponsor cycleways and cycling super-highways, mirroring the Barclays-backed bicycle hire scheme in London.
8. Every city, even those without an elected mayor, should appoint a cycling commissioner to push home reforms.
An amendment was moved by Councillor N J Walker and seconded by Councillor Rooney which replaced paragraphs 1-5 with the following:-
'This motion calls upon Middlesbrough Council to express its support for the 'Cities fit for Cycling campaign, with some suggested amendments. The motion also asks Middlesbrough Council to do the following:-
1. Write to the Transport Minister expressing support for the 'Cities for Cycling campaign but with the following suggested amendments:
(a) That the 2% of the Highways Agency budget be added to local authority capital transport allocations, and either managed through payment by results or ring-fenced for cycling improvements, and
(b) That the appointment of Cycling Commissioner be left to the discretion of individual local authorities.
2. Send a copy of the correspondence to the Times newspaper.
3. Instead of creating a new post of Cycling Commissioner with potential additional bureaucracy and cost, each relevant portfolio holder will have responsibility for implementing these reforms where appropriate.
4. Work with other neighbouring Local Authorities to implement those proposals in the Times manifesto that do not require any further government legislation.'
The above became the substantive motion and the motion was put to the vote.
On a vote being taken the substantive motion was APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY.