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22.08.12

Guidance to promote cycling to stations launched

A new Cycle-Rail Toolkit has been launched to aid train operators and passengers in improving coordination of the two modes of transport. Announcing the scheme, transport minister Norman Baker called it a “win-win”.

Developed by ATOC, the guidance seeks to improve the provision of facilities for cyclists, encourage new users and promote the use of cycling alongside rail as a sustainable way to travel.

The wider industry and cycling campaign groups were also involved in the consultation that created the toolkit.

Baker said: “This new toolkit provides some useful guidance and examples to help train operating companies get things right for cyclists. It highlights what will be effective in encouraging more people to make their door-to-door journey using a combination of rail and cycling.

“Cycling is good for the environment, good for your health and can save you money. By getting rail passengers to leave their cars at home and take the bike instead, traffic congestion can be cut and carbon emissions slashed – it’s a win-win.”

Michael Roberts, chief executive of ATOC, said: “Cyclists are an important part of the railway’s future and train companies are absolutely committed to improving facilities so that ever more people can leave their bikes at stations and travel by rail.

“The toolkit shows how train companies have improved conditions for cyclists and highlights the industry’s commitment to even better facilities, which will help those already in the saddle, and encourage yet more people to ride their bikes to and from their local train stations.”

View the toolkit at: http://cycle-rail.co.uk/hq-cy/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ATOC-Toolkit-low-res-single.pdf

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Hannah   22/08/2012 at 17:29

Great news!

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