Richard Bates

Richard Bates
Richard Bates
Richard Bates has served as a CTC Councillor for the South East of England since 2006 and is Chair for Right to Ride Campaigns Working Group.

A life long cyclist firstly at school and work but more recently, cycle fitness and touring with a passion to follow the Tour de France.

Since I started as a CTC Councillor, cycling and CTC have moved forward in great strides. CTC membership is at it's highest level now incorporating full charity status and it's campaigning heightened by the recent Times 'Cities fit for cycling' awareness of cycle issues. However, the burgeoning cycling community is for leisure and utility reasons. Government, I feel have been slow to respond to the needs of cyclists to travel to work and initially to school.

Due to my elected District Council status I have endeavoured to promote better cycling facilities and routes and I am well known as the 'Cycling Councillor'. I have campaigned for more flexible cycle commuting on trains and a cycle train for use with such events as the London / Brighton Bike Ride.

I belong to many cycling groups and West Sussex Cycle Forum. Developing cycling links via a Mid Sussex Cycling Group.

I have helped to set up an Annual cycle ride in my town with a great response from the community and I also took Cycle England to address a Party Conference - now is the time to make a bigger cycle presence at each of the main conferences.

Now promoting the idea that cycle audits are carried out by cyclists in their areas and also to get across the Amy Gillett Foundation message for cyclists and motorists to co-exist, especially on our crowded island!

I would like to see circular cycle networks around conurbations linked to other places.

I felt it essential to sit in on the Member Working Group which I feel needs to continue on a permanent basis to allow sharing of best practice with CTC organised groups.I also see a need to for co-operation with Right to Ride campaigners and the issues that are raised. I would like Local Rep liaison with an Officer in each Local Authority responsible for delivering cycling infrastructure and training.

In respect to my interest in campaigning and travel, I have made an effort to attend recent Velocity Conferences to see how other countries and cities are facilitating the growth in cycling - the dawn of the electrically powered bike as a mass mode of transport is coming and the debate about segregated / shared routes continues.

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