The Campaign

The Stour Valley Cycling Campaign is a campaign to provide new and improved routes between key locations in and between the following locations:

  • Sudbury
  • Long Melford
  • Great Cornard
  • Lavenham
  • Clare
  • Cavendish
  • Acton
  • Great Waldingfield
  • Bulmer

The Campaign will probably take time to fulfill it's aims, but if it has enough backing, pressure can be put on Local Authorities and Central Government to enable funding to achieve the Campaign Aims.

The benefits will pay back any investment far faster than any other Transportation project and change the area for the better.

The UK Parliament Transport Select Committee discussed many aspects of the benefits of all this in a session on 23rd January 2019, hearing from Sustrans, Living Streets and Cycling UK. Its a long listen but very rewarding I feel. It may inform you better than reading many blogs.


Some extraordinary work has been done to calculate cycling rates in the UK and create tools for suggesting the potential for improvement.

The Propensity to Cycle Tool is one such useful resource, created initially by Rachel Aldred of Reading University it has now been adopted by the UK Government as a tool to assess the effectiveness of Cycling Infrastructure. You can zoom in and see the rates of cycling (currently merely for commuting) in all the various towns and villages and compare these with the Government declared target and what would happen if we went dutch (this is where up to 25% of commuter traffic is by bike rather than by car). The tool also outlines the main routes used (though the source of this data is unclear). The baseline data is the 2011 Census and we have no more up to date information than that, though New Anglia LEP have commissioned a Traffic Survey as part of preliminary works for the proposed Sudbury Western Bypass which may give a more up to date rate for cycling use (the baseline). The projections take into account the hillyness of the terrain. It is currently the best available resource for projecting the effects of what is called a modal shift from driving to cycling.

The data shows the total number of commuters, how many cycle, how many drive and under the Government targets (current Government policy is to spend as little as possible

The go Dutch projections are like the perfect scenario, if there was investment in cycling infrastructure to achieve dutch levels of cycling (this is currently reckoned to be £25 per head as opposed to £1.37 per head under current Government plans) this would be the result. Our campaign cannot hope for this level of investment and should perhaps hope to aim for levels of cycle commuting of between 10 and 15% which would have an appreciable effect on traffic congestion especially for the 60% of commuters who currently commute 5km or less.

What the data does not portray and currently is harder to calculate, are the savings that would be made by the local Health Authorities and Doctors Practices in the area as more cycling means fitter people and less visits to GPs and Hospitals. Nor does it indicate the levels of increase in Retail footfall accrued from a shift from driving to cycling and the improvements in productivity for business as less time is spent off sick and improvements in mental alertness at work resultant from stress free (off road) commuting.

Anyway the data is as follows

Sudbury

  2011 Census Baseline Government Target Go Dutch Projections
Total Commuters 4732 4732 4732
Cyclists (baseline) 138 (3%) 138 (3%) 138 (3%)
Cyclists (projected) - 300 (6%) 1078 (23%)
Change in Cyclists - +162 940
Drivers (baseline) 2764 (58%) 2764 (58%) 2764 (58%)
Change in Drivers (Projected)   -81 -447
Change in CO2e (tonnes/year) - -17.6 -65.6

Great Cornard

  2011 Census Baseline Government Target Go Dutch Projections
Total Commuters 4025 4025 4025
Cyclists (baseline) 137 (3%) 137 (3%) 137 (3%)
Cyclists (projected) - 292 (7%) 940 (23%)
Change in Cyclists - 155 803
Drivers (baseline) 2807 (70%) 2807 (70%) 2807 (70%)
Change in Drivers (Projected)   -102 -513
Change in CO2e (tonnes/year)   -23.9 -96

Long Melford

  2011 Census Baseline Government Target Go Dutch Projections
Total Commuters 2358 2358 2358
Cyclists (baseline) 54 (2%) 54 (2%) 54 (2%)
Cyclists (projected) - 127 (5%) 422 (18%)
Change in Cyclists - 73 368
Drivers (baseline) 1798 (76%) 1798 (76%) 1798 (76%)
Change in Drivers (Projected) - -52 -256
Change in CO2e (tonnes/year) - -16.6 -68.4

Lavenham

  2011 Census Baseline Government Target Go Dutch Projections
Total Commuters 2201 2201 2201
Cyclists (baseline) 34 (2%) 34(2%) 34 (34%)
Cyclists (projected) - 69 (3%) 188 (9%)
Change in Cyclists - 35 154
Drivers (baseline) 1705 (77%) 1705 (77%) 1705 (77%)
Change in Drivers (Projected) - -25 -101
Change in CO2e (tonnes/year) - -13.7 -41.3

Acton/Waldingfield

  2011 Census Baseline Government Target Go Dutch Projections
Total Commuters >2396 2396 2396
Cyclists (baseline) >39 (2%) 39 (2%) 39 (2%)
Cyclists (projected) - 111 (5%) 420 (18%)
Change in Cyclists - 72 381
Drivers (baseline) 1955 (82%) 1955 (82%) 1955 (82%)
Change in Drivers (Projected) - -59 -307
Change in CO2e (tonnes/year) - -17.2 -71.9