New Vision for Cycling: Doubling the Benefits
CTC’s New Vision for Cycling
We call for action on the following 6 themes:
Commitment to cycling
- The Government must commit to doubling cycle trips in 10 years, whilst halving the risks.
- All Government departments and other organisations in all relevant sectors, nationally, regionally and locally, need to recognise the benefits of cycling and support it effectively.
Cycle-friendly planning and design
- Local authorities must ensure that new developments are easily accessible by cycle and other sustainable transport modes.
- We need safe and attractive cycling conditions throughout the road network, together with quality cycle parking and well-designed off-road facilities where they enhance cycle travel.
- This in turn means ensuring that planners and engineers have the guidance, training, procedures and, crucially, the understanding of how best to make good provision for cycling.
- Roads and routes should be properly inspected and maintained, so that potholes, defects, obstructions and other hazards stop putting cyclists at risk.
Safe drivers and vehicles
Cycling gets safer the more cycling there is, so encouraging cycling must be central to national and local road safety policies. This should be backed by indicators that measure “more” as well as “safer” cycling. These twin objectives can be achieved through:
- Making 20 mph the speed limit on most urban streets
- Lowering speed limits wherever possible elsewhere and tackling speeding
- Making ‘Bikeability’ cycle training available to everyone
- Better training for motorists that includes an understanding of cyclists’ needs
- Strengthening road traffic law and its enforcement
- Addressing the disproportionate threats from lorries
- Improving the cycle-friendliness of vehicle design
- Setting targets based on individual risk of injury, rather than on total injuries
- Monitoring the perception of danger that prevents people from cycling, instead of simply recording casualties alone
Better provision for combining cycling with public transport use
- Good access to, from, through and within stations and interchanges for cyclists
- Safe and secure cycle parking, storage and hire facilities at stations and interchanges
- Provision of adequate space for carrying cycles on public transport
- Better information and publicity about combining cycling and public transport
Promotion, encouragement and incentives for cycling
- We need promotional activities and marketing and information campaigns to influence attitudes and behaviour so that more people feel inspired to take up cycling in the first place, or cycle more often – and know how to go about it.
- Financial incentives, including the removal of VAT from cycles, would also boost cycling.
More and better opportunities for recreational and off-road cycling
- We need more places opened up for off-road cycling e.g. through parks and open spaces, alongside the coast, rivers, canals and other waterways, on rural lanes, on the rights of way network and on Forestry Commission land. They should be well signed, maintained and publicised.
We believe that a doubling of cycle use within 10 years is entirely achievable and would bring great benefits to our own health and that of our streets, communities and the environment.