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12 February 2016 - 1:23pm
The long history of how 'localism' hasn't worked for cycling
Lord (formerly Sir George) Young: still promoting cycling (photo c/o Lord Young)
In the second of two parliamentary debates within a week, Lord (formerly Sir George) Young harked back to his first speech on cycling as a new MP in 1975. It prompted CTC's Roger Geffen to reflect on why governments of all colours keep passing responsibility for cycling to local councils, and why this prescription still isn't working.
4 February 2016 - 6:43pm
New faces and encouraging words, but same response
Westminster at dusk
In the wake of Parliament’s largest social media interaction with the public via the #funding4cycling on 2 February, MPs took to Westminster Hall on Wednesday 3 February to debate the very real issue of funding for cycling. CTC’s Sam Jones shares his thoughts...
3 December 2015 - 2:17pm
Can't fund cycling because of pollution fines?
Black and white photograph of Paris obscured in smog.
Promises on climate change in Paris, but the annual pollution fines the UK pays to the EU could be five times more than the Chancellor's cycling budget. Will politicians ever see through the smog and accept the economic argument for investing in an activity that helps tackle environmental issues?
9 November 2015 - 3:44pm
Further torture from Treasury on Transport
Chancellor outside No 11 Downing St
As HM Treasury proudly announces that the Department for Transport has agreed to make cuts of more than 30% over the next four years, CTC campaigner Sam Jones wonders what this might mean for cycling.
3 November 2015 - 2:40pm
My experience as a CTC Conference first-timer
Space for cycling
CTC and Cyclenation hosted their 34th annual cycle campaigners’ conference in Liverpool last month and as a new volunteer for CTC, I was keen to go along to see for myself the important work they do, as well as the many challenges they face.
6 October 2015 - 8:42am
The Near Miss Project is back!
Cyclists among traffic
The Near Miss Project returns this month for a second year, studying cycling near misses and other non-injury incidents. Senior Lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster Dr Rachel Aldred, who leads on the project, writes why it is important for cyclists to take part.
25 September 2015 - 10:44am
Promoting cycling at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton
Brighton beach
The Labour Party Conference starts in a few days’ time in Brighton. Local campaigner, Becky Reynolds, has been working with Bricycles and CTC to put on a ride to promote Space for Cycling to delegates on 30 September. Read Becky's blog below for more, and if you're around in Brighton, do come along!
28 July 2015 - 8:55am
Cycle racing relaxation – will it help?
The Tour could be coming to a town near you soon...
Following Chris Froome’s second victory in the Tour de France, the Department for Transport announced that it will relax antiquated road regulations which restricted road racing to boost tourism and double the number of cycle journeys. CTC considers the implications.
24 April 2015 - 11:47pm
Will CWIS keep politicians honest?
Vote Bike
Can the latest government offering for cycling be the tincture of truth needed to keep our politicians on track? CTC Communications Manager, David Murray, examines the last parliament's efforts towards 25% of trips being made by bike by 2050.
24 February 2015 - 3:21pm
The benefits of local campaigning
East Sussex CTC and 1066 Cycle Club writing to councillors
We take a brief look at what local campaigners can do to boost political support for cycling in their area.
28 November 2014 - 10:47am
Cameron's 'Cycling Revolution': one pedal-stroke forward but a long way still to go!
Deputy PM Nick Clegg on the CTC stand
Clegg's announcement of 'Funding4Cycling' is welcome but the Delivery Plan will need to do a lot more if we are to even start catching up with German, Danish or Dutch levels of cycle use.
19 November 2014 - 10:29am
Sharpen up your campaign skills
CTC-Cyclenation 2014
The CTC-Cyclenation annual conference takes place on Saturday 22 November, and this year it’s hosted by London Cycling Campaign. Rosie Downes, LCC’s Campaigns Manager, explains what it’s all about.
11 November 2014 - 11:16am
What a difference a mayor makes!
Leicester cycle campaigners
It’s so great to be involved with a good, confident campaign group, says Leicester campaigner Elizabeth Barner.
25 September 2014 - 4:42pm
Is UK cycling at a turning point?
Riders at Manchester Mass Bike ride
CTC's newly-appointed Campaigns and Communications co-ordinator Sam Jones considers whether attitudes to cycling are changing.
15 September 2014 - 2:48pm
Caroline's time to shine (again!)
Caroline Waugh's Disability Sports award
Following her introduction to cycling some five years ago, CTC member Caroline Waugh has beome a champion for inclusive cycling in South Yorkshire and beyond. She was recently nominated for a Service to Disability Sport award.
6 May 2014 - 6:16am
Making Space for Cycling: a conference of campaigners
Campaigners from around the country met in Leeds to discuss Space for Cycling
Over 70 campaigners from around the country met up in Leeds for the first Space for Cycling campaigners conference on 3 May.
30 April 2014 - 8:50am
Space for Cycling guide sets out what Councillors need to do
Front cover of the Space for Cycling guide
To help explain what Space for Cycling means in practice, CTC, with help from our campaign group partners, has produced this guide for local decision makers.
26 April 2014 - 8:27pm
We came, we saw, we pedalled on Parliament
Pedal on Parliament
On 26 April 2014, thousands of people from across Scotland (and further afield!) descended upon the Scottish Parliament to show politicians that more investment is needed for cycling and active travel.
10 March 2014 - 10:55am
Barcelona by bike - a campaigner's guide
Bicycle paths in Barcelona
CTC member and academic Robin Lovelace describes the Catalonian city, with numerous photos to illustrate cycle paths of Barcelona's urban centre, the scale of the city's bicycle rental scheme and provides an insight into what it's like to cycle in the city.
4 March 2014 - 1:54pm
Brazil calling – a conversation with the World Bike Forum
World Bike Forum poster (photo by Charlotte Fagan)
The World Bike Forum was in Brazil in February. Bikes not Bombs organised a video discussion between Charlotte Fagan in Curitiba and the Youth Bike Summit in New York. We asked: are cyclists facing the same issues across continents? YES! But the details are certainly different.

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