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10 March 2014 - 11:55am
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 - 2:54pm
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.
18 February 2014 - 5:29pm
Cycling in London - 30 years ago
The GLC's film shows how little has changed since the 1980s
A film produced by the Greater London Council in 1984, shows how many of the core network of cycle facilities were built through funds from a short lived Cycling Unit.
23 January 2014 - 3:22pm
Why models matter: CTC meets with the DfT's modelling team
What would Britain look like if we reached Dutch levels of cycling?
Yesterday (22nd January), CTC met with officials from the Department for Transport to discuss how the National Transport Model deals with cycling. Chris Peck explains why the model matters, and what CTC wants to see changed.
3 January 2014 - 12:52pm
Pie in the SkyCycle?
Norman Foster & Partners image of a 'SkyCycle' route
Sir Norman Foster's architects' firm has hit the headlines with plans for aerial SkyCycle routes following rail lines in London. Should we take them seriously or is this simply a publicity stunt on a post-Xmas quiet news day?
30 December 2013 - 9:19pm
From road safety posters to teenage cycling instructor - my journey to the CTC
Jonathan holding a poster of himself as a child
Now volunteering as CTC's Communications Officer in Reading and offering cycle training to my fellow students at Reading University, I would like to share the story of my journey to being part of CTC.
10 December 2013 - 9:08pm
Why should cyclists use Twitter?
Twitter logo
Some say Twitter is a waste of time. It is, however, the world’s largest global conversation and is a very effective way for cyclists to network, campaign and communicate.
20 November 2013 - 11:04am
CTC Scotland Gathering appoints new committee
CTC Scotland Commitee 2013-14
CTC Scotland met in Larbert for the annual gathering and refreshed and rebuilt their committee for 2013-14.
8 November 2013 - 9:58pm
Jon Snow, CTC President and newscaster, chairs Cycling Scotland Conference
Jon Snow CTC President & Chris Oliver CTC Scotland Chairman
The ninth Cycling Scotland Conference was held at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. The conference bought together active travel professionals, campaigners, volunteers, national and local politicians to learn from each other and to network.
5 November 2013 - 3:06pm
Government predicts cycling will FALL by 2040
Cyclists crossing a road
While the Get Britain Cycling report calls on Government to aim for 10% of trips by 2025 and 25% of trips by 2050, in the bowels of the Department for Transport, technicians working on the National Transport Model are forecasting that cycling will fall for decades to come.
25 October 2013 - 10:07am
CTC in 3-day talks on delivering PM's "Cycling Revolution"
CTC has had three days of discussions with DfT
CTC has had 3 days of discussions with the Department for Transport's cycling policy team about what both they and we hope will be a genuinely "ambitious" Cycling Delivery Plan. But we face clear challenges too.
10 October 2013 - 10:48am
What is CTC up to in Scotland
Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC) Scotland
CTC is a UK wide organisation, but at the same time it has a distinctive CTC Scotland 'region' which represents and deals, as best it can, with all the specifically Scottish issues.
8 August 2013 - 2:43pm
CTC's Top 10 for Number 10 to Get Britain Cycling
Will No 10 find the funding to make Cycletopia a reality?
With a government announcement on cycling reportedly imminent, here are CTC's priorities for what we'd like it to say.
25 July 2013 - 10:58am
Velo-City 2013 - the 5 best presentations
Cycle infrastructure in Vienna is well marked, but often shared with pedestrians
CTC's Chris Peck attended and spoke at the biggest cycling advocacy conference in Vienna in June 2013. Here is his own presentation, and the pick of the crop from other sessions.
20 May 2013 - 4:12pm
Thousands Pedal on Parliament in Scotland
CTC's Ian Richardson and Graeme Obree
Around 4,000 cyclists gathered in Edinburgh on Sunday 19 May and rode to Holyrood to deliver an 8-point manifesto calling for more investment in cycling, slower speeds, and better facilities for cyclists on Scotland’s roads. Peter Hayman, CTC councillor for Scotland, pedalled with them...
26 April 2013 - 10:02am
2001 to 2011 - cyclist numbers change significantly
Hull's cycling culture is gradually declining, despite some improvements
The number of people cycling to work has gone up in England and Wales by 17% from 2001 to 2011. In some areas, cycling is booming, but in others it is declining.
28 December 2012 - 5:51pm
Was 2012 the year when we finally started to 'Get Britain Cycling'?
Has there been progress for cycling in 2012?
In a final blog posting for 2012, CTC’s Campaigns Director Roger Geffen reviews year’s highlights and looks forward to 2013 with a level of optimism which seemed unthinkable a year ago.
21 December 2012 - 10:51am
Young people are driving less
Fewer young people are learning to drive
The number of driving licence holders in Britain has fallen for the first time in decades, according to the National Travel Survey. The biggest changes, however, are in the different age groups. Fewer young people are obtaining licences, but the number of older people with licences is growing.
11 December 2012 - 1:55pm
The Lords debate cycling... and it doesn't descend into abuse!
Lord Berkeley is Secretary to the APPCG and Vice-President of CTC
Normally, each time the House of Lords holds a short debate on cycling, up get a troop of seasoned peers to condemn the behaviour of cyclists. But yesterday's debate was refreshingly light on anti-cyclist drivel and strong on good policy.
28 November 2012 - 5:58pm
Funding for cycling: are these crumbs from the table or a turning point?
Sustained funding and political will can create better cycling conditions
£20m more for cycling, and new guidance from NICE, but will these have much of an effect? Experience from Europe suggests political will needs to be combined with sustained investment over decades to grow cycling. Chris Peck examines the recent history of funding for cycling.

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