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3 March 2014 - 3:53pm
Infrastructure and Equity: Discussions from the Youth Bike Summit in NYC
Manhattan bike lane and info form NYC DoT
CTC's Development Officer in Leicester, Elizabeth Barner, is from the US originally. By simple serendipity, she was able to attend a day of the Youth Bike Summit in New York in February and was amazed by the changes she found.
20 February 2014 - 11:42am
The Cycle Safety Fund and the Bedford 'turbo' roundabout: some facts
Bedford's turbo roundabout has proved controversial
Criticism of Bedford's design for a 'turbo' roundabout on a major junction needs to be placed in context. Here Chris Peck explains why the project was cleared by a panel involving CTC.
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.
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.
18 November 2013 - 8:07pm
Boris must stop ducking responsibility for action to save lives
Boris is accused of mis-representing how cyclists die. Photo: Yurri (CC licence)
CTC's Campaigns Director Roger Geffen argues that Boris's "finger-pointing" is pointed in the wrong direction, and calls for real solutions to the dangers faced by pedestrians as well as cyclists.
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.
18 September 2013 - 2:54pm
Road safety procession to be held on Sat 21st in Birmingham in Hope Fennell's name
13-year-old Hope Fennell was killed whilst crossing a pedestrian crossing
This week Hope Fennell would have turned 15 had her short life not been tragically ended in 2011. A procession calling for improved road safety will be held in her name on Saturday 21 September in Birmingham.
10 September 2013 - 3:07pm
Why the Cyclist's Defence Fund is supporting one cyclist’s challenge of a FPN
ASLs are good for cyclists, but could be better
A few weeks ago, Alex Paxton was issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for failing to stop at a red light, yet all he was doing was positioning himself in front of a car which had illegally occupied the advanced stop box.
28 August 2013 - 9:09am
Cycle infrastructure trials could finally mean good cycle tracks are built
The Dutch roundabout on the test track in Berkshire
In June CTC was invited, along with many others from the cycling world, to see first hand the trials being conducted by TRL (formerly the Transport Research Laboratory) of various measures to enhance safety and provision for cycling.
16 August 2013 - 8:23am
"Cycle proofing" - what does it actually mean in practice?
Cycle proofing means designing for cyclists from the outset
The funding settlement for cycling over the next two years will make a difference in the areas which are getting the cash, but the announcement also included some other aspects that may streamline cycle provision in other ways, including the much vaunted concept of "cycle proofing".
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.
23 July 2013 - 10:28am
Cyclist's letter to the Mayor of London calls for safer infrastructure for cycling
Dutch cycle tracks
A cyclist who witnessed the aftermath of the crash which killed cyclist Alan Neve on the Holborn gyratory has written this letter to the Mayor of London, appealing to him to improve cycling infrastructure in the capital
21 June 2013 - 4:40pm
Don't just fill potholes - start again with streets
A collage of potholes
At a conference on road maintenance this week, Chris Peck explained the dangers faced by cyclists from poor road maintenance, and suggested that savings could be made by doing more to factor in cyclists needs when resurfacing.
17 June 2013 - 10:54am
Cycling in Vienna: lessons from Velo-city 2013
Vienna's huge central Ringstrasse has space for all modes of transport
Chris Peck spent a week in Vienna at Velo-City, the biggest international conference on cycle planning and promotion, alongside 1,400 other delegates from dozens of countries. Here are his first impressions of the city and its plans for cycling.
7 May 2013 - 10:35am
Small town cycling: where Britain falls far behind
Everyday cycling in Binasco, a small town near Milan
Whereas cycling is slowly increasing in London and other cities, it is continuing to fall - fast - in places where historically it was much higher, such as the towns and villages of eastern England. On a recent trip to Italy I saw how the bike can still be the default mode of transport
1 March 2013 - 6:18pm
Roadworks - a test of priorities
Space for bikes and pedestrians is temporarily reallocated in Denmark
When road or building work requires space to be removed from the carriageway, who gives up the space? In Britain, roadworks often occupy cycle facilities, with no provision of alternatives.
11 October 2012 - 6:49pm
From the archive - The Times, 1st August 1934
The Times carried CTC's views on road safety
In 1934 the Times published a statement from the Cyclists' Touring Club on road safety. Many of the issues raised still resonate - while in other areas the suggestions appear ludicrous in the modern day.
1 October 2012 - 11:05am
Cycletopia in Lancaster?
A new ramp now connects the canal towpath to the Lune Cycle Path
As one of the original Cycle Demonstration Towns (CDT) Lancaster has been trying to move towards the cycling nirvana depicted in CTC’s Cycletopia. So after all the effort and increased spending what have we achieved? Matt Hodges, CTC's representative in Lancaster, gives his views.
10 May 2012 - 4:23pm
Welsh plan for connected communities - why detail is important
NCN 8 in the Wye Valley
The Welsh Government is about to legislate to force local authorities to map out and plan improvements to the cycle networks. Although a great step, I think it's vital that the routes are of a proper standard to make cycling attractive and feasible.
30 April 2012 - 3:09pm
Crashing into a pothole - what happened next
Chris in the pothole that brought him down
In 2008, I was riding to work in central London when I hit a pothole, catapulting me over the handlebars into the road. I incurred nasty facial injuries and the crash destroyed my bike. CTC's legal team forced the highway authority into admitting liability, resulting in compensation being paid out.

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