Space for Cycling


Space for Cycling logo

The national Space for Cycling campaign aims to create the conditions where anyone can cycle anywhere.

Cycle-friendly streets are the life-blood of safe, pleasant and healthy communities. They are good for everybody's quality of life, whether or not they chose to cycle.

You can help create Space for Cycling by calling on your Councillors to pledge their support for high standards of cycle-friendly planning and design, and the funding needed to deliver this. Cycling needs to become a safe, convenient and enjoyable option for people of all ages and backgrounds, for any local journey.

What does Space for Cycling mean?

What Space for Cycling means will depend on the location, with different solutions for major and minor roads and junctions, in urban and rural areas alike. In general though, the answers are covered by the the Space for Cycling campaign's 6 themes

  1. Protected space on main roads
  2. Removing through motor traffic in residential areas
  3. Lower speed limits
  4. Cycle-friendly town centres
  5. Safe routes to school
  6. Routes through green spaces

You can also view a 2-minute video by CTC President Jon Snow, explaining what the campaign is calling for, or read our 8 page guide for local decision makers.

How much support has the campaign had so far?

How you can get involved in Space for Cycling?

Cycling infrastructure mapped

If you've got photos of good - or bad - cycling infrastructure, you can upload them to CTC's map of infrastructure.

Where does the campaign come from?

The Space for Cycling campaign was originally created by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC). The LCC's campaign in London was focussed on lobbying candidates in the 2014 London borough elections.

CTC has taken LCC’s London-born campaign nationwide, and works together with the Cyclenation federation of local campaign groups. All funding currently stems from private donations, and if you would like to contribute to the campaign go to: Read more about the background to the Space for Cycling campaign.

Recent Campaign Activity

Cycle campaigners pedalling along the Brighton sea front
Sunny Brighton welcomes Space for Cycling News
Sunny skies greeted campaigners and politicians gathered along the Brighton beach front at the Labour Party Conference on 30 September 2015. CTC campaigner Sam Jones was there to report on the day.
Labour's Shadow Transport Team with Roger Geffen MBE, Labour Party Conference
Labour Transport team out in support for cycling Press Release
Today (Wednesday 30 September 2015), the Labour Transport team showed its support for cycling as they joined cycle campaigners for a ride along the Brighton sea front at this year’s party conference.
Brighton beach
Promoting cycling at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton Blog
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!

Case Studies

Portsmouth - A City to Share
CTC cycling Case Study
In response to a challenge from the Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Donna Jones, Portsmouth Cycle Forum has just launched 'A City to Share', its strategy to put safe cycling at the...
Petitioning for a green route to Heysham
Proposed Heysham - Lancaster route
Lancashire cycle campaign group Dynamo has been successfully drumming up public support for a proposed green cycle route to connect Lancaster to Heysham.
Leighton Buzzard residents demand Space for Cycling
100 residents pinned messages to local councillors on a bike
Nearly 100 people from the Leighton Buzzard area have come together to demand that the council invest more funds in better provision for cycling in the town.


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