Campaign

Space for Cycling

Introduction

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 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 is focussed on lobbying candidates in this year’s London borough elections.

CTC is taking LCC’s London-born campaign nationwide, working together with the Cyclenation federation of local campaign groups, with generous funding from the cycle industry's 'Bike Hub' levy, run by the Bicycle Association. Read more about the background to the Space for Cycling campaign.

Recent Campaign Activity

Cycle use has increased amongst men aged 30-60
Cycle use down in England in 2013 News
Government transport data from last year show that the bounce in participation in 2012 has subsided, and cycle use has fallen back to 2011 levels, with the fewest number of trips per person at any point over the last 20 years.
Inquiry witnesses Edmund King (AA), Chris Boardman (BC) and Roger Geffen (CTC)
£10 a head for cycling by 2020 say MPs News
The Commons Transport Select Committee's inquiry report on Cycle Safety has been published, endorsing many of CTC's recommendations.
How CS5 could look as it approaches Vauxhall
Huge improvement in design of Cycle Superhighway 5 News
New designs out for consultation show that the quality of design for cycling infrastructure has shot up. The new route, which parallels one of London's busiest distributor roads, will now be almost entirely protected from traffic, with generous widths and good continuity.

Case Studies

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.
Removing barriers to cycling in Chelmsford, Essex
Two bollards to Chelmsford where once were ugly barriers
Something interesting has been happening quietly in the town in the last few months. Bit by bit, a long-established part of the transport network has been dismantled.
Winning the right to cycle on Llandudno Promenade
Roy Spilsbury on Llandudno Promenade
Roy Spilsbury shares his experience of fighting and winning a campaign to allow cyclists to ride along the Llandudno Promenade.

Archive

  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

 

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