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Campaigners propose new law for funding cycling and walking

Six campaigning groups, including CTC, have come together to back amendments to the Infrastructure Bill which would force the Government to plan for greater investment in cycling and walking.
The new law would require Government to prepare plans for cycling expenditure

With transport funds diverted to major road building and other large infrastructure projects, cash for walking and cycling is in danger of falling off a cliff edge after 2016.

An amendment to the Infrastructure Bill, currently before Parliament, is due to be tabled by Lords Berkeley and Judd when the House of Lords returns from the summer recess.

It proposes a system of investment similar to that used for the railways, which has helped drive rail traffic to levels not seen since the 1920s.

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Cycle use down in England in 2013

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.
Cycle use has increased amongst men aged 30-60

However, since the average trip has again increased - to 3.3 miles - the average distance per person in England remains similar to previous years.

The figures back up evidence from the Active People Survey earlier in the year which showed a slight decline in cycling in England in 2013.

There were just over 14 trips per person in 2013, down from 20 per person in the late 1990s. On average people travel just 49 miles per person, though that is slightly higher than it was in the past.

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£10 a head for cycling by 2020 say MPs

18 July 2014
The Commons Transport Select Committee's inquiry report on Cycle Safety has been published, endorsing many of CTC's recommendations.
Inquiry witnesses Edmund King (AA), Chris Boardman (BC) and Roger Geffen (CTC)

CTC's evidence to the Committee, given in February, focused on more funding, strong leadership and better infrastructure for cycling.

The Committee's report comes just weeks before the Government's Cycling Delivery Plan is due to be published, following a Prime Ministerial statement a year ago.

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Sustainable transport funding announced for England: £440m over 6 years

Following earlier announcements of capital funding for infrastructure projects, the Government has now announced the allocations of £64m in supporting revenue funding to encourage the use of sustainable transport.
New money for sustainable transport

This funding - together with matched local contributions - amounts to £2.75 per person, per year until 2021 for around half of England's population.

The other half of England's population will receive no funding whatsoever from this source. 

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Funding announced for £2bn of 'growth deals' ... and £15m for cycle rail

4 July 2014
£2bn announced for new roads or bigger junctions - with almost none on cycling. Meanwhile, the Department for Transport has announced £15m for 2015-16 to be spent on cycle rail improvements, typically additional cycle parking at railway stations.
£2bn of funding for masses of new roads; just £15m dedicated to cycling

The £15m was announced in Sheffield the day before the Tour de France's start in Yorkshire, on Friday.

It is the first announcement of any substantial funding for cycling in almost a year.

However, it was overshadowed by £2bn in funding for 39 'local growth deals' across England, which will mainly fund new roads, junctions and business parks.

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New map shows councillors' support for Space for Cycling

24 June 2014
In mid-April, we launched the national Space for Cycling campaign in partnership with Cyclenation groups across the country. Our new interactive map shows where councillors have signed up so far, and Newcastle leads the way, outside London.
Make space for cycling

Using easy-to-use messaging tools provided by CTC and the London Cycling Campaign, over 12,000 people have sent messages to local councillors across the country.

The map displays councillors who responded positively to the question: "Will you support space for cycling and seek the funding to make it happen?"

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MPs and peers take to two wheels

The annual Parliamentary Bike Ride to launch Bike Week 2014 was followed by speeches from a cross-party panel of MPs who all agreed more needs to be done to boost cycling levels in the UK.
Parliamentary Bike Ride 2014

The bike ride itself took place in glorious weather, with MPs, peers and others riding from the Dutch embassy in Kensington to Parliament. After the ride, there were speeches from a cross-party panel of MPs on how best to encourage more and safer cycling. 

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CTC makes economic case for cycling to Northern Ireland's politicians

Maximise the economic benefits of cycling, CTC tells the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont

Increasing cycling could reap huge economic benefits through improved health, reduced congestion and a wider, diversified tourism market. 

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Space for Cycling Big Ride Success

19 May 2014
Hundreds of cyclists in cities across the UK showed their support for Space for Cycling by participating in locally held Big Rides.
A young Space for Cycling supporter takes part in Big Ride

Local cycle campaigning groups in the capital and cities across the country took part the Big Ride in support of Space for Cycling. Five thousand joined the Big Ride organised by the London Cycling Campaign in the capital, where riders enjoyed closed roads.

Elsewhere in the country, organisers for Sheffield and Leeds estimated that their rides attracted between 200 and 250 people, while 100 to 150 participants were cited in Newcastle, Manchester, Solihull and Bristol. Reading held their own Big Ride on Sunday.

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BIG RIDES for Space for Cycling in London, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester and Bristol

On 17 May thousands will be coming out to ride in support of Space for Cycling. With elections just 5 days later, these Big Rides will be a final chance to influence local candidates before the 22nd May elections.
One of LCC's previous Space for Cycling rides

In 2012, the London Cycling Campaign managed to get 10,000 people out on their Big Ride before the Mayoral Election, in pouring rain.

This time, with a guarantee of better weather, it will be even bigger.

Crowds will gather at 11 for a midday start on Park Lane, and ride a couple of miles to Embankment for a rally.

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