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Create jobs and save lives in their thousands! Cycling is the key, says major new report

Coinciding with the launch of CTC's Space for Cycling campaign, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that cycling has the potential to create at least 76,000 jobs and save 10,000 lives in the pan-European region.
Copenhagen cyclist

This is not wishful thinking, according to WHO. All that needs to happen is for major European cities to up their game and follow the example of Copenhagen, where 26% of all city trips are already cycled.

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Space for Cycling - the national campaign for better streets for cycling

Together with campaign groups across the country, CTC has launched the Space for Cycling campaign, calling on councils to make streets better so that anyone can cycle anywhere, and seek the funding necessary to make those changes.
Space for Cycling

CTC, in conjunction with local campaign groups around the country, leads the national campaign challenging councillors across Britain to make space for cycling.

Thousands of councillors from across the country will be asked to create the conditions where anyone can cycle anywhere, as CTC, the national cycling charity and local cycle campaign groups join forces to demand space for cycling.

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Space for Cycling - your infrastructure photos mapped

10 April 2014
Space for Cycling calls on councils to improve our streets so that anyone can cycle anywhere. But what does that mean in practice? CTC wants your photos and examples of infrastructure that's good or bad to explain to councils what works, and what needs improvement.
Space for Cycling in Brighton - bus stop bypasses on the Lewes Road

If you've got photos of examples of infrastructure for cycling - whether good or bad - CTC wants to see them.

Your photos can now be uploaded to a map with categories so that they will be easier to search in future.

Each report will also be sent on to the CycleStreets photomap a national database of cycling infrastructure images maintained by Cambridge-based social enterprise CycleStreets, which operates an excellent cycling journey planner.

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Space for Cycling launched in London

London Cycling Campaign has launched its Space for Cycling campaign today (7th April), targeting election candidates in all 624 wards in London with local-specific requests for cycling improvements. CTC will shortly launch a national version of the campaign along with local groups around the UK.
Space for Cycling logo

For the first time in London’s political history, a campaign group is lobbying 6,000 local election candidates to support one of 624 ward-specific improvements that would make streets safer and more inviting for everyone to cycle.

In what LCC describes as "the capital's most hyper-local campaign ever", LCC has worked with thousands of local residents as well as teams of volunteers in every borough to create 624 (one per electoral ward) demands for local cycling improvements in Greater London. Proposals include:

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Space for Cycling: what it means

A better standard of design for cycle facilities. Proper provision for cyclists on the busiest roads. Those are the aims of CTC’s Space for Cycling campaign, which is being run in conjunction with local campaign groups around the country.
Cycle track in the Hague
 
Last year, the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) launched its Space for Cycling campaign, demanding better quality cycling provision in the capital.
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Barcelona by bike - a campaigner's guide

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.
Bicycle paths in Barcelona

Introduction

Barcelona is not a city traditionally associated with the bicycle. Yet thanks to investment in the "Bicing" bicycle share scheme which began in 2007 - three years before the launch of London's equivalent - and associated bicycle infrastructure this has begun to change.

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Brazil calling – a conversation with the World Bike Forum

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.
World Bike Forum poster (photo by Charlotte Fagan)

I was especially surprised to learn that Brazil manufactures a sizeable proportion of the world’s bicycles.  After a great conversation answering questions from Forum participants in Curitiba, lots of us assembled in New York sent our questions to Brazil via Charlotte.  The inquirers are anonymous here, but came from projects in Boston, Seattle, New York, Philadelphia and the UK.  Many thanks to Charlotte for researching and writing the answers back to us.  Her words follow, based on interviews she conducted, and all photos are hers.

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33 major junctions to be overhauled in London

£300m has been set aside to improve 33 of London's biggest junctions - abandoning earlier plans to spend less on smaller changes at a greater number of junctions.
A map showing the 33 junctions to be redesigned

The Mayor's promise follows commitments last year to spend £913m over a decade on a Cycling Vision.

This £300m funding announcement comprises part of the overall budget and includes the cash allocated to the cycle superhighway programme.

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Cycling in London - 30 years ago

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.
The GLC's film shows how little has changed since the 1980s

Back in the 1980s, cycling in Britain was undergoing a bit of a renaissance.

Having fallen to a nadir of just 3.7 billion kms cycled in 1973, the subsequent oil crisis following the Yom Kippur War saw cycling bouncing back to over 6bn kms. 

A second oil spike, this time triggered by the Iran-Iraq War, saw cycling rise again, to 6.4bn kms in the early 1980s.

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South West cycling advocates' network-building workshop

15 March 2014
Are you campaigning for cycling in the South West and want to find out how to translate your ideas into reality? If so, join us at our cycling advocates' network-building workshop in Plymouth on 15 March.
A map of South West England

Plymouth Council are the hosts for a day of cycling workshops at the Guildhall, Plymouth on 15 March.

The first of its kind, this event is set to examine cycling provision across the South West and will look at how cycle campaign networks can grow to support and influence local authorities for everyone's benefit.

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