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Sharpen up your campaign skills

The CTC-Cyclenation annual conference takes place on Saturday 22 November, and this year it’s hosted by London Cycling Campaign. Rosie Downes, LCC’s Campaigns Manager, explains what it’s all about.
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We’re delighted to be hosting the CTC-Cyclenation conference this year. It’s a great opportunity for local and national cycling campaigners to learn from each other on how to campaign effectively to promote cycling, and to get up to speed on the most topical political, policy and technical issues.

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CTC calls for ambition and funding commitment in Cycle Strategy

CTC has responded to the Department for Transport's consultation on their draft Cycling Delivery Plan, calling for greater ambition and a commitment to at least £10 per head per year.
Cycling Minister Robert Goodwill MP and Prof David Cox

CTC yesterday (Thursday 13 November) submitted its response to the Department for Transport’s consultation on its draft Cycling Delivery Plan

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Government tells New Forest to give back cycle grant

CTC gives its reaction to the Government's order for the New Forest National Park Authority to return a £1.5 million grant allocated for cycle specific projects.
Cyclists in the New Forest

CTC has learned that the Department for Transport (DfT) has ordered the New Forest National Park Authority (NFNPA) to return £1.5 million from the £3.6 million grant they received last year.

Road.cc, the online cycle news site, reports that the DfT has rejected two schemes proposed by the NFNPA, one of which was criticised as being focused more on road maintenance rather than cycling.

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What a difference a mayor makes!

It’s so great to be involved with a good, confident campaign group, says Leicester campaigner Elizabeth Barner.
Leicester cycle campaigners

One week ago, the Leicester Cycling Campaign Group heard about a petition against a proposed cycle lane in Leicester. They decided to call a demonstration in support of the lane, and in support of a more rational use of space in our city – for people, not for cars. They wanted to physically show the support there is, and the number of people willing to come out in the cold to say, "Yes, we will benefit from change." Campaigning can feel so bleak when it’s all about "No". 

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Have your say on the Cycling Delivery Plan

23 October 2014
The Department for Transport has set up a series of public regional workshops where the Goverment's latest draft cycling strategy is up for discussion.
Birmingham cyclists

Last week we saw a flurry of activity in Westminster and Whitehall, with a consultation draft of the Government's long awaited Cycling Delivery Plan appearing just minutes before a parliamentary debate on it was due to commence.

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Commons debate to discuss UK cycling's future

This Thursday 16 October, MPs return to the Commons to debate the future of UK cycling. CTC’s Sam Jones gives some background to the debate and explains why your MP should attend.
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In a sign of cycling’s growing importance, this Thursday’s 2½ hour debate on cycling will be held in the Main Chamber of the House of Commons, the same place where the major business of Government is debated and Prime Minister’s Questions are held every Wednesday.

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The party is over, now it is time for funding

13 October 2014
With party conference season over for another year, CTC Campaigner Robbie Gillett takes a look at the main political parties’ positions on funding for cycling.
Robert Goodwill MP and Richard Burden MP at Birmingham Space for Cycling ride

Former Health Minister and Labour MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw urged his party’s front bench at their Manchester conference two weeks ago: "Don't let us be outbid on cycling by the Greens and Lib Dems." 

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CTC and GMCC ride at Labour Party Conference

Manchester saw 300 cyclists taking to the streets in a peaceful rally promoting the Space for Cycling campaign on Monday 22 September, as one part of CTC campaign activity at the party conference.
Manchester cyclists of all ages take to the roads

The ride, co-hosted by CTC and the Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign, was joined by Labour MPs and councillors who demonstrated their support for the national campaign aimed at Getting Britain Cycling, and pledged to make cycling a part of the Labour Party manifesto.

Among the ride’s supporters were Shadow Transport Minister Richard Burden, MP  for Hackney Meg Hillier and Parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Hallam Oliver Coppard, who will be challenging for Nick Clegg’s seat in 2015.

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Space for Cycling signs up 500th Councillor

Cllr Jerry Evans of Birmingham City Council has signed up as the 500th councillor to the national Space for Cycling campaign.
Cyclists taking to the streets

The Space for Cycling campaign is geared towards creating a safe sustainable cycling environment where anyone can cycle anywhere. In order to achieve this goal, the campaign has asked for the Government to commit to £10 per person per year rising progressively to £20, in order to meet German levels of cycling by 2025 and Dutch levels of cycling by 2050.

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Caroline's time to shine (again!)

Following her introduction to cycling some five years ago, CTC member Caroline Waugh has beome a champion for inclusive cycling in South Yorkshire and beyond. She was recently nominated for a Service to Disability Sport award.
Caroline Waugh's Disability Sports award

Some of you may already have heard about Caroline, who writes a blog called Iaintnotomato, and her work promoting inclusive cycling.

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