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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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MPs challenge flawed national transport modelling

7 May 2014
MPs have acknowledged evidence from CTC of the failures of the National Transport Model in a report by the Transport Select Committee on the strategic road network.
Massive extra road building will occur if current models aren't ditched

Following oral evidence given by CTC to the Transport Select Committee in December 2013, MPs have called on the Department for Transport to open the National Transport Model for wider scrutiny.

CTC welcomes the intervention from MPs, although the Committee could have gone further in outlining some of the problems with the model.

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Making Space for Cycling: a conference of campaigners

Over 70 campaigners from around the country met up in Leeds for the first Space for Cycling campaigners conference on 3 May.
Campaigners from around the country met in Leeds to discuss Space for Cycling

The Space for Cycling conference, hosted by Leeds Cycling Campaign, offered the audience from all around the UK the chance to share, discuss and learn about how to make Space for Cycling.

There were some fascinating presentations - do have a read. The following summarises some of the highlights. 

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Traffic signs reform signal better cycling infrastructure

After years of pressure from CTC, the Department for Transport has unveiled a major reform of the traffic signs and signals regulations, which will allow better quality cycle facilities to be built, and much greater flexibility for local authorities to adopt their own approaches.
Trials of new cycling infrastructure have fed into these new regulations

The proposed changes mean that cycle priority crossings of main roads will be easier.

Other changes bring into force trialled measures, such as low level signal heads, long-awaited changes to Advanced Stop Lines and the use of "elephant's footprints" markings to designate cycle-priority crossings.

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Space for Cycling guide sets out what Councillors need to do

To help explain what Space for Cycling means in practice, CTC, with help from our campaign group partners, has produced this guide for local decision makers.
Front cover of the Space for Cycling guide

We've tried to make the guide as simple as possible, using photos, including the lovely image of one of LCC's Space for Cycling rides last year, taken by Jim Killock.

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Cycle use falling in England, Government data suggests

Overall, across England, the proportion of people cycling once a month or more has fallen from 15.3% to 14.7% in one year - a reduction in over a third of million people.
Cycle use has declined in 2012/2013 compared with the previous year

Cycle use has fallen in many parts of Britain, with the falls greatest in the south and east of England.

CTC believes this change is due mainly to a lack of commitment from both local authorities and national government to cycling.

The data, published by the Department for Transport, comes from the Active People Survey, a large survey of people's physical activity habits compiled by Sport England.

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We came, we saw, we pedalled on Parliament

On 26 April 2014, thousands of people from across Scotland (and further afield!) descended upon the Scottish Parliament to show politicians that more investment is needed for cycling and active travel.
Pedal on Parliament

Pedal on Parliament is only in its third year, but already its momentum and influence is being felt across Scotland. I attended for the first time last year as a relatively new cyclist and had my eyes opened to the sheer diversity of cycling and how this most humble of things can generate positive shock waves throughout society. 

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Chichester is a 20mph city thanks to one mum’s dedication and a team of volunteers

Sarah Sharp never thought of herself as a cycle campaigner before she initiated the Chichester 20s Plenty campaign; in fact, this self-described 'ordinary housewife' didn’t even learn to ride a bike until she was 28. So what was it exactly that changed in this mum of two?
Sarah with her two children

“It was my daughter that really was the driving force", Sarah admits. A shy and quiet girl, she took a lot longer than her brother to learn to ride. But at age 11 and, after the first two days of mum and daughter cycling to school, Sarah’s daughter expressed a desire to go on her own.

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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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