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Government’s “cycling revolution” moves up a gear: now we need to accelerate, says CTC

CTC, the national cycling charity, has hailed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s announcement of £214m of new funding for cycling as a key milestone on the way to the “Cycling revolution” promised by David Cameron last year.
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CTC, the national cycling charity, has hailed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s announcement today [27 November] of £214m of new funding for cycling as a key milestone on the way to the “Cycling revolution” promised by David Cameron last year.

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 01483 238 315 or 07786 320 713

Notes to Editors: 

1.       The parliamentary Get Britain Cycling inquiry was conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG), running from January to March 2013.  The ensuing report, published in April 2013, called for annual investment in cycling of at least £10 per person, rising to £20 as cycle use increases, in order to raise cycle use from 2% of trips at present to 10% (nearly German levels) by 2025 and to 25%.

Other recommendations covered the need for leadership and cross-departmental commitment, consistently high cycle-friendly design standards, cycle safety (including traffic law and enforcement, and lorries), and positive promotion of cycling for people of all ages and backgrounds.

2.       The Get Britain Cycling inquiry prompted David Cameron to announce in August 2013 that he wished to launch a “Cycling revolution”.  This was accompanied by an award of Cycle City Ambition Grant funding for 8 cities (Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford and Bristol amounting to an average of £10 per person for 1/10th of Britain’s population for 2 years. 

The Department for Transport also promised a Cycling Delivery Plan, which was originally due to appear last autumn.  The draft Plan was belatedly published for consultation on 16 October, the day on which MPs were due to debate it.  Members of the APPCG shared the dismay of CTC and other cycling groups that it merely set out “an aspiration to work with local government and businesses to explore how we can achieve a minimum funding packet equivalent to £10 per person each year by 2020-21”.  

3.       Recent evidence from the Department for Transport shows that investing in cycling typically delivers over £5 worth of health and other benefits for every £1 spent. This is significantly above the typical benefit-to-cost ratios for major road and rail schemes, where a ratio of 2:1 is considered “good” and 4:1 is “very good”. The Government is committed to a £24bn roads programme and £40bn for the HS2 rail link.

4.       CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. We have been around since 1878 and a charity for only two years. 

• We provide expert, practical help and advice.
• We support individuals and communities. 
• We protect cyclists’ interests. 
• We campaign to make cycling mainstream and to remove the things that stop people cycling. 
• We help people develop the confidence and skills to cycle. 
• We promote the benefits of cycling to individuals, to society and to the economy.
 

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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.
CTC-Cyclenation 2014

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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Public Health England wants you to cycle

24 October 2014
Government body designated to protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing sees cycling as an answer
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Yesterday (Thursday, 23 October) brought good news for cycling, as Public Health England (PHE), an executive body sponsored by the Department for Health, published its Everybody Active Every Day framework to tackle the national physical inactivity epidemic.

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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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Government cycling strategy is “derisory plan” not “delivery plan”

Penny farthing budget for cycling woefully inadequate says CTC

CTC, the national cycling charity, roundly criticised the Department for Transport’s much delayed Cycling Delivery Plan for lacking a real commitment to funding.

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For more information contact the national CTC Press Office on 0844 736 8453, 07786320713 or email sam.jones@ctc.org.uk.

Notes to Editors: 

Notes to editors:

CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.

1. CTC launched its Funding4Cycling initiative on Friday 10 October in a bid to galvanise cycling supporters to contact HM Treasury to commit to long term funding of at least £10 per head per person. To engage with the campaign visit: www.funding4cycling.org.uk

2. The Government initially promised a Cycling Delivery Plan in August 2013, in response to the Get Britain Cycling report, published in April 2013 by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.  At the time, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his aspiration to launch “a cycling revolution”.  The Plan was originally due to be released last autumn, but has been postponed several times, having meanwhile been expanded to cover walking as well as cycling. Parliament allocated time to debate the draft Plan tomorrow (October 16th), on the basis that is was due to appear well beforehand, however it remains unpublished.

3. Annual spending on cycling in the Netherlands amounts to around £24 per person. London Mayor Boris Johnson has promised around £12.50 per person in London over the next 10 years.  For England outside London though, current cycle spending is thought to be around £2 per person.  The delays in publishing the draft Plan are thought to be due to reluctance from Chancellor George Osborne to provide the funding needed to deliver a “cycling revolution” which Prime Minister David Cameron promised last summer, in response to the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report.

4. The Get Britain Cycling report called for cycling to be increased from less than 2% of trips at present to 10% of trips (a bit below German levels of cycle use) by 2025, and to 25% of trips (just below Dutch levels) by 2050. It also called for spending of at least £10 per person annually on cycling – rising to £20 as cycle use increases – in order to maximise its health, economic, environmental and other benefits. It took evidence from experts on cycling and sustainable travel, health and road safety, as well as representatives of motoring and freight industries, and Government ministers.  The report was authored by Professor Phil Goodwin, a leading transport researcher at University College London and the University of the West of England.  The inquiry was sponsored by News International, publishers of the Times newspaper, as part of its ‘Cities fit for Cycling’ campaign. Further information can be found at: https://www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/get-britain-cycling

 

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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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