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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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Space for Cycling: the national campaign gets underway

CTC, the national cycling charity, has launched the national Space for Cycling campaign. It call on councils to ensure that anyone can cycle anywhere, and to seek the funding this will require.
Space for Cycling

Thousands of people are now contacting their councillors, urging them to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to get around safely, conveniently and enjoyably for any local journey.

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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: the background

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 a London-focused 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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