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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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CTC launch #Funding4Cycling

Delayed plans for cycling growth suggest lack of Government commitment and leadership, so CTC is asking all cyclists join them in telling the Chancellor to provide funding for cycling.
Funding for Cycling

CTC, the national cycling charity, describes the Government’s inability to deliver the long awaited Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan (CWDP) as “slow puncturing”, as it launches a #Funding4Cycling campaign, calling for consistent long-term investment to "Get Britain Cycling".

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Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to Editors: 

1. The #Funding4Cycling campaign can be found at www.funding4cycling.org.uk
2. CTC’s national #Space4Cycling campaign has engaged over 10,000 people across the country, and has so far seen 541 councillors signing up to its goal of creating a safe and attractive environment for cyclists of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. For further information visit: www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/space-for-cycling
3. The Get Britain Cycling report was published in April 2013 and received widespread support across all political parties. It laid out 18 recommendations for the Government which are needed to improve cycling in the UK. For further information visit: www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/get-britain-cycling
4. For further information on CTC campaigns, please visit www.ctc.org.uk/current-campaigns

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.
 

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Government told: "stop treating cycling like a poor relation"

At the start of the Conservative Party Conference, representatives from a coalition of cycling groups have called on the government to “stop treating cycling like a poor relation” and create a long-term, properly-resourced cycling strategy.
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On behalf of the UK Cycling Alliance, Chris Boardman addressed MPs and local authority representatives at a conference breakfast event this morning. He called for decisive action for cycling. 
 
Chris Boardman told MPs: “Cycling as a mode of transport is currently being treated as an add-on, a nice-to-have, treated like a poor relation - money thrown in its direction when it’s fashionable. You would not plan the rail network this way, nor the road network, so why is it acceptable to treat cycling like this?
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Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 01483 238 315 or 07786320713

Notes to Editors: 

About the UK Cycling Alliance

The UK Cycling Alliance consists of the Bicycle Association, British Cycling, CTC, Cyclenation, London Cycling Campaign, and Sustrans. This is an informal group of non-government and membership organisations working in and on behalf of cycling. The alliance works in collaboration to influence policy and direction at all levels of government, both at Westminster and in Whitehall.

About Get Britain Cycling

The Get Britain Cycling inquiry was an initiative of the APPCG, a cross party body with members in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, with the aim “to enable more people across the UK to take up cycling, cycle more often and cycle more safely”. The report consists of recommendations around five broad principles needed to Get Britain Cycling including, a new priority for investing public funds, redesigning our roads streets and communities; safe driving and safe speed limits; training and education; and strong political leadership

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Is UK cycling at a turning point?

CTC's newly-appointed Campaigns and Communications co-ordinator Sam Jones considers whether attitudes to cycling are changing.
Riders at Manchester Mass Bike ride

Anyone who hops onto a bike will at times encounter prejudicial views towards cyclists. Pavement-riding, red-light-jumping, two-wheeled-terrorists, lycra louts... the list goes on.

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