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South West cycling advocates' network-building workshop

15 March 2014
Are you campaigning for cycling in the South West and want to find out how to translate your ideas into reality? If so, join us at our cycling advocates' network-building workshop in Plymouth on 15 March.
A map of South West England

Plymouth Council are the hosts for a day of cycling workshops at the Guildhall, Plymouth on 15 March.

The first of its kind, this event is set to examine cycling provision across the South West and will look at how cycle campaign networks can grow to support and influence local authorities for everyone's benefit.

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Why models matter: CTC meets with the DfT's modelling team

Yesterday (22nd January), CTC met with officials from the Department for Transport to discuss how the National Transport Model deals with cycling. Chris Peck explains why the model matters, and what CTC wants to see changed.
What would Britain look like if we reached Dutch levels of cycling?

In November last year, CTC revealed that the Department's transport model forecast cycling levels would fall between 2015 and 2035.

At the time we questioned both why this was forecast, whether the forecast was accurate, and asked DfT officials for a meeting in order to discuss our concerns.

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Pie in the SkyCycle?

Sir Norman Foster's architects' firm has hit the headlines with plans for aerial SkyCycle routes following rail lines in London. Should we take them seriously or is this simply a publicity stunt on a post-Xmas quiet news day?
Norman Foster & Partners image of a 'SkyCycle' route

He is proposing a network of 220km of 'SkyCycle' routes, mounted above existing railway lines.

Launching his plans, Sir Norman said: "I believe that cities where you can walk or cycle, rather than drive, are more congenial places in which to live. To improve the quality of life for all in London and to encourage a new generation of cyclists, we have to make it safe."  Thus far, I would agree wholeheartedly!

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From road safety posters to teenage cycling instructor - my journey to the CTC

Now volunteering as CTC's Communications Officer in Reading and offering cycle training to my fellow students at Reading University, I would like to share the story of my journey to being part of CTC.
Jonathan holding a poster of himself as a child

From a very early age I was thrust into the world of road safety. My dad worked for Sandwell Council, which meant I, along with other members of my family, often appeared photographed in road safety publications. At one time you couldn't go through the Sandwell area without seeing my photo plastered on the side of a bus reminding people to 'Belt up!'

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Minister proposes innovative solutions to cycle safety

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill has only been in post for a couple of months, but after the terrible string of deaths in London, cycling has come to dominate his portfolio. The Transport Select Committee took evidence from him this week, many of his responses were encouraging.
Robert Goodwill before the Transport Select Committee

In his evidence to the Transport Select Committee, he was well-briefed and offered some refreshing opinions on cycle safety and increasing cycling.

He's an experienced cyclist and has also driven lorries, putting him in a unique position to comment on the needs of both.

A cyclist - and a lorry driver

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Government planning to fail on cycling

Despite huge public and cross-party parliamentary support for substantially increased cycle use between now and 2050, the Government is expecting cycle use to FALL between 2015 and 2025, with little change between then and 2040.
Transport Model forecast for cycling 2010-2040

New figures, obtained by CTC through a parliamentary question, suggest that the Government's 'National Transport Model' is predicting an initial increase in cycle use, due to the economic downturn (from 2.9 bn miles in 2010 to 3.4 bn miles in 2015).

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Road Justice reveals which police forces are committed to road safety for cyclists

The Road Justice campaign, led by CTC and sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers, has published a map showing which police forces are committed to improving road safety for cyclists.
The map shows police responses to the Road Justice report

The map shows that over a third of forces in England and Wales support at least one of the campaign’s recommendations for improved roads policing.

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Norman Baker replaced as Cycling Minister

Norman Baker MP has been moved to the Home Office, where he'll take a more senior role. His Liberal Democrat replacement, Susan Kramer, was the MP for Richmond Park until the 2010 election and now sits in the House of Lords. The cycling part of his role, however, may go to Robert Goodwill MP.
Norman Baker opening a cycle path in Sussex

It is not yet known whether Kramer will take over Baker's exact brief, or whether roles will be redistributed amongst the other Department for Transport Ministers. 

Robert Goodwill MP, from Scarborough and Whitby, is the new Conservative junior minister in the transport department, and may well take over the cycling brief.

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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.
CTC President Jon Snow
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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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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