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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 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.

Contact Information: 

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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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".

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
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.
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?
Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
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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