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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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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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CTC and GMCC ride at Labour Party Conference

Manchester saw 300 cyclists taking to the streets in a peaceful rally promoting the Space for Cycling campaign on Monday 22 September, as one part of CTC campaign activity at the party conference.
Manchester cyclists of all ages take to the roads

The ride, co-hosted by CTC and the Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign, was joined by Labour MPs and councillors who demonstrated their support for the national campaign aimed at Getting Britain Cycling, and pledged to make cycling a part of the Labour Party manifesto.

Among the ride’s supporters were Shadow Transport Minister Richard Burden, MP  for Hackney Meg Hillier and Parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Hallam Oliver Coppard, who will be challenging for Nick Clegg’s seat in 2015.

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Space for Cycling signs up 500th Councillor

Cllr Jerry Evans of Birmingham City Council has signed up as the 500th councillor to the national Space for Cycling campaign.
Cyclists taking to the streets

The Space for Cycling campaign is geared towards creating a safe sustainable cycling environment where anyone can cycle anywhere. In order to achieve this goal, the campaign has asked for the Government to commit to £10 per person per year rising progressively to £20, in order to meet German levels of cycling by 2025 and Dutch levels of cycling by 2050.

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Caroline's time to shine (again!)

Following her introduction to cycling some five years ago, CTC member Caroline Waugh has beome a champion for inclusive cycling in South Yorkshire and beyond. She was recently nominated for a Service to Disability Sport award.
Caroline Waugh's Disability Sports award

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Northern Ireland draft Bicycle Strategy: fine words, but targets and funding still needed

The aims of the draft Northern Ireland Bicycle Strategy are generally admirable. However it will need to be followed by a Delivery Plan which sets challenging but achievable targets, and provides serious funding, if the Strategy's "fine words" are to be turned into reality.
The Strategy aims to make cycling "accessible, attractive, safe and desirable"

The draft Strategy has been issued by the Northern Ireland Department for Regional Development (DRD), whose remit includes transport.  It has been drawn up by the DRD's newly created Cycling Unit, who clearly have their hearts in the right place.

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Campaigners propose new law for funding cycling and walking

Six campaigning groups, including CTC, have come together to back amendments to the Infrastructure Bill which would force the Government to plan for greater investment in cycling and walking.
The new law would require Government to prepare plans for cycling expenditure

With transport funds diverted to major road building and other large infrastructure projects, cash for walking and cycling is in danger of falling off a cliff edge after 2016.

An amendment to the Infrastructure Bill, currently before Parliament, is due to be tabled by Lords Berkeley and Judd when the House of Lords returns from the summer recess.

It proposes a system of investment similar to that used for the railways, which has helped drive rail traffic to levels not seen since the 1920s.

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Cycle use down in England in 2013

Government transport data from last year show that the bounce in participation in 2012 has subsided, and cycle use has fallen back to 2011 levels, with the fewest number of trips per person at any point over the last 20 years.
Cycle use has increased amongst men aged 30-60

However, since the average trip has again increased - to 3.3 miles - the average distance per person in England remains similar to previous years.

The figures back up evidence from the Active People Survey earlier in the year which showed a slight decline in cycling in England in 2013.

There were just over 14 trips per person in 2013, down from 20 per person in the late 1990s. On average people travel just 49 miles per person, though that is slightly higher than it was in the past.

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£10 a head for cycling by 2020 say MPs

18 July 2014
The Commons Transport Select Committee's inquiry report on Cycle Safety has been published, endorsing many of CTC's recommendations.
Inquiry witnesses Edmund King (AA), Chris Boardman (BC) and Roger Geffen (CTC)

CTC's evidence to the Committee, given in February, focused on more funding, strong leadership and better infrastructure for cycling.

The Committee's report comes just weeks before the Government's Cycling Delivery Plan is due to be published, following a Prime Ministerial statement a year ago.

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Sustainable transport funding announced for England: £440m over 6 years

Following earlier announcements of capital funding for infrastructure projects, the Government has now announced the allocations of £64m in supporting revenue funding to encourage the use of sustainable transport.
New money for sustainable transport

This funding - together with matched local contributions - amounts to £2.75 per person, per year until 2021 for around half of England's population.

The other half of England's population will receive no funding whatsoever from this source. 

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