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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

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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:

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the draft Plan tomorrow (October 16th), on the basis that is was due to appear well beforehand, however it remains unpublished.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:


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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.
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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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CTC Press Office
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

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1. The #Funding4Cycling campaign can be found at
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:
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:
4. For further information on CTC campaigns, please visit

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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CTC Press Office
Telephone: 01483 238 315 or 07786320713

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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.
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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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Dorset Cyclists’ Network - a model for nationwide campaigning

Dorset Cycling Network is concerned with bringing about change for cyclists by enabling individuals and institutions within Dorset to network, which yields an attractive model to deliver nationwide county collaboration.
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Dorset Cyclists’ Network (DCN), which was founded in 1992, was designed to provide some cohesion between 11 South West towns, including Bournemouth and Poole, to campaign for cyclists’ needs, alongside CTC. It provides a very attractive example of how effectively multiple local authorities and key players can be lobbied when groups from smaller areas within a single county work in collaboration with one another to raise the profile of cycling across the county.

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Cycling levels in European countries

How does the UK's level of cycling compare with that of other European countries?

According to a 2013 report from the European Commission, levels of cycling in the UK do not compare at all well with most other EU countries.

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Cycling and the economy

Cycling contributes more than many people think to local and national economies...
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Headline Messages: 
  • Our excessive dependence on motorised road transport imposes significant economic costs on society. These include congestion, road casualties, physical inactivity and air pollution (and the associated damage to buildings, ecosystems, agriculture and health), as well as the geopolitical costs of maintaining fossil fuel supplies in an increasingly unstable global environment.
  • Cycling could substantially reduce these risks, while strengthening local economies in both urban and rural areas, supporting local businesses and property values, boosting the economic productivity of a healthy and satisfied workforce, and enabling disadvantaged groups to gain skills and access employment opportunities.
  • Local and national government, businesses and economic regeneration partnerships should therefore invest more heavily in promoting cycling; and the tax system should offer greater support.
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 
  • The economic benefits of investing in small scale projects that typically benefit cycling are often underestimated. On the other hand, car-dependence is a significant cost for society and large scale transport projects (e.g. roads) are not the value-for-money they are often thought to be.
  • Cycling makes a positive contribution to the national economy and it is a cost-effective investment. It can help:
    • Reduce congestion;
    • Improve public health and save NHS money;
    • Create jobs;
    • Save employers money and improve productivity;
    • Inject money directly into the economy via the cycle trade;
    • Boost the vitality of town centres;
    • Deliver goods efficiently;
    • Lift house prices.
  • The Treasury should incentivise cycling through:
    • Adhering to the principle that 'the polluter pays' as the basis of taxation of transport users;
    • Maintaining a tax-free mileage rate that makes cycling on business financially worthwhile;
    • Supporting cycle commuting schemes that save businesses and employees tax (e.g. the ‘salary sacrifice’ Cycle to Work scheme);
    • Reducing VAT on cycle repairs;
    • Working with the European Union on changes to the VAT Directive that would encourage cycling (e.g. zero-rating cycles);
    • Maintaining its policy of not taxing cycles for the use of the roads.
  • Both national and local authorities should dedicate sufficient resources to smarter choices, recognising that they rely on revenue rather than capital funding.
  • Economics-focused bodies such as Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), regeneration agencies, developers and retailers should recognise the value of cycling and take action to promote and encourage it.
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March 2014

Space for Cycling

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The national Space for Cycling campaign aims to create the conditions where anyone can cycle, anywhere.
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Carmarthenshire cyclists start local campaign group and look to build local support

Do you want to improve cycling locally……meet like-minded individuals…..and make a difference? CTC local cycle campaigners and cycle enthuiasts Phil Snaith and Geoff Rone have set up a forum in Carmarthenshire with the aim of making cycling a safer and more convenient way to travel.

The time to act is now as political momentum has picked up the pace. Cyclists' uphill struggle for better infrastructure and facilities has now changed up a gear and the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 has been passed. You now have an opportunity to voice your own opinions and collectively campaign for better cycling for all in Wales.


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