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Thousands Pedal on Parliament in Scotland

Around 4,000 cyclists gathered in Edinburgh on Sunday 19 May and rode to Holyrood to deliver an 8-point manifesto calling for more investment in cycling, slower speeds, and better facilities for cyclists on Scotland’s roads. Peter Hayman, CTC councillor for Scotland, pedalled with them...
CTC's Ian Richardson and Graeme Obree

"Some dampness and lack of sun", Peter says, "didn't stop an impressive turn out for the Pedal on Parliament (PoP) in Scotland yesterday.

"Last year, PoP was a new and exciting challenge to the Government, and I was up near the front of the action. This year, nearer the back, I saw a striking number of families with young children and what looked like novice cyclists who wanted to join in.

Supporters stretched back further than could be seen at the gathering point, the Meadows in Edinburgh."

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2001 to 2011 - cyclist numbers change significantly

The number of people cycling to work has gone up in England and Wales by 17% from 2001 to 2011. In some areas, cycling is booming, but in others it is declining.
Hull's cycling culture is gradually declining, despite some improvements

I've already mapped the changes in cycle use by share of commuting trips in highway authorities.

Other maps showing the changes by district authority, and other modes, such as the changes in car commuting, are also available.

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Get Britain Cycling report recommends £10 per head, per year funding for cycling

Six weeks of oral evidence, hundreds of written pages, and the report is out. CTC welcomes its publication and urges the Government to implement its 18 recommendations
Chris Boardman, MP Julian Huppert, Dr Sarah Wollaston and Ian Austin

CTC, the national cycling charity, is calling on David Cameron to act on the report, which calls for 10 per cent of journeys in Britain to be made by cycle by 2025 – the current figure is less than 2 per cent.

It has also called for central government spending of at least £10 per head of population per year to boost cycle use, increasing as cycle use rises. London has recently announced plans to spend £12.50 per person per year over the next 10 years, whilst the Dutch are spending around £24 per person per year.

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Local cycle use figures show no huge changes in 2012

New data for cycle use in England show that the Olympic bounce in 2012 perhaps wasn't quite as powerful as commentators at the time thought it might be. But the very fact that the Department is publishing these figures shows that some things are improving.
Half of the population cycle once a month or more in Cambridge

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published its figures for cycling and walking for the period October 2011 to October 2012.

They show that levels of cycling remain more or less unchanged, with some local authorities seeing increases, and others decreases.

Overall, the proportion of people who cycle at least once a month in England remains at 15%, whereas 10% cycle once a week, also unchanged. The proportion cycling 3 times or more per week has risen from 4% to 5% of the population, but the change is not statistically significant.

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Put cycling on the National Curriculum

Although cycling is the third most popular activity amongst children and a crucial life skill, only half of all children have access to good quality Bikeability cycle training. CTC members have urging that all schools provide cycle training as part of the National Curriculum.
Providing Bikeability cycle training is crucial to create a cycling culture

CTC has urged the Department for Education to change the National Curriculum to include provision for child cycle training as part of Key Stages 2-4.

Currently the physical education section mandates that swimming is taught, with the requirement that children learn to swim 25 metres.

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Spanish cycling organisations protest against anti-cycling proposals

An alliance of cycling organisations in Spain has demanded that the Government withdraw proposed anti-cycling measures which threaten to undermine the increase in cycling and deter green tourism. You too can write to the Minister with your comments.
Cycle tourism would be undermined by the proposals

CTC first reported on these concerns at the beginning of March.

Since then the Spanish government has backpedalled on the earlier proposal to prevent children cycling on their own.

However, many negative aspects of the proposals remain:

-        Cyclists must wear approved helmets at all times on all roads. The only exception being that professional cyclists, and cyclists in competition or training, will be governed by their own association regulations.

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Mayor launches 'Cycling Vision' to "de-Lycrafy" London

Cycle routes named after tube lines, better cycling infrastructure and increases to cycle parking at mainline stations are some of the proposals in the Mayor of London's Cycling Vision.
Victoria Embankment is one of the routes for which new infrastructure is planned

The Mayor's Vision has been developed in consultation with cycling groups with an accompanying budget of £913m. 

He is also keen to make cycling appear more normal, broadening its appeal to a wider cross-section of society.

By the end of the 2016, the Mayor's Cycling Commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, claimed that spending on cycling would be £18 per head per year, roughly the same as is spent in Copenhagen. The aim will be to double cycle use within 10 years.

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Ministers conclude 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry

The parliamentary 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry ended today with evidence from Ministers, first from Wales and then from the UK Government. We now await the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's report, which is expected to call for clear leadership from the top of Government.
Norman Baker MP opening a cycle track in his constituency

As the final witnesses at the inquiry, cycling minister Norman Baker and road safety minister Stephen Hammond emphasised the funding they have made available for cycling over the past year, for sustainable transport, cycle-friendly junction improvements, cycle-rail integration and improved cycle route connections.

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Ministers, police and Jon Snow appear before the APPCG

4 March 2013
The final session of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's inquiry 'Get Britain Cycling' heard from the ministers responsible for promoting and improving road safety, as well as representatives from Europe, Wales, Scotland and law enforcement agencies.
CTC's President Jon Snow

After 5 weeks of evidence sessions, and witnesses from over 20 different organisations, the APPCG turned its attention to leadership.

Jon Snow, CTC's President - who gave evidence to the Transport Select Committee in 2012 - appeared alongside Andrew Gilligan, the recently appointed cycling commissioner for London, and Isabel Dedring, the Deputy Mayor of London.

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'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry moves onto local authorities and London

Local authorities, campaigners and representatives from London were scrutinised by MPs and Peers from the All Party Cycling Group in the fifth and penultimate session of the Get Britain Cycling inquiry.
Cycle parking with a cycle path running through it in Groningen, NL

The session commenced with a panel of campaign groups - as usual, each being asked to explain what, in their opinion, was needed to Get Britain Cycling.

Ralph Smyth, Senior Transport Campaigner for the Campaign to Protect Rural England, started the discussion, said that cycling needed to be seen as part of the wider transport mix for rural as well as urban areas. 

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