Commitment to Cycling

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100 MPs reach a consensus on cycling

Around 100 MPs from all political parties attended a packed backbench business debate on cycling for 4 hours on Monday evening, with dozens of MPs taking part.
MPs debated cycling for 4 hours

The debate ended with an unopposed vote in favour of the motion "That this House supports the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's report ‘Get Britain Cycling’; endorses the target of 10 per cent of all journeys being made by bike by 2025, and 25 per cent by 2050; and calls on the Government to show strong political leadership, including an annual Cycling Action Plan and sustained funding for cycling."

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Government announces sentencing guidelines review for certain driving offences

Local Transport and Cycling Minister Norman Baker made the announcements today on a visit to Cambridge.
Norman Baker launching Government response to Get Britain Cycling report

The Government today released its response to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s (APPCG) ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report. The report was launched in Cambridge by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.

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Cycling and local transport

To maximise cycling's benefits for local communities, councils should give it a central role in their transport plans and link it strongly with other policies and strategies...
Female cyclist
Headline Messages: 
  • Local authorities’ transport policies and spending plans should place cycling at the heart of their wider strategies to promote active and sustainable travel. These strategies should recognise and aim to maximise the full range of cycling’s benefits for health and the environment; the mobility it offers for people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities; its role in creating safer and more pleasant streets; and the economic benefits and cost-saving it can provide for individuals, employers and the local authority itself.
  • Councils should make commitments in their local transport plans and policies, and cycle-specific strategies, to create a cycle-friendly environment and to focus on encouraging people from all backgrounds to take up cycling, or to cycle more often.
  • Councils should forge partnerships with employers, schools and colleges, the health sector, the police, public transport operators, local volunteer groups and others, to maximise their support for and contribution to their vision for cycling.
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 

Local authorities should:

  • Commit to cycling by: fully recognising its environmental, health and other benefits; linking cycling with the wider aims of local transport and other policies, especially by aiming for more as well as safer cycling and tackling the deterrents (e.g. speeding, bad driving, hostile road conditions and lorries); linking cycling plans with other strategies/policies (e.g. planning, health, education and the economy); and forging partnerships with other local partners in health, education, business public transport, the police and voluntary sector groups.
  • Make the physical environment cycle-friendly by: ensuring that developments are accessible and permeable by cycle; that highways are engineered, laid out, signed and maintained with cycle users in mind; and enhancing provision for recreational and off-road cycling.
  • Promote cycling by: making national standards cycle training (Bikeability) available to people of all ages; supporting school and workplace travel plans and incentives; and encouraging cycling with promotional materials, campaigns and personal advice.
  • Resource their commitment to cycling well by: raising and investing capital, revenue and staff resources, training staff appropriately and harnessing the support of the voluntary sector.
  • Evaluate and monitor the results effectively by: setting substantial targets to increase cycle use; measuring cycle casualties per mile or per trip; monitoring how safe people think cycling is; identifying suitable data collection and reporting mechanisms; and seeking feedback from key partners, including local communities and the voluntary sector. 
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Publication Date: 
August 2013
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CTC urges MPs to back long-term funding for PM's "Cycling Revolution"

CTC, the national cycling charity, welcomes David Cameron’s call to kick-start a 'cycling revolution', and urges MPs and councils to take action now to deliver the programmes and the funding required for it to become a reality.
The PM's £77m allows 8 cities, covering 6.3m people, to start taking up cycling

The funding announcement includes tens of millions of pounds for 8 English 'cycling cities', cash to 'cycle-proof' major roads, and a continuation of cycle training.

However, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has acknowledged that "It's just a start".

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CTC's Top 10 for Number 10 to Get Britain Cycling

With a government announcement on cycling reportedly imminent, here are CTC's priorities for what we'd like it to say.
Will No 10 find the funding to make Cycletopia a reality?

A month ago The Times reported that an announcement on cycling from Number 10 was expected "early in August".

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A Cycling Legacy to remember - Prudential RideLondon

The RideLondon festival saw cycling at its best, from families enjoying motor traffic-free roads in London to the peloton speeding through the Surrey Hills.
FreeCycle at Prudential RideLondon

Nearly 300 people had volunteered through CTC to help throughout the weekend and there was much praise on social media for the Dr Bike Service they provided, not to mention the valued work of the marshals.

There were so many smiling faces at such a great event."

CTC Chief Executive, Gordon Seabright.

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Velo-City 2013 - the 5 best presentations

CTC's Chris Peck attended and spoke at the biggest cycling advocacy conference in Vienna in June 2013. Here is his own presentation, and the pick of the crop from other sessions.
Cycle infrastructure in Vienna is well marked, but often shared with pedestrians

Velo-city is an annual global conference of cycling academics, practitioners and campaigners, organised by the European Cyclists' Federation.

It's been running for well over 30 years, with recent conferences in Vancouver (2012), Seville (2011), Copenhagen (2010) and Brussels (2009). 

CTC has presented at most of the recent conferences, and I was privileged to present some work on the way risk is analysed and how the pressure to reduce cycle casualties can conflict with efforts to increase cycle use.

Measuring the risk of cycling correctly

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Government roads strategy promises to 'cycleproof' major roads

CTC has welcomed the announcement to 'cycleproof' the major road network, which comes just two weeks after two cyclists were killed on the A30 in Cornwall.
The new A3 at Hindhead has greatly improved cycling conditions

A new strategy, 'Action for Roads: a network for the 21st century', has been published by the Department for Transport.

In it, the Department acknowledges the problem that parts of the major road network "can create a barrier" to walkers and cyclists.

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Date set for Get Britain Cycling debate in Parliament and No. 10 announcement on cycling

The Chamber of the House of Commons will be the setting for a high profile debate and vote about cycling in September, with an announcement from the Prime Minister expected in August.
Get Britain Cycling (front cover)

[UPDATE: See details of the Prime Minister's announcement made on 12 August 2013].

Confirmation has just come in that MP Julian Huppert's request for a parliamentary debate on cycling has been successful.

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CTC urges Cameron to Get Britain Cycling after Treasury fails to do so

CTC is calling on David Cameron to 'Get Britain Cycling' after statements today and yesterday by the Chancellor and his Chief Secretary included billions for increased capacity on trunk roads and motorways, but failed to identify any earmarked funding for cycling.
Lots of money for new roads, very little for cycling

During a session of ministerial questions on transport in the Commons this morning, Norman Baker promised that an announcement on cycling funding was due “shortly”. 

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