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All Party Cycling Group inquiry starts rolling

23 January 2013
The first session of the All Party Cycling Group's inquiry into 'Get Britain Cycling' starts on Wednesday 23 Jan, and runs each week (with one exception) for the next seven weeks.
The inquiry into 'Get Britain Cycling' starts on the 23rd January

The first session of the Get Britain Cycling inquiry - on strategy - will explore the need for leadership on cycling and examine the comparisons with other European countries. 

Witnesses include representatives of the main cycling organisations in the UK - CTC, British Cycling, Sustrans and Cyclenation.

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Was 2012 the year when we finally started to 'Get Britain Cycling'?

In a final blog posting for 2012, CTC’s Campaigns Director Roger Geffen reviews year’s highlights and looks forward to 2013 with a level of optimism which seemed unthinkable a year ago.
Has there been progress for cycling in 2012?

In terms of cycling’s political fortunes, 2012 was a remarkably good year.  The Times’s Cities fit for cycling campaign has given cycling a huge shot in the arm. Then there was the tremendous successes of Britain’s cyclists in the Tour de France and Olympics.

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Young people are driving less

The number of driving licence holders in Britain has fallen for the first time in decades, according to the National Travel Survey. The biggest changes, however, are in the different age groups. Fewer young people are obtaining licences, but the number of older people with licences is growing.
Fewer young people are learning to drive

Since 1975 the number of drivers' licence holders has risen by 81% - from 19m licenced drivers to 35m in 2010.

Access to ever increasing numbers of cars and the consequent reshaping of people's lives to make them dependent on them is one of the chief reasons why cycling levels have remained virtually static since the mid twentieth century.

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The Lords debate cycling... and it doesn't descend into abuse!

Normally, each time the House of Lords holds a short debate on cycling, up get a troop of seasoned peers to condemn the behaviour of cyclists. But yesterday's debate was refreshingly light on anti-cyclist drivel and strong on good policy.
Lord Berkeley is Secretary to the APPCG and Vice-President of CTC

The debate was triggered by a question tabled by Lord Berkeley, the Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and a Vice-President of CTC, who'd asked us for ideas for a question.

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EU Transport Committee agrees to include cycling in major transport fund

European transport projects could include cycling infrastructure thanks to pressure from cyclists across Europe. CTC joined ECF in lobbying members of the Transport Committee to change guidance on funding major transport networks.
The Transport Committee agreed to include cycling in funding guidance

Last year there were suggestions that cycling be included within the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), and therefore able to access funds for long distance cycle routes. 

CTC was alerted to the threat to funding by the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF), to which CTC, and, by extension, all CTC members, are affiliated. ECF identified that the Transport Committee of the European Parliament was preparing to approve guidance on allocating TEN-T funding which didn't mention cycling.

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Autumn Statement cuts fuel duty and pumps money into road schemes

The Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement isn't great news for cycling. New road schemes get almost £1bn, whereas there is only £42m extra for cycling over the next two financial years. At the same time fuel duty is being frozen, removing a key incentive to reduce car use.
The Chancellor's Autumn Statement is a mixed blessing for bikes

The £42m earmarked for cycling over the next two financial years is thought to be additional funding to the £50m announced this year for projects such as enhanced cycle parking at rail stations and a fund to tackle the worst junctions.

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Funding for cycling: are these crumbs from the table or a turning point?

£20m more for cycling, and new guidance from NICE, but will these have much of an effect? Experience from Europe suggests political will needs to be combined with sustained investment over decades to grow cycling. Chris Peck examines the recent history of funding for cycling.
Sustained funding and political will can create better cycling conditions

£20 million isn't much in transport terms - barely 40p per person. It follows £30m funding announced earlier in the year, bringing the total for 2012 to £50m 'extra' money for England, outside London. 

Although that's far from impressive, it's still an improvement on previous years - and still welcome.

But how does this announcement - and previously announced funds - compare to financial settlements in previous years?

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£20m more for cycling

Transport minister Norman Baker MP has announced welcome additional funding for cycling in England - but this should just be a start, and CTC is calling for more funding to help Get Britain Cycling.
High quality cycle routes could be funded using the new money

The £20 million funding will be dedicated to improving infrastructure for cycling. Earlier in the year £15 million was allocated to tackle major junctions and a further £15m for cycle routes and facilities at railways stations.

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Physical inactivity has "roughly the same impact as smoking" says NICE, so get cycling

Boost public health by getting more people cycling, so says major new guidance from NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. NICE calls on local authorities, businesses and the health sector to help increase physical activity.
CTC's Workplace Challenge is recommended by NICE

NICE has noted that only around a third of adults are physically active enough to benefit their health, while the amount of time spend walking or cycling has fallen over the last 15 years, from almost 13 minutes per day to 11 in 2007. 

Chair of the group which produced the guidance, Dr Harry Rutter, said that the impact of physical inactivity on health was similar to that of smoking and called on councils to make the changes necessary to increase active travel.

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London Assembly demands better cycle infrastructure

The London Assembly Transport Committee is calling on the Mayor to provide much better facilities for cycling, hugely increase the budget, and set a higher target for cycle use.
Games lanes showed how space could be painlessly reallocated from motor traffic

At a time when cycle safety in London is deteriorating, even though cycling levels are increasing, the Committee's report has focused attention on improving the standard of design of facilities for cyclists, reducing the speed of traffic, and rolling out new cycle lanes along Go Dutch principles on London's busiest streets.

The report draws unfavourable comparisons with New York, where reallocation of road space has provided high quality cycling facilities. Cycle use has subsequently boomed while the risk of cycling has continued to fall.

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