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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.

Capital issues

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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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New law for better cycle paths in Wales

The Welsh Government has proposed a new law placing a duty on local authorities to map the walking and cycling routes in their area and make a plan and budget to improve them. Wales is being touted as the first country for such law to be introduced.
The NCN8 near Caernarfon alongside a major road

The Welsh Government's proposals have been brought before the Welsh Assembly as the Active Travel Bill Wales 2013, following a consultation in 2012. 

It's a highly ambitious set of proposals which will force local authorities to identify, map out and improve the walking and cycling networks in their area.

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Chris Boardman speaks at cycling inquiry

After Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman joined health experts and others to give evidence at today's Get Britain Cycling inquiry hearing, CTC has expressed dismay that the government departments for education, employers and the environment all declined to send witnesses.
Cyclist Chris Boardman giving evidence at the 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry

Chris Boardman was the star witness today at the fourth evidence session of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry, which focused on active lifestyles. His evidence came on the same day that the Government's Chief Medical Officer urged local authorities to invest in cycling, as a cure for over 20 long-term medical conditions.

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CTC welcomes £62m cycle spending announcement, but urges consistency

30 January 2013
CTC and other cycling groups have welcomed today's Government announcement explaining how £62m of cycling funding for England will be spent - including £30m for up to 3 'cycling cities'. But CTC urges that larger and more consistent commitments will be needed if we are to 'Get Britain Cycling'.
Norman Baker MP at the opening of a new cycle track in Sussex in 2012

The Government's announcement coincides with the second day of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry, where CTC is giving evidence on cycle safety issues, together with other cycling, road safety and motoring organisations, as well as the Metropolitan Police and Ministry of Justice.

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'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry examines cycling strategy

23 January 2013
The first session of the 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry has tackled Government and local authority strategy towards cycling, taking evidence from cycling organisations, experts and journalists.
UK Cycling Alliance representatives at the 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry

CTC today joined other cycling groups, experts and journalists to call for cabinet-level leadership to promote more and safer cycling.

The first session of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's 'Get Britain Cycling' parliamentary inquiry, dealing with strategy, was eagerly followed on twitter, with the topic 'trending' for much of the morning.

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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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