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Talking cycling to Northern Ireland’s politicians, planners and the public

Wednesday was one of the most meeting-packed days I can remember, with 2 Ministers, one parliamentary select committee, a presentation to some traffic planners, a visit to a cycle-friendly school and a public meeting all in one day!
Mike McKillen, Mai-Britt Kristensen and Roger Geffen at Stormont castle

Huge respect to Tom McClelland, CTC’s lead regional volunteer campaigner, for arranging such a full schedule at very short notice.

Tom and I were joined throughout the day by Mai-Britt Kristensen from the Cycling Embassy of Denmark, and by Mike McKillen from Cyclist.ie, the federation of cycle campaign groups in the Irish Republic.

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Brighton's Old Shoreham Road: the cycle-ways to the future?

18 June 2012
Innovative cycle lanes with a degree of separation from the road have been introduced on Old Shoreham Road in Brighton. While not perfect, these new lanes are about the best that can be done under current highway design regulations.
Cycling Minister Norman Baker MP opened the cycle lanes

The new lanes are designed to give a degree of separation from motor vehicles, without completely sacrificing priority over side-roads or at major junctions. The width varies from around 1.5m to over 2m wide, with most of the space for the lanes having been taken from the carriageway. At junctions with the main roads cycles have a 5 second headstart traffic light.

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New Mayor of Basingstoke shuns chaffeur limo for bike

Cllr Martin Biermann was recently voted in as the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Council, but has announced he would no longer use a chaffeur, instead declaring he would use a bicycle to attend engagements.
Councillor Martin Biermann (from Basingstoke Observer)

Unfortunately some of his fellow councillors criticised him, suggesting that travelling by bicycle undermined the status of Mayor. Councillor Biermann told the Basingstoke Observer that he was saving money and making a green statement. When travelling to more distant locations he will use trains or an electric car provided for free by a local resident.

What I am intending to do is lead by example, and go to as many events by bike, or train"

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New Vision for Cycling: Doubling the Benefits

CTC's 'New Vision for Cycling' sets out the benefits which doubling cycling (and halving the risks of cycling) would have.
Over a third of Copenhageners cycle to work - can we achieve the same?

CTC has been promoting cycling at national and local level since 1878 and, after well over a century of campaigning and lobbying, we believe that cycling has never been more relevant than it is today.

Why cycle?

Cycling is fun, fast, flexible, free (well, almost!) and it keeps you fit. You don’t have to pay for a gym and you can save time by getting from A to B while you’re exercising.

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Pedal on Parliament

Thousands of cyclists pedalled to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to demand that politicians do all they can to make Scotland a cycle-friendly nation.
Pedal on Parliament poster

On Saturday 28 April, a crowd of around 3,000 cyclists rang their bike bells and horns loudly and began the Pedal on Parliament ride from the Meadows to Holyrood.

Leading the charge was Mark Beaumont, the CTC member and round the world cyclist and adventurer, who rode the route with a handmade banner calling for a cycle-friendly Scotland.

As far as the eye could see, thousands of cyclists filled the whole of both George IV Bridge and High Street.

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Jon Snow and Josie Dew at the Transport Select Committee

24 April 2012
President and Vice-President of CTC respectively, Jon Snow and Josie Dew appeared alongside editor of The Times, James Harding, whose 'Cities fit for cycling' campaign has triggered a shift in political support for cycling. Two ministers with responsibility for cycling also gave evidence.
CTC President Jon Snow

Since The Times launched its Cities fit for cycling campaign in February, political doors have opened and behind the scenes there has been a bit of progress on many of the 8 points which The Times originally argued for.

CTC had already given evidence to the Transport Select Committee's Inquiry into Road Safety but an additional day of evidence specifically on cycling was arranged, to which CTC's President, Vice-President and the editor of The Times were invited.

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A statistical look at the success of Swindon's Workplace Cycle Challenge

Find out what effect the second Workplace Cycle Challenge had on the number of people cycling in Swindon.
CTC and Challenge for Change logo

What is a Workplace Cycle Challenge?

The Workplace Cycle Challenge is a behavioural change programme, designed to encourage more people to cycle more often.

It allowed organisations, and the individual departments within them, to compete against each other, seeing who could encourage the most staff to cycle for at least 10 minutes over a three-week Challenge period.

The Challenge focuses on participation rather than mileage, to ensure a fair competition which engaged new and occasional cyclists as much as regular cyclists.

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Everybody Active - safe cycling sessions for adults with disabilities in Reading

Everybody Active is a cycling session run each week on a Wednesday. The sessions provide the opportunity for adults with disabilities to cycle in a safe environment.
All ability cyclists take to the track in Reading

Since the launch of the Everybody Active cycling sessions, we have seen numbers of attendees increase and already we have ten regular participants who turn up whatever the weather.

The sessions have been such a success that there are now two every Wednesday between 10am and 12pm at Palmer Park, Reading.

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Free cycling training for the over 50s in Swindon

The Over 50’s Cycling Courses in Swindon have been so popular that it is fully booked months in advance and more dates have been added to cope with demand.
Over 50s begginners line up for their first lesson

Many people have continued cycling in their learning groups many months after their courses finish, which has created a growing cycling scene for older people in the area.

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Government launches strategy for walking and cycling

10 February 2010
The Department for Transport and the Department of Health published their Active Travel Strategy in February 2010. It incorporated a new National Cycle Plan, which promised to launch a "Decade of Cycling" in England.
Cyclists in central London

The Strategy noted that cycling currently accounts for less than 2% of trips in Britain, a very low proportion by comparison with many of our continental neighours, and it set out to significantly increase this. CTC welcomed the Strategy's recognition of the benefits of cycling, and particularly the acknowledgement that, compared to its health benefits, "The actual risk of cycling is tiny."

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