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Infrastructure and Equity: Discussions from the Youth Bike Summit in NYC

CTC's Development Officer in Leicester, Elizabeth Barner, is from the US originally. By simple serendipity, she was able to attend a day of the Youth Bike Summit in New York in February and was amazed by the changes she found.
Manhattan bike lane and info form NYC DoT

"It’s been five years since I was in NY just to talk about cycling*, and the whole of the city has changed since then. While there was too much snow to see much infrastructure or bike sharing, it’s very special to be in a city that makes headlines about cycling. And very exciting to be amongst people who have been studying cycling infrastructure as well as community and social cycling programmes.

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33 major junctions to be overhauled in London

£300m has been set aside to improve 33 of London's biggest junctions - abandoning earlier plans to spend less on smaller changes at a greater number of junctions.
A map showing the 33 junctions to be redesigned

The Mayor's promise follows commitments last year to spend £913m over a decade on a Cycling Vision.

This £300m funding announcement comprises part of the overall budget and includes the cash allocated to the cycle superhighway programme.

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The Cycle Safety Fund and the Bedford 'turbo' roundabout: some facts

Criticism of Bedford's design for a 'turbo' roundabout on a major junction needs to be placed in context. Here Chris Peck explains why the project was cleared by a panel involving CTC.
Bedford's turbo roundabout has proved controversial

Bedford's design was funded by the Cycle Safety Fund at the beginning of 2013.

Using a Dutch 'turbo' design as a basis, the roundabout aims to slow traffic speeds, while allowing cyclists to use shared use footways and cross the roads using zebra crossings. 

Why this compromise solution came about (and was funded) is explained below.

The background

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Cycling in London - 30 years ago

A film produced by the Greater London Council in 1984, shows how many of the core network of cycle facilities were built through funds from a short lived Cycling Unit.
The GLC's film shows how little has changed since the 1980s

Back in the 1980s, cycling in Britain was undergoing a bit of a renaissance.

Having fallen to a nadir of just 3.7 billion kms cycled in 1973, the subsequent oil crisis following the Yom Kippur War saw cycling bouncing back to over 6bn kms. 

A second oil spike, this time triggered by the Iran-Iraq War, saw cycling rise again, to 6.4bn kms in the early 1980s.

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South West cycling advocates' network-building workshop

15 March 2014
Are you campaigning for cycling in the South West and want to find out how to translate your ideas into reality? If so, join us at our cycling advocates' network-building workshop in Plymouth on 15 March.
A map of South West England

Plymouth Council are the hosts for a day of cycling workshops at the Guildhall, Plymouth on 15 March.

The first of its kind, this event is set to examine cycling provision across the South West and will look at how cycle campaign networks can grow to support and influence local authorities for everyone's benefit.

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CTC calls on councils to fund cycle facilities through road maintenance programmes

22 January 2014
As the Government proposes a £50m fund for maintaining pedestrian and cycling routes, CTC calls for councils to maximise the synergies between their cycling programmes and their planned road maintenance budgets.
New York track built through maintenance work. Photo D Passmore (CC licence)

CTC has welcomed Government proposals to earmark £50m annually for maintaining walking and cycling facilities, out of the £976m distributed annually to councils for local road maintenance.

However, CTC believes even more cycle-friendly improvements could be made very cost-effectively if councils considered ways to deliver new or improved cycle provision whenever they are planning to resurface a road.

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Coventry junction scheme made safer by local campaigners

Despite the Department for Transport cycling policy, many councils do not prioritise walkers and cyclists in new road schemes. CTC representative George Riches pressed Coventry Council re-think the proposed Whitley Bridge Scheme making it signifigantly safer.
Satellite image superimposed with plan

On 6 February, the Coventry Council planning committee was expected to take a decision on a proposal to increase the traffic handling capacity of the access to the Jaguar Business Park at Whitley.

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CTC objects to proposed second Lincoln bypass

Campaigners from CTC Lincolnshire have lodged an objection to the new road on the grounds that it will sever existing local roads and provide inadequate crossings. The road will be a test of the cycle proofing commitment made by the Prime Minister in 2013.
The proposed new bypass will sever minor roads used by cyclists

The new road will cost £96m for under 5 miles – £19m a mile – more than the money being spent on cycling by the Government in eight cycling cities and four National Parks.

£50m will come from central Government, with the rest from developers and the local council.

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CTC welcomes official go-ahead for lights to help cyclists at junctions

News that the Department for Transport (DfT) has finally given the go-ahead to ‘low-level’ traffic lights has been welcomed by CTC, who have long campaigned for the move.
Low-level lights will help cyclists at junctions

The mini, cycle-specific lights help cyclists at junctions because they repeat the signal displayed on the main traffic lights at a level that makes them easier for people on bikes to see. The lights are already a common sight in most other European countries and proved very popular during track-based trials in the UK.

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CTC condemns rising toll of cyclists' deaths in London

14 November 2013
CTC demands action on cyclists’ safety in London after a fifth cyclist is killed in ten days on the capital’s roads.
A 'ghost bike' at the Bow Roundabout: photo by Diamond Geezer (Creative Commons)

In a terrible week for cycling in London, the total number of cyclists killed in 2013 has risen to 13, 8 of them killed by lorries. CTC is calling for serious improvements to cyclists' safety at major junctions, to the design of lorries, and to driver training, in order to avert more unnecessary deaths.

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