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Making Space for Cycling: a conference of campaigners

Over 70 campaigners from around the country met up in Leeds for the first Space for Cycling campaigners conference on 3 May.
Campaigners from around the country met in Leeds to discuss Space for Cycling

The Space for Cycling conference, hosted by Leeds Cycling Campaign, offered the audience from all around the UK the chance to share, discuss and learn about how to make Space for Cycling.

There were some fascinating presentations - do have a read. The following summarises some of the highlights. 

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Traffic signs reform signal better cycling infrastructure

After years of pressure from CTC, the Department for Transport has unveiled a major reform of the traffic signs and signals regulations, which will allow better quality cycle facilities to be built, and much greater flexibility for local authorities to adopt their own approaches.
Trials of new cycling infrastructure have fed into these new regulations

The proposed changes mean that cycle priority crossings of main roads will be easier.

Other changes bring into force trialled measures, such as low level signal heads, long-awaited changes to Advanced Stop Lines and the use of "elephant's footprints" markings to designate cycle-priority crossings.

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Space for Cycling guide sets out what Councillors need to do

To help explain what Space for Cycling means in practice, CTC, with help from our campaign group partners, has produced this guide for local decision makers.
Front cover of the Space for Cycling guide

We've tried to make the guide as simple as possible, using photos, including the lovely image of one of LCC's Space for Cycling rides last year, taken by Jim Killock.

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Cycle use falling in England, Government data suggests

Overall, across England, the proportion of people cycling once a month or more has fallen from 15.3% to 14.7% in one year - a reduction in over a third of million people.
Cycle use has declined in 2012/2013 compared with the previous year

Cycle use has fallen in many parts of Britain, with the falls greatest in the south and east of England.

CTC believes this change is due mainly to a lack of commitment from both local authorities and national government to cycling.

The data, published by the Department for Transport, comes from the Active People Survey, a large survey of people's physical activity habits compiled by Sport England.

Brighton’s successful North Laine contraflow scheme

Becky Reynolds grew up cycling. Her Mum taught her to ride at an early age, so cycling has been and integral part of her life for as long as she can remember. What changed this everyday self-described 'utility cyclist' into a campaigner and co-founder of Cycle Lewes, an active campaigning group?
Becky Reynolds, "One Way, No Way!" Campaigner

This month CTC has launched the national Space for Cycling campaign with the vision of making it safe for anyone to cycle anywhere in the country.

Both experienced campaigners and thousands of everyday people are taking part by sending emails via our website www.space4cycling.org.uk challenging Councillors all over the country to pledge their support. United, we're confident change can happen, as it has in examples all over the country, including Brighton.

Chichester is a 20mph city thanks to one mum’s dedication and a team of volunteers

Sarah Sharp never thought of herself as a cycle campaigner before she initiated the Chichester 20s Plenty campaign; in fact, this self-described 'ordinary housewife' didn’t even learn to ride a bike until she was 28. So what was it exactly that changed in this mum of two?
Sarah with her two children

“It was my daughter that really was the driving force", Sarah admits. A shy and quiet girl, she took a lot longer than her brother to learn to ride. But at age 11 and, after the first two days of mum and daughter cycling to school, Sarah’s daughter expressed a desire to go on her own.

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What do we mean by Space for Cycling?

How do we create Space for Cycling? A range of solutions is needed, for major and minor roads or junctions, in urban and rural areas alike.

In general though, the answers are covered by the Space for Cycling campaign's six themes:

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It’s boom time for Cargo Bikes

15 April 2014
More than 200 delegates from 25 countries met at the second European Cycle Logistics Conference, 12 April in Nijmegen, Netherlands, to celebrate the stellar potential of cycle delivery in developing new business models and reducing congestion in inner cities.
Gary of Outspoken Delivery inaugurating the European Cycle Logistics Federation

The SUV for Intelligent Living

More and more companies understand that using bikes & cargo-bikes relieves congestion in cities and saves money. DHL Netherlands replaced 33 trucks with 33 cargo bikes, thus saving 152 metric tons of CO2 and € 430.000 per year. ‘In the Netherlands, 10% of all our vehicles are bikes’, said Arne Melse from DHL Netherlands. The trend is accelerating. From our pilots in four EU countries we see that, indeed, it is possible to deliver by cycle.’

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Space for Cycling: the national campaign gets underway

CTC, the national cycling charity, has launched the national Space for Cycling campaign. It call on councils to ensure that anyone can cycle anywhere, and to seek the funding this will require.
Space for Cycling

Thousands of people are now contacting their councillors, urging them to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to get around safely, conveniently and enjoyably for any local journey.

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