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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 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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Space for Cycling - your infrastructure photos mapped

10 April 2014
Space for Cycling calls on councils to improve our streets so that anyone can cycle anywhere. But what does that mean in practice? CTC wants your photos and examples of infrastructure that's good or bad to explain to councils what works, and what needs improvement.
Space for Cycling in Brighton - bus stop bypasses on the Lewes Road

If you've got photos of examples of infrastructure for cycling - whether good or bad - CTC wants to see them.

Your photos can now be uploaded to a map with categories so that they will be easier to search in future.

Each report will also be sent on to the CycleStreets photomap a national database of cycling infrastructure images maintained by Cambridge-based social enterprise CycleStreets, which operates an excellent cycling journey planner.


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Space for Cycling launched in London

London Cycling Campaign has launched its Space for Cycling campaign today (7th April), targeting election candidates in all 624 wards in London with local-specific requests for cycling improvements. CTC will shortly launch a national version of the campaign along with local groups around the UK.
Space for Cycling logo

For the first time in London’s political history, a campaign group is lobbying 6,000 local election candidates to support one of 624 ward-specific improvements that would make streets safer and more inviting for everyone to cycle.

In what LCC describes as "the capital's most hyper-local campaign ever", LCC has worked with thousands of local residents as well as teams of volunteers in every borough to create 624 (one per electoral ward) demands for local cycling improvements in Greater London. Proposals include:


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Space for Cycling: the background

A better standard of design for cycle facilities. Proper provision for cyclists on the busiest roads. Those are the aims of CTC’s Space for Cycling campaign, which is being run in conjunction with local campaign groups around the country.
Cycle track in the Hague
Last year, the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) launched a London-focused Space for Cycling campaign, demanding better quality cycling provision in the capital.
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Space for Cycling Campaigners' Conference announced

24 March 2014
CTC will be hosting a campaigners' conference in Leeds on Saturday 3 May - for everyone looking to get involved in the Space for Cycling campaign.

Here at CTC, we’re excited to be launching the national ‘Space for Cycling’ campaign in mid-April with groups across the country including Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Newcastle and others. 

The campaign is calling on councils across the country to make our streets and roads safe and inviting for everyone to cycle - focusing specifically on infrastructure and design standards. 


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