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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.
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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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Cyclist killed due to pothole, says coroner

The cyclist, Martyn Uzzell, hit the pothole in North Yorkshire, and was thrown into the path of an oncoming car. His widow called on the local authority to repair the roads properly in advance of the arrival of le Tour de France in 2014.
Hazardous road surface around a drain - similar to that hit by Martyn Uzzell

Martyn Uzzell was taking part in a Land's End to John O'Groats ride for charity when he was killed in June 2011. 

The defect - next to a drainage gully - had been reported by a policeman a month before, and inspected twice by North Yorkshire County Council.

However, the local authority failed to take action to rectify the hazard, claiming that it wasn't deep enough to warrant fixing at that time. 

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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 national Space for Cycling campaign aims to create the conditions where anyone can cycle, anywhere.
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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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