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CTC's Top 10 for Number 10 to Get Britain Cycling

With a government announcement on cycling reportedly imminent, here are CTC's priorities for what we'd like it to say.
Will No 10 find the funding to make Cycletopia a reality?

A month ago The Times reported that an announcement on cycling from Number 10 was expected "early in August".

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Contra-flow cycling (2-way cycling in 1-way streets)

Allowing cyclists to ride two-way in one-way streets makes cycling more convenient and attractive...
Contra-flow street
Headline Messages: 
  • Allowing cyclists to ride two-way in one-way streets makes cycling in town and cities more convenient by opening up the street network and providing short-cuts. It can also help make cycling safer by offering alternatives to busy roads.
  • Contra-flow works well in many other European countries, where it is already widespread.
  • As it gives cycling an advantage over driving, contra-flow helps encourage a shift from cars to cycles for short local journeys.
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 
  • One-way systems put cyclists at a disadvantage, making their journeys longer and more stressful. Restoring two-way cycling on one-way streets can significantly improve the safety, convenience and attractiveness of cycling.
  • Each local authority should review all its one-way streets, with the aim of progressively converting them either for two-way use (particularly for one-way systems on more major roads), or permitting contra-flow cycling (e.g. on narrower streets), unless it can be demonstrated that there are overriding hazards to the safety of cyclists.
  • Contra-flow cycling should be facilitated through appropriate engineering treatments, depending on the traffic volumes, speeds and road widths involved.
  • In many cases, e.g. on quieter roads, unsegregated two-way cycling on an unmarked road is an appropriate solution. More heavily trafficked one-way roads should be provided with contra-flow lanes.
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Publication Date: 
August 2013
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Cyclist's letter to the Mayor of London calls for safer infrastructure for cycling

A cyclist who witnessed the aftermath of the crash which killed cyclist Alan Neve on the Holborn gyratory has written this letter to the Mayor of London, appealing to him to improve cycling infrastructure in the capital
Dutch cycle tracks

Dear Mayor,

I was cycling through Holborn junction as a part of my regular commute to work at 9:25 this Monday morning (15 July 2013). But what I witnessed was a male body in a white T-shirt being revived. There were parts of a purple bicycle scattered around a small lorry that had stopped right in front of me. A simple glance at the scene was enough to understand what had happened just a minute earlier. A big lorry was parked diagonally from the smaller one and the bleeding body was lying between them.

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Don't just fill potholes - start again with streets

At a conference on road maintenance this week, Chris Peck explained the dangers faced by cyclists from poor road maintenance, and suggested that savings could be made by doing more to factor in cyclists needs when resurfacing.
A collage of potholes

By combining local transport projects with regular resurfacing, considerable cost savings could be made, I told the conference delegates at the Future of Highways North.

This is standard practice in many parts of the world, but the simple process of connecting up the road maintenance side of councils' work, with the improvement side sometimes seems to evade us here in the UK.

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Cycling in Vienna: lessons from Velo-city 2013

Chris Peck spent a week in Vienna at Velo-City, the biggest international conference on cycle planning and promotion, alongside 1,400 other delegates from dozens of countries. Here are his first impressions of the city and its plans for cycling.
Vienna's huge central Ringstrasse has space for all modes of transport

As a city, Vienna is pretty good for cycling – indeed, anyone used to cycling in British cities would find it far superior to virtually any here.

Unfortunately for Vienna, though, it also possesses a road and public transport network that are superb, uncongested and – in the case of the latter – astonishingly cheap: the Viennese pay just 365 Euros a year for a season ticket which gives them access to six underground (U-bahn) lines covering the whole city, surface trains (S-bahn) to the outer suburbs, Europe’s biggest tram network and of course buses.

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CTC tells Osborne maintaining roads is better than building them

Cycling charity joins call for Chancellor to focus on maintaining existing roads rather than building new ones in his forthcoming Spending Review.
Pothole: Photo by tejvanphotos (Creative Commons licence)

CTC, the national cycling charity has joined other transport groups in calling on the Chancellor George Osborne to spend on maintaining existing roads rather than on expensive and damaging new roads schemes.

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Small town cycling: where Britain falls far behind

Whereas cycling is slowly increasing in London and other cities, it is continuing to fall - fast - in places where historically it was much higher, such as the towns and villages of eastern England. On a recent trip to Italy I saw how the bike can still be the default mode of transport
Everyday cycling in Binasco, a small town near Milan

Italy is not a place we normally look to for lessons on cycling, but perhaps we should.

On a recent trip, I visited a small town on the outskirts of Milan, in the vast, flat and densely populated landscape of the Po valley.

With a population of around 7,000, the town of Binasco bears only slender resemblance to similar sized British towns. Much of the population is housed in modern apartments near a town centre, which still retains the old network of narrow streets around a castle.

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Dutch-style roundabouts and low-level signals tested

Low level signals and continental-style roundabouts with cycle priority are the standard design in the Netherlands. But in this country they are considered so radical and innovative by the Government that special trials are being carried out on TRL's track in Crowthorne, Berkshire
Dutch priority over side-roads - like this - is being trialled in Britain

Mini-traffic lights, simple yield markings, zebra crossings without archaic orange Belisha beacons and zig zag markings...

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Cycle safety at 78 junctions to be improved thanks to £18m in grants

Government funding of £18m, announced last summer, will go to local authorities across England to improve cycle safety at junctions.
A hostile road in Leicester which will be transformed

The funding includes several hugely impressive and radical schemes, including the partial removal of a gyratory in Leicester and the construction of a £2m cycle bridge in Bury St Edmunds.

CTC was represented on the panel of experts alongside British Cycling, CPRE and Sustrans, which recommended the shortlist of schemes to be funded. 

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Roadworks - a test of priorities

When road or building work requires space to be removed from the carriageway, who gives up the space? In Britain, roadworks often occupy cycle facilities, with no provision of alternatives.
Space for bikes and pedestrians is temporarily reallocated in Denmark

In other countries cyclists often get a better deal.

This photo, from the centre of Copenhagen, shows that when building work requires space to be taken away from the pavement and cycle track, a temporary facility is constructed on the road.

Admittedly, the provision is narrow and well below the width of the cycle facility that had been replaced, but cyclists at least have been considered.

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