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Government cycling strategy a "derisory plan, not a delivery plan"

Government's Cycling Delivery Plan, published two hours before key parliamentary debate, fails to make commitments to funding for cycling.
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Just minutes before the scheduled start of a House of Commons debate on the future of cycling in Britain, the Government finally released its draft Cycling Delivery Plan, a year after it was due.

Making a mockery of Parliament’s role to scrutinise Government strategy and policy, the draft Plan lacks any firm commitments to provide the funding for cycling needed to make it a safe and attractive option for day-to-day journeys, for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

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What if…?

CTC’s Sam Jones considers what a day in the life of a cyclist might be like by 2020 - IF the Government had committed to Funding4Cycling in 2014, AND had been investing at least £10 per head annually for the previous five years.
Cycling in Copenhagen

It’s just after 8am on a damp, miserable autumn morning as I enter the communal bike shed outside my flat. The shed was built through funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) after residents in the block thought a dedicated space would be better than letting the bicycles fill hallways and stairwells.

The racks are half empty at this hour, despite the weather, and I know it is much easier to remove my steed now than it will be when I try to squeeze him back in later in the evening.

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Take a minute this week to support #Funding4Cycling

CTC launches its new campaign to get #Funding4Cycling included in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. Take action by Friday 17 October!
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Today (Thursday 09 October) CTC launched its latest campaign #Funding4Cycling in an effort to make sure that cycle funding is included in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement happening on 03 December. 

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Cycle Minister sends off Birmingham ride

Robert Goodwill MP rearranges diary to support the Space for Cycling mass ride at the Conservative Party Conference.
Conservative and Labour politicans show support for cycling

Yesterday (Monday 29 September) saw another flurry of activity as CTC’s campaigns team marshalled further political support for cycling at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

The day started with a breakfast event hosted by News UK where Cycling Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, promised that the long awaited Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan would be published in October. Expanding on this topic, he also said the Government would commit real money to the Plan’s delivery.

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Alicia's story - teaching an adult to ride a bike

Is it ever too late to learn to ride a bike? Definitely not, as Alicia recently found out when she asked CTC Cycle Instructor Julie Rand for help. Alicia has wanted to learn to cycle for nearly 30 years.
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Now a grandmother, with a daughter and grandchildren living in Copenhagen, she decided it was now or never....

Barriers to cycling

So, why had she not learnt to ride before? Like many women around the world, it was down to lack of opportunity and encouragement. She had grown up as one of 13 brothers and sisters in Colombia, South America. There simply wasn't the money or time for cycling. Not only that, cycling was not thought to be a suitable activity for girls, so there were cultural barriers as well. 

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Biking without boundaries

Cycling is an activity which, as a rule, relies on you being able to see where you're going,so you might think that having a visual impairment would rule you out of taking part. But we all know that rules are there to be broken and, with a bit of help, pretty much anyone can cycle.
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I work for CTC as an Inclusive Cycling Development Officer. Along with partner organisation Cycling Projects and with funding from the Big Lottery, we are trying to grow the network of inclusive cycling groups in England, to help make cycling accessible to more and more people, regardless of ability.

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Cycle to Work Day

CTC is proud to support Cycle to Work Day, a national event championed by multi-gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey. It aims to encourage everyone to cycle to work for at least just one day - on Thursday 4 September 2014.
Female cycle commuter cycling away from the camera

According to Census data, 760,000 people in the UK cycle to work regularly - this number keeps growing steadily, but with Cycle to Work Day's help, we are aiming to make those numbers skyrocket this year and beyond!

By 2021, Cycle to Work Day  hopes to see a million people regularly commuting to work by bike. Last year's event saw a Herculean effort from the 20,000 commuters who hit the streets and cycled over a quarter of a million miles on Cycle to Work Day.

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Petitioning for a green route to Heysham

Lancashire cycle campaign group Dynamo has been successfully drumming up public support for a proposed green cycle route to connect Lancaster to Heysham.
Proposed Heysham - Lancaster route

The proposal for a new green cycle route to Heysham, as an extension to the Lancaster cycle network, has been made by local cycle campaign group Dynamo.

The group organised a public petition to show the level of support for the scheme and launched an e-petition on Lancashire County Council's website. The group's e-petition and paper petitions collected an impressive 2,412 signatures over the 3 month period leading up to 28 June 2014.

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Women's Cycling Forum discusses inclusive cycling

The Women's Cycling Forum in Edinburgh met for the first time recently. As CTC's Inclusive Cycling Officer for the North West, Jayne Rodgers was invited to be there to present and facilitate a round table discussion about inclusive cycling.
Break-out for discussion a the WCF

Saturday 14 June saw the first meeting of the Women's Cycling Forum in Edinburgh. My reasons for being there were many, but primarily I was invited to present a short summary of the ICC (Inclusive Cycle Champions) programme currently being run in the English regions and also funded by the Big Lottery. The programme is a being conducted in partnership with cycling projects.

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Glasgow Cycle Festival

CTC’s Assistant Head of Development in Scotland loves a festival - the mud, the camping and the avoidance of washing - so this year she’s managed to get involved with organising two. One of them, the Glasgow Cycle Festival, kicks off this Friday with a leisurely bike ride to the WEST brewery!
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Nearly a year ago I sat in the ‘office’ - a shipping container with a sofa - at Free Wheel North with three cycling colleagues eating cherries as we airily suggested ideas for our yet un-named cycling festival. We didn't have any money and it wasn't in anyone's work plan. But we didn't let that stop us. One funding bid, a lot more talking and a whole load of work later the first Glasgow Cycle Festival is about to launch...

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