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The Census and cycle commuting - new report out

A new report from the Office for National Statistics, issued today, confirms which authorities are getting it right for cycle commuting - and which ones aren't.
Cycling in London is booming

Happily, the report confirms that 90,000 more people commuted by cycle to work in England and Wales in 2011 than in 2001. The data, collected from the last Census, also show that between 2001 and 2011, the number of people living in London who cycled to work more than doubled from 77,000 in 2001 to 155,000 in 2011.

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Let's give it up for cycling!

When we asked CycleClips readers if they had given up their cars for Lent, like CTC member the Bishop of Ramsbury, we weren't sure what to expect. However, many of you wrote in to share your experiences. Here's a selection...
Cyclists on a city street
  • "When I went on the pre-Copenhagen climate march, in I think 2010, one of the other marchers told me that she and her family had, for Lent, given up driving between Nailsea and Backwell, south of Bristol. The experience turned out to be so positive, that cycling became their routine way of travel between the two locations. I think there is a Sustrans route between the Nailsea and Backwell." R. Hancock

 

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Cake-loving lady cyclists wanted in Scotland…!

After a rainy day in the saddle with the fledgling Edinburgh Belles on Bikes, CTC Cycling Development Officer for Scotland Suzanne Forup needs some help getting more women on their bikes...
Four women on bikes

Yesterday four fairly intrepid Edinburgh Belles braved the January rain with me to launch the start of Belles on Bikes across Scotland.

Despite the dreich (that means cold, damp and miserable for the English speakers) conditions the ladies kept smiling, particularly as we rolled along Portobello Promenade into the Beach House for tea, cake and defrosting…

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Brighton and Hove CTC launch 'Shed Rides' to encourage new members

With over two thirds of bicycles stuck in a garden shed and hardly ever seeing the light of day, the Brighton and Hove CTC Member Group has come up with an ingenious plan to encourage more people to cycle in the New Year.

Members of the Brighton and Hove CTC are introducing the ‘Shed Rides’ aimed at those slightly reluctant cyclists who  have a bike buried under plant pots and half empty tins of paint somewhere in the garden shed.

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Pioneering Black Cyclist remembered during Black History Month

The ‘Major Taylor Century Ride’ takes place in Massachusetts this week. On 6 October, over 100 cyclists will ride up to 100 miles to pay homage to the first African American athlete to achieve World Champion status.
Major Taylor racing in Paris 1908

As CTC marks Black History Month this October, the ride honouring Major Taylor in Massachusetts is very timely.

CTC member and Black sociologist Lionel Anthony originally wrote an article about the legendary cyclist Marshall Walter 'Major' Taylor for the Nottingham CTC newsletter. Lionel is now keen to share the story nationally about the man who won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 and who not only set many more records and travelled the world, but overcame racial discrimination.

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How to encourage cycling at schools with anti-cycling policies

Is your child's school trying to ban or discourage cycling? Here's a guide designed to help tackle the sort of barriers that keep cropping up. It's mainly for parents, but we hope it'll also be useful for teachers, heads, governors, councils, after-school programmes and, of course, children.
Children cycling to school

There is plenty of information available on how to promote cycling at schools that already have a positive outlook (you can learn more about this in the 'Working with the Willing' section). This campaigning kit, however, is primarily to help people who are trying to change the attitudes of obstructive schools.

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Cycle-friendly schools and colleges (CTC views)

Schools and colleges should encourage cycling because it's good both for children and for the local and wider environment.
Children cycling to school
Headline Messages: 
  • Cycling to school or college helps pupils develop their physical health and fitness. It can also help boost their confidence, independence and sense of self-worth, plus their navigational and road-craft skills.
  • Equally, promoting cycling to school is a good way to tackle local congestion, pollution and road danger created by the school run.
  • Involving pupils, parents, teachers and school governors in joint action to make the trips they generate more sustainable can unite a school community and provide a learning experience in social and environmental responsibility and project management.
  • Cycling is a skill for life. Encouraging as many children as possible to see it as viable transport helps ward off car dependency in adulthood, and contributes to reducing the volume of motor traffic in the future.
Key facts: 
  • About 50% of primary school children say they want to cycle to school, but in England only around 1% of children aged 5-10 and 2% of children aged 11-15 cycled to school in 2013.
  • At well over 40%, cars are the most common form of transport used for the school/college run; travel for education is responsible for about 29% of trips between 8 and 9 am.
  • The average distance travelled to get to school/college is approximately 3 miles.
  • In the UK, about 30% of children aged 2-15 are either overweight or obese and, without action, 25% of them could be obese by 2050. In England, only round 21% of boys and 16% of girls aged 5-15 meet the current physical activity levels for their age group.
  • 10-16 year-old boys who cycle regularly to school are 30% more likely and girls 7 times more likely to meet recommended fitness levels.
  • Children who walk or cycle to school concentrate better than those who are driven there.
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 
  • Involving the whole school community (pupils, teachers, governors and parents), schools and colleges should:
    • Actively recognise the health, social, environmental and educational benefits of encouraging students and staff to cycle.
    • Develop, act on and monitor School Travel Plans that have cycling at their core; and publish pro-cycling policies.
    • Arrange for Bikeability training and other activities to promote safe, fun and responsible cycling.
    • Provide high quality facilities for pupils who cycle (e.g. parking, lockers for equipment etc).
    • Remove all barriers to cycling (e.g. bans on parking cycles on the premises).
    • Not impose restrictions on those who do cycle (e.g. a requirement to wear cycle helmets).
    • Work with the local highways authority to improve road safety in the area.
  • Local authorities should:
    • Work positively with schools/colleges about cycling and offer resources to help them develop their Travel Plans.
    • Jointly identify hostile conditions on local roads and treat them to help make cycling to and from school/college as hazard-free, attractive and convenient as possible (e.g. by introducing 20 mph speed limits, providing safe cycling links etc).
    • School inspections and self-evaluations should assess the measures that school/colleges take to encourage active travel and reduce the impact they have on traffic volumes and road danger. 
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Publication Date: 
August 2014
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CTC helps out at Watchtree Wheelers

The CTC inclusive cycling officer for the North West has been busy helping out at Watchtree Wheeler's opening event for their new tarmac circuit; Ryan, the manager of the Watchtree Wheelers, arranged for the track to be opened by para-Olympian cyclist Karen Darke.
CTC hand cycle in action at the watchtree wheelers grand opening

CTC's Inclusive Cycling Champion for the North West recently joined forces with Cycling Projects to expand the range of adaptive cycles for people to try out at the opening of the new track for the Watchtree Wheelers at Watchtree Nature Reserve in Cumbria.

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Social justice and cycling - notes from the Youth Bike Summit in New York

As I was in the right city at the right time, I spent a snowy Saturday in February at the Youth Bike Summit in New York. I was delighted by the spark of the conference and by the huge show of projects and people – 484 people from 25 states, apparently.
Group photo from the Youth Bike Summit 2014

A lot of the conversation I joined was about equity and cycling, and I was struck by how many projects merge cycling and social justice, - or, actually, don't merge them, but treat them as if they were never separate.  (A few projects and links below.) 

This felt different from my experience in England. I think it reflects the foundation of the summit, born from looking around the US’s National Bike Summit and realising that the activists and advocates assembled looked a lot like the Congress they were trying to influence. 

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Cycle training

Cycle training is a very effective way to encourage more people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to cycle. It boosts skills and confidence, particularly in imperfect conditions, and teaches the rules of the road.
Cycle training at school
Headline Messages: 
  • Cycle training is a very effective way to encourage more people to cycle by boosting trainees’ riding skills and confidence, particularly in imperfect cycling conditions. It also grounds them in the rules of the road.
  • Cycle training should be widely available not just for young children, but also for teenagers (i.e. as they become more independent and start using busier roads). It should also be readily accessible to adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to help them discover cycling, or overcome their fears about rediscovering it later in life.
  • By improving trainees’ road skills, cycle training could also affect how quickly teenagers and others learn to drive and enhance their ability to manage the risks both to themselves and to others with whom they share the roads.
  • Cycle training could also play a role in tackling offending cycling, in the same way that driver training is used as a remedial response for acts of unlawful driving.
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 
  • Cycle training in the UK should comply with the National Standard. This represents best practice because it introduces trainees to real-life, on-road conditions, helping to equip adults and children with the skills they need to ride confidently in today’s traffic.
  • National government should establish and fund a national target to give every child the opportunity to take part in ‘Bikeability’. Children should be offered training at least to Level 2 free of charge before they leave school/college. The best way to guarantee this is to include Bikeability in the curriculum for all schools.
  • Local authorities should support and encourage all schools to organise age-appropriate Bikeability training. They should also offer inclusive programmes to help people with disabilities reach National Standard outcomes, Bikeability courses for adults and special groups, and joint parent/child training classes.
  • Providing cycle training is one of the most important ways in which schools and workplaces can directly encourage people to cycle and help realise the many benefits of increased local cycle use.
  • The Government should require local authorities and schools to collect data directly from pupils on the impact of Bikeability training, and provide the tools to do this.
  • Integrating cycle awareness and cycle training itself into driver instruction and testing would promote better understanding between cyclists and other road users and contribute to road safety objectives. It should also become a compulsory element of the professional training/qualifying process for the drivers of large vehicles (lorries, buses, coaches etc.).
  • Disqualified and offending drivers should be offered a course of cycle training to improve their driving behaviour and encourage them to use a cycle for their transport needs during and after their period of disqualification. The police and courts should also have the power to require drivers who have been convicted of offences involving cyclists to participate in such a course.
  • The Government should commission and fund comprehensive, long-term research into how quickly Bikeability trainees subsequently learn to drive and how safe they prove to be once qualified. Motor insurers should also consider offering discounts to those who have completed Level 3 Bikeability.
  • National government should continue to maintain/support: the National Standard; the training of National Standard Instructors (NSIs); regular reviews; quality assurance processes and registration systems; and an accessible national database of qualified NSIs.

 

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