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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.
Broken bike

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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Is UK cycling at a turning point?

CTC's newly-appointed Campaigns and Communications co-ordinator Sam Jones considers whether attitudes to cycling are changing.
Riders at Manchester Mass Bike ride

Anyone who hops onto a bike will at times encounter prejudicial views towards cyclists. Pavement-riding, red-light-jumping, two-wheeled-terrorists, lycra louts... the list goes on.

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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.
CTC cycling Case Study

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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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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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.
  • In the Netherlands, around 49% of primary school children cycle to and from school, 37% walk and only 14% are brought and collected by car. In secondary school, the cycling share is even higher. 
  • 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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