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CTC delivers hundreds of protest letters to Royal Mail HQ

8 September 2010
On the morning of Wednesday 8 September 2010, we delivered around 700 letters of protest from CTC members to Royal Mail's new Chief Executive, Moya Greene, asking her to reconsider the decision to remove cycles from the Royal Mail transport fleet.
Keep Posties Cycling

The letters were delivered using a combination of bikes, including the Pashley Mailstar, one of the range of bikes currently used by Royal Mail. In addition, CTC also used a Danish cargo trike, the carrying capacity of which would solve the problem of the current fleet which cannot manage large amounts of parcels.

A representative of Royal Mail accepted the letters on behalf of Moya Greene. A meeting between Ms Greene and the All Party Cycling Group will be held on the 22nd September.

 

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Keep Posties Cycling

Royal Mail cycle delivery
In 2010, the Royal Mail decided to scrap their fleet of 24,000 bicycles in favour of trolleys and light vans. Only a few thousand are now left and they will all be phased out by 2014. CTC objected and still objects because it's putting other road users at greater risk and is adding to emissions.
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Mintel Report on Bicycles 2010

In 2010, market research company Mintel published a ‘market intelligence’ report on bicycles, following up on similar Mintel reports in past years. Here are its key findings:
  • 34% of adults in the UK owns a bike, but this is much higher (51%) among those aged 35-44 and lower (13%) among those aged 65+.  Cycle ownership is also strongly related to socio-economic status, with 42% ownership among senior and middle-ranking professionals (groups A and B), declining to 17% among those in long-term dependence on the state (group E).
  • 12% of adults cycles regularly (i.e. at least once a week), with 6% cycling most days. Males are much more likely to cycle regularly than females (16% male, 8% female).
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Schonrock children should be allowed to cycle to school

CTC has spoken out in support of the ‘right to ride to school’, following media coverage of the Schonrock family who have been warned that they could be reported to social services unless they stop their children cycling to school on their own.
CTC - Working for Cycling

According to the media, Oliver and Gillian Schonrock, from Dulwich, south east London, let their children, aged five and eight, cycle the mile from their house to school by themselves because they say it helps to teach them independence and self-confidence.

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What impact would taking posties off bikes have?

8 June 2010
As part of our campaign to keep posties on bikes, CTC has asked Royal Mail what impact they have assessed the programme to replace bikes with vans and trolleys will have.
Kevin hands over protest letters

Our questions for Royal Mail:

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CTC welcomes 'Better Rail Stations' vision for cycle-rail integration

In November 2009, Chris Green and Sir Peter Hall reported their findings on the state of England's rail stations to the then Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis. Included within this were several very helpful recommendations on cycle-rail integration at stations.
Secure cycle parking at Leiden station

Besides cash to revive the ten worst stations, CTC was pleased to see that a dedicated fund of £14 million was provided for cycle parking and ten 'Cycle Hubs' (offering cycle hire, repair services and secure parking) with the first appearing in Leeds as Cyclepoint - now up and running.

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New Vision for Cycling

New Vision for Cycling
A doubling of cycling use in 10 years, coupled with a halving the in risks of cycling, would generate economic benefits of £3.5 billion and save 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
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Is this the worst school in the UK for cycling?

13 July 2009
Eleven-year-old Sam O’Shea has spent the entire year campaigning to be able to cycle to St Paul’s Primary School in Portsmouth. He has gone to great lengths to convince his school it should be encouraging, not banning, cycling.
Sam O'Shea

This week as the summer term ends, St Paul's has still not lifted the ban which stops him parking his bike at school.

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Higher fuel prices = cycling boom

CTC, the national cycling charity, predicts an extra 1.25 million trips will be made by bicycle every day due to the rising price of petrol and diesel.

After the last oil crisis in 1979 when fuel prices rocketed, cycling increased by almost 40%. With fuel prices higher than ever recorded CTC expects thousands of motorists to leave their cars at home and go to work by bike instead.

CTC Director Kevin Mayne said: “The amount commuters pay for fuel has a direct correlation with people deciding to take up cycling. Going by bike to work is a cheap, quick, healthy and an environmentally friendly way to commute and as people look to save money where they can, it’s the obvious choice”.

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Notes to Editors: 
  • CTC, the national cycling charity, with 70,000 members and affiliates in 250 clubs across the UK, is the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK, established in 1878. We provide a comprehensive range of services, advice, events, and protection for our members and work to promote cycling by raising public and political awareness of its health, social and environmental benefits. For more information see www.ctc.org.uk.
  • Following the oil price shock in 1979 levels of cycling increased from 4.6 billion kilometres cycled (the same level as 2006) to 6.4 billion kilometres in 1982, a 39% increase. 1.8bn km = 1.125 bn extra miles. According to the National Travel Survey the average cycle trip is 2.4 miles long. This 1.125bn extra miles equates to around 1.284 million trips per day.
  • Cycling England’s report Valuing the benefits of cycling - http://www.cyclingengland.co.uk/viewer.php?fd=225 - was published last year. Using its figures CTC calculate the benefits by 2015 of cycling increasing 40% at around £1 billion. Breakdown below

 

 

Approximate benefit from each cyclist

40% increase in cycling (£m)

Reduction in premature deaths 

£11.16 - £242.07

£214

Reduced NHS costs

£87.06 - £175.51

£104

Reduced absence from work

£47.68

£174

Reduced pollution

£69.14

£142

Reduced congestion

£137.28

£414

Total

 

£1,048

 
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