Promotion and Encouragement

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
  • 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 - - 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


Reduced NHS costs

£87.06 - £175.51


Reduced absence from work



Reduced pollution



Reduced congestion






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  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541


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