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'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry examines cycling strategy

23 January 2013
The first session of the 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry has tackled Government and local authority strategy towards cycling, taking evidence from cycling organisations, experts and journalists.
UK Cycling Alliance representatives at the 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry

CTC today joined other cycling groups, experts and journalists to call for cabinet-level leadership to promote more and safer cycling.

The first session of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's 'Get Britain Cycling' parliamentary inquiry, dealing with strategy, was eagerly followed on twitter, with the topic 'trending' for much of the morning.

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Was 2012 the year when we finally started to 'Get Britain Cycling'?

In a final blog posting for 2012, CTC’s Campaigns Director Roger Geffen reviews year’s highlights and looks forward to 2013 with a level of optimism which seemed unthinkable a year ago.
Has there been progress for cycling in 2012?

In terms of cycling’s political fortunes, 2012 was a remarkably good year.  The Times’s Cities fit for cycling campaign has given cycling a huge shot in the arm. Then there was the tremendous successes of Britain’s cyclists in the Tour de France and Olympics.

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Lorry driver in Mary Bowers case receives ‘insulting’ £2,700 fine for careless driving

Lorry driver Petre Beiu, a Romanian national, was acquitted of the dangerous driving charge he received after hitting Mary Bowers as she commuted to work in November 2011. He was found guilty of the lesser charge of careless driving, for which he received a £2,700 fine and an 8 month driving ban.
Launch of The Times Cities fit for Cycling campaign

According to the London Evening Standard on hearing the sentence Mary Bowers’ father stated "I regard the sentence as a complete insult…inconceivable that a verdict other than dangerous driving was reached."

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The Lords debate cycling... and it doesn't descend into abuse!

Normally, each time the House of Lords holds a short debate on cycling, up get a troop of seasoned peers to condemn the behaviour of cyclists. But yesterday's debate was refreshingly light on anti-cyclist drivel and strong on good policy.
Lord Berkeley is Secretary to the APPCG and Vice-President of CTC

The debate was triggered by a question tabled by Lord Berkeley, the Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and a Vice-President of CTC, who'd asked us for ideas for a question.

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All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group launches 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG), a cross-party group of MPs and Peers with an interest in cycling, has launched its 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry into how to increase levels of cycling.
The Times campaign is 9 months old

The inquiry, which is being funded by News International, will hear evidence from a range of stakeholders involved in promoting cycling and cycle safety. See CTC's written evidence. Oral evidence sessions will take place in January and February 2013. The APPCG's report - which will be drafted by leading transport academic Prof Phil Goodwin - is due to be published in mid-April 2013.

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Labour promises push on cycling

2 October 2012
Maria Eagle MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, has endorsed the Times manifesto on cycling and promised to implement its demands in full. The statement follows last week's commitment at the Liberal Democrat conference calling for widespread 20 mph speed limits.
Maria Eagle endorsed the Cities fit for cycling campaign

At the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, Maria Eagle MP spoke to delegates setting out her views on high speed rail, bus reform and active travel. 

She congratulated the Times on its 'Cities fit for cycling' campaign, and demanded the Government implement its manifesto in full. 

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Government inaction on road safety costing lives

The Transport Select Committee report into road safety comes just a week after new guidance on setting local speed limits showed feeble leadership from Government. Where local authorities aren't performing, stronger direction is required from central Government to ensure road safety improves.
The Government has shown little leadership on 20 mph zones and limits

Much has changed since the Transport Select Committee inquiry into road safety took evidence from CTC's Roger Geffen in January and from CTC's President and Vice-President in May. The 'Cities fit for cycling' campaign by The Times emerged in February and radically shifted the debate around cycle safety. And, more recently, new figures emerged showing a massive spike in serious injuries amongst cyclists, but just a slight rise in cycle use.

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Road safety inquiry highlights lack of Government leadership on cycling

18 July 2012
A report from the Transport Select Committee has criticised the Government over the handling of cycle safety. The report emerged following evidence given by CTC and CTC's President Jon Snow earlier in the year.
CTC President Jon Snow

CTC has called for concerted action after MPs have criticised Government policy on road safety, demanding stronger leadership on road safety and cycle safety in particular.

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Government devotes an additional £15m to fix junctions

26 June 2012
In the 2012 Budget the Chancellor allocated £15m to fix problem junctions in London. Now another £15m has been found to spend on junctions outside London. The additional funding is a testament to The Times's 'Cities fit for cycling' campaign in the spring.
The Times' #cyclesafe campaign generated 10,000 reports of bad junctions

The Minister in charge of cycling issues, Norman Baker MP, said that the fund will be used to support improvements to junctions with poor safety records. The Department will work with local authorities and the Cycling Stakeholder Forum, on which CTC is represented, to identify the major junctions.

This fund will provide capital support to improve safety at junctions identified as having a record of road incidents that have resulted in cyclists being killed or seriously injured."

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Celebrating cycling in Sheffield at the National Dinner

CTC’s AGM and National Dinner was held this year in Sheffield. With the AGM meeting out of the way, members sat down to enjoy a meal and celebrate the achievements of 2011.
Kaya Burgess speaking at the National Dinner

CTC welcomed Times reporter Kaya Burgess, who spoke about the paper's nationwide campaign ‘Cities fit for Cycling’ that was inspired by the serious injury of fellow Times reporter Mary Bowers. Kaya talked about his personal experiences of campaigning and the importance of the joint work with CTC to push through changes resulting in more and safer cycling for people in Britain.

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