CycleDigest August 2013
From the Editor
Welcome to the August issue of CTC's CycleDigest.
Congratulations are due to the eight cities and four national parks who've been awarded significant central government funding for cycling.
Although the amount each city has to spend on each of its citizens varies, between them it amounts to around £10 per person per year and, happily, this is the sum recommended by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's (APPCG) 'Get Britain Cycling' report, published in April.
This is good news for the cities, of course, but the new cycle funding only covers one tenth of Britain's population for two years, so an enduring commitment to spend £10 per person annually wherever they live would be far better - and just think what could be done with double! £20 per person per year is, after all, the APPCG's long-term ambition.
One way of helping reach that goal is to urge your MP to attend the 'Get Britain Cycling' debate on Parliament's first day back on 2 September. It's really easy to send them a letter!
- 3 September 2013, London
Scheduled to take place the day after the Parliamentary debate on ‘Get Britain Cycling’, this conference is designed to help delegates understand the changes taking place in policy and funding, and the impact they will have at local level. It will also be an opportunity to learn from successful cycling schemes and gather new ideas and practical tips for delivering interesting and engaging cycling and road safety campaigns.
Book now to join DfT, CTC and a panel of cycling enthusiasts and experts for the day. Fees from £175 (for information on concessions/special offers, please email Max Steckelmacher).
- 12 September, nationwide
Launched by the UK Cycle to Work company, Cyclescheme, Cycle to Work Day is a national event, championed by multi gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey. The aim is to encourage people to commute by cycle on the day itself and to cycle more often afterwards.
Supported by a variety of organisations, including CTC.
- 5 October 2013, Leeds
This is your annual opportunity to mingle with professionals and activists who share (or challenge) your own cycling advocacy goals. Don’t miss out – come along to air your views and listen to people immersed in the field! The programme should have something for everyone – advice, tips, updates, plus a Leeds infrastructure safari.
Booking is now open – early bird fee of £20 per person online until early September; £22 per person by post and cheque.