CycleDigest September 2013

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From the editor

The 'Get Britain Cycling' report, published in April and informed by evidence from expert witnesses including CTC, was aired very positively in Parliament on 2 September.

Cycling has been debated in the House before, but this time it attracted more MPs than ever. What's more, they unanimously welcomed the report's recommendations, so political leadership has the momentum now, we hope, to make things better for cycling.

Political leadership is something that we'll never be ticking off our list, though. It - and enough funding to back it up - needs to keep going or we'll never meet the national target proposed by 'Get Britain Cycling' (the target, that is, that the Government says it would rather not have...).

Cherry Allan

CTC Campaigns

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Diary dates

Ride for Hope

Saturday 21 September 2013, Birmingham

A procession, from Highbury Park, in the name of 13-year-old Hope Fennell, who was run over and killed by a lorry driver as she pushed her bike over a pedestrian crossing in 2011. The HGV driver was convicted of dangerous driving but wasn’t charged with Hope’s death.

Join the procession by foot or by bike to send the message to Birmingham City Council and the courts that children's lives are worth much more than a few months in prison. 


Local and national: making the links (CTC/Cyclenation National Conference, 2013)

Saturday 5 October 2013, Leeds

Find out how to use the current political buzz around cycling and make a real impact in your local area.

Hosted by Leeds Cycling Campaign, this conference brings together local and national cycle campaigners for talks, workshops and to share best practice.

Workshops and plenary sessions will cover:

  • Get Britain Cycling: mobilising the cycling vote
  • Cyclescape: a tool for coordinating and organising campaigns
  • Understanding your local authority        
  • Using the media
  • Revitalising your local campaign group
  • Reaching out to health and other partners
  • Explaining quality infrastructure
  • Strengthening campaigning
  • CTC’s new campaign, Road Justice

As usual there will be social events and rides, including dinners on Friday and Saturday nights and the opportunity to join Leeds Cycling Campaign’s social rides on Sunday 6 October.
Early bird booking fee of £20 per person online until end of September, (£22 per person by post and cheque).

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