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Book review: Rights of Way: Restoring the Record (by Sarah Bucks & Phil Wadey)

Rights of way (ROW) in England & Wales could offer so much more for cyclists and others - but official records don't do it justice. 'Rights of Way: Restoring the Record' reveals how to use evidence to prove or disprove the existence of ROW. Reviewed by Colin Palmer, CTC's Off-road Adviser.
A cyclist on a right of way

Although we already have some 32,000 km of bridleways and byways in England & Wales available for recreational or utility cycling, the network is, in reality, much, much larger.

However, unless we do something about it, off-road cyclists could lose out on the chance to convert all these fragments into a coherent network of useable circular rides.

The problem is that the wider network of legal cycle routes is either unrecorded, or under-recorded as a footpath, denying their use on the saddle.

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Cycle safety at 78 junctions to be improved thanks to £18m in grants

Government funding of £18m, announced last summer, will go to local authorities across England to improve cycle safety at junctions.
A hostile road in Leicester which will be transformed

The funding includes several hugely impressive and radical schemes, including the partial removal of a gyratory in Leicester and the construction of a £2m cycle bridge in Bury St Edmunds.

CTC was represented on the panel of experts alongside British Cycling, CPRE and Sustrans, which recommended the shortlist of schemes to be funded. 

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Put cycling on the National Curriculum

Although cycling is the third most popular activity amongst children and a crucial life skill, only half of all children have access to good quality Bikeability cycle training. CTC members have urging that all schools provide cycle training as part of the National Curriculum.
Providing Bikeability cycle training is crucial to create a cycling culture

CTC has urged the Department for Education to change the National Curriculum to include provision for child cycle training as part of Key Stages 2-4.

Currently the physical education section mandates that swimming is taught, with the requirement that children learn to swim 25 metres.

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What cyclists want drivers to know: road safety campaign tells all

CTC has welcomed a new publicity campaign from Road Safety GB Mercia (Midlands area) because of its refreshing emphasis on educating drivers about cyclists' needs, concerns and safety.
What Matters Most Poster

Instead of pointing fingers or focusing on giving cyclists 'safety' advice, What Matters Most takes a much more balanced approach. 

CTC was consulted by the campaign's developers and gave its support to the proposed message.

It features two complementary web pages that clearly set out ‘What cyclists want drivers to know’ and ‘What drivers want cyclists to know.’

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Government boost for sustainable door-to-door travel

CTC has today welcomed the Government's new strategy for sustainable door-to-door trips by public transport, walking and cycling.
Leeds Cycle Point - a good example of cycle-rail integration

Public transport, walking and cycling make ideal travelling companions, so the launch today of the Government's vision for door-to-door journeys by sustainable transport is a welcome step forward.

Cycling is one of the best ways of linking up stages of longer journeys - e.g. by riding from home to the rail station or bus stop - and it's healthy, low carbon and conveniently 'door-to-door'.

Years of feedback from cyclists tell us that the combination of cycling with public transport has huge potential and helps save travellers time and money.

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Let CTC help your cycling group move up a gear!

Are you one of CTC’s valued volunteers and active within a local group? Would you like to share the secrets of your success with others? Would you like some help to resolve issues affecting your group?
Riders from Cycle Bristol

For the first time, CTC is using its AGM at Guisborough, North Yorkshire on Saturday 11 May 2013 as the chance to provide support to volunteers.  CTC Member Groups and Affiliated Clubs are invited to come along to a special networking event before the  AGM in the afternoon. 

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Taxis in Belfast bus lanes will endanger cyclists, say campaigners

21 February 2013
CTC's Tom McClelland and Barry Flood joined other cycle campaigners in protesting against allowing taxis into bus lanes in Belfast.
Protesters gathered to object to allowing more taxis into bus lanes

Although not perfect, bus lanes provide priority and a lower-traffic environment for cyclists, but changes to the way taxis are licenced in Northern Ireland could mean many more vehicles using the routes.

Up to 2,000 more vehicles could use the routes if ministers approve the changes. This is a cause of concern for many people -  86% of respondents to the consultation held last year, opposed the plans.

Tom McClelland and Barry Flood, CTC representatives in Northern Ireland, joined protesters campaigning against the move. 

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Oxfordshire spends just 0.2% of transport budget on cycling

Local cycle campaign group for West Oxfordshire, BikeSafe, has slammed Oxfordshire County Council for its lamentable lack of funding for cycling.
BikeSafe have campaigned for a cycle path alongside a busy B-road for years

Over the last three years, Oxfordshire spent just £500,000 on cycling measures out of a transport budget of £230m - only 0.2% of the total.

The discovery was made by campaign group BikeSafe, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request.

The group had previously been told that there were insufficient funds to build a path alongside the busy B4044 from Eynsham to Botley, on the outskirts of Oxford, for which it has been campaigning for years.

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CTC Volunteer of the Year - nominate now!

Time is running out for you to get your nominations in for Volunteer of the Year. The award is for work carried out in 2012, so if you know someone who has supported CTC with some exceptional volunteering, don't delay - read on now!
Dave Tweedy receiving his award in 2009

CTC's annual Volunteer of the Year Awards have been running very successfully for a while now. The idea is to recognise individuals or groups who have done something special in the past year, e.g. organised a great event, started a local group, worked endlessly for children, or anything along those lines.

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Planning and design for cycling scrutinised by MPs and Peers

Having examined strategy and safety issues, the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group turned its attention to planning and design for cycling in the third session of its inquiry into cycling on the 6th Feb.
Dutch design of infrastructure was much praised by those giving evidence

The panel of MPs and Peers examined a range of witnesses, including CTC, LCC, Sustrans, bloggers, academics and figures from urban design. 

Tony Russell from Sustrans stressed the need for high quality networks of cycle routes, particularly aimed at the less experienced cyclist,  "the sensible, unaccompanied 12-year-old". The evidence from the Netherlands, he suggested, was that where such facilities had been built, cycling had flourished.

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