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Liverpool's CTC members object to the Mayor's bus lane suspension

Paul McCartney wrote about the ‘Long and Winding Road’. Well, Merseyside's bus passengers may now be feeling they are living out the song's lyrics after the Mayor enforced a suspension of the city's bus lanes in a bid to ease traffic congestion.
A Liverpool bus

CTC's local campaigner for Liverpool Don Thompson has been updating National Office as CTC members, the  Merseyside Cycling Campaign  and MET (Merseyside Environmental Trust) plan to pose questions to the  Mayoral Select Committee on Wednesday  23 October 2013.

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Women wanted! Must have own bike..

The CTC Scotland Committee would like women to join them in the challenge to make Scotland a cycling nation, so Suzanne Forup has said she would help them find some willing volunteers...
the CTC Scotland committee and Suzanne

The CTC Scotland committee is currently an all-male group. They are diverse in interests, backgrounds, skills and location. But they are definitely all blokes and they can’t seem to attract any women to join them. So, rather like ‘My Single Friend’, I said I’d reach out and see if I could promote their appeal...

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Effective Cycle Forums

Many councils have Cycle Forums where officers and elected members meet with local cycling advocates. They operate with varying degrees of success. This briefing looks at how to set one up if there isn't one, good operational practice, along with cures for an ailing Forum.

Cycle Forums, usually (but not necessarily) run by local councils, bring officers, elected members, local cycling advocates and other interested parties together for regular discussion.

Some Forums get things done and keep going, while others turn into 'talking shops' and may even fold.  Why? This briefing poses some questions and examines some of the critical factors for success.

Intended for anyone who's starting a Forum from scratch, or who wants to take a fresh look at existing arrangements.

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Cycling officers: effective joint working with campaigners

By working together, Cycling Officers and campaigners can achieve many benefits for cycling.

Achieving an effective working relationship between local authority Cycling Officers and voluntary cycle campaigners is important, but not always straightforward.

This briefing looks at the advantages of working together, considers some possible differences in situations and perspectives and suggests some practical actions.

Intended for Cycling Officers, their managers and cycling advocates.

Read in conjunction with CTC's Effective Cycle Forums

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Cycling road crash victims and campaigners visit over 30 Police and Crime Commissioners to call for 'Road Justice'

Today, (July 11th ) campaigners and victims of cycling road crashes are meeting with Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales to hand in CTC, the national cycling charity’s Road Justice report.
West Midlands PCC Bob Jones meets CTC Campaigner Paul Middleton

 

CTC launched the Road Justice campaign, which is sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers, to urge the police, prosecutors and courts to put policies and practices in place which demonstrate that bad driving is taken seriously and actively discouraged. This document examines the role of roads policing in keeping cyclists safe and ensuring irresponsible drivers are brought to justice.

Every police force, serious collision investigation unit and road safety partnership has also been sent the report.

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to Editors: 

Notes to editors

Renowned Barrister and cyclist Martin Porter QC has written the forword to the booklet and will present the document to the APCC and APOC in London as a CTC Ambassador .

The 29% decline in roads police numbers is documented at http://www.ctc.org.uk/traffic-police-numbers-fall-29-in-10-years

The full report can be downloaded from the Road Justice website – www.roadjustice.org.uk
CTC is the UK’s largest cycling charity with 69,000 members. Established in 1878 CTC is also the oldest cycling membership body in the UK and continues to inspire and help people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. Visit www.ctc.org.uk
          Senior Media and Communications Officer Laura Raymond 0844 736 8453 or 07960 349405
          Laura.raymond@ctc.org.uk
 

How to develop a bicycle maintenance workshop as a community project

The story of Headset: how we set up two, cost neutral, bicycle workshops in the Portland to Dorchester transport corridor - by Angus Dawson from Headset
Headset workshop

Some things to bear in mind: You will need…

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A10 cycle ride points out room for improvement

The A10 ride took place on May 13, a perfect spring day. It was organised by Mike Stapleton, and was a huge success - far exceeding expectations. He writes about how it achieved its aim, to show the need for better off-road paths and crossing points.
Cyclists on off-road track

Lots of support at all levels

More than 50 riders gathered at Trumpington and at Royston, and were supported by several senior politicians (including Oliver Heald MP and Sir Graham Bright), Patrick Joyce from the Council, local businesses, shops, the Cambridge Triathlon Club, a photographer from the Cambridge News and two TV crews from Anglia and BBC East.

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Thousands Pedal on Parliament in Scotland

Around 4,000 cyclists gathered in Edinburgh on Sunday 19 May and rode to Holyrood to deliver an 8-point manifesto calling for more investment in cycling, slower speeds, and better facilities for cyclists on Scotland’s roads. Peter Hayman, CTC councillor for Scotland, pedalled with them...
CTC's Ian Richardson and Graeme Obree

"Some dampness and lack of sun", Peter says, "didn't stop an impressive turn out for the Pedal on Parliament (PoP) in Scotland yesterday.

"Last year, PoP was a new and exciting challenge to the Government, and I was up near the front of the action. This year, nearer the back, I saw a striking number of families with young children and what looked like novice cyclists who wanted to join in.

Supporters stretched back further than could be seen at the gathering point, the Meadows in Edinburgh."

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2001 to 2011 - cyclist numbers change significantly

The number of people cycling to work has gone up in England and Wales by 17% from 2001 to 2011. In some areas, cycling is booming, but in others it is declining.
Hull's cycling culture is gradually declining, despite some improvements

I've already mapped the changes in cycle use by share of commuting trips in highway authorities.

Other maps showing the changes by district authority, and other modes, such as the changes in car commuting, are also available.

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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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