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Somerset and Hereford support Space for Cycling

17 December 2014
Somerset has became the first shire county with over 30% of its councillors committed to Space for Cycling. Since then, Hereford County Council has followed with 47% of councillors backing the campaign.
Councillors supporting Space for Cycling by Highway Authority - 16 Dec 2014

“As an authority we want to see more people cycling, it’s good for people’s health and means fewer cars on the road and less congestion." So says Councillor Harvey Siggs, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council.  This month, the local authority became the first shire county council with over 30% of councillors backing the national Space for Cycling campaign, funded by the Bicycle Association’s 'B

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Somerset Council praised for political support for cycling

Cycling organisations have congratulated Somerset County Council for their political commitment to cycling this week.
Councillors supporting Space for Cycling by Highway Authority

The local authority became the first shire county council with over 30% of councillors backing a national campaign for improved cycling conditions. 

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Notes to Editors: 
  1. A map of all councillors supporting Space for Cycling and their comments can be seen here: http://www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/space-for-cycling/space-for-cycling-your-councillors-views 
  2. Sustrans estimated that parents who drive their children to school could save on average £642 a year, equivalent to £2bn a year across the UK : http://www.sustrans.org.uk/news/school-run-costs-parents-%C2%A32-billion Government figures calculate the average family spends £437 on school lunches per child per year: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/free-school-lunch-for-every-child-in-infant-school
  3. CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps 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. www.ctc.org.uk  
  4. The Space for Cycling campaign was originally created by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC). LCC's campaign in London was focussed on lobbying candidates in 2014’s London borough elections, and had 867 candidates signed up to ward-specific asks (47%). CTC took LCC’s London-born campaign nationwide, working together with the Cyclenation federation of local campaign groups, and backed with generous funding from the cycle industry's 'Bike Hub' levy, run by the Bicycle Association. So far, support for the national campaign has resulted in over 700 non-London councillors signing up to the Space for Cycling themes. The campaign incorporates six main themes which are explained here: www.ctc.org.uk/article/campaigns-guide/what-do-we-mean-space-for-cycling  
  5. Nick Clegg announced £214 million worth of funding on 27 November 2014.  £114 million of this has been allocated towards to eight English towns and cities.  The other £100 million will be allocated to the Highways Agency.  http://www.ctc.org.uk/press-release/2014-11-26/government%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Ccycling-revolution%E2%80%9D-moves-gear-now-need-accelerate-says-ctc

Xmas Lull

Chance to shed some of those Christmas Calories and possibly put a few back on again. Nice easy paced ride around some of Wigan's Greenheart areas, nothing too taxing in mind but there are a couple of climbs to negotiate, nothing extreme though you'll be glad to hear. From Trencherfield heading up by whatever route to the Balcarres Arms in Haigh, bit of on-road across to Borsdane Woods, then it's Hindley, Amberswood, Low Hall, Crankwood, Plank Lane, Dover Lock for a pint or two, possibly lunch as well before heading back to Trencherfield.

Pat's story - Getting back on a bike after 65 years!

Pat Lemon's interest in cycling was sparked when she read about another female cyclist in local newsletter. The problem was, she hadn't cycled in sixty-five years! Now, with the help of CTC cycle training, she is back on her bike.
Pat Lemon, Plymouth
As part of Plymouth City Council’s active and sustainable travel programme Plymotion, travel advisors visit residents at home or in the workplace to chat about how they get around the city. They provide help and advice on how they can travel more actively and more sustainably. Cycling is the obvious choice.
 
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Fund-raising Santa Ride for Fylde Bike It

Buoyed by getting a permanent home at Park View in Lytham, in a container provided through ICC funding, the Fylde Bike It community group has arranged a fund-raising Santa Ride. So if you live on the Fylde Coast, pop and along and join the fun on 20 December at 11am.
Pictures from FBI and the santa ride poster

Fylde Bike it is a newly-established Inclusive Cycling Offer on the Fylde coast. They are based in a lovely park, with a fantastic cafe, called Park View playing fields in Queen Elizabeth II Park. They have recently become the proud owners of their own storage container and so no longer have to pay rental for one which reduced their overheads considerably.

Peter's story - Volunteering for a decade

Peter loves cycling and has been only to happy to volunteer at the Alice Holt inclusive cycling centre for the last ten years. Volunteering at the sessions makes Peter happy and keeps him fit and active.
Peter, senior volunteer at Alice Holt inclusive cycling
Peter enjoys cycling and regularly rides with a group of friends in his local area. He also goes on cycling holidays; in fact he just loves everything cycling.
 
After retiring, Peter started to look for something new to do and saw an advert for a volunteer to help out at some inclusive cycling sessions at Alice Holt Forest in Hampshire, near to where he lived. He enjoyed the role so much that he decided to keep coming – that was ten years ago!
 

Mawdesley Meander

A relaxed easy paced ride around Lancashire's Western Parishes. Starting out from Parbold along the canal towpath, before joining a variety of quiet and even quieter roads for the journey to Rufford, Croston, Mawdesley and back to Parbold. Loads of Tea Shops and Pubs to choose from for mid-ride refreshments etc. The route is relatively flat with just a few gentle inclines, they all add up though and we do benefit from a nice downhill section right at the end back towards Parbold.

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High Birks on Great Northern Railway Trail

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Uptown top ranking: which city leads on Space for Cycling?

18 November 2014
CTC published its league table of political support for cycling in eight English cities on 17 November. Here we analyse the results.
Newcastle's Civic Ride, Sept 2014.

"Will you support Space for Cycling in your area and seek the funding needed to make it happen?"  That's the question asked in over 15,000 messages to councillors by members of the public over the last 6 months as part of the national Space for Cycling campaign.  With over 600 councillors now signed up, we take a look at which local authorities in eight English cities are backing the call and

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Helping Care Homes - cycling in a safe environment

Cycling at inclusive cycling centre Wheels for All – Get Cycling in Sefton gives the riders from Brook Lea Care Home the chance to keep fit and gain independence within a safe environment.
Cyclist on a trike
A group of riders from Brook Lea Care Home has been coming to the Wheels for All – Get Cycling in Sefton sessions at Litherland Sports Park since the project first got off the ground ten years ago. They attend the sessions once a week with support workers from New Directions care and support services in Sefton, who initially learnt about the project when they read about it in the local paper.
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