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23 June 2017 - 9:18am
"My Government will" - do nothing about this
Photo of the scales of justice
Three years since it was first promised, three Justice Secretaries later, nine thousand consultation responses, a two-year legislative programme, but we are still waiting for new legislation on road traffic offences and penalties. As the Queen announces what the Government will do in the next two years, Duncan Dollimore explains that there is silence on the promise to tackle bad driving and improve road safety.
22 June 2017 - 10:12am
Summer of safe cycling
West Midlands Police with their new Cycling UK close pass mat
In March 2017, Cycling UK launched its #TooCloseForComfort fundraising campaign. While ostensibly its goal was to give every UK police force a “close pass” mat, the real driving force was to make the roads safer for cycling. Cycling UK’s Sam Jones reports …
22 June 2017 - 10:04am
Tragic death in Edinburgh highlights need for segregated cycling infrastructure for our towns and cities
One of the tramline pinch points for people cycling at Haymarket, Edinburgh
Several weeks ago, the tragic death of a young woman in Edinburgh rocked the city’s cycling community. The cause of the incident isn’t yet known and is being investigated by Police Scotland, but we do know that 23-year-old medical student Zhi Min Soh fell off her bike near tramlines and was subsequently run over by a mini-bus. She died of her injuries. Cycling UK was distressed to hear of her death and offer condolences to her family and friends at this sad time.
19 June 2017 - 2:17pm
Make Bike Week every week with Space for Cycling
Building safe Space for Cycling is a highly effective way of encouraging daily c
Bike Week has just finished – and what a week it was! As half a million people took to pedal power over thousands of events, we already miss it. We want Bike Week to be every week – and to that end, our Space for Cycling campaigner has produced a toolkit to help you persuade your local authority to build the right environment for cycling which will help it happen.
16 June 2017 - 2:46pm
Third time unlucky again: Government's pollution plans still "woefully inadequate"
Air pollution hangs low over London. Photo: David Holt (CC licence)
Cycling UK has joined lawyers, health experts and environmental campaigners in slamming the Government's third attempt at a draft Air Quality Strategy. Policy Director Roger Geffen explains how tackling pollution must now be now a top priority for new Environment Secretary Michael Gove
9 June 2017 - 2:06pm
Hung parliament - what next for cycling?
Surly Disc Trucker outside a polling booth
As Britain comes to terms with an election result no one predicted, Cycling UK’s Sam Jones ponders what this might mean for the cycling agenda over the next Parliament.
31 May 2017 - 3:04pm
Driver to face trial in Sam Boulton dooring case
Scales of Justice photo
Twenty six year old inspirational teacher Sam Boulton died last year in a car dooring incident. With the private hire driver's trial due to start next week, Duncan Dollimore looks at what needs to be done to make sure that dooring is taken seriously, and drivers are made aware of the dangers.
12 May 2017 - 10:54am
The Giro, and changing people's lives with bicycles
Giro d'Italia podium
As the battle for the pink jumper heats up in the Giro d'Italia, Cycling UK's Duncan Dollimore explains what one team is doing to change people's lives in Africa and how, through a summer of cycling and the Big Bike Revival, we hope to give people the confidence to get back on their bikes. Plus, Duncan reports on how last week's race pundits fared, and new predictions for Sunday's key stage.
11 May 2017 - 3:12pm
Why I learnt basic bike and trail side maintenance
Problems with a puncture? Snapped chain? Sticky brakes? Or gears out of sync? Common cycling issues, with easy solutions if you have a little know-how. Cycling UK's campaigner Sam Jones went to learn first hand how to cope with the unexpected on our Basic and Trail Side Maintenance course.
11 May 2017 - 10:01am
Our Lawless Roads
Picture of the scales of justice
'Our Lawless Roads' is the detailed report the national road victims' charity RoadPeace published yesterday which calls for a reversal in the cuts to traffic police numbers. With falling prosecutions, increased numbers of drivers failing to stop after collisions, and deliberately aggressive driving on the increase, Cycling UK believes we need visible roads policing to ensure offenders fear the consequences if they're caught. Duncan Dollimore looks into Our Lawless Roads.
8 May 2017 - 12:11pm
What will each Metro Mayor do for cycling?
Cyclists gather in Birmingham to tell Metro Mayor candidates, we need Space for
In the lead up to the England's first Metro Mayor elections, Cycling UK teamed up with local groups to ask each set of candidates to support a set of local-specific pledges. As the results stream in, Cycling UK's Space for Cycling Campaigner, Tom Guha, examines the likely next steps in each region.
4 May 2017 - 4:48pm
Who is going to win the Giro d'Italia?
Photo of Giro start 2010
As Italy's Giro d'Italia sets off in Sardinia today, with a three-week battle for a pink jumper, Cycling UK's Duncan Dollimore explains why he loves the race and why Big Bike Revival is Eurosport's UK sponsor of the Giro. Plus Cycling UK's pundits predict who will be parading pink in Milan.
3 May 2017 - 12:34pm
English and Welsh County Council candidates support Space for Cycling
County Councils have responsibility for most of Britain's local road network (cr
Full county council elections will take place across Britain this Thursday (4 May 2017). Cycling UK, with Democracy Club and local voters, has been asking candidates how they will support cycling if elected.
2 May 2017 - 9:07am
Parliamentary group reports on cycling and the justice system
Picture of the scales of justice
The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's report on cycling and the justice system was published today, with fourteen recommendations to reduce danger and ensure justice. It won't change things overnight, but Duncan Dollimore explains why Cycling UK welcomes the report, and how the recommendations can be used within Road Justice campaigning.
28 April 2017 - 4:13pm
Why cycling can be especially beneficial for women
Many articles, conferences and blogs discuss the barriers to more women cycling but very few stress the reasons WHY it is a particularly good activity for females.
25 April 2017 - 9:45am
Thousands pedal out in support of Space for Cycling
Last Saturday (22 April) was International Earth Day and the day after the publication of the Government's Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. To mark the day, groups across the country took to their pedals in a show of support for Space for Cycling.
24 April 2017 - 11:30am
Slovenian ladder case leads to e-bike insurance debate
Three cyclists on e-bikes
A tractor driver knocking a man off a ladder on a Slovenian farm has led to the possible extension of compulsory motor insurance to include e-bikes in the UK. But when is a bike propelled by mechanical power, and when is it merely power assisted? And will the Government do what it promised and exercise common sense with any insurance changes?
21 April 2017 - 10:25am
Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy published: now let's get its vision put into practice!
Huntingdon Road Crossing Cambridge
After 2-years of gestation, the Government's Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) has finally appeared, on the last day when the Government could make announcements before the General Election. Whatever else we've said about it previously, its vision is admirable, as is the local cycle network planning process it proposes. We now need to enlist the backing of councils and other partners, and of national as well as local politicians, to ensure this vision gets implemented.
19 April 2017 - 3:38pm
My epic ride from Scotland to Italy
Lady above coastline
Several years ago Cycling UK member Linda Edge had the idea of cycling on her own to Italy from Scotland. When she first mentioned her dream to family and friends it was met with disbelief and laughter. Linda recalls "I was unfit, my knowledge of bike mechanics was negligible as were my map reading skills and I have a poor sense of direction." But after completing a 10-mile ride with her local Cycling UK group in Ayrshire, she found the confidence to go for it....
19 April 2017 - 2:23pm
Join a Space for Cycling ride on 22 April
Space for Cycling rides are taking place all over Britain on 22 April
On 22 April, campaign groups around the country are riding out to mark International Earth Day and to show incoming politicians public support for cycling. See if there is one near you ...
 
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