24 April 2017 - 11:30am
Slovenian ladder case leads to e-bike insurance debate
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!
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
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
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 ...
13 April 2017 - 1:24pm
The Michael Mason case - why, what happened, and where now?
A private prosecution ended in the driver's acquittal, but why did Cycling UK's Cyclists' Defence Fund bring the case, what was the evidence, and where do we go with Road Justice campaigning from here? It's a long read, but Duncan Dollimore answers those questions here.
8 April 2017 - 9:56pm
The best touring bikes at Bespoked 2017
Bespoked, the UK Handmade Bicycle Show, is on this weekend in Bristol. Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce was there as a judge, picking his favourite touring bikes – not an easy task, given the standard of the bikes on display.
29 March 2017 - 1:06pm
Vote Bike: English and Welsh councils
On 04 May, local council elections will take place across Britain. Cycling UK have teamed up with Democracy Club to get candidates signed up to support #Space4Cycling!
27 March 2017 - 10:41am
Vote Bike: Liverpool City Region
On 4 May, the Liverpool City Region will go to the polls to elect a new 'Metro Mayor'. Cycling UK and the Merseyside Cycling Campaign are calling on all candidates to support a set of three asks.
27 March 2017 - 10:39am
Vote Bike: West of England
On 4 May, the West of England will go to the polls to elect a new 'Metro Mayor'. Cycling UK and the Bristol Cycling Campaign are calling on all candidates to support a set of three asks.
24 March 2017 - 6:21pm
Vote Bike: West Midlands
On 4 May, the West Midlands will go to the polls to elect a new 'Metro Mayor'. Cycling UK and the Bike West Midlands Network are calling on all candidates to support a set of three asks.
24 March 2017 - 6:20pm
Vote Bike: Tees Valley
On 4 May, the Tees Valley will go to the polls to elect a new 'Metro Mayor'. Cycling UK and the Tees Valley Cycling Campaign are calling on all candidates to support a set of three asks.
24 March 2017 - 6:17pm
Vote Bike: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
On 4 May, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough will go to the polls to elect a new 'Metro Mayor'. Cycling UK and the Camcycle are calling on all candidates to support a set of three asks.
24 March 2017 - 5:50pm
Vote Bike: Greater Manchester
On 4 May, Greater Manchester will go to the polls to elect a new 'Metro Mayor'. Cycling UK and Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign are calling on all candidates to support a set of three asks.
23 March 2017 - 11:07am
The next best thing after safer direct vision lorries, is driver training. That's what Cycling UK volunteer and cycle instructor Glenn Blake is doing when he's not helping us out: teaching roadcraft from a cycling perspective to lorry drivers.
8 March 2017 - 11:22am
Roads policing protecting cyclists - with half the budget?
The Government has been told that traffic law enforcement needs specialist traffic officers and visible roads policing, but the numbers keep falling alongside the decline in detection of traffic offences. Whilst political will and more resources are needed, does the West Midland's close pass scheme show how, whilst we're waiting, clever enforcement can mean getting more for less?
1 March 2017 - 11:01am
Increasing mobile phone penalties - but will this be enforced?
The penalties for mobile phone use whilst driving have increased, but where's the deterrence without enforcement, what about the wider issues with distracted driving, why did the Government listen on this issue, and what's the lesson for other campaigning? Cycling UK's Senior Road Safety Officer Duncan Dollimore investigates.
17 February 2017 - 4:44pm
London Bike Show 2017: 9 things to look out for
If you’re heading to the London Bike Show this weekend, then you’re in for a bit of a treat. Held at the ExCeL centre in East London, there’s something for cyclists in all shapes and forms. Cycling UK’s Sam Jones writes up his highlights…