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7 September 2016 - 5:03pm
Space for Cycling is going on tour – first stop, Cambridge!
Celebrating the opening of the Cambridge Guided Busway. Geograph, Keith Edkins.
On 22 October, Space for Cycling will kick off its roadshow in Cambridge at the Ross Street Community Centre. Known as 'the City of Cycling', Cambridge is an apt place to start.
25 August 2016 - 12:29pm
Cycling equals anti-social - in Newport!
Cyclist riding in a pedestrianised area
As Newport joins Mansfield in enforcing a ban on cycling in its town centre, what happened to Wales's active travel aspirations, and will all drivers and pedestrians face bans elsewhere due to the irresponsible actions of a few? [N.B. Following this report's initial publication, Newport Council accepted on 25/08 that its cycling ban can't last till midnight - see update below]
15 August 2016 - 10:05am
Protecting the public from cyclists?
Mansfield market square, where cycling is banned
What do the sale of psychoactive substances, dog fouling and cycling have in common? According to Mansfield District Council they're all anti-social activities which need to be banned, with offenders liable for fines for freewheeling down Leeming Street. If you cycle in Mansfield, then Cycling UK needs to hear from you urgently!
4 August 2016 - 5:33pm
Ask your Councillors to support #Space4Cycling
A bus stop bypass on the Lewes Road, Brighton
The #Space4Cycling councillor sign-up tool has relaunched - and we need you to contact your councillors! Since the tool's launch, 744 councillors have pledged support for the campaign. However, elections since then mean that many of these people have lost their seats. As we gear up to revive the Space for Cycling campaign, we're calling on the public to help rebuild this lost political support!
5 May 2016 - 5:10pm
Women and Cycling Conference
Just some of the participants and speakers at the Women and Cycling Conference
The second Women and Cycling Conference brought together over a hundred women in the cycling sector to meet, share experiences and develop new project ideas.
14 April 2016 - 12:15pm
Proof that better cycle infrastructure dramatically increases cycle use
Bus and cyclist enjoying the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway
New research by academics at Cambridge University has found that cycle friendly infrastructure accounts for 85% of increased cycle use. Cycling UK's Space for Cycling campaigner Tom Guha investigates what this means for cyclists across the UK.
3 March 2016 - 1:44pm
Healthy New Towns to Get Britain Cycling?
Parked cycles
NHS England are looking to cycling in their plans to build 10 'Healthy New Towns'. A promising step - but does it go far enough asks CTC's new campaigner Tom Guha.
4 November 2015 - 11:04am
Why 'turn left on red' is not 'running red lights'
Line of Vélib hire bikes outside a Paris store.
Reflections by Duncan Dollimore on headlines about proposals allowing cyclists to jump red lights, and how a similar plans introduced in Paris have met apparent success.
25 September 2015 - 11:44am
Promoting cycling at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton
Brighton beach
The Labour Party Conference starts in a few days’ time in Brighton. Local campaigner, Becky Reynolds, has been working with Bricycles and CTC to put on a ride to promote Space for Cycling to delegates on 30 September. Read Becky's blog below for more, and if you're around in Brighton, do come along!
10 April 2015 - 3:07pm
Calling all Scottish Cyclists: Let's Pedal on Parliament
Edinburgh 2014: Pedal on Parliament
What started as a one-off flash ride on the Scottish Parliament is now rapidly becoming an institution and part of the Scottish cycling calendar. Sally Hinchcliffe, one of the founding organisers, explains why this year's ride is just as important as the first.
4 September 2014 - 7:57pm
Backing for Boris's 'Crossrail for Bikes'
Parliament Square: TfL image of planned cycle route
Boris Johnson's plans for two iconic cycle routes through Central London may not be perfect, but their sheer boldness deserves our overall support.
21 August 2014 - 1:02pm
Why our roads are in such a bad state
Potholes due to lack of maintenance
Just 0.9% of the minor road network is resurfaced or strengthened each year, and a further 3.1% is surface dressing, down from double that figure 20 years ago. The failure to maintain the roads has led to the growth in potholes reported by local authorities over recent years.
6 May 2014 - 7:16am
Making Space for Cycling: a conference of campaigners
Campaigners from around the country met in Leeds to discuss Space for Cycling
Over 70 campaigners from around the country met up in Leeds for the first Space for Cycling campaigners conference on 3 May.
30 April 2014 - 9:50am
Space for Cycling guide sets out what Councillors need to do
Front cover of the Space for Cycling guide
To help explain what Space for Cycling means in practice, CTC, with help from our campaign group partners, has produced this guide for local decision makers.
3 March 2014 - 3:53pm
Infrastructure and Equity: Discussions from the Youth Bike Summit in NYC
Manhattan bike lane and info form NYC DoT
CTC's Development Officer in Leicester, Elizabeth Barner, is from the US originally. By simple serendipity, she was able to attend a day of the Youth Bike Summit in New York in February and was amazed by the changes she found.
20 February 2014 - 11:42am
The Cycle Safety Fund and the Bedford 'turbo' roundabout: some facts
Bedford's turbo roundabout has proved controversial
Criticism of Bedford's design for a 'turbo' roundabout on a major junction needs to be placed in context. Here Chris Peck explains why the project was cleared by a panel involving CTC.
18 February 2014 - 5:29pm
Cycling in London - 30 years ago
The GLC's film shows how little has changed since the 1980s
A film produced by the Greater London Council in 1984, shows how many of the core network of cycle facilities were built through funds from a short lived Cycling Unit.
18 November 2013 - 8:07pm
Boris must stop ducking responsibility for action to save lives
Boris is accused of mis-representing how cyclists die. Photo: Yurri (CC licence)
CTC's Campaigns Director Roger Geffen argues that Boris's "finger-pointing" is pointed in the wrong direction, and calls for real solutions to the dangers faced by pedestrians as well as cyclists.
5 November 2013 - 3:06pm
Government predicts cycling will FALL by 2040
Cyclists crossing a road
While the Get Britain Cycling report calls on Government to aim for 10% of trips by 2025 and 25% of trips by 2050, in the bowels of the Department for Transport, technicians working on the National Transport Model are forecasting that cycling will fall for decades to come.
18 September 2013 - 2:54pm
Road safety procession to be held on Sat 21st in Birmingham in Hope Fennell's name
13-year-old Hope Fennell was killed whilst crossing a pedestrian crossing
This week Hope Fennell would have turned 15 had her short life not been tragically ended in 2011. A procession calling for improved road safety will be held in her name on Saturday 21 September in Birmingham.
 
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