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14 September 2017 - 4:39pm
Metro mayor makes record cycling investment commitment in West Midlands
Mayor Andy Street has committed to find £10 per head annual funding for cycling
Following campaigning from Cycling UK and local affiliated groups, Mayor Andy Street, the first metro mayor of the West Midlands, has demonstrated his commitment to cycling by announcing plans to spend £10 per head annually on cycling in his ten year strategy, Movement for Growth. How has he done it? And how can other local political leaders follow suit? Our Infrastructure Campaigner, Tom Guha, investigates.
23 August 2017 - 9:51am
Making off-road access better in Wales
View from the Watkin Path on the Snowdon horse shoe. Photo: Daria Taddei
Trails for Wales begins to change the access landscape, with more opportunities proposed by the Welsh Government to enjoy recreational cycling from your doorstep.
31 July 2017 - 4:03pm
England's travel habits 2016: any surprises?
Cycling on the Downslink
Did cycling take a great leap forward in 2016? Or was it a great leap backward? Here Cycling UK Policy and Information Officer Cherry Allan scrutinises the latest National Travel Survey (England only).
26 July 2017 - 10:39am
A ride to remember Sam, and that some 'accidents' can be avoided
Painting of 26-year-old Sam Boulton
On Friday evening, cyclists in Leicester will be thinking about Sam Boulton as they gather for a ride to remember an inspirational teacher, whose life was cut short when a car door was opened in front of him, knocking him off his bicycle and into the path of a passing van. With another bereaved family repeating calls for car-dooring to be taken seriously Cycling UK's Duncan Dollimore says it's time for cross-party action from MPs to stop avoidable tragedies being trivialised as 'accidents'.
12 July 2017 - 5:42pm
Au revoir air pollution? French ban petrol and diesel - how about boosting cycling?
Electric cars charging in Paris. Photo credit: Mariordo
The French government have announced plans to stop the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in France by 2040 to help say bon voyage to lethal air pollution and climate change. A fantastic commitment - but does it go far enough? Our Space for Cycling campaigner, Tom Guha, gives his verdict.
7 July 2017 - 11:19am
Roads, horses, pollution...and cycling
Air pollution in the city
The Government’s contradictory plans for tacking air pollution and investing in roads have both hit the news this week. They were debated in Parliament too, as was equestrian safety. Cycling UK made sure cycling got mentioned in three debates on successive days.
7 July 2017 - 10:07am
Miles off! The battle of Mile End Road and what it means for campaigners nationally
Mile End Road, Colchester: Poorly thought through infrastructure can be dangerou
Two years ago, Essex County Council proposed an infrastructure project that they believed would encourage cycling and walking. Following a two year battle, the local cycle campaign group have proved that the infrastructure was substandard, unnecessary and a misspending of public funds - but was it all worth it? Cycling UK member and local cycle campaigner, Will Bramhill, explains.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
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