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1 March 2017 - 11:01am
Increasing mobile phone penalties - but will this be enforced?
Staged photo of driver texting at the wheel
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.
10 February 2017 - 4:08pm
Do you do the Dutch Reach?
Dutch cycling
We all know the Dutch have it pretty sussed when it comes to cycling, but is copying the way they open their car doors going a step too far in our admiration? Campaigns and Communications Coordinator, Sam Jones says not.
9 February 2017 - 3:54pm
Cycling UK's response to the Ministry of Justice consultation on driving offences and penalties
Scales of Justice photo
With over 9000 responses to the Government consultation on driving offences and penalties a clear message has been sent - the system needs an overhaul, and just tinkering with it won't do. Here's what Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK's senior road safety officer has told them they should start with - we'll see if, as the Prime Minister promised on day one in office, this is a government that will listen.
27 January 2017 - 11:10am
Cycling and the Justice System
The scales of justice
The parliamentary inquiry into cycling and the justice system kicks off next week. Those who would like the justice system to do a better job for cyclists can support the inquiry, and make a noise about it. Those who prefer to just complain can join the naysayers. Senior road safety and legal campaigner Duncan Dollimore explains...+
23 January 2017 - 3:52pm
The Space for Cycling roadshow diary
Families demonstrating for Space for Cycling. Photo: Jim Killock, Flickr CC
The Space for Cycling tour is now finished! To see presentations from each event, please click on the headings. Presentations that toured the whole roadshow are at the bottom of this page.
13 January 2017 - 1:30pm
Car-free cities are becoming a global trend, will the UK follow suit?
Parisians enjoying a car-free dya, photo credit: Maxime Lathuilière, Commons Wik
Across the globe, political leaders are taking bold steps to tackle lethal air pollution. As Paris announces major plans while London breaches its annual air pollution limit before January's end - how will British leaders follow suit? Our Space for Cycling campaigner, Tom Guha, investigates.
23 December 2016 - 10:11am
24 December: Twas the night before Christmas
Cycling Santa
Cycling UK re-imagines the classic poem of Father Christmas delivering his gifts...but this time by trike.
22 December 2016 - 12:02pm
Encouraging car dooring is fine - it's just "heavy irony" says Sunday Times
Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle. Photo: Paul Murphy (Creative Commons)
The Sunday Times says it's fine for national newspapers to print articles promoting and encouraging crime, distressing victims families, and with boasts about the columnist's own attempted crimes. You just print it and say you were being heavily ironic - the poorest excuse for lazy journalism ever.
21 December 2016 - 6:54pm
Cutting cyclists' compensation to feed fat-cat insurers
Cyclist on the tarmac after a collision
5,500 people have emailed the Government in support of our 'Road Victims are Real Victims' campaign, and to tell them not to cheat vulnerable road users out of injury compensation. If you're not one of them, perhaps you don't yet realise how the interests of insurers now seem to trump those of crash victims, and what may be about to be taken away from you! Cycling UK's Duncan Dollimore explains:
21 December 2016 - 3:54pm
Sunday Times glorifies Transport Secretary’s car-dooring of a cyclist
Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle. Photo: Paul Murphy (Creative Commons)
The injuries suffered by cyclist Jaiqi Liu, hit by Chris Grayling MP’s ministerial car door, has prompted a mocking response from Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle. Cycling UK Policy Director Roger Geffen reacts.
9 December 2016 - 12:25pm
If Sadiq Khan, why Khan't the Government?!
Spending on cycling in London set to reach Danish levels. Photo: Mark Treasure
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced earlier this week a £770 million funding package for cycling - £17 per head! While this is great news for Londoners, elsewhere the picture is not so rosy. We need London's funding levels to be normal, not an exception to a general rule. Our Space for Cycling campaigner, Tom Guha, investigates.
25 November 2016 - 1:30pm
What does the Autumn Statement mean for Space for Cycling?
The Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement in the Commons on Wednesday
Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first (and last) Autumn Statement in the House of Commons on Wednesday (23 November). Infrastructure was the centrepiece – with a £1.1 billion package to be invested in England’s local roads. What does this mean for cycling? Our Space for Cycling campaigner, Tom Guha, investigates.
15 November 2016 - 11:18am
Space for Cycling Leeds the way!
Campaigners in Leeds
On our third leg of the Space for Cycling roadshow, we were in Leeds. Our venue was packed to the rafters with people ready to get stuck into campaigning for Space for Cycling!
11 November 2016 - 1:17pm
More people cycling than driving in Copenhagen for first time since records began
Cyclists waiting at a red light in Copenhagen. Photo: Heb@Wikimedia Commons, CC
Copenhagen is well known for cycling. This week, for the first time, the number of cycles entering the city centre has officially topped the number of motor vehicles. The UK government must recognise now that creating Space for Cycling is a must if they want to fulfill their ambition of creating a 'cycling revolution'. Our Space for Cycling campaigner, Tom Guha, investigates.
4 November 2016 - 1:31pm
National campaign conference comes to St Albans
Cycling UK - Cyclenation campaign conference, London 2014
The annual Cycling UK – Cyclenation Campaigners Conference this year is held in St Albans on Saturday 19 November, and with its jam packed agenda it shouldn’t be missed.
4 November 2016 - 12:40pm
High Court ruling on clean air means we need Space for Cycling now
Government must tackle poor air quality. George Tsiagalakis, Wikimedia Commons
Environment group ClientEarth won a High Court ruling on Wednesday, which deemed current Government inaction on air quality illegal. As the Government rethinks its policy, Space for Cycling must be made central to their agenda. Cycling UK's Space for Cycling campaigner, Tom Guha, reports.
1 November 2016 - 12:29pm
Space for Cycling comes to Birmingham
Bracken van Ryssen of Solihull Bicycle Campaign discusses how to form and run a
After being in the ‘cycling city’ of Cambridge last Saturday, the Space for Cycling Roadshow’s second stop was Birmingham. Space for Cycling Campaigner Tom Guha explains how, fired up by a desire to dispose of the reputation as a 'motor city', campaigners came from near and far to discuss how to create Space for Cycling in Birmingham and across the Midlands.
28 October 2016 - 4:20pm
People don't like cyclists - says impartial Magistrate!
Picture of City of London Magstrates Court
Why bother with facts when you can rely on prejudice and teach that behaviour to others? This week's lesson from a London Magistrate is that people don't like cyclists, your held in low esteem, and you really must do something to repair your reputation. Good to hear there's no bicycle bias on the Bench!
25 October 2016 - 12:06pm
The Space for Cycling roadshow hits Cambridge!
Julian Huppert, Daniel Zeichner MP and Tom Guha kick the day off
The Space for Cycling roadshow has officially started! The first stop was Cambridge, where around fifty people came to hear all about Cycling UK's plans to get councils to plan, invest in and build full networks of cycle-friendly infrastructure. Cycling UK's Space for Cycling Campaigner, Tom Guha explains.
19 October 2016 - 5:45pm
Intimidation: why our roads need to change
Picture from WMP on near misses
In this blog, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) and MP Brentford and Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury, shares her concerns about intimidatory behaviour on our roads, and what the APPCG plans to do about it.
 
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