25 October 2016 - 11:06am
The Space for Cycling roadshow hits Cambridge!
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 - 4:45pm
Intimidation: why our roads need to change
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.
6 October 2016 - 9:42am
Daily Mail fail: it's lunacy we have so few cycle lanes
The Daily Mail article ‘Cycle Lanes Lunacy!’ is a sign of the times but, according to Cycling UK's Space for Cycling campaigner Tom Guha, it may be a mark of progress. Does the Daily Mail actually back the Space for Cycling campaign’s call for full networks of cycle-friendly infrastructure?
5 October 2016 - 4:03pm
Do we need female-specific cycling activities?
The response to events such as 'Women's Sport Week' is often along the lines of "That's all very well but shouldn't women be active every week?", not just once a year. Cycling UK's Julie Rand ponders why encouraging women can only be a good thing, as women currently do far less physical activity than men at every phase of life.
30 September 2016 - 12:18pm
Stephen Fabes' pub, pint and plan to cycle around the world
Like most decisions of great consequence to Stephen Fabes (and perhaps others), his plan to cycle around the world was settled in a pub, pint in one hand and mini-atlas in the other. Here is Stephen's hilarious guest blog about how his dream to cycle the six continents started, stalled, and restarted.
23 September 2016 - 11:40am
Cycling UK's top 11 from the Cycle Show
From Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September the cycling industry has descended upon the NEC in Birmingham to bring you the latest and best of cycling kit. Cycling UK's Sam Jones has trawled through hundreds of exhibitors to bring you his favourite finds...
23 September 2016 - 10:41am
Happy Maps - Help your council make Space for Cycling
To really get people out of cars and onto bikes, it is necessary to create a full network of cycle-friendly infrastructure, not just piecemeal schemes that make the odd junction safer. Local groups around the country have been helping their council achieve this aim. Cycling UK’s Space for Cycling Campaigns Officer Tom Guha investigates.
16 September 2016 - 3:58pm
'Sugar Tax'– what is it good for?
Cycling of course! This Thursday, the Guardian published a collective call from active travel groups and health charities for the Government to use future proceeds from the so-called 'sugar tax' to fund cycling and walking to school. Campaigns Coordinator Sam Jones explains how this came about.
16 September 2016 - 10:24am
Mark Colbourne MBE on Para-cycling and the Rio 2016 Paralympics
Mark Colbourne MBE, Cycling UK ambassador and London 2012 gold medallist, is in Rio to commentate on the cycling at the 2016 Paralympics for BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra. As an active supporter of our Inclusive Cycling programme, he tells Cycling UK about the importance of the Paralympics and how Para-cycling gave him a lifeline after his back was broken in an accident.
1 September 2016 - 11:12am
The Mansfield public menace – a 79 year-old cyclist
Model citizen or a public menace? A cyclist for 70 years and still pedalling sedately at 79, Janet Scott (and anyone on a bike in Mansfield town centre) is being labelled as an anti-social criminal according to Mansfield Council. We asked Duncan Dollimore to take a closer look at cycling bans.
30 August 2016 - 4:18pm
Julian Sayarer: How I fell in love with cycling
Julian Sayarer is a long-distance cyclist and author. In 2009 he broke the world record for a circumnavigation by bicycle, riding 18,000 miles through 20 countries. In this extract from his book Life Cycles he explains why he loves cycling.
25 August 2016 - 11:29am
Cycling equals anti-social - in Newport!
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]
18 August 2016 - 1:24pm
Welcome to the Big Bike Revival team in Scotland!
Our brakes are checked, our wheels are trued and our saddle is at just the right height – the Big Bike Revival is ready to roll in Scotland! With a finely-tuned team newly appointed, we’re ready to reach 20,000 people across the country and rekindle their love of cycling. Claire Connachan, Communications Manager for Big Bike Revival Scotland, reports.
15 August 2016 - 9:05am
Protecting the public from cyclists?
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!
11 August 2016 - 12:50pm
Alternative Olympic Games
Here at Cycling UK we're feeling the Olympic fever, but we want to show that you don't have to be a highly-trained athlete to compete and win a medal. We've held our very own bicycle pentathlon, with five events suitable for riders of any age, ability and fitness... and any cycle will do!
4 August 2016 - 4:33pm
Ask your Councillors to support #Space4Cycling
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!
4 August 2016 - 10:59am
All right on the Isle of Wight
Put together a bunch of people from all walks of life, some children, a range of bikes from tandems to trailerbikes to tourers, typical British summer weather and seaside attractions and what do you get? A great day out at the New Forest Cycling Week.
3 August 2016 - 4:34pm
How NOT to train for a long-distance bike ride?
I'm a long-time Cycling UK member so when my 42-year-old son Pascal suddenly took up cycling after many years and also joined, I was delighted. But when he announced how he was going to train for his forthcoming 300-mile ride, I wasn't so sure...