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23 September 2016 - 10:41am
Happy Maps - Help your council make Space for Cycling
Space for Cycling in Bristol, photo: Flickr CC, samsaundersleeds
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?
Soft drinks in a fridge
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 with Paralympics legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
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.
7 September 2016 - 4:03pm
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.
1 September 2016 - 11:12am
The Mansfield public menace – a 79 year-old cyclist
Mansfield Market Square where cycling is now banned
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 in central China
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!
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]
18 August 2016 - 1:24pm
Welcome to the Big Bike Revival team in Scotland!
Big Bike Revival Scotland team
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?
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!
11 August 2016 - 12:50pm
Alternative Olympic Games
Cycling UK staff at the alternative olympics
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
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!
4 August 2016 - 10:59am
All right on the Isle of Wight
A group of riders in Lymington
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?
Pascal Harris on his MTB
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...
28 July 2016 - 6:14pm
Cycling UK aims to fix 3,000 cycles
St Pauls and Dr Bike
London is set to have biking bonanza of a weekend, as three-day cycling festival Prudential RideLondon returns to the capital. Cycling UK will be there and spreading the gift of cycling to all through a range of activities.
27 July 2016 - 1:51pm
Lyme disease - what you need to know
Mountain Biker in woodlands Flickr CC, Grant Doig
Lyme Disease, you may have heard of it, but what do you know of it? Is it relevant to cyclists? “Yes, most definitely.” as Cycling UK is told by Lyme Disease Action (LDA), the national charity set up to provide accurate information about ticks and Lyme disease.
18 July 2016 - 5:09pm
Film review: Mountain Biking - the untold British story
The premiere of Mountain Biking the untold story
Mountain biking has been around in some form since the earliest days of cycling. 'Mountain Biking - the untold British story' tells the story of the emergence and rising popularity of mountain biking in the UK, starting with the Rough Stuff Fellowship's early touring bike adventures and finishing with Martyn Ashton's descent of the World Cup course. Cycling UK's Julie Rand went to the premiere.
10 July 2016 - 9:58am
Josie Dew blogs about a driver who was far too flash
Josie Dew in Arizona USA in the 1990s
Cycling UK Vice President and adventure cyclist Josie Dew has cycled across four continents. In her second blog post, she talks about encountering danger closer to home when a man indecently exposed himself to her as she cycled up a hill.
8 July 2016 - 11:18pm
The future of cycle access in our countryside
Cycling UK Trails for Wales Campaign
This week, Cycling UK supported British Cycling and a number of other partners in writing to English and Welsh ministers calling for a review of rights of way and access provision. With pilot projects to test the feasibility of different models of improved access for cyclists proposed as a way forward, our off-road cycling advisor, Kieran Foster, sets out the case for greater responsible access.
28 June 2016 - 2:20pm
Why I love...the Tour de France
Tour de France 2014
The greatest show on earth starts this weekend in Mont St Michel, as 198 riders compete for the Tour de France's yellow jersey. Cycling UK asks Eurosport journalist Felix Lowe what's the appeal and how come it took a long term fan so long to swap sofa for saddle...
22 June 2016 - 12:03pm
"Nothing to be done" Government inaction on delayed sentencing review continues
Ministry of Justice London
Two years ago the then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced a full review of all driving offences and penalties. Replaced by Michael Gove last year, what do Grayling and Gove have in common apart from their views on Brexit? The answer is under their watch, waiting for the review is like Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett’s play where there is nothing to be done, and [SPOILERS] nothing happens
 
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