Campaign

Space for Cycling

Introduction

Space for Cycling logo

The national Space for Cycling campaign aims to create the conditions where anyone can cycle anywhere.

Cycle-friendly streets are the life-blood of safe, pleasant and healthy communities. They are good for everybody's quality of life, whether or not they chose to cycle.

You can help create Space for Cycling by calling on your Councillors to pledge their support for high standards of cycle-friendly planning and design, and the funding needed to deliver this. Cycling needs to become a safe, convenient and enjoyable option for people of all ages and backgrounds, for any local journey.

What does Space for Cycling mean?

What Space for Cycling means will depend on the location, with different solutions for major and minor roads and junctions, in urban and rural areas alike. In general though, the answers are covered by the the Space for Cycling campaign's 6 themes

  1. Protected space on main roads
  2. Removing through motor traffic in residential areas
  3. Lower speed limits
  4. Cycle-friendly town centres
  5. Safe routes to school
  6. Routes through green spaces

You can also view a 2-minute video by Cycling UK President Jon Snow, explaining what the campaign is calling for, or read our 8 page guide for local decision makers.

How much support has the campaign had so far?

How you can get involved in Space for Cycling?

Cycling infrastructure mapped

If you've got photos of good - or bad - cycling infrastructure, you can upload them to Cycling UK's map of infrastructure

Where does the campaign come from?

The Space for Cycling campaign was originally created by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC). The LCC's campaign in London was focussed on lobbying candidates in the 2014 London borough elections.

Cycling UK has taken LCC’s London-born campaign nationwide, and works together with the Cyclenation federation of local campaign groups. All funding currently stems from private donations, and if you would like to contribute to the campaign go to: www.cyclinguk.org/donate-to-campaigns. Read more about the background to the Space for Cycling campaign.

Recent Campaign Activity

The Bristol Cycling Network, Bristol Cycling Campaign
Happy Maps - Help your council make Space for Cycling Blog
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.
England's travel habits: was 2015 déjà vu for cycling? News
People in England made fewer trips on average than ever recorded in 2015, according to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) annual travel habit survey, but it’s largely déjà vu for cycling.
Celebrating the opening of the Cambridge Guided Busway. Geograph, Keith Edkins.
Space for Cycling is going on tour – first stop, Cambridge! Blog
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.
Air quality Campaigning Views
Cycling contributes to cleaner, healthier air. Encouraging more people to cycle reduces emissions from road transport, and gives the UK a better chance of fulfilling its responsibility to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution.

Case Studies

Portsmouth - A City to Share
CTC cycling Case Study
In response to a challenge from the Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Donna Jones, Portsmouth Cycle Forum has just launched 'A City to Share', its strategy to put safe cycling at the...
Petitioning for a green route to Heysham
Proposed Heysham - Lancaster route
Lancashire cycle campaign group Dynamo has been successfully drumming up public support for a proposed green cycle route to connect Lancaster to Heysham.
Leighton Buzzard residents demand Space for Cycling
100 residents pinned messages to local councillors on a bike
Nearly 100 people from the Leighton Buzzard area have come together to demand that the council invest more funds in better provision for cycling in the town.
 
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  • President: Jon Snow
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