Space for Cycling


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

Cycle-friendly streets are people-friendly streets. We want everyone to enjoy the health benefits, improved air quality and community feel that Space for Cycling can bring – whether you choose to cycle or not.

We are calling on councils to create a network of cycle-friendly routes, so that anybody of any age or ability can enjoy their journey through the freedom of cycling.

To achieve this we have devised a three-point plan for councils to sign up to:

Plan –  Plan a full network of cycle-friendly routes that allow people of all ages and abilities to cycle anywhere for any purpose

Invest – Actively seek the funding to implement the network and invest a minimum of 5-10% of the local transport budget in cycling

Build – Build the network using the most up-to-date high quality design standards

How you can get involved in Space for Cycling

Come along to our Space for Cycling roadshow! We have ten events around the country from October 2016-January 2017. All are free and will cater to all levels of campaign experience. 

Call on your Councillors to pledge their support for Space for Cycling. 

Get involved with your local Cycling UK campaign group or Cyclenation campaign group. If you can't find a group on either map, check Cyclescape

View our Space for Cycling Guide for Decision Makers and get in touch to order hard copies. The guide is free and should be used to show your Councillors how easy it is to create Space for Cycling - and how much better off their constituency will be as a result. 

Help your council along this three-step process using the suite of webtools available

Plan - You can help your council plan a network by drawing up a 'tube map' of desired infrastructure. 

Invest - You can help your council prioritise spending by using Cyclescape to highlight particularly dangerous bits of road in your area

Build - You can make sure all infrastructure in your area is built to a high standard by using the simple CEAT tool to audit it.  

If you need help using any of these tools, do not hesitate to contact our Space for Cycling Campaigns Officer Tom Guha on

Come along to one of our events!

Space for Cycling is going on tour - hitting ten locations across the country. All events are free so please register your attendance and come along!

How much support has the campaign had so far?

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: Read more about the background to the Space for Cycling campaign.

Cycle Campaigning Close To You

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Recent Campaign Activity

Julian Huppert, Daniel Zeichner MP and Tom Guha kick the day off
The Space for Cycling roadshow hits Cambridge! Blog
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.
Picture from WMP on near misses
Intimidation: why our roads need to change Blog
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.
Cycling UK's Chief Exec Paul Tuohy, Green GLA Member and Islington Councillor, C
Space for Cycling guide for local decision makers published by Cycling UK News
Cycling UK has updated its Space for Cycling guide for local decision makers. The guide clearly sets out the many benefits that Space for Cycling can bring to communities and gives practical steps for making it a reality.
Caroline Russell in Blackfriars
Will a new mayor in Manchester encourage cycling? Blog
Caroline Russell is a cycle campaigner and London Assembly Member. She hopes that Manchester's elected mayor will prioritise cycling in the city.

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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