Views & Briefings

Our growing series of briefings is for anyone who wants to investigate a cycle campaigning topic in brief or in depth. They also set out Cycling UK's formal views.

Each briefing includes: headline messages (for those after a speedy overview); Cycling UK's formal views; quick key facts; and more detailed arguments and background information.

Overall, the briefings are categorised into six core themes: commitment to cycling; designed for cycling; off-road access; promotion and encouragement; safe drivers and vehicles; and public transport.

Key briefings include: cycling & local transport; health; cycle-friendly planning & design; road safety; road traffic law & enforcement; cyclists' behaviour & the law; 'smarter choices'; cycling in schools and cycle-friendly employers.

You can access the whole list below, or filter by theme.

  • Need facts and figures? See Cycling UK's round-up of cycling statistics.
  • Need quick-fire answers? See Cycling UK's 10 most common questions about the benefits and risks of cycling, helmets, hi-viz, behaviour, tax, licencing, registration and cycling's potential.
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The briefing series is gradually replacing the policies published in Cycling UK’s Policy Handbook, 2004).

21 July 2016 - 9:58am
Cyclists' behaviour and the law
Cyclists
Cyclists should behave responsibly and legally, but the law should recognise that they do little harm and should not have to choose between keeping safe and obeying rules.
20 July 2016 - 12:38pm
Compensation for injured cyclists
Cycling in traffic
The rules about liability for road crashes need to be changed to make it easier and quicker for cyclists and pedestrians to be compensated if they are injured in collisions with motor vehicles.
12 July 2016 - 2:58pm
Traffic law and enforcement: Overview
Driver at wheel
Laws against bad driving and their enforcement should aim to protect all road users, including cyclists, from intimidation and injury.
13 June 2016 - 2:48pm
Common driving offences
Driver at wheel of car
Tackling common, bad driving offences effectively would help create a safer and more attractive environment for cycling and walking. (This briefing covers: speeding, drink/drug driving, mobile phone use, driving without entitlement).
7 June 2016 - 3:41pm
National transport policy and cycling
Parliament
The huge benefits of cycling can be maximised by giving it a central role in national transport policy.
7 June 2016 - 12:22pm
Driver training, testing and licensing
Busy road
Many drivers also cycle, but those who don’t may not know what kind of driving behaviour puts cyclists at risk, or makes them feel unsafe. Making cycle awareness integral to the driver training and testing process would help tackle this.
23 May 2016 - 3:20pm
Air quality
Cycling contributes to cleaner, healthier air. Encouraging more people to cycle reduces pollution from road transport, and gives the UK a better chance of meeting the targets set by EU laws on air quality.
28 April 2016 - 11:02am
Smarter choices
Cyclist on path
Smarter choices - measures, including cycling, that help people find alternatives to driving - can make a huge difference to travel habits.
28 April 2016 - 11:00am
Health and cycling
Healthy cyclist
Cycling is good exercise and it's easy to fit into the daily routiine. If more people took it up, it could help ward off the health crises facing the NHS.
19 April 2016 - 11:54am
Climate change
Clouds
Cycling is part of the solution for a low-carbon future.
13 April 2016 - 3:49pm
Cycling and local transport
Cycling in town
To maximise cycling's benefits for local communities, councils should give it a central role in their transport plans and link it strongly with other policies and strategies.
6 April 2016 - 3:29pm
Highway maintenance
Cyclist watching road maintenance operations
Cyclists suffer disproportionately from poor highway maintenance, so they need local authorities to keep surfaces smooth, well-swept and defect-free.
6 April 2016 - 3:27pm
Rights of Way Improvement Plans (England & Wales)
RoWIPs
By law, local authorities must develop Rights of Way Improvement Plans (RoWIPs). The plans are a good way of improving opportunities for cycling off-road.
6 April 2016 - 2:49pm
Seaside cycling: the coast, promenades and sea fronts (England & Wales)
Seaside Cycling
A good proportion of the English and Welsh coast could be safely and beneficially opened up for cycling.
6 April 2016 - 2:47pm
National planning policies
Cycling through a new development
Planning policies and decisions can make all the difference to how people choose to make their journeys - i.e. whether to drive or to travel more sustainably by cycle or on foot.
6 April 2016 - 2:47pm
Local Access Forums (England & Wales)
Cyclists in the countryside
Local Access Forums (set up by local authorities to bring together people and groups interested in public rights of way) should work towards developing the network for cycling.
6 April 2016 - 2:30pm
Cycling under the influence
Cycle and car
Riding whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is an offence.
6 April 2016 - 1:28pm
Daylight saving
Cyclist on path
Shifting the UK’s clocks to give one extra hour of daylight in the evening and one less in the morning would affect everyone. Research should help decide if cyclists would benefit.
11 March 2016 - 12:14pm
Changing the status of rights of way (England & Wales)
Cyclists riding off-road
Find out why it's important to open up more of the rights of way network for cycling, what the legal process is and how it needs improving.
10 March 2016 - 3:12pm
Bridleways, byways and cycle tracks (England & Wales)
Cyclist riding off-road
Closing the gaps for cycling in public rights of way and improving maintenance and signing, would encourage more people to cycle off-road.
 
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