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.

14 August 2017 - 11:24am
Air quality
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.
18 July 2017 - 2:15pm
Climate change
Clouds
Cycling is part of the solution for a low-carbon future.
4 July 2017 - 5:09pm
The legal framework and sentencing policy
Driver at wheel
The legal framework and sentencing for driving offences need to reinforce the message that endangering other road users is unacceptable.
4 July 2017 - 4:52pm
Prosecutors and courts
Royal Courts of Justice
To reinforce the message that driving that endangers other road users is socially unacceptable, prosecutors and courts should not dismiss 'dangerous' driving as merely 'careless'.
9 May 2017 - 4:02pm
Scotland's Land Reform Act (2003) and Outdoor Access Code
Scotland
Scotland's Land Reform Act has opened up the countryside for walking and cycling. The rest of the UK should follow its example.
5 May 2017 - 2:22pm
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.
5 May 2017 - 10:20am
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.
4 May 2017 - 2:54pm
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.
4 May 2017 - 12:32pm
Public Footpaths (England & Wales)
Footpath and Bridleway
Cycling on footpaths is not a legal right, but many are entirely suitable and form good links. Opening them up to cyclists would enhance the network of motor-traffic free routes.
4 May 2017 - 10:33am
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.
3 May 2017 - 4:26pm
Bridleways, byways and cycle tracks (England & Wales)
Cyclist riding off-road
Cycling off-road in the countryside is a healthy and enjoyable activity, but the network of routes available needs to grow.
3 May 2017 - 2:58pm
Vegetation and hedge trimmings
Mending a puncture
Cyclists have problems with overhanging vegetation or hedge trimmings left on the routes they use. Debris can cause punctures or even serious injury if it gets caught in wheels.
2 May 2017 - 12:32pm
Unsurfaced highways shared with motor vehicles
Unsurfaced highway
Not all unsurfaced highways are robust enough for use by motor vehicles. Ruts and mud, for example, can make them difficult or impossible for cycling.
2 May 2017 - 10:11am
Towpaths, canals and rivers
Towpath
Paths alongside canals and rivers can provide attractive and useful motor-traffic free routes for utility and recreational cycling.
28 April 2017 - 9:51am
Common driving offences
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).
20 April 2017 - 3:34pm
Obstructions and 'out of repair' rights of way (England & Wales)
Obstructions-out-of-repair-RoW
Bridleways and byways need to be kept clear of obstructions and in a good state of repair, so that cyclists can enjoy their off-road rides.
12 April 2017 - 11:03am
Daylight saving
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 April 2017 - 12:11pm
Cycle awareness campaigns for drivers
What Matters Most campaign poster
Sustained campaigns to improve road users' behaviour can be beneficial, if well-designed and targeted. To be effective, they need to convey positive, memorable and truthful messages.
11 April 2017 - 12:10pm
Cycling under the influence
Cyclist
Riding whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is an offence.
10 April 2017 - 12:03pm
Cycle helmets
There is no justification for making helmet-wearing compulsory: it could undermine levels of cycle use and, in any case, the effectiveness of helmets is far from clear.
 
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