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.

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.
5 April 2017 - 11:18am
Cycle training
Cycle training is a very effective way to encourage more people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to cycle. It boosts skills and confidence, particularly in imperfect conditions, and teaches the rules of the road.
30 March 2017 - 4:32pm
Highway maintenance
Road maintenance
Cyclists suffer disproportionately from poor highway maintenance, so they need local authorities to keep surfaces smooth, well-swept and defect-free.
20 January 2017 - 10:24am
Cycle-friendly employers and cycle commuting (Cycling UK views)
Cycle commuters arriving at work
Doing everything possible to encourage employees to commute by cycle and to cycle for work purposes helps improve the health and productivity of a workforce, lowers the cost of business transport and eases congestion at peak time.
17 January 2017 - 2:14pm
Cycle-friendly schools and colleges (Cycling UK views)
Schools and colleges should encourage cycling because it's good both for children and for the local and wider environment.
30 November 2016 - 12:47pm
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.
24 November 2016 - 11:55am
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.
15 November 2016 - 2:32pm
Road safety and cycling: Overview
Cyclist wait at junction
'More' as well as 'safer' cycling can and should go hand-in-hand.
9 November 2016 - 5:18pm
Traffic police and other enforcement agencies
Cyclist and police car
More effective traffic policing is crucial for cyclists, and also helps tackle one of the biggest fears that many others have about taking up cycling in the first place - namely, bad driving.
9 November 2016 - 1:03pm
Goods vehicles (lorries, HGVs, vans etc)
Goods vehicle
Lorries pose a disproportionate threat to cyclists. There is a range of measures that should be introduced to reduce the hazard as a matter or urgency.
1 November 2016 - 4:36pm
Pedestrians
Cyclist and pedestrian sharing space
Even in crowded conditions, cyclists are perfectly able to mix harmoniously with pedestrians and, contrary to popular belief, they are not a major danger to them.
16 August 2016 - 2:05pm
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.
11 August 2016 - 10:27am
Cycling and the economy
Cycling in town
Cycling contributes more than many people think to local and national economies.
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.
 
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