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).

9 March 2016 - 5:23pm
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.
8 March 2016 - 4:33pm
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.
15 January 2016 - 3:06pm
Cycle helmets
Cyclist
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.
12 January 2016 - 1:03pm
Cycle training
Cycle training at school
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.
12 January 2016 - 10:03am
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.
30 November 2015 - 3:42pm
Cycle-friendly schools and colleges (Cycling UK views)
Children cycling to school
Schools and colleges should encourage cycling because it's good both for children and for the local and wider environment.
11 November 2015 - 12:06pm
Road safety and cycling: Overview
Cyclist wait at junction
'More' as well as 'safer' cycling can and should go hand-in-hand.
5 November 2015 - 4:38pm
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.
15 October 2015 - 4:27pm
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.
26 May 2015 - 10:09am
Cycling and the economy
Cycling in town
Cycling contributes more than many people think to local and national economies.
2 March 2015 - 5:20pm
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.
27 February 2015 - 4:39pm
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.
27 February 2015 - 3:06pm
Towpaths, canals and rivers
Towpath
Paths alongside canals and rivers can provide attractive and useful motor-traffic free routes for utility and recreational cycling.
27 February 2015 - 1:39pm
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.
12 February 2015 - 12:36pm
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.
11 February 2015 - 11:27am
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'.
6 February 2015 - 4:46pm
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.
6 February 2015 - 4:12pm
Motorcycles
Cyclist and motorcyclist
Motorcyclists and cyclists have much in common, but motorcycling poses more risk to others and does not offer the same environmental benefits.
16 January 2015 - 5:20pm
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.
8 January 2015 - 12:12pm
Contra-flow cycling (2-way cycling in 1-way streets)
Contra-flow street
Allowing cyclists to ride two-way in one-way streets makes cycling more convenient and attractive.
 
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