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.

24 December 2014 - 9:56am
Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs)
ASLs help cyclists at junctions
Advanced stop lines are an excellent way of giving cyclists visible priority at junctions, where around 75% of cyclists' collisions occur. Good design is crucial, of course.
26 November 2012 - 3:53pm
Taxis and private hire vehicles
London taxi and cyclist
If your cycle breaks down, or it's late at night - or you're just too tired to complete your journey - knowing that you can take your bike the rest of the way by taxi can be a very reassuring thought.
12 October 2012 - 12:20pm
Cycle-friendly design and planning: Overview
Cycle lane
Cycling UK's vision is to see people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities feeling able to cycle safely and confidently for all types of journey. Designing - or re-designing - neighbourhoods, town centres and road networks to cater properly for them is essential.
12 April 2012 - 12:58pm
Cycle parking (Campaigning view)
Cycle parking sign
It goes without saying that when people cycle somewhere, most of them will need a secure, convenient place to lock their bike for a while when they get there. Lampposts, railings or gutter pipes are simply not good enough.
11 April 2012 - 10:39am
Cycle lanes, tracks and shared use footways
Shared use footway
Cycle lanes, cycle tracks or shared use footways separate cyclist from traffic to varying degrees. Are they always a good thing?
5 April 2012 - 2:08pm
Home Zones
Chester Home Zone
Children play, or want to play, in streets; and people work and live in them too. Creating Home Zones is a good way to reclaim roads as community space, rather than just a means of getting from A to B in a motor vehicle.
5 April 2012 - 11:05am
Traffic calming
The speed of motor traffic not only aggravates local communities, but also puts people off cycling. There are a number of measures that encourage and enforce slower driving, including physical traffic calming (e.g. speed humps).
2 April 2012 - 11:47am
Junctions and crossings
As 75% of cyclists' collisions happen at or near junctions, it's essential to do everything possible to make them safe for cycling.
27 March 2012 - 1:29pm
Cycling and rail
Cyclepoint at Leeds railway station
Combining rail and cycle travel is a good alternative to driving for longer journeys, but it needs to be properly catered for.
27 March 2012 - 10:33am
Taking cycles on trains
There are many reasons for taking a cycle on the train. It might make a longer, non-driving door-to-door journey easier; help with travel to work, to a meeting, for a cycling holiday, or simply a day’s visit to a trail.
22 March 2012 - 11:54am
Buses and coaches
Bike on bus
Being able to take a cycle with you on buses or coaches is important for both leisure and everyday transport journeys. In rural areas, the facility is particularly useful and can help boost passenger numbers.
16 March 2012 - 4:32pm
Motorcycles in bus lanes
Two cyclists in a bus lane
For new and existing cyclists, being able to use bus lanes has a lot to offer. There's less traffic to negotiate and it also feels safer than riding outside the lane, between buses and general traffic.
15 March 2012 - 4:06pm
Cycling and air travel
Airport sign
Some people have trouble-free journeys when travelling by air with their cycles, but others are not so lucky.
 
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