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.

30 November 2016 - 11:47am
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 - 10:55am
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 - 1:32pm
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 - 4:18pm
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 - 12:03pm
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 - 3:36pm
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 - 1:05pm
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 - 9:27am
Cycling and the economy
Cycling in town
Cycling contributes more than many people think to local and national economies.
20 July 2016 - 11:38am
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 - 1:58pm
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 - 1:48pm
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 - 2:41pm
National transport policy and cycling
Parliament
The huge benefits of cycling can be maximised by giving it a central role in national transport policy.
28 April 2016 - 10:02am
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 - 10:00am
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 - 10:54am
Climate change
Clouds
Cycling is part of the solution for a low-carbon future.
13 April 2016 - 2:49pm
Local transport policy and cycling
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 - 2:29pm
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 - 2:27pm
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 - 1:49pm
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 - 1:47pm
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.
 
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