Designed for Cycling

Bedford's turbo roundabout has proved controversial
Criticism of Bedford's design for a 'turbo' roundabout on a major junction needs to be placed in context. Here Chris Peck explains why the project was cleared by a panel involving CTC.

 
 
The GLC's film shows how little has changed since the 1980s
Cycling in London - 30 years ago - 18 Feb 2014 - Blog
A film produced by the Greater London Council in 1984, shows how many of the core network of cycle facilities were built through funds from a short lived Cycling Unit.

 
 
A map of South West England
Are you campaigning for cycling in the South West and want to find out how to translate your ideas into reality? If so, join us at our cycling advocates' network-building workshop in Plymouth on 15 March.

 
 
New York track built through maintenance work. Photo D Passmore (CC licence)
As the Government proposes a £50m fund for maintaining pedestrian and cycling routes, CTC calls for councils to maximise the synergies between their cycling programmes and their planned road maintenance budgets.

 
 
Satellite image superimposed with plan
Despite the Department for Transport cycling policy, many councils do not prioritise walkers and cyclists in new road schemes. CTC representative George Riches pressed Coventry Council re-think the proposed Whitley Bridge Scheme making it signifigantly safer.

 
 
The proposed new bypass will sever minor roads used by cyclists
Campaigners from CTC Lincolnshire have lodged an objection to the new road on the grounds that it will sever existing local roads and provide inadequate crossings. The road will be a test of the cycle proofing commitment made by the Prime Minister in 2013.

 
 
Low-level lights will help cyclists at junctions
News that the Department for Transport (DfT) has finally given the go-ahead to ‘low-level’ traffic lights has been welcomed by CTC, who have long campaigned for the move.

 
 
London's scheme is used half as much as Paris's
Comparative data from various international bike share schemes show that London's cycle hire scheme is one of the least used and is the most expensive public scheme to operate. The lack of a cycle network in central London is likely to be the main reason why usage is so much lower.

 
 
Boris is accused of mis-representing how cyclists die. Photo: Yurri (CC licence)
CTC's Campaigns Director Roger Geffen argues that Boris's "finger-pointing" is pointed in the wrong direction, and calls for real solutions to the dangers faced by pedestrians as well as cyclists.

 
 
A 'ghost bike' at the Bow Roundabout: photo by Diamond Geezer (Creative Commons)
CTC demands action on cyclists’ safety in London after a fifth cyclist is killed in ten days on the capital’s roads.

 
 
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