Cycletopia

Welcome to Cycletopia! It's made up of 15 elements CTC believes is crucial to making a cycle friendly town. Click on different parts of the town to find out more about each element and hear about where it is being done well in real life.

Cycletopia

Welcome to Cycletopia! It's made up of 15 elements CTC believes is crucial to making a cycle friendly town. Click on different parts of the town to find out more about each element and hear about where it is being done well in real life.

If you want to help turn your town into Cycletopia, have a look at our 10 step plan and advice on getting involved in local campaigning.

Well designed, signed and maintained cycle routes through green, motor-traffic free areas provide the most pleasant cycling experiences for most people.
York’s Millennium Bridge links two residential areas across the River Ouse – enabling short trips to be made without having to negotiate the heavy traffic on the rest of the city centre bridges.
Main roads are often the biggest problems facing cyclists - and those trying to plan cycle networks. Usually some form of dedicated space cyclists must be provided. Brighton has just introduced new ‘hybrid’ cycle lanes along Old Shoreham Road, one of the main roads in the city.
An example of where this is already working well in the UK is Cambridge.
Lancashire is powering ahead with introducing 20 mph to residential areas over the whole county.
Lorries are a serious threat to cyclists and a major deterrent to non-cyclists.
A local independent bike shop will help you find the right bike for you, with a range of bikes to suit all types of cycling. Many shops also offer a discount for CTC members.
Nationally, just one in 50 pupils travels to school by bike, but almost 60% of pupils cycle to the Cherwell School in Oxford – and only 1 in 10 by car.
Businesses involved in the cycle trade or manufacture of bikes or parts for bikes often have a higher proportion of staff who cycle regularly and these workplaces can inspire others.
Closer integration with public transport – particularly the railways – means longer distance trips can be made more easily by bike.
Merseyrail, the Dutch-operated train company based in and around Liverpool, permits cycles at any time and even promotes cycle routes starting and finishing from their stations.
Public bike share schemes such as London’s Barclays Cycle Hire have become a very popular addition to towns and cities.
Schools that offer good quality (on-road) cycle training, storage and promote cycling can achieve spectacular results.
In Edinburgh, The Bike Station started over 10 years ago as a voluntary recycling scheme but now employs over a dozen people and provides skills and support for many more.
The Welsh Government is proposing legislation, which would require all local authorities to map out cycling networks, and to plan and implement improvements.
Cambridge is as close to Cycletopia as you can get in Britain
Cycletopia may not exist in Britain yet, but the each of the elements could be replicated in any town. If you want to get involved in seeing Cycletopia in your town, you can join your local cycle campaign, create your own cycle campaign, or become an accredited representative of CTC locally.
 
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