CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said: “Great Britain proved this summer we have the best cyclists in the world. Now, we need to create towns and cities that are world class for cycling. There are already great things being done right here in the UK to improve cycling; they just need to happen across all our towns and cities. Cycletopia aims to help every local authority learn from what other places are doing to increase the numbers of cyclists and reduce traffic congestion.”
As the largest cycling organisation in the UK, CTC is often asked to suggest the UK’s model cycling town. Our answer is always that there isn’t one yet! However, together with over 400 of CTC’s local cycle campaigners, CTC has highlighted 15 great schemes and projects that demonstrate you don’t have to go abroad to see examples of good practice.
CTC’s list of 15 outstanding examples of cycling initiatives:
- Long distance cycle path - Comber Greenway, Northern Ireland is a green corridor that provides a safe environment for beginner cyclists to escape Belfast’s busy road network.
- Cycle/pedestrian bridge - York’s Millennium Bridge enables cyclists to cross the River Ouse without negotiating heavy motor traffic.
- Urban main road - Old Shoreham Road, Brighton is a wide cycle lane where cyclists have priority over traffic turning out of side roads. At main junctions cyclists are also given a headstart.
- Cycle friendly town centre - Cambridge City Council has put limits on motor vehicle access to the city centre.
- Freight delivered by bike - Outspoken Delivery delivers large and small goods by cycle to businesses around Cambridge and beyond.
- 20mph scheme - Lancashire County Council is introducing 20mph speed limits to residential areas throughout the entire county.
- Good local bike shops - The Association of Cycle Traders provides a map of independent cycle shops that offer great support and advice.
- School that promotes cycling - Cherwell School in Oxford, as 60% of its pupils cycle to school.
- Workplace that encourages cycling - Trek in Milton Keynes, as over 75% of staff cycled during the workplace challenge.
- Railway station with cycle hub - The Leeds CyclePoint provides secure cycle parking with hire and repair facilities.
- Train company - Merseyrail permits cycles at any time and even promotes cycle routes starting and finishing at its stations.
- Bike share - London’s Barclays Cycle Hire has encouraged Londoners and visitors to the capital to make over 14 million trips by bike.
- Cycle training - 80% of Year 6 children in the North East of England had Bikeability training in 2009/10.
- Social enterprise - The Bike Station, Edinburgh is a recycling scheme that employs over a dozen people and provides skills and support for many more.
- Leadership - The Welsh Government’s proposed legislation requires all local authorities to map out cycling networks, and to plan and implement improvements.
Great Britain proved this summer we have the best cyclists in the world. Now, we need to create towns and cities that are world class for cycling.
There are already great things being done right here in the UK to improve cycling; they just need to happen across all our towns and cities. Cycletopia aims to help every local authority learn from what other places are doing to increase the numbers of cyclists and reduce traffic congestion.”
CTC Chief Executive
Call to action
Cyclists across the UK can help make ‘Cycletopia’ a reality as CTC is looking for even more cyclists to volunteer to join CTC’s Local Campaigning Network. There are already hundreds of local volunteers around the country campaigning to make conditions for cycling better. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about what’s going on in your area and how you can get involved.