The campaign coordinated by CTC will enable anyone in the country to contact their councillors urging them to make space for cycling and find the funding for it to happen.
Getting more people on bikes will mean better health, reduced congestion and lower emissions. With a public health crisis linked to physical inactivity rapidly rising up the political agenda, local councils have the opportunity to use cycling as a way of improving health.
Although 39% of people say that they could just as easily make a 2 mile car trip by bike as they do by car , yet only 2% of trips are actually made by bike and just one in ten people in cycle once a week or more .
67% of people say that they aren’t confident cycling on busy roads, with heavy, fast moving traffic and a lack of safe space for cycling the being the biggest barrier for most of us .
CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said,
“With the launch of this campaign, CTC is giving people across the country the means to demand space for cycling from their local authority. We’re working with hundreds of volunteers across the country to campaign for protected space on main roads, lower speed limits and – crucially – the funding needed to make it happen.”
He continued: “Space for cycling means tackling the biggest barriers to getting more people cycling: creating safe conditions on our major roads and junctions, lowering speed limits and reducing through motor traffic on residential streets. We’ve examples from around the country of where local authorities have made tremendous improvements, but we’re still a very long way from creating conditions where anyone can cycle anywhere.”
Councillors from around the country have already supported the campaign, with Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, and Vice-Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:
“Cycling provides huge benefits for our health and that of our streets and communities. Portsmouth has already done a lot to promote cycling, creating 20mph streets and a growing cycle network. Providing ‘Space for Cycling’ benefits everybody in our society, whether or not they choose to cycle themselves. I would urge cross-party support from councillors throughout the country for this campaign.”
Support has also come from transport portfolio holders from Devon, Brighton and Birmingham - see notes to editors.