Cycle Campaign News March 2017

Vote Bike 2017

Cycle Campaign News March 2017

Cycling UK's monthly round-up of cycle campaign news:

From the Editor

Mayors who recognise that cycling improves life and travel in their cities can make a huge difference. Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and now Sadiq Khan have all certainly helped turn the fortunes of cycling in London.

With Metro Mayoral elections due in six key combined authorities on 4 May, we’re making sure that all candidates know how important it is to put cycling on their political agenda too. If you live in any of the conurbations involved, you can now use our Vote Bike 2017 tool to contact your candidates directly with local-specific asks.

There are other local elections taking place in England, Wales and Scotland, of course - see headlines below for more on the campaigns going on there too. 

In other news, thanks to a very successful funding appeal, we’re rolling out the ‘safe pass’ mat, originally devised by West Midlands Police, to other forces so that they also have the kit they need to teach errant drivers how to overtake cyclists safely.

Cherry Allan
Cycle Campaign News


Vote Bike 2017!

Millions of people throughout Britain go to the polls on Thursday 4 May to elect either local councillors or new 'Metro Mayors'. If you have elections in your area, now is the time to get your candidates signed-up to providing high-quality Space for Cycling, and to seek the funding for it.

Elections for the new Metro Mayors are taking place in six Combined Authority areas: Greater Manchester, Greater Liverpool, Teesside, West Midlands, West of England (Bristol and the surrounding councils), and Cambridge & Peterborough.

Working with local campaign groups, we've compiled a set of local-specific asks to meet the differing roles and responsibilities of each Mayor. Common to all will be the power to make strategic decisions over the whole Combined Authority region, with transport being one the key policy areas affected. 

Cycling UK’s President, newscaster Jon Snow, has contacted each candidate with these asks, and so far we have heard back from five of them across three of the regions. 

  • Find out what we’re asking for in Metro Mayoral regions, and send your letter to candidates

Meanwhile in Scotland, Cycling UK is a key player in the #WalkCycleVote coalition. For more, see next story.

Elsewhere in England and in Wales, we are looking to you, our members and supporters, to help find the email addresses for your local candidates as part of a wider project co-ordinated by the Democracy Club, as there is no published source of even their names, let alone their email addresses.

Democracy Club created the successful 'Your Next MP' database prior to the last UK-wide general election, and is now liaising with several groups, including Cycling UK, who want to enlist the support of local election candidates for their causes. 

We’ve therefore arranged for Jon Snow to send an email to every candidate for whom we get an email address, and have provided some tips on how you can help find the email addresses for candidates in your area. So, if you want to see your candidates declaring their support for cycling, do please get stuck in!

Candidates on camera

As reported in February’s Campaign News, we sent Jon Snow to interview Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s nominee for Greater Manchester’s Metro Mayor. Mr Burnham told us he wants see a dedicated cycling budget for the city, along with new infrastructure and a bike share scheme. Watch the interview

We have now put two other candidates for Greater Manchester in front of the camera to explain what their plans are for cycling, if elected:

  • Sean Anstee (Conservative) told us that he wants everyone in the city to enjoy a "world class transport system" and that “cycling plays an important part in making that happen". Watch full interview
  • Jane Brophy (Liberal Democrat) said she plans to make it as easy as possible for people to use their bikes for work and for pleasure. Watch full interview
  • Stay up-to-date with all candidates' pledges for cycling on our Vote Bike page

Cycling mums in Edinburgh #walkcyclevote

Cycling mums in Edinburgh, along with dads and kids, took to the streets of the city this Mothering Sunday to highlight the launch of #walkcyclevote, a collaborative campaign targeting candidates in the upcoming council elections on 4 May. 

We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote is asking council candidates to pledge their support for: more financial investment in local authority budgets for cycling and walking; improved infrastructure to enable everyone to cycle and walk safely and conveniently; and measures to tackle local barriers to walking and cycling in their council wards. 

Rolling out the mat: more police forces to tackle close passes

Thanks to our ‘Too Close for Comfort’ fundraising campaign, police forces all over the UK will soon be able to access the kit they need to target drivers who overtake cyclists too closely.

It’s satisfying to know that it’s a job well done on your home patch, but great to know this could happen nationwide. I hope every other police force will take advantage of this opportunity that Cycling UK and their backers created, and put an end to close passing for good."
PC Mark Hodson, West Midlands Traffic Police

The idea was inspired by West Midlands Police, who dispatch plain clothes officers on bikes on the look-out for drivers who don't give them enough room. These drivers are pulled over and, with the help of a ‘safe pass’ mat, shown how to overtake cyclists safely. 

Within 48 hours of launching an appeal to buy mats for all other forces, we raised the £12,000 needed, and are well on our way to £15,000.

Our next steps are to engage with local forces and cycling groups to create local press opportunities to publicise the mat. If you’re part of an affiliated Cycling UK campaign group and would like to be involved, please email Sam Jones at

March Campaign News content list

Other stories

Cheshire East votes for Space for Cycling

Cheshire East Council has become the first local authority to pass a motion supporting our Space for Cycling campaign.

Proposed by Cllr Sam Corcoran (Labour), and seconded by Howard Murray (Conservative), the motion says: “This Council supports the Space for Cycling process promoted by Cycling UK and commits to providing the funding to implement its cycling policy effectively.” 

Both councillors attended a Space for Cycling workshop organised by Cycling UK in Crewe last December.

Cheshire East also committed to allocating 8.5% of its own local transport budget to active travel for 2017/18, but there are concerns that the council doesn't assign nearly enough staff time to cycling.

In the past, Space for Cycling has attracted high levels of support from elected members on other councils, including Brighton and Hove, Newcastle upon Tyne and Herefordshire. 

Space for Cycling = congestion buster: Giving evidence to the Commons Transport Select Committee’s inquiry on congestion recently, Cycling UK’s Policy Director Roger Geffen explained why Space for Cycling will improve rush hour traffic flow and air quality.

A typical road lane, he said, can carry around seven times more cycles than cars per hour. He also stressed that while new cycle facilities might sometimes result in short-term localised increases in journey times for those still in motor vehicles, this would disappear in time and benefit the whole network.

Alarming stuff: still not enough cash for local road maintenance

Local authorities still don’t have enough money to maintain their roads and there’s a huge backlog, according to ALARM, The Asphalt Industry Alliance’s latest annual survey.

Based on responses from 63% of councils in England, London and Wales, the survey found that:

  • The overall shortfall in annual carriageway maintenance budget is £729.9m or, on average, £4.3 per authority
  • It’ll take about 12 years to clear the backlog
  • The total one-time catch-up cost is around £12.06bn, or £71.8m per authority
  • 1,748,916 potholes were filled in over the past year (10,410 on average per authority)
  • Planned pothole filling is a lot less costly than ‘reactive’ filling: the average cost is £49 (planned) and £72 (reactive)
  • Total spend on potholes last year was £102.3m
  • Authorities paid out £6m in road user compensation claims, with staff costs related to them coming in at £3.3m per year

Behind the smokescreen of big numbers aggregated over several years to make them sound impressive, lies decades of underfunding which, coupled with the effects of increased traffic and wetter winters on an ageing network, means one in six of our local roads will not be fit for purpose in five years’ time.”
Alan Mackenzie, Chairman, Asphalt Industry Alliance

Cyclists suffer disproportionately from road surface defects. Potholes, ruts, loose gravel, ice or diesel/oil spills not only make cycling uncomfortable, but can cause serious, sometimes fatal injuries - around 12% of the legal claims handled by Cycling UK’s Incident Line on behalf of our members are due to poor road maintenance. 

Also, we believe that if local authorities had more money to pay for road maintenance, it could spell improvements to cycle infrastructure too. After all, any road maintenance procedure is a cost-effective opportunity to make other cycle-friendly changes at the same time, e.g. to the road layout or markings.

Michael Mason case on way to Old Bailey

Three years ago last month, 70-year-old teacher Michael Mason was cycling along Regent Street in London when he was hit from behind by a Nissan car driven by Gail Purcell. Tragically, he died of his injuries 19 days later.

The Metropolitan Police ignored guidelines stating that road fatality cases should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for advice, and chose not to prosecute.

That left Cycling UK's Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF) having to ask our supporters to try and help Mick's family fight for justice. As a result, we raised over £80,000 to crowdfund CDF's private prosecution of Gail Purcell for causing death by careless driving. A huge thanks to everyone who donated. 

With Purcell pleading not guilty, the case is listed for a sixday trial commencing on 3 April at the Old Bailey. This would not have been possible without supporters' generosity. We will be reporting on the progress of the case from 3 April.

Researching medics launch incident reporting tool for London cyclists

A project investigating bicycle-related injuries in London has teamed up with so that cyclists in the capital can report any near misses or minor injuries. The data will help the researchers build a complete picture of what’s happening on the roads there, and inform work with key stakeholders to improve London for cyclists.

The initiative is part of the Bespoke Study, a collaboration between the Orthopaedic and Emergency Departments of Barts Health NHS Trust, and with Barts Charity.

Court case highlights need to take car dooring more seriously

Earlier this month, defendants in a case of car dooring, which led to the death of Leicester cyclist Sam Boulton, came to court.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) initially declined to prosecute, but Cycling UK intervened and successfully persuaded the CPS to rethink.

As the courts' powers are limited to a maximum £1,000, whatever the consequences of car dooring - be it minor or major - it is too often trivialised or dismissed as a minor offence. This possibly explains the reluctance to prosecute in many of the nearly 500 cases each year where a cyclist is seriously injured or sometimes, as in Sam's case, killed.”
Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s Senior Road Safety and Legal Campaigns Officer

The defendant who opened the door as a taxi passenger pleaded guilty and was handed a fine, while the driver pleaded not guilty. His case will be heard on 5 June.  

  • Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s Senior Road Safety and Legal Campaigns Officer, discusses the case and why the penalties for this offence should be tougher. 
  • More on the Dutch Reach, the best way of making sure you watch out for cyclists when opening a car door. We think it should be taught to all learners, and covered in the Highway Code and a Government-led public awareness campaign ....
  • ... but, when asked if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the Dutch Reach on cyclists’ safety, Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the DfT replied: “The Department is aware of the Dutch Reach method of opening car doors. Leaving a vehicle and checking for oncoming cyclists, pedestrians and other traffic before opening the door is however already part of the DVSA's National Standards for driving. We therefore have no plans to mandate which arm a driver uses to open the door.” 

Duncan’s blogs of the month

  • Mobiles at the wheel: the Government has doubled the fixed penalty for mobile phone use to £200, plus six penalty points. It also agreed with campaigners that the police shouldn’t offer the soft option of a remedial course as an alternative. What made the Government listen? What's the campaigning lesson here? Will the changes make a difference if roads traffic policing doesn’t get a boost? And what about distracted driving more generally? Cycling UK's Senior Road Safety Officer Duncan Dollimore investigates. 

  • Policing the roads: more from Duncan on the safety impacts of the budget drop and falling headcount in roads traffic policing. 

E-bike growth threatened by EU insurance ruling

One of our latest consultation responses involves the fall-out from a legal case which started up a ladder on a Slovenian farm back in 2007. Mr Vnuk fell to the ground after the ladder was hit by a tractor trailer, sparking years of litigation about motor insurance.

Jumping forward seven years, the European Court of Justice decided in 2014 that lots of EU countries (including the UK) had misunderstood something known as the Motor Insurance Directive. That led to some deep gulps of breath, and a Government consultation launched last December about what we have previously thought of as car insurance - except the fear is that the Vnuk case now means that insurance might also be needed both beyond the public highway and for a wider group of mechanically propelled vehicles, including lawn-mowers, mobility scooters, golf buggies and - you guessed it -  e-bikes.

Making third party insurance compulsory for e-bikes would mean setting-up an e-bike registration scheme, which would massively hinder the growth of the e-bike sector. We have therefore been working closely with our friends at the Bicycle Association and other organisations to put up the best possible argument opposing any such requirement. 

The consultation closes on the 31 March.

Belfast cyclists battle bus lane invasion

Cycling UK is supporting Bikefast, the cycling advocacy group for Belfast, in its campaign against a 12-week trial allowing taxis into bus lanes.

Dedicated cycling infrastructure is what’s needed in the longer term, but extra motor traffic in bus lanes compromises one of the few refuges that cyclists had in the city before the trial started on 20 February.

  • If you cycle in Belfast, or live there, get involved in Bikefast’s campaign 

Testing and training tackles safer lorry driving

In a Parliamentary answer to a question on the changes to the HGV driving test to increase cyclists’ safety, Andrew Jones MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the DfT) said it includes questions about dealing with vulnerable road users (VRUs), and that at least two clips involving cyclists appear in the hazard perception test. He also said that drivers who show they are not able to interact safely with cyclists will not pass their practical test, and that over 100,000 drivers a year complete periodic training on VRUs. Parliamentary answer.  

What’s it like to train lorry drivers to interact safely with cyclists, and how is it done? Glen Blake, Cycling UK volunteer and cycle training instructor, blogs on the rewarding experience of delivering the Safe Urban Driving course. Glen's blog


RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims, is marking its 25th anniversary this year. Cycling UK campaigns closely with RoadPeace on road safety, especially for changes to the justice system and action on lorries.

Latest from 20’s Plenty

'Sugar tax' to boost pupil health and activity levels

Next year, schools in England will be able to access a share of £415m ‘healthy pupils capital programme’ money.

Raised by the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (‘sugar tax’), it will help them pay for facilities to support physical education, after-school activities and healthy eating. More details on how the fund will be distributed will be published later this year.

Encouraging active travel and extra-curricular cycling activities like bike clubs are, we think, a particularly good investment.

Active school travel programme for Northern Ireland goes from strength to strength

A three-year school travel programme delivered by Sustrans in Northern Ireland has seen cycling and walking increase by 38% and the proportion of children being driven drop by 22% in the 191 participating schools.  

Sustrans has begun a new five-year programme, and is currently recruiting schools to participate from the new academic year in September (deadline for applications 7 April 2017).

Lords debate on women's cycling goes a bit off-topic

Although a recent debate in the House of Lords was meant to investigate the Government’s plans to encourage more women to cycle, most of the responses given by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the DfT) seemed to cover cycling in general, rather than women’s cycling in particular.

Lord Ahmad’s remarks were positive though. He agreed, for instance, that “… there is always more to be done to encourage cycling”, and that “encouraging the greater use of any form of sustainable transport is a positive way of tackling air quality issues.” Otherwise, he simply referred to known initiatives and funding commitments.

Interestingly, when the debate turned to children cycling on the pavement, Lord Ahmad said: “There is still a law on the statute which prevents cycling on pavements, and there are some important aspects to this. Of course, when that law was enacted, cycling was not as widespread as it is today. An increasing number of children are cycling and if that law were applied in full, even they would perhaps be penalised. I am sure that no one in your Lordships’ House would want to see that.” We are at one with the Lords on this.

The debate was originally triggered by Lord Berkeley but he couldn’t attend in the end, so it was moved by Lord Young of Norwood Green instead.

  • Debate transcript
  • So, why don't more women cycle? A timely blog from Cyling UK member Alix Stredwick, who has worked professionally on cycling issues since 2001, looks in detail at: why men cycle more than three times as many trips as women, and more than four times as far; what makes the UK so hostile for women on bikes; and why our European neighbours have a better record on gender parity? Alex also cites some good examples of effective projects, and what else can be done to help. Read blog
  • Check out Cycling UK’s Women's Festival of Cycling. Throughout July 2017, we will be celebrating women who cycle and helping those who need extra encouragement. Find out more.  

Inclusive Scottish project opens great outdoors

In a Scottish Parliamentary inclusive and accessible tourism, Dean Lockhart MSP (Con), highlighted a project that hires out special all-terrain wheelchairs to people with mobility needs so that members of their families can cycle beside them in the Trossachs.

He said it is “a great example of social inclusion because, without that service, those families would not be able to access the great outdoors.”

Polluted black spot transformed to cycling and walking haven

Following a strong campaign by local residents, an ancient, narrow thoroughfare on the banks of the Thames won't revert to a polluted rat run and cycling and pedestrian ‘black spot’, but remain a pleasant place to live, hub of neighbourhood events, and safe haven for people travelling by bike or foot.

We were delighted with how quickly Cycling UK grasped the importance of our cause - and how promptly you came to our aid! Within 24 hours we had messages of support for the permanent reprioritisation of Church Street from both your local and national branches. It helped us no end." Vicki, Save Church Street Campaign

Church Street in Old Isleworth, West London, has been enjoying the benefits of a temporary ban on through motor traffic for over a year, but local people still found themselves fighting off moves to stop it from becoming permanent.

Thankfully, Hounslow Borough Council listened to Save Church Street Campaign and its backers, who included Cycling UK, and we were delighted to hear that councillors have just voted to make the closure permanent. As such, the street will be an ideal component of the London Mayor’s planned ‘quietways’ programme. 

Act now

  • Going to the polls to vote in local elections on 4 May? Get in touch with your candidates about cycling through our Vote Bike 2017 tool. 
  • Live in Wales? Do you have an idea for a new or improved cycle or walking route in your area? Now's the time to share your views and local knowledge - see our online action

New publications

England’s Cycling Potential (CEDAR)

A four-page Evidence Brief Special summarising results from the DfT-funded Propensity to Cycle Tool (PCT) project.

PCT currently uses 2011 Census data on travel to work to estimate which journeys could most easily be switched to cycling. It looks at the potential under different scenarios:

  • Go Dutch

Shows that if people in England became as likely to cycle as in the Netherlands, nearly one in five (18%) would cycle to work – almost a six-fold increase. Every local authority would see at least one in fifteen commuters cycling to work, with a third seeing cycle commuting rates of one in five (20%) or more, even accounting for England’s hills and average trip distances.

  • E-bikes

If people in England had the Dutch propensity to cycle and widespread access to electric bikes, it would help them cycle further and tackle hills more easily. Under this scenario, more than one in four commuters (26%) would cycle all the way to work. Even in very hilly areas like West Devon, at least one in seven commuters might cycle.

Also discusses where the highest commuter cycling potential is under these scenarios in England, in London specifically and in rural areas. Also presents the results of the PCT’s work on health benefits and cutting carbon. Finds, for instance, that under the Go Dutch scenario, English local authorities could see an average health economic benefit of £5 million each, and reduce CO2 outputs by over 1,500 tonnes per year on average.

Boosting European Businesses: It starts with cycling! (ECF)

Final report on the European project, Bike2Work (2015 – 2016). The project’s aim was to shift people’s commuting habits away from driving to cycling. Cycling UK was one of its fourteen partners in thirteen countries.

Says that: “Across all Europe, a whopping half million commuters selected cycling over any other transport mode to reach their workplace. With over 148 million km cycled – approximately 3620 times the equator – the Bike2Work project contributed, only last year, to save a total of 20,916 tons of CO2 emissions.”

Considers what makes a Bike2Work campaign successful and sets out recommended steps to becoming a cycle-friendly employer because, it found, cycle-commuting enthusiasm from staff can’t generate modal shift all by itself. The report also looks at tax incentives that do and don’t help encourage active commuting.

Electromobility for all: fiscal incentives for e-cycling (ECF)

Report drawing decision-makers’ attention to the advantages and cost-effectiveness of electric bicycles and making recommendations on ways to encourage take-up through fiscal incentives. Cites the examples of France and Austria, both of which countries offer financial assistance to help people buy e-bikes.

As an aside, Cycling UK intends to write to the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) advocating similar measures here. OLEV’s focus appears to be exclusively on electric cars and vans.

Mini-Holland Design Guide (Waltham Forest)

Guidance for designers working on the delivery of Waltham Forest Council’s Mini-Holland Programme.

The Mini-Holland Programme is focused on making changes to the borough’s road network, mainly to improve conditions for people who travel by cycle or on foot. The vision is also to create a new all-inclusive street scene to benefit all local users, including residents, children, the elderly, businesses, people who take public transport and others.

The guide makes particular reference to Transport for London’s (TfL) Cycle Design Standard, and is sourced from a wide variety of examples of best practice from across the globe, but primarily from mainland Europe and elsewhere in the UK.

Leisure Cycling Tourism Guide  (Sustrans Scotland/Scottish Enterprise)

A guide to tourism providers on how to make their businesses more accommodating for cyclists, clearly something that it would be profitable for them to do: based on usage estimates of the National Cycle Network, Sustrans calculates that cycle tourism brought in £345 million to the Scottish economy in 2015.

Yet the authors found that fewer than 1 in 7 of the 7,104 accommodation listings on the Visit Scotland website are logged as cycle-friendly, even though 152,000 tourist visits are made to Scotland each year by holidaymakers who spend a day or more cycling during their stay.

To address this, the guide recommends providing local information on destinations and trails; secure bike storage; flexibility over arrival and departure times; offering a bike maintenance kit, and washing and drying facilities.

With market insights and case studies on how to increase profit margins and market share. 

The end of the road? Challenging the road-building consensus (CPRE)

New research, based on the largest ever independent review of complete road schemes in England, revealing that road-building fails to provide the congestion relief and economic boost promised, while devastating the environment.

As other studies have found in the past, the authors confirm that road-building generates extra traffic, thus leading to demands for yet more road-building and, in doing so, failing to meet the Government’s objectives to reduce congestion.

“The Government is keen to sell the biggest road-building programme since the 1970s, but this is a programme that will forever fail on its own terms, producing a depressing, self-perpetuating cycle of more and more roads that do little for the economy and harm the countryside.

“This landmark research shows that any benefits from road building are far smaller than thought but the harm much worse. The Road Investment Strategy needs to be reset – not receive three times more funding.”

Ralph Smyth
Head of infrastructure and legal, CPRE

Finds that:

  • Traffic increased much more in road corridors with new schemes than background traffic in the surrounding area;
  • Schemes completed eight to 20 years ago demonstrated a traffic increase of 47%, while traffic more than doubled in one scheme;
  • All new schemes put pressure on adjoining roads, with negligible reductions in journey times;
  • Of roads promoted for their benefits to the local economy, just one in five demonstrated any evidence at all of economic benefit, and that was weak;
  • More than half of the road schemes that the consultants analysed harmed protected landscapes and designated environmental sites;
  • Overall, evidence suggested that 80% of schemes built damaged the surrounding environment;
  • The case studies revealed specific examples where attempts to protect rare animals and plants failed.

Yet the Government has committed to increase annual spending on the Strategic Road Network from £1 billion in 2016 to £3 billion by 2020/1 as a ‘boost to motorists’.  CPRE says it should invest in rail, buses and active travel instead.

The report was written by consultants Transport for Quality of Life Community Interest Company.

Progress with the Road Investment Strategy (National Audit Office)

Report from the National Audit Office (NAO), a body that scrutinises public spending for Parliament and is independent of Government.

Advises the DfT and Highways England (HE) to: “take decisive action before the summer if they are to deliver optimal value from their Road Investment Strategy”, because the speed with which it was put together "has created risks to deliverability, affordability and value for money which could be carried forward into future road investment periods.”

“The Department and Highways England need to agree a more realistic and affordable plan if they are to provide optimal value from the Road Investment Strategy. […]

“Decisive action needs to be taken before the updated delivery plan is published in the summer if shortcomings in the current strategy are not to be carried over into future road investment periods.”

Amyas Morse, Head of the National Audit Office, 22 March 2017

The authors say that:

  • When preparing the Roads Investment Strategy (RIS), the Government “selected projects without knowing whether they would be the best value”;
  • The original investment plan failed to take account of all the capital costs (e.g. post-project evaluations and IT);
  • HE is facing staffing challenges to cope with increased workload, and having to fill gaps in permanent staff with much more costly consultants and interim staff;
  • HE is now reviewing the portfolio of enhancement projects to improve value for money, and has so far identified 16 projects which present a risk to value for money;
  • HE and the DfT are also exploring a number of ways to manage the risk, including revising project design, cancelling projects or delaying them so to enable further assessment of benefits.

The NAO recommends that the DfT and HE “should agree an updated delivery plan for the remainder of the road period, including a clear statement setting out the impact of this updated plan on any work undertaken in the next road period.” It also suggest that the DfT “re-evaluate its approach to oversight of Highways England, as the scale and complexity of Highways England’s investment portfolio increases.”

Air quality: a briefing for directors of public health (Local Government Association (LGA), Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Public Health England (PHE))

A briefing to help Directors of Public Health consider the appropriate response to air pollution in their area. Amongst the measures it strongly advocates is active travel. It says: “Tackling air pollution, or creating routes that avoid pollution hotspots, can help to make active travel more attractive as an option. Getting people cycling and walking can also in itself help to reduce air pollution.”

Also offers extensive evidence about the health impacts of air pollution.

Global Street Design Guide (America's National Association of City Transportation Officials)

Including input from 42 countries and 72 cities, the idea behind this guide is to set global standards for designing city streets and measuring how successful they are in terms of access, safety, mobility for all users, environmental quality, economic benefit, public health, and overall quality of life.

Example cities include: Bangalore, India; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Paris, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Seoul, Korea; Medellin, Colombia; Toronto, Canada; Istanbul, Turkey; Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; New York, USA; and San Francisco, USA. It also cites Van Gogh Walk in London as a case study. 

Intended to inspire leaders, inform practitioners, and empower communities to realise the potential in their public space networks.

Hardcover $60.00 ISBN: 9781610917018 / E-book Format $59.99 ISBN: 9781610917025

Diary dates

Cardiff Cycle City Hustings

4 April, Cardiff

To find out which party will offer the best deal for the thousands of cyclists in Cardiff, Cardiff Cycle City, the organisation aiming to make Cardiff the best cycling city in the UK, is putting local politicians under the spotlight in a special cycling hustings.  

All major parties standing in the city elections on 4 May have been invited to send a representative to spell out how they will improve facilities for cycling in Cardiff.

Spokes Council Hustings

6 April, Edinburgh

Spring public meeting organised by Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign.

Taking the form of a hustings for Edinburgh City Council’s election on 4 May, the meeting will be a chance for voters to hear and question party representatives about their thoughts on cycling and any related transport policy issues they wish to mention.


Space for Cycling rides

22 April

With local elections in prospect on 4 May, campaign groups around the country are riding out to show incoming politicians how much public support there is for cycling. The rides also coincide with International Earth Day.

All events are family-friendly - so feel free to bring your kids, grab a picnic and pray for some sunshine!

Check the A-Z listings for an event near you. 

Nothing in your area? Why not get in touch and arrange one? 

#POP2017 (Pedal on Parliament)

22 April -  Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen / 23 April - Glasgow

With local elections right across Scotland this May, POP2017’s family-friendly rides will take place not just in Edinburgh, but in three other cities too. Thousands are expected to mass together to demonstrate to politicians the sense of making Scotland a cycle-friendly country.

Women and Cycling Conference 2017

4 May, Bradford

An event to inspire more women to cycle more often and to more places, offering the chance to:

  • Share and celebrate good inclusive practice
  • Look at new cycling developments and up-to-date information on all aspects of cycling
  • Develop local, regional and national links and networks
  • Engage with decision-makers

For women cyclists (beginners to veterans), physical activity and cycle leaders, trainers, women responsible for designing and maintaining bikes, campaigners, health and youth & community workers, transport planners, volunteers and practitioners from the voluntary, public and commercial sector.

Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week / Slow Down Days

8-14 May 2017

The focus of the UN’s collaborative fourth Road Safety Week is speed this year, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) is encouraging community volunteers to organise ‘Slow Down Days’ street events all over the globe.

With support from the UK’s 20’s Plenty for Us campaign, WHO has published a toolkit for organisers on how to host such an event, with ideas for engaging the public and attracting media attention. The website also presents a fascinating map of places round the world where events are taking place (Fiji, Brisbane, Trinidad and Tobago, Pune in India, South Acton …) 

National Bikeability Conference

9 -10 May, Hull (City of Culture 2017)

The Association of Bikeability Schemes' (TABS) conference, offering free guided ride round Hull and social evening (9 May, hosted by Hull City Council) and workshops (10 May).

Cycle City Active City (Landor Links)

11-12 May, Bradford

The 5th annual Cycle City Active City conference.

Includes a two-day exhibition of the product and service suppliers to the sector, with plenary presentations by high-profile individuals throughout the UK and beyond with expertise and influence in cycling and walking policy, promotion and infrastructure, active place-making, public health, and positive urban design and development. Also offers seminars, study tours, keynote presentations and networking opportunities.

Women’s Festival of Cycling

Month of July

Throughout July 2017, Cycling UK will be celebrating women who cycle and helping those who need extra encouragement to take up it up. Be part of it, whether you cycle five miles or 500, on or off-road. 

In this issue:

March 2017 content

Headlines: Vote Bike 2016! Rolling out the 'safe pass' mat. 
Other stories: Cheshire East votes for Space for Cycling; Cycling UK gives evidence to MPs on urban congestion; still not enough cash for road maintenance; Michael Mason case on way to Old Bailey; researching medics launch reporting tool for London cyclists; court case highlights need to take car dooring more seriously; tougher mobile phone penalties; state of traffic policing; e-bike growth threatened by EU insurance ruling; Belfast cyclists battle bus lane invasion; testing and training tackles safer lorry driving; RoadPeace is 25; latest from 20's Plenty; 'Sugar tax' to boost pupil health and activity levels; active school travel in Northern Ireland goes from strength to strength; Lords debate women's cycling; inclusive Scottish project opens great outdoors; polluted black-spot transformed into cycling and walking heaven.
Act now: Vote Bike! Get in touch with your election candidates; Live in Wales and have an idea for a new or improved cycle or walking route in your area? Now's the time to share your views and local knowledge.
New publications: England's cycling potential; Boosting European businesses - it starts with cycling! Electromobility for all - fiscal incentives for e-cycling; Mini-Holland design guide; Leisure cycling tourism guide; Challenging the road-building consensus; Progress with the Road Investment Strategy; Air quality - briefing for directors of public health; Global street design.
Diary dates:Spokes Council Hustings (6 April, Edinburgh); Space for Cycling rides (22 April); Pedal on Parliament (Edinburgh, Inverness 22 April; Glasgow 23 April); Women & cycling conference (4 May, Bradford); 4th United Nations Global Road Safety Week/Slow Down Days (8-14 May); National Bikeability Conference (9-10 May, Hull); Cycle City Active City (11-12 May, Bradford); Women's festival of cycling (month of July)


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