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Funding announced for £2bn of 'growth deals' ... and £15m for cycle rail

4 July 2014
£2bn announced for new roads or bigger junctions - with almost none on cycling. Meanwhile, the Department for Transport has announced £15m for 2015-16 to be spent on cycle rail improvements, typically additional cycle parking at railway stations.
£2bn of funding for masses of new roads; just £15m dedicated to cycling

The £15m was announced in Sheffield the day before the Tour de France's start in Yorkshire, on Friday.

It is the first announcement of any substantial funding for cycling in almost a year.

However, it was overshadowed by £2bn in funding for 39 'local growth deals' across England, which will mainly fund new roads, junctions and business parks.


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Let's get the best for cycling out of HS2

CTC isn’t taking sides on whether or not to build HS2 Phase 1 (the proposed high speed rail line between London and the West Midlands), but we do want to make sure that cyclists get the best deal out of the project.
House of Parliament

CTC has therefore formally objected to the HS2 Phase 1 Parliamentary Bill, calling for amendments or commitment from the Bill’s promoters to:


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Free bike safety checks in the Chilterns this winter

Cycle Chilterns will be running a number of free bike safety check sessions at town markets and train stations across the Chilterns this winter.
Free bike safety checks from Dr Bike

To help keep your bike running smoothly and safely this winter we will be holding regular Dr Bike sessions at a variety of locations across the Chilterns. During each session a qualified mechanic from a local bike shop will perform a free, basic bike safety check while you wait.

Basic bike maintenance is important at any time of year, but particularly during winter when weather conditions, dirt and grit on the road can cause problems with brakes and gears much quicker than in the dry summer months.

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Liverpool's CTC members object to the Mayor's bus lane suspension

Paul McCartney wrote about the ‘Long and Winding Road’. Well, Merseyside's bus passengers may now be feeling they are living out the song's lyrics after the Mayor enforced a suspension of the city's bus lanes in a bid to ease traffic congestion.
A Liverpool bus

CTC's local campaigner for Liverpool Don Thompson has been updating National Office as CTC members, the  Merseyside Cycling Campaign  and MET (Merseyside Environmental Trust) plan to pose questions to the  Mayoral Select Committee on Wednesday  23 October 2013.

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Hope for a bike boost in Belfast as Giro d’Italia 2014 route announced

It is the first time this prestigious international event is being held outside continental Europe. The Giro d'Italia 2014 will travel from Belfast to Trieste in 21 stages and route details have just been announced.
The McClelland family at the 'Titanic' starting point in Belfast

Friday 9 May sees the Belfast stage, which starts at Titanic Belfast and takes in the Newtownards Road, Stormont, Queen's Bridge, the Ormeau Road, Stranmillis and finishes in Belfast city centre.

The Saturday leg - a 218 km cycle - starts on Belfast's Antrim Road and goes to Antrim, Ballymena, Bushmills, and the Giant's Causeway before taking in the coastline from Cushendall to Larne, then on to Whitehead and Carrickfergus before heading back to Belfast.

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How to take your bike on holiday to France by rail

Ed Lancaster of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) looks at opportunities to take your own bike with you if you travel for a cycle holiday in France by rail.
Man with bike boarding French train

A cycling holiday in France ticks all the right boxes: gorgeous scenery, charming towns and villages, increasing numbers of well-marked routes and not forgetting the fantastic food and drink. Of course, the other advantage for UK tourists is that it is feasible to take your own tried and tested bike with you without even having to take it apart. 

In order to do this though you will need to be organised and plan ahead and there will be some additional costs (although you obviously won’t have to rent a bike when you get to the other end).

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Cycling to stations doubles in 7 years

The number of people cycling to railway stations has steadily increased over the last 7 years, figures from the National Passenger Survey, obtained by CTC, reveal.
Cycling to stations has grown mostly amongst on-train users

18.5 million rail journeys – or over 50,000 trips a day – started with a bike ride to the station in 2006. By 2013, that had increased to 38.4 million, or 105,000 per day.

2.6% of passengers in 2013 arrived at the station by bike, up from 2% in 2006. In the meantime the number of people travelling by train has also increased by over a third over the same period.

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Government boost for sustainable door-to-door travel

CTC has today welcomed the Government's new strategy for sustainable door-to-door trips by public transport, walking and cycling.
Leeds Cycle Point - a good example of cycle-rail integration

Public transport, walking and cycling make ideal travelling companions, so the launch today of the Government's vision for door-to-door journeys by sustainable transport is a welcome step forward.

Cycling is one of the best ways of linking up stages of longer journeys - e.g. by riding from home to the rail station or bus stop - and it's healthy, low carbon and conveniently 'door-to-door'.

Years of feedback from cyclists tell us that the combination of cycling with public transport has huge potential and helps save travellers time and money.


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Taxis and private hire vehicles

If your cycle breaks down, or it's late at night - or you're just too tired to complete your journey - knowing that you can take your bike the rest of the way by taxi can be a very reassuring thought...
London taxi and cyclist
Headline Messages: 
  • Taxis and private hire vehicles will often transport a cycle, provided that space is available.
  • The regulations under the Disability Discrimination Act require all taxis (but not private hire vehicles) to be capable of accommodating people with disabilities - including people who use wheelchairs. This provision means that the vehicles approved by the licensing authority (the local council) can normally accommodate 1-2 standard solo cycles. Current users generally hold on to the cycle inside the taxi to address the issue of safety and security.
  • Cycles can in practice be carried in many of the vehicles operated by private hire companies - i.e. in 'people movers' or 'estate' cars. In a local situation, taxis and private hire vehicles may provide a convenient late-night service to young people/students, or serve major transport interchanges acting as a link in the cyclists’ journey.
  • In Denmark, the law requires that there is provision for cycle carriage by taxis, and cycle racks are carried by every cab.

Current developments

CTC and LCC (London Cycling Campaign) are endorsing work currently in progress to develop a reliable and consistent system that secures a cycle in a taxi and protects both it and the taxi from damage. We expect to see this rolling out in 2013 in larger cities and towns.  CTC welcomes feedback on any taxi service already offering a formal, guaranteed facility to carry cycles.

From privately funded research carried out to assess a London-wide potential, it was noted that  20% of London cyclists are already using taxis to deal with breakdowns and other unforeseen events, with variable rates of success.  In the same survey, over 30% of the female cyclists said they would use a taxi if it provided a safer and more convenient way to get home late at night.

Many non-cyclists also said that being able to take their bike on a taxi would encourage them to make use of a cycle.  Based on the survey results, estimates of the additional revenue potential have been discussed with the taxi trade, and prospects are encouraging. 

CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 
  • Where taxi and private hire vehicles are adapted to accommodate wheelchairs, a policy should be adopted that allows for the carriage of cycles.
  • Where no special adaptations have been made, but there is space to accommodate a cycle, private hire vehicles should have a policy of carrying bikes if there is a perceived demand.
  • The fitting of cycle racks to taxis and private hire vehicles, or means to carry cycles inside the cab (i.e .covers and securing straps) should be investigated as a solution to carrying cycles.


Publication Date: 
November 2012
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Gong for Brompton Dock at the National Cycle Rail Awards

A revolutionary automated bike hire scheme and the addition of 2,000 cycle spaces across one operator’s network were some of the achievements celebrated at this year’s National Cycle Rail Awards, sponsored in part by CTC.
Brompton Dock won the award for innovation at this year's awards

The Awards, which are run by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), recognise the work being done by train companies, associated industry groups and individuals across the country to encourage the combined use of cycle and rail travel. The rail industry is always looking for ways to work with local individuals and groups to improve access, security and information for passengers who want to get in the saddle.

CTC's Chief Executive Gordon Seabright, was one of the judges on the panel. The winners were:


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