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Transport for London Cycle Route Study

Help Transport for London with its current study of cycle routes by taking part in a survey, and or by mapping your routes with a handy app to create better cycle networks in the future.
Cycle Route Survey

Transport for London (TfL) is currently researching how cyclists choose their cycle routes in London.  They are asking for volunteers to support them in carrying out this innovative research using their mobile phone application and online survey. 

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Minister confirms go-ahead for Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

25 June 2015
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill today confirmed that he has given instructions to progress towards formal 'Commencement' of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, paving the way for increased investment in improved cycling conditions.
Cycling and Walking Minister, Robert Goodwill, MP

Speaking today at the Cycle City Active City Conference in Newcastle Cycling and Walking Minister, Robert Goodwill, MP announced  that he has instructed Department of Transport officials to prepare the legislative order that will bring into effect the legal provisions in the Infrastructure Act requiring the Government to adopt a Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS).

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The YHA celebrates Bike Week 2015 in style

It’s Bike Week and YHA are really celebrating this year after the charity’s big commitment over the last few months to promoting cycling throughout England and Wales. So we thought we would ask them to write us a blog piece about why Bike Week means so much to them ...

This year, Bike Week has a strong focus on encouraging more of the population to cycle to work and the YHA has shown its support for the cause in a number of ways. 

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Commuter gripes could be solved by Bike Week

Our latest YouGov survey found that almost half of Britain’s commuters live within an ‘easily cycle-able’ distance from their workplace (0-5 miles away). If they aren't already enjoying a ride to work, research suggests millions more commuters would feel much better for making the switch to cycling.
Bike Week 2015 #BikeWeekUK

CTC's latest YouGov research found that almost half of Britain’s commuting adults live within five miles of their workplace (47%).

Regularly mentioned gripes amongst non-cycling commuters were:

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500,000 celebrate summer of cycling as Bike Week launches

As Bike Week 2015 launches today at the Dutch Embassy (and runs 13 - 21 June), the national cycling charity, CTC, confirmed that over half a million people are set to take part in the biggest cycling event in the UK this summer.
Bike Week 2015

Packed full of events and helpful tips on how you can make the simple switch to cycling, Bike Week 2015 demonstrates that cycling is a really convenient way to get around.

CTC’s Bike Week Coordinator, Jonathan Sharpe said: “With tens of thousands more bikes being brought back to life through CTC’s recent Big Bike Revival, we expect this year’s Bike Week to be an even bigger than before."

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to Editors: 
  1. Bike Week 2015 runs 13 – 21 June 2015. For more information visit www.bikeweek.org.uk   and follow us on https://www.facebook.com/NationalBikeWeek  and https://twitter.com/Bike_Week (using the hashtag #BikeWeekUK)
  2. Bike Week 2015 is delivered by CTC, the national cycling charity, in partnership with Cyclescheme and Love to Ride, as part of the European Union Intelligent Energy Programme. The project is also funded through Bike Hub, Cycling Scotland, and Travelwise Northern Ireland, and is supported by British Cycling, London Cycling Campaign, Sustrans, the Association of Cycle Traders and Cyclenation.
  3. More information about Love to Ride and The National Cycle Challenge can be found at www.lovetoride.org. Register into the challenge here: www.lovetoride.net/uk. Love to Ride are also working with Transport for London to deliver the London Cycle Challenge 8 - 28 June. More information is available at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cyclechallenge
  4. The MPs annual bike ride will set out from the Dutch Embassy at 9:15am on 10 June and finishes at College Green.
  5. The Bicycle Association of Great Britain Ltd is the national body representing the bicycle industry in the United Kingdom. More information is at http://bicycleassociation.org.uk/
  6. More information about Cycle to Work Day can be found at www.cycletoworkday.org.  
  7. For further information on CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. These aims are to:
    • Provide expert, practical help and advice.
    • Support individuals and communities.
    • Protect cyclists’ interests.
    • Campaign to make cycling mainstream and to remove the things that stop people cycling.
    • Help people develop the confidence and skills to cycle.
    • Promote the benefits of cycling to individuals, to society and to the economy.
      www.ctc.org.uk
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What’s legal - and what’s not - on your bike?

CTC volunteer Margaret-Anne Orgill takes a look at cyclists and the law.
Road cyclists riding side by side

Cyclists are often in the news these days, so I thought it would be useful to run through the rules of the road. While I’ll go through what cyclists can be arrested for, I’ll also be looking at what you can do legally while cycling - some of which may surprise you!  I’ll look at what you must do while you are out on the road and what you mustn’t, as laid down by the law and the Highway Code.

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Why I love cycling to work

For nearly a decade CTC's Julie Rand has been cycling to work, she blogs about her choice of route and the highs and lows of being a cycle commuter.
Rider on a track

For nearly ten years, I have commuted daily by bike to CTC National Office in Guildford, Surrey. Luckily for me, it's only 6 miles each way, perfect commuting distance, and there's a choice of excellent road and off-road routes. 

My preferred option involves a mix of quiet suburban roads, country lanes and a canal towpath that allows my husband and I to chat as we ride - me to CTC and him to the local bike recycling project, where he works as a supervisor teaching maintenance skills just a mile from the office.

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How to stop your bike from being stolen

More than 376,000 bicycles are stolen every year in England and Wales alone, so it is really important that you know how to protect your bike. CTC's Victoria Hazael takes a look at what you can do to make it as difficult as possible for a thief to cycle away with your precious steed.
Two police officers checking a bike

Bike security is a serious concern for cyclists and anyone who's thinking of taking up cycling - thousands of machines are stolen every year: 376,000, in fact, from April 2013-March 2014 in England and Wales.

There has been a slight decrease in bicycle theft recently, but the number of thefts of or from motor vehicles has been falling steadily, and much more steeply, for years. 

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Bike Week to get half a million people cycling this June

Over half a million people are due to take part in Bike Week (13 – 21 June), the biggest cycling event in the UK. Packed full of activities and helpful tips on how you can make the simple switch to cycling, Bike Week 2015 demonstrates that cycling is a really convenient way to get around.
Bike Week logo

Originating from the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) in 1923, this annual opportunity to promote cycling shows how getting on your bike can easily be a part of everyday life. Whether it’s for fun, as a means of getting to work or school, to get to the shops or just to visit friends, Bike Week provides a one stop shop of events and inspiration to get you onto the saddle.

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to Editors: 
  1. Bike Week 2015 runs 13 – 21 June 2015. For more information visit www.bikeweek.org.uk   and follow us on https://www.facebook.com/NationalBikeWeek  and https://twitter.com/Bike_Week (using the hashtag #BikeWeekUK)
  2. Bike Week 2015 is delivered by CTC, the national cycling charity, in partnership with Cyclescheme and Love to Ride, as part of the European Union Intelligent Energy Programme. The project is also funded through Bike Hub, Cycling Scotland, and Travelwise Northern Ireland, and is supported by British Cycling, London Cycling Campaign, Sustrans, the Association of Cycle Traders and Cyclenation.
  3. The National Travel Survey (NTS) is produced by the Department for Transport and is the primary source of data on personal travel patterns in Great Britain https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-travel-survey-statist...
  4. David Cameron wrote  a letter of support to CTC’s Vote Bike campaign on 23 April. A copy of this letter is available at  https://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/files/media_library/users/SamJones/cameron_response.pdf
  5. The Ride National Cycle Challenge is at www.lovetoride.net 
  6. For further information on CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. 

 

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Inhabiting Infrastructure: explaining cycling's complexity

This guest blog post was written by Alan Latham and Peter Wood, researchers from the Departments of Geography at University College London and The Open University. Could their publication 'Inhabiting Infrastructure' influence campaigners’ attempts to explain the need for Space for Cycling?
Image taken from "Inhabiting Infrastructure"

London is not always an easy place to cycle. Take the case of Elle and Tara. They are two budding commuter cyclists travelling from Earlsfield in south London towards Richmond Park. Nearing the park, their journey takes them through a grassy heath and then along a small lane of terraced houses. They start to relax. Then without warning, they find themselves having to join a busy A-road via a non-signal controlled T-junction. A thick snake of traffic – cars, vans and lorries - is making its way along the A-road.

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