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CTC and Cyclenation conference: be part of the largest gathering of cycle campaigners

Book your place now! CTC & Cyclenation's annual cycle campaigners' conference 2015,hosted in Liverpool by Merseyside Cycle Campaign on Saturday 24 October. Key speakers and workshop sessions will provide a forum to discuss recent developments and new opportunities in local cycle campaiging
Annual Cycle Conference

CTC and Cyclenation's annual conference 2015 will be hosted in Liverpool by the Merseyside Cycle Campaign on Saturday 24 October.

  • 11am - 5pm (lunch and refreshments included)
  • £20 Early bird ticket (pre-register now until 20/09/2015; £25 thereafter)

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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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Prime Minister meets with MPs to talk cycle safety

David Cameron met with members of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) to discuss cycle safety.
Prime Minister meets the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (photo: APPCG)

Four members of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group met David Cameron on Wednesday (15th July) to discuss cycling, and cycle-lorry safety in particular. The Prime Minister agreed to the meeting in response to a request at Prime Ministers' Questions from Ben Bradshaw MP, made on 24 June following several recent cyclists' deaths under the wheels of lorries on London's roads.

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Calling all Scottish Cyclists: Let's Pedal on Parliament

What started as a one-off flash ride on the Scottish Parliament is now rapidly becoming an institution and part of the Scottish cycling calendar. Sally Hinchcliffe, one of the founding organisers, explains why this year's ride is just as important as the first.
Edinburgh 2014: Pedal on Parliament

It’s hard to believe it, but we’re in the throes of organising what will be the fourth Pedal on Parliament (POP). We started POP in 2012 as a Scottish version of the Big Ride on Westminster, realising transport is a devolved matter and hence Holyrood was the place we needed to influence. At the time, we were hopeful that a few hundred might turn up – and were blown away when in fact thousands did.

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Political parties quizzed on their cycling commitments

The Big Cycling Debate yesterday [2 March] proved a useful opportunity to press the three main parties on what they would do to Get Britain Cycling - and crucially, how much they are prepared to spend on it.
John Humphrys chairing The Big Cycling Debate

The debate was organised by CTC on behalf of the UK Cycling Alliance with support from News UK, as part of the Times newspaper's Cities Fit for Cycling Campaign. It took place on the impressive 17th floor of News UK's new London Bridge office. It was chaired by John Humphrys, presenter of BBC's Today Programme and Mastermind, who opened the event by saying that the advantage of Mastermind was that at least the interviewees actually wanted to answer the questions!

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Vegetation and hedge trimmings

Cyclists have problems with overhanging vegetation or hedge trimmings left on the routes they use. Debris can cause punctures or even serious injury if it gets caught in wheels ...
Mending a puncture
Headline Messages: 
  • Cyclists encounter problems if vegetation along the routes they use is not well trimmed. Overgrown branches can obscure visibility or get in the way, for instance.
  • Cyclists also suffer when debris is left strewn about following careless or incompetent hedge trimming practices. 
  • Debris has the potential to cause punctures or – worse – it may get caught in wheels sometimes with serious, even fatal, consequences.
Key facts: 
  • It is illegal to obstruct the public highway without legal authority/excuse, or leave debris on it.
  • Trimming back vegetation is usually the duty of the landowner or occupier, although sometimes the local highways authority is responsible for it.
  • As a work activity, hedge trimming is subject to the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • A highway authority has a legal duty to assert and protect the public’s right to use and enjoy any highway for which it is responsible; and it must ensure that it is safe for users. As such, authorities have powers to oblige landowners/occupiers to remove obstructions/debris etc.
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 
  • Those responsible for trimming vegetation should do so regularly and in accordance with best practice
  • Local authorities and the police should actively pursue and, as necessary, prosecute offenders
  • Overhanging vegetation and debris along routes used by cyclists, both on and off-road, should be regularly and attentively cleared.
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Publication Date: 
March 2015
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New Android app for Fill That Hole

The new Fill That Hole Android app is out of the beta testing phase; it will make reporting potholes quicker and easier - and it should mean our roads will get fixed faster.
Fill That Hole App

Following the success of CTC’s pothole reporting website Fill That Hole and the Fill That Hole iPhone app and with thanks to funding from the Department of Transport, CTC are now in the final stages of testing the new Fill That Hole Android app.

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Contra-flow cycling (2-way cycling in 1-way streets)

Allowing cyclists to ride two-way in one-way streets makes cycling more convenient and attractive...
Contra-flow street
Headline Messages: 
  • Allowing cyclists to ride two-way in one-way streets makes cycling in town and cities more convenient by opening up the street network and providing short-cuts. It can also help make cycling safer by offering alternatives to busy roads, and may help stop people riding on the pavement.
  • Contra-flow works perfectly safely in many other European countries, where it is already widespread.
  • As it gives cycling an advantage over driving, contra-flow helps encourage a shift from cars to cycles for short local journeys.
Key facts: 

Evidence from Belgium suggests that, compared to the road network, the risk of injury is lower in a one-way street with contra-flow cycling or at crossroads including such a street.

CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 
  • One-way systems put cyclists at a disadvantage, making their journeys longer and more stressful. Restoring two-way cycling on one-way streets can significantly improve the safety, convenience and attractiveness of cycling.
  • Each local authority should review all its one-way streets, with the aim of progressively converting them either to two-way use (particularly for one-way systems on more major roads), or permitting contra-flow cycling (e.g. on narrower streets), unless it can be demonstrated that there are overriding hazards affecting cyclists.
  • Contra-flow cycling should be facilitated through appropriate engineering treatments, depending on the traffic volumes, speeds and road widths involved.
  • In many cases, e.g. on quieter roads, unsegregated two-way cycling on an unmarked road is an appropriate solution. More heavily trafficked one-way roads should be provided with contra-flow lanes. 
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Publication Date: 
November 2014
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Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs)

Advanced stop lines are an excellent way of giving cyclists visible priority at junctions, where around 75% of cyclists' collisions occur. Good design is crucial, of course.
ASLs help cyclists at junctions
Headline Messages: 
  • Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs, or ‘cycle boxes’) are some of the cheapest, most cost-effective and popular ways to give cyclists visible priority at junctions. They help cyclists control their own safety as they prepare to manoeuvre through the junction, giving them the opportunity to position themselves where they can be clearly seen by drivers behind.
Key facts: 
  • Around 75% of road crashes involving cyclists happen at or near junctions.
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 
  • There should be a presumption in favour of providing Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs) on all arms of all signalised junctions.
  • Highway authorities should progressively introduce ASLs at all signalised junctions, making site-specific alterations to the junction layout as required. Exceptions may be made on high speed roads (40mph or above) where there are existing off-carriageway facilities that meet cyclists’ needs, or where a decision is taken to provide these.
  • The Government should pursue moves to clarify and amend the legislation covering cyclists’ access to and use of ASLs; and make civil enforcement of ASLs possible.
  • Each location needs to be carefully assessed to determine the most appropriate site-specific layout, having regard for the line of approach taken by cyclists and their turning movements. The safety benefits of different ASL layouts should be kept under review.
  • ASLs should be provided with at least one feeder lane on any junction arm where the traffic volumes and speeds merit the provision of a cycle lane (or cycle use of a bus lane), in accordance with CTC’s campaigns briefing on on-road cycling (forthcoming).
  • On any junction arm with more than one entry lane, consideration should be given to providing a feeder lane away from the kerb (i.e. either between or to the right of the general traffic lanes). This may be either in addition to or instead of a feeder lane to the left of the general traffic lanes. The safety benefits of different ASL layouts should be kept under review.
  • Feeder lanes should be at least 1.5m wide, preferably 2m, especially where cycle flows are high. General traffic lanes on junction approaches can be reduced to 2.5m to accommodate this, and 2.25m is acceptable on quieter streets with little or no bus or lorry traffic.
  • CTC recommends the progressive introduction of coloured surfacing for ASLs and their feeder lanes. Priority should be given to locations with multiple general traffic lanes and/or complex conflicting movements between cyclists and motorised traffic.
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Publication Date: 
November 2014
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