CycleDigest December 2013
From the Editor
The stories we gather for each issue of CycleDigest are, of course, a round-up of whatever the month in question happens to bring.
Stepping back to look at them all as a whole - a fitting thing to do at the end of the year - helps refine what cycle campaigning seems to me to be all about: a) encouraging cycling and opening up opportunities for more of it because it does such a lot of good; and b) tackling anything and everything that gets in the way. Inspiring, promoting and protecting, in other words.
Hence, for example, the awards for progress on cycle-rail, the push to mobilise forces to encourage the MoD to give cyclists a warmer welcome on their land and the crucial political focus on cycle safety and on the lorry threat in particular. Read on for all of this, and more.
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Surrey and Hampshire cyclists are finding that the MoD (Ministry of Defence) are increasingly restricting access to their land for cyclists, especially to Hankley Common in Surrey. Horse riders and walkers are also affected.
CTC would like to know if cyclists elsewhere in the country are experiencing problems accessing MoD land.
If you are, please get in touch. This will help us not only when we are negotiating about local problems, but also in our national discussions with the MoD.