CycleDigest June 2013
From the Editor
Encouraging more people to enjoy the benefits of cycling is wrapped up in road safety; and road safety in turn depends to a large extent on how strongly the legal system defends cyclists from bad driving - hence the launch of CTC's new Road Justice campaign and website (see headline below).
As mentioned in the last CycleDigest, the e-petition urging the Government to implement the recommendations of the 'Get Britain Cycling' report has done well - and news has just come in that it will soon be the subject of a debate in Parliament.
Don't stop getting people to sign it, though! It needs to make the biggest impression possible on politicians, most immediately the Chancellor, who'll be setting out his proposals for public spending in the Comprehensive Spending Review on 26 June. Cycling is, after all, an excellent investment - as our topical briefing on cycling and the economy explains.
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The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF)
An assessment of all 27 EU countries on their cycling levels, cycle tourism, advocacy activity, bike sales and cyclists’ safety. The aim is to help advocates press for change where it’s needed, and answer the FAQ ‘Which country is best for cycling in Europe?’
Denmark and the Netherlands came joint first, Malta last (27th) and the UK 10th, just behind Slovakia and one above France.
League of American Bicyclists/Sierra Club
It reveals that the fastest growth in bicycling over the last decade is among the Hispanic, African American and Asian American populations, up from 16% of all bike trips in 2001 to 23% in 2009; and that, according to a 2012 national poll, “86% of people of color and 82% of white respondents said they had a positive view of bicyclists.”
Looks at the effect of cycling infrastructure and the disparity of provision, new immigrant perceptions of cycling, as well as the economic impact of transportation and health inequity. With demographic data and thought-provoking and inspiring case studies, community action stories and images, this report is a good read.
New campaigns briefings from CTC include:
National Planning Policies
Three additions to our 'Bad Driving and the Justice System' series:
- The Legal Framework and Sentencing
- Prosecutors and Courts
- Compensation for Injured Cyclists (covers 'presumed liability')