CycleDigest March 2013

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Jon Snow at the Get Britain Cycling inquiry
Jon Snow at the Get Britain Cycling inquiry
CTC's monthly round-up of cycle campaigning news.
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From the Editor

Welcome to the March issue of CycleDigest, CTC's round-up of cycle campaigning news.

Spring is as good a time as any for visionary thoughts: the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group has just wrapped up its Get Britain Cycling inquiry and a report will be out in April; funding for cycling in London has leapt up; and there's much promise for sustainable 'door-to-door' travel. That's not all that's on the horizon, so please click on.....

And - another new thing - this is the first entirely paperless edition of the CycleDigest and we hope you like it. If you have any feedback, please email me.

Cherry Allan, CTC Campaigns


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Walking and Cycling (NICE)

Public health briefing for local government giving NICE’s (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) recommendations on walking and cycling. Intended to help in many areas of local authority work., e.g. the development of local plans, core strategies and joint health and well-being strategies, including several areas highlighted in the Public Health Outcomes Framework.



The true costs of automobility: External costs of cars (Prof. Dr. Ing. Udo J. Becker, University of Dresden)

Report presented in the European Parliament by Prof Becker, Chair of Transport Ecology from the University of Dresden. Main findings:

  • Every car in Europe produces external costs equivalent to 1,600 Euros (on average) annually in noise, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and accidents (not covered by liability insurance).
  • For the EU-27, the overall sum of uncovered costs related to car use is roughly the equivalent to 3.0 % of the EU’s GDP or the GDP of Belgium.
  • On average, every EU citizen pays € 750 of subsidies per year.
  • 41 % of these external costs are due to accidents and 37 % to climate change. The remaining 22 % are shared between air pollution, noise and other effects.

Includes detailed national figures for each of the EU-27 Member States.

See also ECF’s press release


Shop by Bike Trial Report (Gavin Wood, CTC)

The results gathered from the 77 people who took part in the first of CTC’s two Shop by Bike trials last autumn. Includes findings on the facilities offered for cyclists and their bikes (varied and inconsistent); how people carried their shopping (panniers mostly); and the sort of goods they transported (not just shopping…).  Almost all of the participants enjoyed the shopping experience  – only one of them said they were unlikely to continue.

The trials were part of CTC’s involvement with the CycleLogistics project, which is funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy Europe programme and aims to promote energy efficiency and a more rational use of resources.


Defying Poverty with Bicycles: How to Succeed with Your Own Social Bike Business Program (Sue Knaup)

'How-to' manual from the US setting out a simple social enterprise model for using cycles to help people struggling from deprivation, with advice on launching new careers. The author draws on her own experience as a bike messenger in San Francisco in the 1980s, bike shop owner in Arizona, and as the founder and executive director of One Street, an international bicycle advocacy organisation working to connect non-profit and business leaders to help people through cycling-related initiatives.

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