How to create Cycletopia in your town
Cycletopia won't happen by itself; it'll take concerted effort from councils, businesses, schools and, of course, campaigners, to make it happen.
Here are 10 steps to help turn your town into ‘Cycletopia’:
- firstly, and most simply, report potholes and poor road maintenance on http://www.fillthathole.org.uk
- there are over 400 CTC local cycle campaigners and many more campaign groups in towns and cities, get involved in your local campaign group or contact your local CTC campaigner
- find allies in other organisations or groups, such as health professionals, environmental groups and cycle-friendly councillors
- map out the routes where cyclists most need to get to, the barriers they face, and where improvements can be made
- find out who makes the decisions and who holds the funds - this is likely to be the local councillors for your highway authority
- take your proposals to your councillors and local cycle forum (if one exists!)
- take your councillors and officers out on bikes to visualise improvements
- look out for major planning developments, where much of the funding for better facilities will come from
- ask CTC for advice, assistance or resources such as campaigns briefings
- don’t give up!
If you are already involved in campaigning or want to get involved with campaigning in your local area, you can sign up to be a local CTC representative. CTC's also has advice on how to set up a local campaign group in your area.