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Cycle path, Primrose Valley, Leeds

Cycling in the UK, including news, cycle infrastructure, campaigns, and  the politics and government decisions affecting people on two wheels in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

London Cycling Action Plan

17th December 2018

London hire bikes
London hire bikes

TfL and the Mayor of London today published a Cycling Action Plan. Is it just warm words, or will it result in real improvements to conditions for cycling in the capital?

Read about London Cycling Action Plan.

Sustrans NCN review

13th November 2018

NCN Route 67
NCN Route 67

Sustrans has released a report on the National Cycle Network it looks after, admitting that a lot of it is sub-standard. There are plans to improve and expand the network.

Read about Sustrans NCN review.

Highway Code review

21st October 2018

Highway Code

The DfT has announced a review of the Highway Code, to make the roads safer for cyclists and other vulnerable road users. The review is to consider measures on close passes, and the use of the Dutch Reach.

Read about the Highway Code review.

North Yorkshire councillor Patmore in anti-cyclist tirade

18th July 2018

Cycling Yorkshire Dales

Cycling Yorkshire Dales, by Tejvan Pettinger, Licence CC BY 2.0

An extraordinary anti-cyclist tirade by a North Yorkshire County Councillor was reported in the national press yesterday. 'All they do is speed', Councillor Caroline Patmore is quoted as saying, as she describes how she wants it to be easier and quicker for her to overtake people riding bikes. She complains that there's just not enough space for anyone to cycle in England's largest county.

Read about North Yorkshire Councillor Patmore in anti-cyclist tirade.

Gilligan on Oxford & Cambridge

10th July 2018

Parker's Piece, Cambridge

Parker's Piece, Cambridge

In a report for the National Infrastructure Commission, former London cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan says that the answer to congestion problems in prosperous and expanding cities Oxford and Cambridge is 'staring them in the face'.

Read about Gilligan on Oxford and Cambridge.

Cycling UK close passes survey

29th June 2018

Close pass

Close pass, by Tejvan Pettinger, Licence CC BY 2.0

Cycling UK have published the results of a survey which show that 52% of British adults don't know the Highway Code rules for passing cyclists. In a coordinated announcement, cycling minister Jesse Norman has given details of new initiatives, including training for driving instructors on passing cyclists.

Read about the Cycling UK close passes survey.

Beelines Manchester

27th June 2018

Beelines Manchester busy road

Visualisation busy street, © TFGM

Chris Boardman today announced the first step in implementing his Made to Move vision for Greater Manchester. It's called Beelines, and it's a detailed walking and cycling infrastructure for Greater Manchester with 1,000 miles of routes. Read about Beelines Manchester.

Cycling UK poll

5th June 2018

Closed road cycling in York

A poll of 2,000 British adults for Cycling UK reveals the top reasons why more people don't cycle. They include sharing the road with large vehicles and close passes. What would encourage more people to ride bikes? Find out about the Cycling UK poll.

CWIS consultation

17th March 2018

Bicycle traffic lights, Leeds-Bradford route

Jesse Norman, minister for cycling at the DfT, is asking for ideas to make cycling and walking safer. Probably the DfT should know how to do this already - after all, organisations like British Cycling and Cycling UK have been telling them for years, but unfortunately they haven't been listening. Will the DfT actually act on what they're told? Who knows, but if you have any interest in active travel, you should respond.

Read about the CWIS consultation, and follow the link to the consultation.

Birketts dangerous cycling report

9th March 2018

Law firm Birketts have produced a report about the possible introduction of new cycling offences. They were commissioned by the DfT as part of Jesse Norman's urgent review which definitely isn't a knee-jerk reaction to the Alliston case. Read about the Birketts dangerous cycling report.

Cycling minister Jesse Norman: response to the Alliston case

2nd October 2017

Jesse Norman cycling minister

Jesse Norman, minister responsible for cycling in the DfT, by Policy Exchange, Licence CC BY 2.0

The new minister with responsibility for cycling in the DfT, Jesse Norman, responded to the Charlie Alliston case by announcing a review to look at introducing new offences of causing serious injury or death by careless or dangerous cycling. Mr Norman claims that there are already strict laws which 'ensure drivers who put people's lives at risk are punished'. Is he right? Is this review cynical and populist, or genuinely trying to improve road safety in an even-handed way? Is Mr Norman applying double standards, to bike riders and other road users?

Read about cycling minister Jesse Norman's response to the Charlie Alliston case.

A Country in a Jam

28th September 2017

Traffic on Otley Road Harrogate

In August this year, the LGA produced a report called A Country in a Jam, looking at innovative solutions to congestion being employed by local authorities. This includes investment in active travel in Bristol. The report calls for more powers for councils to deal with traffic jams in various ways. Read about A Country in a Jam.

UK clean air plan July 2017

26th July 2017

Traffic jam in a UK town

DEFRA today published its latest clean air plan, designed to combat illegal levels of NO2 pollution caused by diesel vehicles. The headline-grabbing feature of the document is the re-announcement of an intention already made public in 2011, to end the sale of conventionally-powered vehicles by 2040. Is there anything practical in the plans which will reduce pollution now? Read about the UK clean air plan July 2017.


April 2017

Cycling signs at York Place, Harrogate

The government's Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, published on 21st April 2017, contains an 'ambition' to make cycling and walking the natural choices for short journeys, or as part of longer journeys. It sets some aims or targets, includes a statement of resources, and an action plan. Read about the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

Appalling DfT THINK! 'road safety' video

26th September 2016

DfT THINK! video (still)

The Department for Transport today published an unhelpful and gratuitously gory 'road safety' video, which appears to put all the onus on people riding bikes to avoid being crushed by left-turning lorries - while the message to the drivers of large vehicles is, apparently, 'drive how you like, you're not the one who is going to end up dead.' Chris Boardman described the video as 'desperately misguided', and accused the campaign of trying to make death fun. Harrogate & Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones is the Minister in the DfT with responsibility for road safety and cycling. Read about appalling DfT THINK! video.

'Best cyclist safety initiative ever' by West Midlands Police

17th September 2016

A West Midlands Police initiative to educate and, if necessary, prosecute drivers for close passes has been described as the best cyclist road safety initiative ever, by Cycling UK. Read more about 'best cyclist safety intiative ever' by West Midlands Police.

Olympic cyclists ask for everyday cycling investment

1st September 2016

Jason Kenny

Jason Kenny, by Pistol Peet, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Olympic cyclists including Laura Trott and Jason Kenny have written to Prime Minister Theresa May, to tell her that the best way to honour their achievements is to invest heavily in everyday cycling. They ask her to meet British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman. Read about the Olympic cyclists ask for everyday cycling investment.

May supports Yorkshire World Road Championships bid

19th August 2016

Theresa May

Theresa May, by DFID, Licence CC BY 2.0

Prime Minister Theresa May is backing Yorkshire's bid to host the 2019 World Road Championships. Her support was set out in an article in the Yorkshire Post yesterday, which also made vague reference to government cycling investment of £24m, or £15m, or maybe both. Read about May supports Yorkshire World Road Championships bid.

Andrew Jones, cycling minister

5th August 2016

Andrew Jones MP with Chris Boardman

Andrew Jones MP with Chris Boardman, by Carlton Reid, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

During the recent reshuffle at the Department for Transport, Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough, kept his job as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, but added sustainable travel, cycling, and walking to his brief. Read about the UK cycling minister.

British Cycling launches Choose Cycling Charter

29th July 2016

Cycle commuters in front of Debenhams

Cycle commuters, by Tejvan Pettinger, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Following a consultation with 20,000 of its members about the best way to make cycling easier, safer, and more appealing, British Cycling has launched a 3-point Charter, and it is urging local authorities to sign up. The Charter covers cycling infrastructure, and the investment needed to improve it. It also calls for stronger leadership to normalise cycling, and make it safe, accessible, and aspirational. Read about British Cycling launches Choose Cycling Charter.

RideLondon 2016

Ride London - Surrey in 2013

RideLondon - Surrey in 2013, by Sludge G, Flickr, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Ride London 2016 is packed with cycling events, including FreeCycle on Saturday 30th July, a closed-road family ride past some of the most famous sights and monuments in the capital, RideLondon-Surrey 100, an amateur sportive following the route of the Olympic road race, and the RideLondon-Surrey Classic professional road race, which features Tour de France winner Chris Froome. Read about RideLondon 2016 and RideLondon Classic race report.

Boardman's mum killed while cycling

17th July 2016

Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman, by Dave Smith, Flickr, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Chris Boardman's mum was killed while cycling in North Wales yesterday. Carol Boardman was hit by a white Mitsubishi pick-up truck at a roundabout, and died from her injuries. Read about Boardman's mum killed while cycling.

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Chris Grayling new Transport Secretary

15th July 2016

Chris Grayling

Chris Grayling, by LadyGeekTV, Flickr, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Chris Grayling was yesterday appointed as the Transport Secretary, replacing Patrick McLoughlin. Robert Goodwill remains the minister in the DfT with responsibility for cycling, and Philip Hammond is the new Chancellor. What does it mean for cycling (and is it time to despair?) Read about Grayling new Transport Secretary...

British Cycling's 'Time to Choose Cycling' manifesto

Cycle crossing

British Cycling launched a manifesto, Time to Choose Cycling, in February 2014, accompanied by research from Cambridge University showing the effect that increased cycling could have on inactivity-related illnesses. The manifesto makes ten recommendations for cycling in the UK. Among them is meaningful and consistent investment in cycle infrastructure, of £10 per UK adult, rising to £20. Read about British Cycling's Time to Choose Cycling manifesto.

Cycle City Ambition

The Cycle City Ambition grants, announced by David Cameron on 12th August 2013, awarded a total of £94m to eight cities and four National Parks for a period of two years, for cycling infrastructure. Read about the winnning bids, and the projects being pursued, using the Cycle City Ambition money.

All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's Get Britain Cycling Report

Houses of Parliament, London

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group produced a report on cycling in the UK in April 2013, called Get Britain Cycling. The report followed evidence taken by the Group during an Inquiry. It identifies ways to enable more people to take up cycling, to cycle more often, and more safely. Read about the APPCG Get Britain Cycling report.

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