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Cycling in the UK (2014)

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

UK cycling news

Cycle campaigners underwhelmed by cycling delivery plan

17th October 2014

Westminster, London

The government yesterday published its delayed cycling delivery plan in draft, hours before a Parliamentary debate on cycling. The draft plan left cycle campaigners underwhelmed. Read more about the cycling delivery plan...

York Sky Ride

14th September 2014

York Sky Ride

York Sky Ride took place today, with the city centre closed to traffic, so that people of all ages and abilities could ride around York, and along the river Ouse. The Sky Ride coincided with York Festival of Cycling in Rowntree Park. Read more about York Sky Ride...

Van Baarle wins Tour of Britain 2014

14th September 2014

The Tour of Britain 2014 was an entertaining and well-contested race. Van Baarle of Garmin Sharp took the overall lead on the penultimate day, and retained on today's final stage. Read about today's action in our stage 8 report. (There are links on the stage 8 report to our reports on the other stages).

London's proposed new cycle superhighways

6th September 2014

Proposed cycle superhighway on Embankment

Transport for London has announced a consultation on two new proposed cycle superhighways. One is north to south, from King's Cross to Elephant & Castle, and the other is east to west, from Tower Hill via Parliament Square and the Westway flyover to Acton. Read about London's proposed new cycle superhighways...

Ride London Classic: Adam Blythe wins

10th August 2014

The men's pro race at Ride London, the Classic, took place this afternoon in improving weather conditions. A break of twelve riders went with about 50km left, and they were reduced to five. Adam Blythe won the sprint. Read our Ride London Classic report...

Ride London women's criterium

9th August 2014

The Mall, London

The women's criterium race at this weekend's Ride London cycling festival took place this evening, on a short circuit around St James's Park. Georgia Bronzini of Wiggle Honda took the win in a sprint finish. Read our Ride London women's criterium report...

Armitstead and Thomas win Commonwealth road races

3rd August 2014

Geraint Thomas at the Tour de France

Lizzie Armitstead rode to the gold medal in the women's road race at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with her team mate Emma Pooley taking silver. In the men's race, in rainy conditions, Geraint Thomas was the strongest, winning gold for Wales. Read about the road races at the Commonwealth Games...

Transport Select Committee's Cycling Safety Report

20th July 2014

Houses of Parliament, London

The House of Commons Select Committee on Transport has published its Cycling Safety report. Among the recommendations are revisions to the Highway Code to promote cycle safety, political leadership to achieve the Prime Minister's stated aim of a cycling revolution, and consistent and higher funding for cycling, of £10 per head by 2020. Read about the Transport Select Committee's Cycling Safety report...

Local Sustainable Transport Fund allocations

20th July 2014

Cyclists on closed roads during the Tour de France

Allocations of £64m from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) were announced this month. The money goes to some local authorities in England, including around half the English population in total.

CTC reports that the funding, together with matched funding from the local authorities, amounts to £2.75 per person in the areas chosen. The money is for various sustainable transport schemes, and about 28% is spent on cycling, or 80p per head in the areas receiving the money.

Brian Robinson knocked off bike

17th July 2014

Brian Robinson was knocked off his bike and hospitalised yesterday. He was hit by a car in Lees Hall Road, Thornhill Lees, while cycling with friends, and suffered a suspected broken collar bone, reports the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

Robinson, 83, will have become familiar to many during the TV coverage of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. He was an ambassador for the event. Mr Robinson was the first Briton to finish the Tour in 1955.

Kennaugh wins Tour of Austria

14th July 2014

British rider Peter Kennaugh yesterday won the Tour of Austria. 

Kennaugh, the British national road race champion, who was not selected by Team Sky for the Tour de France, finished in the bunch on the eighth and final day in Vienna, to maintain the overall lead which he had held since the first day of the race. He was 1min03 clear of second-placed Javier Moreno (Movistar), reports CyclingNews.

Kennaugh will ride for the Isle of Man in the Commonwealth Games, but without his injured team mate Mark Cavendish.

BBC poll says roads too dangerous for cycling

1st July 2014

Cycle commuter, Ilkley

A survey by ComRes for the BBC shows that 52% of the British adults surveyed believe that their local roads are too dangerous to cycle on. 64% feel that their local roads are not well designed to be safe for cyclists. Read about BBC poll says roads too dangerous for cycling...

Kennaugh and Trott win Nationals road races

29th June 2014

Peter Kennaugh won the men's road race at the British National Road Championships today, and Laura Trott took the women's title. Read about the British National road races...

York outdoor velodrome launched

27th June 2014

York's new outdoor velodrome was launched yesterday. The 250m track at York Sport Village adds to their cycling facilities, which include a 1km cycling circuit. The velodrome will open to the public on 13th July 2014. Read about York's new outdoor velodrome...

Wiggins wins time trial at Nationals

27th June 2014

Bradley Wiggins won the time trial at the 2014 British National Road Championships at Celtic Manor yesterday, ahead of Geraint Thomas and Alex Dowsett. Afterwards, he confirmed that he won't ride the Tour de France.

Read about the time trial at the British Nationals... 

Bike to School week 2014

9th June 2014

Cyclists on Parker's Piece, Cambridge

This week, 9th to 13th June, is Bike to School Week 2014. Sustrans is using the week to celebrate what has been achieved through the year, and to promote more cycling to school. They have sent a booklet to all the primary schools in the UK, detailing the ways Sustrans can support them in promoting active travel.

There are five free 'Suss it Out' activity sheets which can be used in the classroom during Bike to School week.

Cambridge to Huntingdon A14 to get new cycle path

23rd May 2014

Selwyn Divinity School, Cambridge

The Cambridge to Huntingdon A14 is to get a new, separate cycle path, as part of £1.5bn improvement works to the road. The announcement is a victory for cycle campaigners in Cambridge. Read about the new A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon cycle route...

Herne Hill velodrome to get new pavilion

16th May 2014

Herne Hill velodrome, in Dulwich, south London, is to get a new £1.9m pavilion. This comes after a £400,000 resurfacing, and the construction of a junior track, and will complete the regeneration programme devised by the Save the Velodrome campaign. Read about the new pavilion for Herne Hill velodrome...

Olympic stars choose cycling

7th May 2014

Beryl Burton cycleway, Harrogate

Olympic and Paralympic stars, led by Chris Boardman, have written to their councils asking them to support the key recommendations of British Cycling's Time to Choose Cycling manifesto. The athletes include Chris Hoy, Jess Varnish, and Lizzie Armitstead. Read more on Olympic stars choose cycling...

UK cycling news: traffic signs reform

3rd May 2014

Cyclists dismount sign

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on reforms to traffic signs regulations, which include measures to improve conditions for cyclists. The new regulations will make it easier for local authorities to install Trixi mirrors, allow them to paint bigger Advanced Stop Zones, and give them more flexibility in creating 20mph zones. Cycle crossings by zebra crossings will be enabled. Read about traffic signs reform...

UK cycling news: Space for Cycling update

1st May 2014

Space for Cycling

There are now Space for Cycling publicity materials available to order; there's a campaigners conference on Saturday 3rd May in Leeds; and Space for Cycling rides are planned for 17th May in cities including Leeds, Newcastle, and London. Read our Space for Cycling update...

Pedal on Parliament 2014

28th April 2014

Pedal on Parliament took place on Saturday 26th April 2014, with thousands of people cycling to the Holyrood Parliament in Edinburgh, to ask for more investment in cycling infrastructure. There were speeches by children, and by Scottish politicians. Read more about Pedal on Parliament 2014...

UK cycling news: EU safer lorries vote

20th April 2014

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to support the Commission's proposals to amend the rules on truck design in the EU. The new design would be for a more rounded cab, with bigger windows and better visibility for the driver; it would also be more aerodynamic, and so more fuel efficient, causing lower carbon emissions. Read about safer lorries for the EU...

UK cycling news: Space for Cycling

15th April 2014

Space for Cycling

Cycling charity CTC is taking London's Space for Cycling campaign nationwide. The aim is to allow anyone to cycle anywhere, and CTC is asking councils to create the right conditions for cyclists on the roads. People can upload examples of good and bad cycle facilities. Read about Space for Cycling...

UK cycling news: Sheffield council produces cycling inquiry report

14th April 2014

Sheffield City Hall

A Committee of Sheffield council has produced a report following its Cycling Inquiry. They had asked for evidence on what could increase cycling in the city, and about the barriers to cycling. The key problems to be overcome are poor road design, lack of coherent cycling infrastructure, and a lack of consideration by other road users, according to the report.

There are nineteen recommendations, including apppointing a councillor as Cycling Champion by June 2014, and drawing up a long-term, strategic plan for a coherent and comprehensive cycling network by June 2015. It will be presented to the council's Cabinet on 16th April 2014. Read about the Sheffield Cycling Inquiry report...

UK cycling news: Physical activity commission report says activity should be designed back into our everyday lives

8th April 2014

In a report published today, the All-Party Commission on physical activity identified an epidemic of inactivity, and said that we have never been so inactive in human history. Amongst their recommendations, they say physical activity should be designed back into our everyday lives, and there should be long-term investment in making our towns and cities safe for cycling.

Chris Boardman of British Cycling blasted the government for its lack of action on cycling. Read about the All-Party Commission on physical activity...

UK cycling news: Cycle improvements to A63 in Hull

5th April 2014

£250,000 has been spent by the Highways Agency in Hull. British Cycling reports that the A63, a popular route with cycle commuters and students, has been improved, with a new cycleway. In 2014, £4.8m will be spent by the Highways Agency on cycle improvements in England.

UK cycling news: British Cycling welcomes Chief Medical Officer's report

5th April 2014

Chief Medical Officer annual report

British Cycling has welcomed a report by Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), published on 27th March 2014. In her annual report on the State of the Public's Health, she highlighted the danger of 'normalising' being overweight. Around two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese, and sedentary lifestyles are partly to blame. 

The CMO stressed the benefits of active travel (walking and cycling), and said more should be done to make it safer, which will encourage more people to travel in this way. Read about the annual report by the Chief Medical Officer, and her backing for active travel...

UK cycling news: UWE survey of attitudes to cycling in Great Britain

4th April 2014

Example of a separated cycle lane in Barcelona

New research by the University of the West of England shows that cyclists are viewed positively by a large majority of people in Britain. Most respondents to a survey also thought that cyclists should be taken seriously, and are brave, and good for the environment. 34% of respondents said they were not confident enough to cycle, and 65% were in favour of increased funding for cycle infrastructure. Professor Tapp of UWE said this showed the urgent need for government to invest in cycleways. Read about the UWE cycling attitudes survey...

Boardman: failure to commit to cycling will limit Tour legacy

30th March 2014

According to the Yorkshire Post, Chris Boardman believes that the opportunity to create a legacy from the Tour de France is at risk of being missed. 

When he presented British Cycling's 'Choose Cycling' manifesto to Parliament, he received no commitment to long-term funding, and the government refused to set targets for increasing cycling in the UK. He believes that the government does not yet recognise cycling as a 'grown up form of transport', and objects to it offering short-term lump sums, not consistent funding. 

Asked if the Tour could be an opportunity missed for a cycling legacy, he replied, 'It's quite possible. If there is no action you can't expect a reaction - you have got to do something if you want change.

Commuter cycling rates

27th March 2014

The Guardian reports that an analysis of 2011 census data shows that the proportion of people commuting by bicycle in England & Wales remained static over the decade since the previous census. 741,000 people cycled to work in 2011, 2.8% of the working population - the same percentage as in 2001.

The figures also show that the people most likely to brave the hostile conditions on Britain's roads are men (3.9%, versus 1.6% for women), and younger people (30 to 34 year olds being most likely to commute by bike). Urban working residents were more likely to cycle to work than rural working residents. In terms of industry, manufacturing workers were the most likely to cycle to work (4.1%), followed by public administration (3.7%), education (3.3%), and information and communication (3.3%). Construction workers were the least likely to cycle to work (1.2%).

There were bright spots, with cycle commuting increasing by 144% in inner London, and by 80% or more in Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield. The highest rate of cycle commuting was in Cambridge, at 29%. Rural areas, however, saw drops.

Martin Key of British Cycling said that two thirds of people want to cycle more if protected space is provided.

Meanwhile, Cycle to Work provider Cyclescheme claims that it expects 2 million new cycle commuters to take to the roads this spring, and another 4 million people to try out leisure cycling. If their predictions prove correct, it will be a remarkable transformation in cycling rates. Using the hashtag #SpringCleanYourCommute, they are encouraging people to wear washing up gloves instead of cycling gloves, which is idiotic.

Cambridge plans cycle lanes on commuter routes

1st March 2014

Using Cycle City Ambition funds, Cambridge is to build new cycle lanes on two busy commuter routes, Hills Rd and Huntingdon Rd. Read about Cambridge's cycle lane plans and the public consultation...

Tour of Britain upgraded

15th February 2014

The Tour of Britain has been awarded the more presigious 2.HC status by the UCI, reversing their previous decision. It is now on a par with the Tour of California, according to this report on British Cycling's website. The organisers, SweetSpot, were delighted by the announcement. 

The 2014 race will take place from 7th to 14th September.

British Cycling launches 'Time to Choose Cycling' manifesto

10th February 2014

British Cycling has launched a manifesto called 'Time to Choose Cycling', accompanied by research showing the health benefits of cycling. Chris Boardman, British Cycling's policy advisor, said, 'Local and national government needs to wake up and realise that cycling is the solution to so many of the major problems Britain is now facing.'

The manifesto's recommendations include spending £10 per head on cycling, rising to £20; and removing the advice in the Highway Code to wear hi-viz and helmets. Read more about the launch of British Cycling's Time to Choose Cycling manifesto...

Record year for Cycle to Work

2nd February 2014

2013 was a record year for the Cycle to Work scheme, which allows workers at participating employers to buy tax-free bikes. 

A total of 164,317 bicycles were bought using the scheme, beating the previous high in 2010, according to a report in road.cc. This was also a 16.4% rise compared with 2012.

London to ban dangerous lorries

1st February 2014

London is to introduce new safety measures for lorries. Transport for London, in conjunction with the local authorities, is to introduce a new traffic regulation which will require vehicles over 3.5 tonnes within the M25 to fit better mirrors and side guards, according to a report in the Guardian

The mirrors will help drivers of the vehicles to see cyclists and pedestrians. The side guards should prevent people being dragged under the wheels of the lorries. It is expected that the regulation will be introduced by the end of 2014, under what is known as the Safer Lorry Scheme.

In 2013, HGVs were involved in nine of the 14 cyclist deaths in London.

Boardman criticises government cycling policy

22nd January 2014

In interviews with Bloomberg and Road.cc, Chris Boardman has criticised the UK government's apathy on cycling. Boardman says there is a lack of goals, strategy, and budget, and no mechanism to measure progress. Read more on Chris Boardman's comments about the UK government's apathy on cycling...

London cyclist KSIs

13th January 2014

The rate of cyclist death or serious injury in London is rising, according to Transport for London's Travel in London Report 6. It reached 3.17 cyclists killed or seriously injured per million journeys in 2012, compared with 2.74 in 2011. Read more about cyclist KSIs in London...

London and Paris mayors meet

11th January 2014

Road cc reports that Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe met London mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall on Thursday, to share ideas about road safety and cycle infrastructure. Andrew Gilligan, the London mayor's cycling representative is now due to visit Paris in February, to see the measures being taken to protest cyclists.

SkyCycle elevated cycle paths proposed for London

4th January 2014

Architect and keen cyclist Sir Norman Foster has announced plans to build elevated cycle paths above London's railway lines. The plan is being put to consultation. If approved, ten such routes, totalling 219km, could be built over 20 years.

Read more about the proposed London SkyCycle routes...

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.

Cycling news from 2013

UK cycling news reports from 2013...