UK Cycling

Active Travel England Swings into Action (Sort Of)

17th May 2022

Chris Boardman
Chris Boardman (image by TFGM)

Active Travel England has swung into action - sort of. On Saturday, there was a semi-announcement of the ATF3 allocations, and some effective advocacy by Chris Boardman.

Read about Active Travel England Swings into Action (Sort Of).

64% Say It's Too Dangerous to Cycle on the Roads

4th May 2022

Cycling on Otley Road, Harrogate
Figure 6.21, LTN 1/20

64% say it's too dangerous to cycle on the roads, according to an Ipsos survey. How many people would like to cycle more, and do people support LTNs?

Find out in 64% Say It's Too Dangerous to Cycle on the Roads.

Possibility that HS2 Access Roads Will Become Walking & Cycling Paths

22nd April 2022

Stop HS2 poster
Stop HS2 poster, by John Winder, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

There's a possibility that HS2 access roads could be turned into high-quality walking and cycling paths. What would be Benefit-Cost Ratio of the paths be compared to the railway?

Read about Possibility that HS2 Access Roads Will Become Walking & Cycling Paths.

Local Authority Toolkit for Active Travel

20th April 2022

DfT
DfT, by Steph Gray, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The DfT has published new active travel guidance for local authorities, including four actions they should be taking, and a toolkit.

Read about Local Authority Toolkit for Active Travel.

Air Quality Consultations

15th April 2022

Traffic jam
Traffic jam

DEFRA has launched two air quality consultations. Could the measures proposed have a significant effect, or is it a case of tinkering around the edges and trying to palm off responsibility onto local authorities?

Read about Air Qaulity Consultations.

THINK! Highway Code Changes Campaign

18th February 2022

Think! campaign passing distance graphic
Think! campaign graphic

The government has launched a THINK! road safety campaign to publicise changes to the Highway Code. Tweets and other materials lead back to a DfT page outlining 8 main changes.

Read more about THINK! Highway Code Changes Campaign.

Sustrans Paths for Everyone 3 Years On

16th February 2022

Off-road cycle path near Ravensthorpe
Off-road cycle path near Ravensthorpe

Sustrans has published a progress report on its Paths for Everyone master plan to improve the National Cycle Network. It wants to connect every community of at least 10,000 people.

Read more about Sustrans Paths for Everyone 3 Years On.

1.5m Signs Half Close Passes

9th February 2022

Cyclist passing distance sign in France
Cyclist passing distance sign

A trial of 'Give cyclist space' signs in Scotland has been a success.

Find out more in 1.5m Signs Half Close Passes.

Don't Build Cowpat Developments - Transport for New Homes

7th February 2022

Cowpat development graphic
Cowpat development and a better alternative

Developers should stop building 'cowpat developments', according to a new report from Transport for New Homes. What does this mean?

Find out in Don't Build Cowpat Developments - Transport for New Homes.

Highway Code Amendments Laid Before Parliament

2nd December 2021

Highway Code
Highway Code

Amendments to the Highway Code include provisions on a Hierachy of Road Users, pedestrian priority at side roads, people riding bikes next to each other, passing distances, and more.

Read about Amendments to the Highway Code Laid Before Parliament.

CCC - Government Plans to Reduce Car Travel Lack Measurable Targets & Credible Policy

27th October 2021

CCC table assessing state of play of UK climate policy
CCC Table 2 - UK Climate Policy State of Play

The Climate Change Committee has published its assessment of the UK government's Net Zero Strategy, including on transport. What are their conclusions?

Read about a CCC - Government Plans to Reduce Car Travel Lack Measurable Targets & Credible Policy.

Walking and Cycling Statistics 2020

23rd September 2021

Cycling and Walking Statistics 2020
Cycling and Walking Statistics 2020

The 2020 Walking and Cycling Statistics have just been published by the DfT.

There was a modest increase in cycle trips and stages, and a big increase in distance cycled.

Read about Walking and Cycling Statistics 2020.

IPCC Report 2021

10th August 2021

Ski resort in a warming world
Ski resort in a warming world

Shall we try to make sure Earth remains habitable, or not bother? The IPCC has something to say about it.

Read about a IPCC Report 2021.

Gear Change One Year On

30th July 2021

Gear Change One Year On
Gear Change One Year On, image by Wheels for Wellbeing/TfL

The DfT's Gear Change One Year On document reaffirms the government's commitment to its cycling and walking policies originally published in Gear Change. It also highlights an increase in active travel funding this year and contains a defence of LTNs.

Read about the Gear Change One Year On.

DfT July 2021 Announcement

30th July 2021

Highway Code
Highway Code

The DfT today issued a press release about an increase in funding for cycling and walking, as well as polling showing active travel schemes are popular; it also trails changes to the Highway Code.

Read about the DfT's July 2021 Announcement.

Transport Decarbonisation Plan

18th July 2021

Transport Decarbonisation Plan
Transport Decarbonisation Plan

Prepare to be underwhelmed. It's not 100% awful though.

Find out about the DfT's Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

Cycling UK Video

22nd November 2020

Cycling UK have put together a very good video to counter the idea that bike lanes are unpopular, and put forward the benefits of active travel infrastructure. It includes contributions from a number of transport academics.

Read about Cycling UK Video.

Stop selling SUVs - UK Climate Assembly

10th September 2020

Harrogate Tank
Harrogate Tank...helping destroy Earth's habitable climate

Stopping sales of SUVs as soon as possible is one of the top recommendations of the UK Climate Assembly - a group of people from all walks of life who were asked to consider the best ways of reaching net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

Read about stop selling SUVs - UK Climate Assembly.

Gear Change vision for cycling and walking

28th July 2020

Birmingham Blue cycle route
Birmingham Blue cycle route

The government's plans to boost cycling and walking are announced today, with a press release and a document called 'Gear Change, A bold vision for cycling and walking'. Plans include new standards for cycle infrastructure and an inspectorate to enforce them, Active Travel England.

Read about Gear Change vision for cycling and walking.

Grant Shapps announces £250m for pop-up bike lanes

9th May 2020

Temporary bike lane in Melbourne
Temporary bike lane in Melbourne, by Philip Mallis, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps today announced £250 million for pop-up bike lanes. He promised further money, and measures including a National Cycling Champion.

Read about the Grant Shapps announces £250m for pop-up bike lanes.

London Streetspace plan

6th May 2020

Cycling in London
Cycling in London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today announced the capital's Streetspace plan, aimed at accommodating increased walking and cycling as lockdown is lifted and public transport capacity reduced.

Read about the London Streetspace plan.

DfT decarbonising transport consultation

28th March 2020

Bus stop on West Park, Harrogate
Bus stop on West Park, Harrogate

The DfT has started the process of devising a plan to decarbonise transport. Their consultation document accepts that we'll have to use our cars less, and states that public transport and active travel will become the natural first choice for our daily activities. There's still a reluctance to accept reality in some areas of transport decarbonisation, with an insistence on airport expansion.

Read about about DfT transport decarbonisation.

Velo Birmingham refunds

22nd March 2020

Birmingham
Cycle route in Birmingham

Velo Birmingham have told their customers that they are cancelling the cycle sportive event scheduled for 21st June 2020, but keeping all the money. Is there a way of getting your money back?

Read about about Velo Birmingham refunds.

Budget failure on cycling & climate

12th March 2020

Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak, by Chris McAndrew, Licence CC BY 3.0, annotated by HedgehogCycling

The Budget presented yesterday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak is a high-carbon splurge on a massive road-building programme, while active travel is totally ignored. As the climate goes haywire, are the Tories the wrong people to be in government?

Read about about the budget failure on cycling & climate.

APPGCW manifesto

13th February 2020

APPGCW manifesto
APPGCW Manifesto

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling and Walking (APPGCW) has launched a manifesto for cycling and walking, setting out the key funding and policy priorities needed to increase active travel.

Read about the APPGCW manifesto.

Johnson re-announces tiny cycling fund

12th February 2020

Birmingham Blue Cycle Route
Birmingham Blue Cycle Route

Boris Johnson yesterday re-announced a tiny cycling fund, with money for infrastructure which amounts to a miserly £1.18 per person per year. He described the fund in a different way, so it wasn't immediately obvious that there was nothing new in what he said.

How do these plans compare with the other parties' pledges on cycling investment? Find out in Johnson re-announces tiny cycling fund.

Sustrans Election Manifesto

14th November 2019

Sustrans sign on Nidd Viaduct
Sustrans path over Nidd Viaduct

Sustrans has produced its own manifesto for the General Election 2019. It is asking all parties to commit to more investment in walking and cycling, as a solution to the climate crisis.

Read about Sustrans Election Manifesto.

Canal Road Greenway & Cycleway, Shipley to Bradford

1st July 2019

Canal Road Cycleway
Canal Road Cycleway

Bradford Council have linked Shipley to Bradford, by adding the Canal Road Cycleway onto the existing Greenway.

The result is a usable route. It's generally safe and convenient. The Cycleway has priority over drives and side roads, except in places where the route designers lost their nerve, and made it give way.

Read about the Canal Road Greenway & Cycleway.


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