CTC, the national cycling charity, is joining forces with local cycling campaign groups to call for Councillors up and down the country to create conditions where anyone can cycle anywhere, safely.
They are providing the means for people in the UK to show their support using an online campaign, and record examples of good and bad infrastructure, with some easy to use tools.
The Space for Cycling campaign, which was initiated by the London Cycling Campaign, is proving successful in London, and CTC are now rolling it out nationwide.
Getting more people on bikes will mean better health, reduced congestion and lower emissions. With a public health crisis linked to physical inactivity rapidly rising up the political agenda, local councils have the opportunity to use cycling as a way of improving health.
Although 39% of people say that they could just as easily make a 2 mile car trip by bike as they do by car, yet only 2% of trips are actually made by bike and just one in ten people in cycle once a week or more.
67% of people say that they aren’t confident cycling on busy roads, with heavy, fast moving traffic and a lack of safe space for cycling the being the biggest barrier for most of us.
CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said, “With the launch of this campaign, CTC is giving people across the country the means to demand space for cycling from their local authority. We’re working with hundreds of volunteers across the country to campaign for protected space on main roads, lower speed limits and – crucially – the funding needed to make it happen.”
He continued: “Space for cycling means tackling the biggest barriers to getting more people cycling: creating safe conditions on our major roads and junctions, lowering speed limits and reducing through motor traffic on residential streets. We’ve examples from around the country of where local authorities have made tremendous improvements, but we’re still a very long way from creating conditions where anyone can cycle anywhere.”
How to get involved:
– Record your examples of good and bad infrastructure on the CTC Cyling Infrastructure Map.
– Show your support by adding your signature to the CTC Space for Cycling Online Campaign.
The 6 aims of the Space for Cycling campaign
- Protected space on main roads
- Lower speed limits, 20 mph on urban roads, 40 mph on rural
- Removing through motor traffic
- Cycle routes through green spaces
- Safe routes to schools
- Cycle friendly town centres
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