December 2018 - New Projects to Improve Access and Safety on National Cycle Network Underway

Sustrans has started an overhaul of the National Cycle Network with new projects to open up walking and cycling to everyone, including children, wheelchair users and the less physically active.

The projects are a result of the first ever review and an independent audit of the 16,575-mile Network, published in November 2018. ThePaths for Everyone report classified 54% of the Network as 'good' or 'very good' and unveiled a long-term plan to make it traffic-free and tackle physical problems. These include poor surfaces and barriers that prevent access for many people, particularly those with adaptive bikes, wheelchairs or prams.

Among the key measures to improve the Network are 55 'activation projects' which Sustrans aims to deliver in partnership with local authorities and other landowners across the UK. These range from improving signage, to removing unnecessary barriers and creating new traffic-free sections. The projects are to be finalised by 2023, at a cost of approximately £60 million.

Read more

December 2018 - Those on Two Wheels 63 Times More Likely to Be Killed or Seriously Injured than Car Drivers

Analysis by Brake, the road safety charity, has found that, on average, those on two wheels face 63 times higher risk of being killed or seriously injured on British roads, per mile travelled, than car drivers. Brake is calling for drivers to be ‘Bike Smart’ by slowing down, taking care to look properly at junctions and taking care to avoid car dooring.

Brake’s analysis has highlighted the vulnerability of those on two wheels. Cyclists and motorcyclists account for nearly 4 in 10 of all deaths and serious injuries on British roads, a total of 9,740 in 2017 or an average of one bike death or serious injury every hour. Bike deaths also make up more than a quarter of all British road deaths, with a total of 101 cyclist deaths and 349 motorcyclist deaths in 2017.

Read more

December 2018 - Two Year Action Plan to Keep People Safe on the Roads

Measures to combat road rage, encourage more mutual respect between road users and protect the vulnerable have been released in a two year action plan to improve road safety, from the Department for Transport.

Councils will be given powers to tackle dangerous parking in mandatory cycle lanes, and will also be encouraged to spend around 15% of their local transport infrastructure funding on walking and cycling.

The Department for Transport will appoint a new cycling and walking champion, to ensure new policies meet the needs of road users across the UK, and will host a new 2019 Bikeability Summit encouraging businesses to promote cycling and walking schemes to their employees.

The action plan will also assess whether insurance companies could offer discounts to drivers and motorcyclists who have passed Bikeability training. The DfT will work closely with courier companies to explore incentives for drivers who undergo training in driving safely alongside cyclists, pedestrians and horse-riders.

Read more

November 2017 - Changes in Commuting Behaviour

A new report by the Department for Transport has been released showing how commuting behaviour has changed between 1988 and 2015. The changes are driven by changes in working patterns and travel behaviour.

Since the late 1980s there has been a downward trend in the number of commuting trips from 7.1 journeys per worker per week in 1988/92 to 5.7 in 2013/14.

More than half (56% in 2013/14) of commuting journeys are made by car as a driver. This proportion was stable through to 2008, after which it decreased by several percentage points.

Cycling to work has increased in London, but the trends elsewhere have been mixed.

Read more

August 2017 - Active Travel Toolkit

An Active Travel Toolbox has been launched by Sustrans to help local authorities and their partners make the case for, and improve walking and cycling schemes.

The free toolbox, which includes guides, resources, tools and case studies, is organised into three areas, which can be used for forecasting the impact of planned interventions:

  1. The Infrastructure Impact Tool - estimates the impact of investments in specific types of cycling infrastructure.
  2. The Recreational Expenditure Model - estimates the economic benefit of recreational cycling in terms of expenditure in the local economy.
  3. The Strategic Investment Tool - aids understanding around the impact and cost of multi-intervention investment.

Read more

June 2016 - The Government's Cycling Revolution: Stuck in First Gear


Parliamentarians call for more investment and more ambitious cycling targets

A report on the current state of cycling in Britain calls for 10 per cent of all journeys in Britain to be by bike by 2025 and a minimum investment of £10 per person per year, rising to £20 per person.

The report of the influential All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) also calls for a commitment to improve enforcement of traffic laws.

The group’s report, published today (8th June) follows an evidence session in May with the Minister for cycling, and representatives from cycling organisations and business.

The Prime Minister expressed his intention to start a “cycling revolution which will remove the barriers for a new generation of cyclists” in August 2013, following the publication of the APPCG’s ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report.

The APPCG’s recent evidence session and subsequent report, examined the extent to which the Government’s draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) will be the catalyst to start the revolution.

The APPCG’s Recommendations to strengthen the CWIS are:

  • Strong ambition to see a cycling revolution
  • Greater investment in cycling
  • Clear direction that cycling is a national priority
  • Robust measures to gauge progress nationally and locally
  • Improving quality of cycle infrastructure design
  • Deregulation of street design
  • An updated Highway Code
  • Action to improve enforcement of traffic laws

Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham (Con) and Co-Chair of the group, said: ‘Cycling has huge advantages – it is healthy, efficient, reliable, green and fun. When more people cycle, society benefits.’

‘It is high time we kick-started a true cycling revolution, one that reaches beyond the lycra brigade and benefits all parts of society – particularly women and children.’

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth (Lab) and Co-Chair of the group said: ‘The real test of whether something is taken seriously in Government is who leads on it – and that means the Prime Minister has to take that lead and follow through on his pledge to create a cycling revolution’

‘We can achieve similar levels of cycling to our European neighbours, if there is the political will up and down the country to do this. There are good examples of better conditions for cycling around the country, but it must not be a postcode lottery’

Article from All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group website