Building Cycle Friendly Communities

Our tagline has been “building a nation of cycle-friendly communities” since 2008.

What does this mean?

We believe that to get people cycling, you need to have a comprehensive programme of interventions in the community. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Urban main roads should have high-quality segregated cycleways that give priority over side roads.
  • Longer distance cycle paths – opportunities for people cycle longer distance on traffic-free or quiet routes
  • Cycle & pedestrian bridges – improving connectivity between communities
  • Road Traffic Reduction
  • Speed Reduction
  • Cycle friendly, highly permeable town and city centres
  • A default 20 mph speed limit in the centre and in residential districts
  • Freight delivered by bike
  • A railway station with cycle hub
  • Good public transport integrated with cycling.
  • Train company or Tram/Metro with good cycle carriage
  • Cycle-related workplaces – bike shops or bike manufacturer.
  • Bike share or rental
  • Cycle training
  • A social enterprise recycling bikes and promotional work
  • Leadership and  Local Authority buy-in – a Cycling Champion.

If you have all of these working in your community you can guarantee that cycling levels will start to rise.

Hopefully this is now a familiar phrase that lets everyone know what we are all about and it fits well with the CTC’s Cycletopia www.ctc.org.uk/cycletopia. With this is in mind we began thinking about a specific cycle-friendly measure that fitted with the vision.