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.