The CTC is now coordinating a national Space for Cycling (it started in London). The campaign has a simple message, provide space on the roads for cycling. It’s been shown in other countries that if you provide space for cycling people will use. It allows more people to leave the car at home and take the bike instead. It’s not rocket science.
Today the CTC has published a map showing the number of councillors supporting the campaign across the country. In Cambridgeshire (home of the nations ‘cycling capital’, Cambridge) it’s currently a pitiful 4%, just 3 councillors.
[UPDATE] Since we first published this post 3 more councillors have registered support bringing the total to 6 or 9%. But still none from East Cambs.
This goes against the results from last year’s Cambridgeshire Festival of Cycling which showed most local people wanted safe cycle routes and were put off by having to ride in traffic.
From the County’s report on the Festival of Cycling:
88% of people said they would like to cycle more than they currently do.
People would like to cycle more but they don’t because the roads are too busy or too dangerous.
Safe cycle routes would most help people to cycle more.
The statement which best sums up people’s view of cycling is that “it’s a healthy activity and good for fitness”.
Space for Cycling is about providing those safe cycle routes that local people have asked for. So we’re asking our local councillors to publicly support the Space for Cycling campaign.
You can send a message to your local councillor using using the Space for Cycling website (it just take a minute). http://www.space4cycling.org.uk/
Any local councillors who would like to register their support can do so here