Thousands of councillors from across the country will be asked to create the conditions where anyone can cycle anywhere, as CTC, the national cycling charity and local cycle campaign groups join forces to request space for cycling.
The campaign, funded by the Bicycle Association’s Bike Hub levy fund, enables anyone in the country to contact their councillors urging them to make space for cycling and find the funding for it to happen. #space4cycling was originally a London-only campaign, created by the London Cycling Campaign. This too receives funds from the industry’s levy fund.
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 added: “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.”
The campaign has launched a map to record examples of good and bad infrastructure. Each example posted into the map will go into a database of over 50,000 individual examples of cycling infrastructure maintained by social enterprise CycleStreets. There’s also a "twibbon" campaign where Twitter users can add a #space4cycling banner to their Twitter avatar.