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Cyclenation News: Women and Cycling – ECF website article

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Interesting article on the ECF website about women and cycling...

Why is that that some countries see more women cycling than men? How did the world view the first women that ‘dared’ cycle ? And did you know that early medical journals opposed women cycling on the grounds that it would harm their sexual health? Professor John Pucher explains why women are the key to more cycling.

Give it a read…

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Cyclenation News: Bikeability and helmet choice

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Building on our recent seminar, we are also interested in how many Local Authority organised schemes offer a helmet choice.

This is taken from the Health and Safety policy guidance for Bikeability cycle training….

  • It is recommended that children wear cycle helmets during training. If helmets are worn, instructors may need to adjust them to obtain a better fit.
  • Adults may decide for themselves whether or not to wear a helmet, but instructorsshould explain the benefits and state that the Road Safety Unit recommends that they wear one.

Does you local authority insist on helmet wearing for their bikeability courses? or do they offer a choice?

Take a look at the national website and see if you can find an image that doesn’t show cyclists with helmets on…..

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Cyclenation News: Fear of cycling – some thoughts

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Dave Horten’s article about the fear of cycling is worth a read and sharing with those who support the view that wearing helmets should be compulsory. It has a good reference list too with some good further reading and evidence.

Its also relevant for arguing, like Spokes, against insiting that people wear them to participate in ride events.

Give it a read and let us know what you think…….

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Cyclenation News: 42% of London Greenway users are women

Cyclenation LogoPublic Service Review: Transport – Issue 29

The routes of change

24 May 2012

If more people in the UK are to embrace cycling, a concerted effort needs to be made to make our roads safer, says Sustrans Chief Executive Malcolm Shepherd…

he also goes on to say……..

The greenway network has led to an increase in groups who tend not to cycle, for example 42% of journeys on London Greenways are made by women, while working-age men tend to dominate those cycling on road.

The entrire article can be read on the Public Service Review website

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Cyclenation News: Spokes challenges events that require helmets

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Edinburgh and Lothians cycle campaign Spokes has announced that it is to stop publicising cycling events that require participants to wear a helmet. It calls upon other organisations concerned about public health to do the same.

Frustrated at what it sees as the “creeping growth of semi-compulsion” as some charity bike rides insist upon helmets for all or younger riders, Spokes believes that the organisers are failing to take account of the evidence against helmet compulsion. It also believes that the requirement to use a helmet reinforces the false perception that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity, and is calling upon government-funded bodies such as Cycling Scotland to cease using images in promotional material that only show cyclists wearing helmets.

Spokes says that the best way to improve the safety of cyclists is to encourage more people to get riding, something that it claims is being undermined by there being too much emphasis on using a helmet.

“Helmet advertisers, promoters and government agencies bombard us with the benefits but, disgracefully, we are never told of the risks – although there is evidence on both sides, and crashes and injuries occur as a result of the risks of helmets”, says Spokes. “Compulsion, or one-sided promotion, is very wrong – even more so as they put people off the healthy choice of getting about by bike.”

In a news report about Spokes’ action in the Scotsman newspaper, a spokeman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents also argues against helmet compulsion, saying “We do not believe it is practical to make the use of cycle helmets mandatory.”

Spokes laudable and brave initiative is supported by Cyclenation, which urges other groups to consider whether to follow suit. Cyclenation would also like to gauge the scale of the problem so if any public ride in your area requires helmet use, please let us know the details.

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Cyclenation News: Growing Cycling Participation conference

Cyclenation LogoGrowing Cycling Participation and Closing the Gender Gap – Dublin

22nd June 2012

Three years into the National Cycle Policy Framework (NCPF), this conference will assess its progress in bringing positive change to cycling in Ireland. It will emphasise the necessity of focusing on women and young people to achieve the target of 10% cycling participation by 2020. Papers will be presented from Irish and European perspectives with new initiatives and ideas. It will provide essential guidelines for officials, professionals and practitioners. 


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Cyclenation News: Who’s your +1 – Summer of Cycling 2012

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You love cycling, so share the fun

Get a ‘saddle-shy friend’ on a bike this summer.

Together, we can double cycling.

Who’s your +1?

Make your pledge at ;   could we use the logo for the link?

All the cycling organisations as well as others such as the train operating companies, NHS Brompton etc agreed on summer of cycling with the message of bring along a friend.

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Cyclenation News: LCC big bike ride

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London Cycle campaign urging everyone to join them for the Big BIke Ride

The Big Ride is on Saturday 28 April and is a fun event with a serious message, calling on London’s mayoral candidates to make the capital’s streets as safe and inviting for cycling as they are in Holland.

  • Come on bike, foot, skates or rollerblades
  • Dress yourself up and your bike in red & white campaign colours
  • Make some noise: drums, whistles, cowbells, sound systems, etc

Ride details

  • 11am assemble Park Lane (Upper Brook St)
  • 12 noon ride departs
  • The route is from Piccadilly Circus, Trafalagar Sq, Parliament Sq
  • 2pm Victoria Embankment (finish)

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Cyclenation News: Times cyclesafe map

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You can plot bad spots here!

The Times have an online map where you can plot all the bad spots for cycling in your area.

They are working with Cyclestreets and are planning to come up with an analysis of all the places pinpointed and are offering to share this info with local groups.

They are also using it to approach local authorities to see is they are prepared to sign up to the cyclesafe campaign.

So go online and map your horrors!

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Cyclenation News: Justin Greening says ‘no thanx’

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Transcription of Justine Greening’s Reply to Andre Curtis’ offer to meet and discuss ‘cycling issues’

Dear Andre,

Thank you for your letter of Wednesday 19 October 2011 suggesting a meeting to discuss cycling issues.

The Government is committed to support sustainable travel, including walking and cycling, as set out in the Coalition agreement. We have made available £560m over the next 4 years for projects under the local sustainable transport fund and have committed to support Bikeability cycle training for the remainder of this parliament.

As you know, we have also created a national Cycling Forum, chaired by Norman Baker MP. Thank you for your involvement in this forum, and I hope you will continue to contribute in the future. I believe the group will play and important role in bringing all interested parties together to discuss real action towards our shared goal of promoting cycling as a safe, healthy and green travel choice.

I assure you I will keep touch with Norman Baker on relevant issues from this group and I wish you luck on your on-going work.

Best wishes


Justine Greening

So that’ll be a ‘No thanks’ then?

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Cyclenation News: reply from Justine Greening

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Andre has had a reply declining his invitation to meet and talk about cycling with Justine Greening

It says the governement is committed to supporting sustainable travelincluding walking and cycling blah, blah, blah and seems to suggest that all cycling issues will be sorted through the LSTF!

Wow, what will we do when its all been sorted in the next 4 years?

Nevermind we can still have our say through the National Cycling Forum, although the experience of government or local government cycling fora is often that they are talking shops to keep the real campaigning quiet!

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Cyclenation News: Statement from Bike Week

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National Bike Week, the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event, will be taking place between 16 – 24 June 2012.

Registration for Bike Week events opens at the end of February. Please visit for further information.

Bike Week began as a grass-roots organisation in 1923, and provides a national umbrella for locally organised events and activities up and down the UK. In 2011, almost half a million participants took part in almost 2,000 events across the UK.

In recent years Bike Week has benefited from sponsorship from Nokia, and most recently, been a headline event in EDF Energy’s Team Green Britain campaign. In 2012, the event is currently seeking a sponsor and other commercial partners, but the support from the cycle industry (via Bike Hub) and Transport for London has enabled Bike Week to carry on hosting this nationwide event.

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