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Councils support HS2 ‘green route’


A new active travel route from Birmingham to Coventry along the HS2 line is a ‘no brainer’, West Midlands mayor Andy Street has said.

Ministers did not stop LTNs receiving cash


Officials have confirmed that the allocation of £200m for cycling and walking excluded low traffic neighbourhoods because no LTN bid matched funding criteria.

London’s Regent Street set to become more cyclist friendly


Regent Street is set to undergo a radical transformation as Westminster City Council seeks to make it more cyclist and pedestrian friendly.

TfL hands boroughs another £80m for streets


Transport for London (TfL) has announced up to £80.4m for boroughs to improve public transport, make walking and cycling safer and create new school streets.

Nine in 10 women cycling in London face abuse


A new report has highlighted the extent and toxicity of abuse experienced by women cycling in London.

‘Staggering’ two million vehicles damaged by potholes last year


The AA attended more than 600,000 incidents involving vehicles damaged by potholes last year, new figures released on National Pothole Day today reveal.

London council launches green investment scheme


Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council is inviting residents and businesses to invest in green projects across the borough.

MPs criticise ‘disappointingly slow’ progress on active travel


The Government is not on track to meet its active travel targets, with funding uncertainty hampering councils’ efforts, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said.

Council's failure to fix pothole blamed for man’s death


A man died after falling from his bike when it entered a crack in the road that had been identified to Lancashire County Council, a coroner has found.

Tower Hamlets to remove LTN road closures


Tower Hamlets has decided to remove its low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) road closures despite the majority of affected residents supporting the measures.

Worcester endorses 20-year transport strategy


City councillors in Worcester have endorsed a new 20-year transport strategy which is aimed at delivering a more sustainable transport system.

Get on your bike!


Richard Dilks, chief executive of Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK), looks at what local authorities can do to promote shared bike schemes.

Oxfordshire unveils £200,000 air pollution plan


Oxfordshire County Council has unveiled a £200,000 plan to cut air pollution which it says is the 'biggest environmental risk to public health'.

Haringey to treble number of School Streets


Haringey councillors have signed off on a plan that will almost treble the number of School Streets in the borough to 61.

Active travel hampered by 'low capability and ambition'


Council chiefs have defended active travel measures after auditors found more than half of councils had 'low capability and ambition' to deliver projects.

Active Travel England to consult on large planning applications


Local planning authorities will now have to consult with Active Travel England (ATE) on all large planning applications.

Council unveils plans to make Carlisle ‘more vibrant’


Cumberland Council has unveiled plans to make Carlisle city centre ‘more vibrant and welcoming’.

LTNs blocked from £200m active travel cash


Department for Transport has announced the £200m fourth round of the Active Travel Fund and revealed it had blocked low traffic neighbourhood schemes funding.

Bristol announces low traffic neighbourhood scheme


A new low traffic neighbourhood scheme in Bristol will create a safer and healthier place for people to live and spend time, according to council leaders.

Many council areas face ‘nature access gap’, study reveals


In a third of local authority areas more than 70% of households don’t have access to nature within a 15-minute walk, new research finds.

Holyrood consults on 20-minute neighbourhoods


People in Scotland are being asked for their views on how to improve the planning system.

Active Light


Newport City Council chose Thorn Lighting's Dark Sky-approved Urba bollard to support its Active Travel deployment in Tredegar Park.

Police called after LTN planters set on fire


Rochdale Borough Council has called the police after local low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) planters were set on fire.

Suffolk CC to invest nearly £11m in new bridges


Suffolk County Council is investing almost £11m into delivering two new bridges and a raft of regeneration projects.

‘Highest performing’ active travel councils named


Leicester and Nottingham councils have been rated as two of the highest performing local authorities in the first ever Government review of active travel.

20mph speed limit set to be roll out in five London boroughs


Transport for London is set to introduce a new 20mph speed limit across five London boroughs after monitoring reveals reduced speeds lead to fewer collisions.

Councils invited to bid for share of £200m active travel fund


The Department for Transport has launched a £200m fund to boost walking and cycling but council chiefs have criticised the use of competitive bids as ‘costly’.

Three quarters of Hackney streets to become LTNs


Hackney is set to ban most vehicles from most of its roads in what it says is ‘the country’s most ambitious plan’ for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) so far.

Cyclists warned to steer clear of pothole-ridden roads


A bicycle insurance company has called for the crumbling road network to be fixed, citing data showing that 21% of cyclists have hit a pothole.

Walking and cycling encouraged with cash injection


A new quango Active Travel England will hand out £32.9m for local authorities to train staff in the design ‘active travel’ schemes.

Nottingham council set to launch fleet of 700 e-bikes


A fleet of over 700 electric bikes are set to hit the streets of Nottingham next Spring, the city council has confirmed.

Glasgow council first to install cycle-activated signs


Glasgow City Council has taken the innovative step of installing cycle-activated electronic signage on its road network to improve safety for cyclists.

Stand-alone cycle and e-scooter counting from Traffic Technology Ltd


The ZELT Evo from Traffic Technology Ltd provides improved detection and classification of bicycles and personal mobility devices (PMDs) such as e-scooters.

Oxfordshire proposes traffic filters for Oxford


Oxfordshire County Council is to launch a consultation on proposals to introduce six trial traffic filters in Oxford.

Councils should have encouraged more cycling post-pandemic, AA says


Local authorities should have done more to encourage residents to continue the cycling and walking habits acquired during the lockdown, the AA has said.

Councils to share nearly £13m to test ‘social prescribing’


Eleven councils areas to receive £12.7m between them to trial giving GPs the power to prescribe walking, wheeling and cycling to boost the health of residents.

Shapps proposes 20mph speed limits for cyclists


The Government is considering introducing 20mph speed limits for cyclists in urban areas.

Council seizes ‘dangerous’ dockless bicycles


Westminster City Council has begun seizing dockless bicycles that have been left on roads and pavements across central London.

New tool for councils to plan safer active travel schemes


A free planning tool to help local authorities make active travel safer and less stressful for users has been launched by the Road Safety Foundation.

Bike hire schemes reduce car use by 3.7 miles per user every week, report finds


Bike share schemes across the UK have reduced car mileage for each user by an estimated 3.7 miles every week, a new report has found.

Council backs down in cycle lane case


Campaigners claim to have 'drawn a line in the sand' after a highway authority admitted it acted unlawfully when it decided to remove a popular cycle lane in November 2020.

Cyclist Chris Boardman appointed active travel commissioner


Cyclist Chris Boardman is to become national commissioner of the Government’s new cycling and walking body, Active Travel England (ATE), which launches today.

E-bikes have potential to replace 100 million care and taxi trips, says report


Over 100 million car and taxi trips made in city regions could be replaced by e-bikes if the Government meets its targets on getting more people to cycle, a new report said.

Cycle lane court challenge takes new turn


Cycling UK has won the right to challenge council’s decision to remove a popular cycle lane after High Court ruling refusing permission for review overturned.

Hackney Council closes street to polluting through-traffic


A funding bid by Hackney Council to close Stoke Newington Church Street to polluting through-traffic during the daytime has been approved.

Multi-million pound boost to cycling and walking budget


The Government has announced a £338m funding package to build more cycle lanes and deliver walking schemes to help boost active travel.

High court rejects challenge of council's low traffic neighbourhoods


A legal challenge against Lambeth Council's low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) has been rejected by the high court.

Change pothole cash rules to protect riders


A local government insurer has called for council pothole funding to give greater focus to cycle paths and footways to protect cyclists and e-scooter riders.

Study reveals over 25,000 modal filters in UK enabling access to cyclists


New research has revealed there are at least 25,000 modal filters in the UK restricting motor vehicles and enabling access to cyclists and pedestrians.

Harrow Council to remove two Streetspace schemes


Harrow Council’s cabinet has decided to remove two of three Transport for London (TfL) Streetspace schemes designed to support people to socially distance and encourage active travel during lockdown.

Shapps announces £18m cycle training fund


Local authorities will be able to offer bespoke Bikeability Family training sessions to help people feel more confident cycling.

Council votes against reinstating Kensington cycle lane


Kensington and Chelsea Council has voted to not re-install the Kensington High Street temporary cycle lane scheme, which caused controversy last year after being introduced in October only to be abandoned seven weeks later.

Council faces legal action over cycle lane removal


A cycling charity is taking legal action against a council’s decision to scrap a cycle lane introduced during lockdown.

Campaigners call on councils to help reduce car use


Environmental campaigners have called on local authorities to cancel spending on road building and to redirect funds to boost public transport and active travel.

Coalition publishes new vision for planning reforms


The Government has been urged to rethink its ‘damaging’ reforms to the planning system and put people, climate and nature at its heart by a coalition of 18 organisations.

Are the UK Government’s cycling plans genuine?


Are Conservative led local authorities hindering the Government's bid to encourage cycling? Dr Seamus Allison and Aoife Allison investigate.

Tories relying on Labour councils to boost cycling


Labour-controlled unitary authorities in England are more likely to implement conservative Government policy supporting cycling, new research has found.

Big Issue eBikes: Biking for good!


Lord John Bird explains why The Big Issue has launched 'Biking for Good' with ShareBike to boost employment in the UK.

DfT warns of conditions on £175m active travel cash


Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced councils' allocations for the £175m second tranche of the Active Travel Fund.

Councils urged to keep active travel schemes to avoid 'traffic gridlock'


Councils have been forced to scrap emergency active travel schemes due to a small but vocal number of objections, Cycling UK has warned.

Government announces £2m to encourage children to cycle and walk


The Government has announced it will be making £2m available to help encourage children to walk or cycle to school.

Councils welcome £2bn active transport 'revolution'


Thousands of miles of new cycle routes will be built in towns and cities as part of the Prime Minister’s £2bn ‘cycling and walking revolution’.

New design toolkit to create 'healthy housing'


New design guidance to ensure housing developments create healthier communities has been launched.

Seize the transport moment, says new report


Campaigners have called on ministers to accelerate the shift to sustainable transport by introducing new charges for drivers and improving public transport, walking and cycling.

Councils get new powers to tackle misuse of cycle lanes


Local authorities will be given the power to use CCTV to fine drivers who misuse mandatory cycle lanes, the Government has announced.

Councils on deadline to secure first tranche of active travel cash


Local authorities are on their last chance to secure a slice of the first tranche from the £225m emergency active travel fund, with the deadline for completing the form tomorrow.

Councils urged to create ‘school streets’


Councils have been urged to close roads to cars during school pick up and drop off times to make journeys safer and manage social distancing at the school gates by ten NGOs.

Government announces £250m emergency active travel fund


The Government has announced the largest ever funding boost to create a ‘new era’ for cycling and walking.

Councils urged to make cycling and walking safer during lockdown


Councils have been urged to implement new measures to make it easier for cyclists to abide by social distancing rules during lockdown by Cycling UK.

Public is ‘supportive’ of plans to invest in cycling, study shows


Over half of residents in major urban areas across the UK support more investment in cycling, new research reveals.

Councils spend average of £2 per head on cycling infrastructure, study reveals


Local authorities have spent on average just £2 per head of population per year on cycling infrastructure over the last ten years, new research reveals.

Cycling key to stopping plastic polluting the ocean, charity says


A charity has called on the next Government to invest more into the promotion of cycling and walking as part of the effort to prevent plastic polluting the ocean.

Sturgeon announces £27m to promote walking and cycling


More than 200 ‘active travel’ projects across Scotland are set to receive a multi-million pound investment, Scotland’s first minister has announced.

Cyclists demand access to rural footpaths


British cyclists are calling for a reform of England’s rights of way legislation to allow bikes onto country footpaths – a call resisted by walkers.

City of London publishes UK’s ‘first’ wind microclimate guidelines


The City of London has published the UK’s first wind microclimate guidelines for new development proposals in the Square Mile in an effort to keep cyclists safe.

Government welcomes plans to create West Midlands national park


Whitehall has welcomed proposals to create a new West Midlands urban national park that would span more than seven cities and open up hundreds of miles of green space.

MPs call for dedicated funding for active travel


MPs have criticised the Government for inadequate and ‘piecemeal’ active travel investment and called for a dedicated funding stream for local walking and cycling.

Millions 'wasted' on painted cycle lanes, ambassadors warn


Cycling and walking ambassadors have called on the Government to provide councils with greater powers and more money to make key changes in cities.

Calls to make cycling more inclusive for women, older and disabled people


Women, older and disabled people are neglected in provision of resources to support cycling, according to a report.

Gov to fall short on national cycling target


The Government is set to fall way short of its target of doubling the number of cycling journeys by 2025.

Councils paying out £8,800 per cyclist in pothole compensation


Councils are paying out an average of £8,800 per cyclist in pothole compensation claims, a new investigation has revealed.

Investment in cycling could prevent 34,000 life-threatening illnesses, report finds


Thousands of life-threatening illnesses could be prevented if major cities increased cycling rates to those seen in London since the turn of the millennium.

London cycle routes face rebrand


London mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled a new Cycling Action Plan that aims to create a London-wide cycle network while doubling cycling journeys in six years.

Council spends £12,000 on four speed signs


Bournemouth council has spent thousands of pounds installing speed signs along the promenade in an attempt to slow cyclists down.

Charity calls for overhaul of cycling network with ‘historic problems’


A cycling charity has called for an ‘overhaul’ of the UK’s cycle network, a move they argue could help add nearly £8bn to the economy.

West Midlands to invest £43m in ‘congestion busting projects’


Local leaders in the West Midlands will this Friday consider plans to invest £43m in projects designed to tackle the region’s congestion problems.

Campaigners criticise dangerous cycling offence proposals


Cycling advocates have accused the Government of ‘tinkering around the edges’ with a proposal to introduce a death by dangerous cycling offence.

Six councils win share of £6.5m cycling fund


Six councils have bid successfully for a share of a £6.5m fund aimed at making cycling ‘the natural choice’ of transport.

Work begins on Birmingham's 'cycle revolution'


Amey has begun work on a £5.4m project in Birmingham to deliver a 4km two-way, fully segregated cycle route linking Selly Oak and the University of Birmingham with the city centre.

Councils spend £43m on pothole claims in five years


Councils across the UK have paid out at least £43m on compensation claims from potholes over the last five years, according to a cycling charity.

Potholes kill or injure hundreds of cyclists, figures reveal


Nearly 400 cyclists have been killed or maimed over the last decade due to poorly maintained local roads, new figures reveal.

Eight chosen to bid for £7m cycling safety funding


Ministers are inviting eight English cities to bid for a share of £6.5m to improve safety for cyclists as part of the Government’s controversial cycle safety review.

District relaxes ban on 'anti-social cycling'


Mansfield's District Council has relaxed its 24-hour ban on cycling in the town centre, which it said was introduced ‘to tackle anti-social cycling at busy times’.

Mayor Khan putting ‘cars before people’, Assembly members warn


Members of the London Assembly have accused mayor Sadiq Khan of putting cars before people and failing to make sure his 'healthy streets' policy is successful.

Failure to meet air pollution targets kills 13,000, charity says


Premature deaths from air pollution could have been dramatically cut if official targets to get more people to walk and cycle had been met, campaigners claim.

Survey reveals support for protected bike routes in cities


Most people think more space should be given to cyclists on roads even when it means less room for other traffic, according to a survey.

BT and See.Sense light the way for safe cycling in Manchester


BT has announced the launch of a new project with See.Sense to provide sensor-enabled and connected bike lights to up to 180 cyclists across Manchester as part of CityVerve, the UK’s smart city demonstrator.

Investment in cycling stimulates increase in bike journeys, charity finds


A new study shows trips by bike have increased in 18 cities and towns in England following an investment programme to encourage cycling.

Research published into cycle collisions hotspots


The majority of cycle collisions occur within 20 meters of a junction, new research into accident ‘hotspots’ has revealed.

Active travel projects get £15m funding boost


Active travel charity Sustrans Scotland has awarded more than £15m in Scottish Government funding for the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure in the country over the next year.

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