Olympic cycling heroes welcomed at Velodrome homecoming

25th October: Athens gold medal winners Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins joined most of the other medal winners from Team GB’s successful cycling team at the 10th anniversary celebration event for the Manchester Velodrome. A full-house of 3500 people cheered on the riders in the Revolution 5 event, three and a half hours of fast-paced track action. Loads of pix at this link.

Councils receive gongs for cycle-use improvements

22nd October: The English Regions Cycling Development Team audits the cycle friendliness of local authorities. Did your council win any of the ‘most improved’ awards handed out in the House of Commons this week?

Sustrans shortlisted for major award

21st October: And you can help Sustrans win the top gong simply by phoning in a 1p vote. Sustrans is shortlisted for the National Lottery’s Helping Hand Awards’ UK Life award. It is one of three shortlisted projects – selected from over 1000 entries – which is now going to a public vote. Click for details on how to vote for Sustrans, vote for cycling.

CTC takes LA reps on Euro study tour

19th October: A group of 16 elected members and officers representing local authorities from around the country travelled to three countries in Europe last week to see how cyclists are catered for on the Continent. CTC, the national cyclists’s organisation, organised the trip to cities in France, Germany and Switzerland to demonstrate how levels of cycling in the UK could be increased. The five day study tour included visits to four urban centres – Strasbourg in France, Freiburg in Germany, and Bern and Basel in Switzerland; all areas that have experienced a substantial increase in cycle use. CTC Benchmarking Project Manager, Tony Russell, said: “The tour gave elected members and officers from this country the opportunity to meet their European counterparts and see for themselves successful initiatives in action.” The Study Tour was supported by a grant from the Ashden Trust as an extension of CTC’s highly acclaimed national and regional benchmarking projects; an initiative that enables local authorities to compare and review their provision for cyclists. CTC has over 60 local authorities currently participating in its benchmarking process.

£10m boost for Safe Routes to School

14th October: Details have been released today concerning new Department for Transport funding to develop hundreds of safe walking and cycling routes to schools. The Links to Schools programme will extend the National Cycle Network, bringing it closer to schools and making it easier and safer for pupils to walk or cycle.