CTC’s regional benchmarking extended

4th October: CTC, the national cyclists’s organisation, is to receive further funding from the Department for Transport to expand its benchmarking project into the Midlands region. CTC’s Benchmarking Project has enabled local authorities to compare and review their provision for cyclists, getting the most out of each other’s experience and helping to identify examples of best practice. Six regional projects are currently running throughout England up to May 2005, and the additional project should be completed by the end of 2005. Tony Russell, who has been managing the project for the past four years, said: “Benchmarking complements the valuable work of the English Regions Cycling Development Team (ERCDT); and is benefiting participating local authorities. It offers the opportunity to see first hand what others have done and find out how they achieved it, as well as increasing the confidence of the cycling officer and raising the profile of cycling in their authority.” Funding for the project means that, other than covering their own expenses, participation by local authorities is free.

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