Embassy News

Reject Calls for Mandatory Helmet Laws

The Cycling Embassy of Great Britain are asking all supporters of civilised streets and cycling for transport to oppose a Women’s Institute resolution which calls for compulsory use of a helmet while cycling.

Save Dublin's Cycling Officer

Dublin has been doing great things to promote cycling over the past few years – and has been rewarded with a doubling of modal share, with 4% of journeys by bike, a proportion that puts London’s efforts to shame. Not only that, but their cycling officer, Ciarán Fallon, took a trip to Amsterdam and London to see how it ought to be done (and not done, we assume, in the latter case…).

Kings X Xmas Vigil - and January Budget Demonstration

The GB Cycling Embassy urges cyclists from both ends of the country to lend their support to two events calling for better cycling conditions here in the UK.

Better Streets Presentation now online

If you missed CEoGB Chairman Jim Davis’s presentation at the Better Streets Conference – never fear for the presentations are now all up here (separate audio and slides, unfortunately but with a bit of patience you might be able to get the two to sync!)

Save the dates

If you cycle – or walk – in London, and you’re angry about the recent deaths and lack of response from TfL or London’s politicians, you may want to save two dates in your diary.

The first is this Wednesday, 14th December, at 6pm when there will be a vigil for cyclist Ellie Carey, the sixteenth to die in London this year. More details here

Jim Davis speaking at Better Streets Conference

Jim Davis, founder and chair of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, will be speaking tomorrow at the third Shared Spaces Conference, “Better Streets – what really works?”. Jim will ask whether we need to go Dutch, and he’ll be joined by speakers including Phil Jones, John Dales and others.

More information here

Remembrance

This Sunday, 20th November, is the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims. Badly designed roads kill and harm everybody, not just cyclists, and we urge everyone to do something to mark the 55,000 people who’ve died on Britain’s roads since the day was first introduced by Road Peace in 1993.

Poster Competition winners announced

And … we have a winner! Thanks once more to all you fabulous people who took part in our summer poster competition – we have finally come up with a winner and, as a bonus, three runners up.

Find out more here – and read a brilliant guest blog post from our worthy winner.

Scots Wahey

The Cycling Embassy of Great Britain has always been hopeful that the Scottish Government has at least got the importance of cycling. While south of the border the ‘greenest government ever’ has persistently marginalised cycling as a means of transport, the SNP government, both in partnership with the Greens before the Scottish election and as a majority government afterwards at least seemed to be moving in the right direction.

Go Bike plan Glasgow 'infrastructure safari'

It’s not just London – this Sunday, 50 cyclists of all ages will hit the streets of Glasgow as part of their ongoing campaign to see improved facilities for all. This ride, organised by the Glasgow Cycle Forum and Go Bike! will highlight ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ of Glasgow’s cycling infrastructure.

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