Right to Ride and Campaigning

Q and A’s about Right to Ride

What is “Right to Ride” ?

Right to Ride (“RTR”) is the name given to the CTC network of CTC Members appointed by CTC National Office to represent CTC and its policies at a local level.

What do Right to Ride Representatives do ?

The two key tasks for local RTR representatives are:-

  1. To represent CTC and its policies at a local level and implement the CTC mission statement “representing and campaigning for cyclists rights”;
  2. To develop good relationships with the local authority and to be in a position to influence for the benefit of all cyclists.

Who is the RTR representative for Calderdale ?

The RTR representative for Calderdale is Reid Anderson, who took up this position in January 2014. Although RTR appointments are made by CTC National Office, there is a requirement that RTR representatives maintain close communication with CTC Local Groups. Reid is also a member of the Calderdale CTC Committee, and all Calderdale CTC agendas include a “Right to Ride” item.

How does the arrangement work in Calderdale ?

There are a number of elements to this.

  1. Calderdale Council consults with the RTR representative on Traffic Regulation Orders and Public Path Orders;
  2. The RTR representative attends meetings of the local cycling Forum Calderdale Cycle Hub – look for Calderdale Cycle Hub on Facebook.
  3. Reid is involved with Calderdale Council on a number of cycling related issues, including the planning for the visit of the Tour de France in July 2014, and the development of the cycle specific website aimed at encouraging more cyclists to visit the area.

What else does the RTR Representative do ?

Perhaps the most significant issue with which the Calderdale RTR representative is currently involved is in trying to secure a formal, binding commitment by Calderdale Council to “cycleproofing”. Cycleproofing is the expression used to describe the process whereby the needs of cyclists and pedestrians are considered at an early stage in all development proposals, not just those affecting the highway but also housing and business developments. More information on cycleproofing can be found in the article “Practical Cycleproofing” (Cycle magazine, Feb/Mar 2014).

That there should be a legal requirement to “cycleproof” was a key recommendation of the 2013 report “Get Britain Cycling” by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG). Historically Calderdale Council has not always consulted effectively on major road schemes that affect cyclists and pedestrians e.g Hipperholme Traffic Lights.

In addition to securing commitments to Cycleproofing, the RTR representative is currently working to get a clear statement from Calderdale Council as to how it is going to implement two major cycling strategies to which the Council is a signatory – the Yorkshire wide Tour Legacy programme “Cycle Yorkshire” and the sub regional (West Yorkshire) LTP Cycle Prospectus.

Informing this work are the recommendations in the recently published (May 2014) booklet from CTC National Office “Space for Cycling – a guide for local decision makers.

What about Public Transport ?

Bikes on trains is a contentious issue which will really only be solved – in favour of securing the level of accommodation for bikes on trains that applies in countries like France, Germany and the Netherlands – when train operators are required to make this level of provision as part of the franchising arrangements.

Northern, the current (until 2016) rail franchisee for our area, has done good things in terms of having set up a Cycling Forum that meets 3 times a year and attracts a lot of interest from professional and lay cycling representatives – including representatives from Calderdale CTC But in reality Northern does not really want to encourage bikes on trains (although folders are welcome !) and has tried to manage the situation by concentrating on providing bike storage and bike hire (“Bike and Go”) at its stations.

CTC nationally is actively engaged in trying to secure adequate provision for bikes on trains as part of franchise reviews – and has had some success in Scotland.

Where can I find more information about Right to Ride ?

There are a number of pages and links on the CTC National Office website that give information on RTR. Go to Campaigning / Local Cycle Campaigning.

The “Campaigning” page on www.ctc.org.uk has links to current CTC campaigns including:-

Space for Cycling

Cyclists Defence Fund

Action on Lorries;

Road Justice Campaign;

Fill that Hole;

20 mph – lower speeds, better streets.