February 18, 2006
UK Parliamentary Cycling Group: Introduction
An exploration of the United Kingdom All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group page at the House of Commons Website proved most interesting.
The Purpose of the Group is listed as follows:
To promote the use of bicycles as a mode of transport and to raise, both inside and outside the House, the profile and status of cycling.
I'm Down with that! I'm sure most British Cyclists are too. ;-D
So what about the membership of the Group?
The Government Party is Labour, the Opposition Party is the Conservative Party, and there are reps from other minor Partys.
This is reflected in the membership of the Cycling Group.
There are 7 Officers, including a Sir, a Viscount, and a Lord.
The Chairman, a Vice-Chair, and the Secretary, are Labour.
A Vice-Chair, and a Patron, are Conservative.
A Vice-Chair is a Liberal Democrat.
The Treasurer is a CB ( Companion of the Order of the Bath -- See note at the end of this article for details ).
There are 20 Qualifying Members:
10 are Labour, including 1 Lord.
7 are Conservative, including 2 Lords.
2 are Liberal Democrats, including 1 Lord.
1 is a CB, and is a Lord.
There are 2 other pieces of important info on the page, but no Links to anything.
CONTACT DETAILS FOR CORRESPONDENCE AND GENERAL ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE GROUP = This is info on how to send a letter by regular mail to the Group Secretary, or call his office by phone.
There is no e-mail Address provided.
BENEFITS RECEIVED BY GROUP FROM SOURCES OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT = UK Cycling Alliance provides administrative assistance.
That last is interesting, but trying to find more information about the Alliance is difficult.
I so far have not found a Website for it, but this is what I HAVE found...
The Cycling Campaign Network Website has a Couple of PDF Documents of interest:
1, from January 2005, has an Announcement on page 3:
The UK Cycling Alliance is to be the new name for CPAG (the Cyclists' Parliamentary Affairs Group).
UKCA will focus on maintaining good liaison between the various cycling interests, including the cycle trade and industry, and on cultivating pro-cycling support amongst MPs and Peers.
As appropriate, it will coordinate action on behalf of cycling as a whole, or ensure that there is mutual understanding of the issues when lobbying activities are undertaken by individual
From Pages 4 to 6 are some brief articles, under the CPAG title, about Cycling issues of the time.
Go here to read the Document.
The other key info comes from the Website of the Ancient and Honourable ( MY Title ) CTC:
What's the CTC?
CTC is the UK and Ireland’s largest and longest established national cycling membership organisation. It was founded in 1878 as the Bicycle Touring Club, subsequently becoming the Cyclists' Touring Club. In 2003 CTC celebrated 125 years of working for traveling, recreational and utility cycle users. We were the forerunners of the world wide network of cycling, motoring and tourism organisations, many of whom based their services on CTC’s.
The organisation has its origins in the early days of cycling when the bicycle opened up new horizons for independent travel. CTC set out to identify suitable hostelries for its members and include them in members’ guides and handbooks. Occasionally you will spot a round plaque on the wall of older hotels showing the CTC emblem of a winged wheel, indicating a long history of welcoming cyclists.
So what did I find on the CTC Website?
CTC liaises with other organisations with related interests through participation in various umbrella groups, as follows:
CYCLISTS' PUBLIC AFFAIRS GROUP (C-PAG):
C-PAG provides a forum for co-ordination and information exchange with other cycling organisations. Besides CTC, these include:
1. Association of Cycle Traders (ACT).
2. Bicycle Association (the association of cycle manufacturers).
3. British Cycling (the governing body for sports cycling).
4. Cycle Campaign Network (CCN – the network of local cycle campaigning groups).
5. London Cycling Campaign (by far the biggest of the CCN groups, with a place on CPAG in its own right).
6. Sustrans. Sustrans safe routes to schools website.
7. C-PAG plays a key role in co-ordinating parliamentary lobbying on legislation affecting cyclists’ interests. It organises an annual MPs’ bike ride in Bike Week. It also provides support for the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) of MPs and Lords who take an interest in cycling matters.
***NOTE = WHAT IS CB? -- 2/22/06***
From the House of Commons Information Office:
Dear Kiril Kundurazieff,Thank you for your enquiry.There is no Political Party with the initials "CB", however I believe what you are referring to is an honour called Companion of the Order of the Bath.Here is a link to the Wikipedia page on this.Regards,Miranda Olivier Wright
***Update to NOTE - 3/14***
Miranda must have had too much Tea and Scones, or something, because I got the correct definition this morning:
CB stands for Cross-bencher, NOT Companion of the Order of Bath. Cross-benchers are Peers (Lords) with no party affiliation. The qualifying members have to come from the 10:7:3 split because that is the present political structure.
All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group Secretariat
Okay so we now know a bit more about this C-PAG.
It's a Lobbying Group that provides support to the Parliamentary Cycling Group.
But still no central website can be found that promotes its membership, organizers, and activities.
I know, I know... "Blimey, but this Bloke is a NOSEY Bastard!"
Well.... that's what Bloggers do in order to find interesting stories to write about....
We poke around the Internet until we find something interesting to write about then do so.
That's what this year on The Cycling Dude is all about: Expanding on this Blogs Original Mission of informing myself, and my readers, about Bicycling, and Cycling Resources.
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