CTC Campaign Win: Eurostar Backpedals

The following was posted to members who responded to the campaign:

Hi CTC Member

First and foremost thank you! It was because of your support, and that of over 10,300 others who wrote to Eurostar, that we won this hard-fought campaign.

Eurostar has now backed down over its controversial plans to make cyclists box up their bikes thanks to our ‘Zero Stars for Eurostar’ campaign. In a resounding victory for CTC and you, our supporters, Eurostar’s Head of EU Public Affairs Pierre Delalande emailed us at 6pm on Friday (13 November) to say: “You will be pleased to know that we are not intending to go ahead with the requirement for all bikes to be carried in boxes and will accept fully-mounted bikes.”

We galvanised support from leading politicians on both sides of the Channel. The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group criticised the move as did the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, and the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.

London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan and CTC’s Head of Communications and Campaigns David Murray discussed the issue in a special meeting with Mary Walsh, Eurostar’s Director of Communications, at City Hall three days ago.

Our Chief Executive, Paul Tuohy, wanted to pass on this message too: “It’s fantastic news that the views of so many of our members and other cyclists across Europe have been listened to. We at CTC would like to thank everyone who supported our online action, as well as other cycling bodies across Europe, the APPCG, and the Mayors of London and Paris.”

CTC’s campaigning team is dedicated to supporting UK cycling and cyclists’ rights. Working on key local and national issues means we give cycling a louder voice on topics that are important to you. We are already building our next campaign (this time focussed on the Chancellor’s spending review), so we will be in touch again with more information soon.

Your support makes these campaigns possible. We are almost entirely funded through our members and the kind support of individual donors. Your donation will give you the peace of mind that CTC is campaigning to protect your rights in the saddle, so you can spend more time cycling.

Happy cycling,

Team CTC

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