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3 July 2014 - 12:05pm
My first ride to work at CTC
Specialized FSR XC Pro, my first ride to work
It took me two months to find the opportunity to cycle to work at CTC National Office in Guildford but I’m glad I did…
3 March 2014 - 3:53pm
Infrastructure and Equity: Discussions from the Youth Bike Summit in NYC
Manhattan bike lane and info form NYC DoT
CTC's Development Officer in Leicester, Elizabeth Barner, is from the US originally. By simple serendipity, she was able to attend a day of the Youth Bike Summit in New York in February and was amazed by the changes she found.
27 January 2014 - 5:14pm
Low level lights for cyclists activated
Bow Roundabout in east London, one of London's most dangerous roundabouts, now has low-level traffic lights for cyclists.
23 January 2014 - 3:22pm
Why models matter: CTC meets with the DfT's modelling team
What would Britain look like if we reached Dutch levels of cycling?
Yesterday (22nd January), CTC met with officials from the Department for Transport to discuss how the National Transport Model deals with cycling. Chris Peck explains why the model matters, and what CTC wants to see changed.
10 December 2013 - 9:08pm
Why should cyclists use Twitter?
Twitter logo
Some say Twitter is a waste of time. It is, however, the world’s largest global conversation and is a very effective way for cyclists to network, campaign and communicate.
7 February 2014 - 5:48pm
Boy stuff: cycling, the prostate and erectile dysfunction
A comfortable saddle is the key
Riding a bicycle can aggravate the prostate and cause other health problems in men. The design of the standard bicycle seat can rub against the prostate during the pedalling process. A comforatble saddle is key.
18 November 2013 - 8:07pm
Boris must stop ducking responsibility for action to save lives
Boris is accused of mis-representing how cyclists die. Photo: Yurri (CC licence)
CTC's Campaigns Director Roger Geffen argues that Boris's "finger-pointing" is pointed in the wrong direction, and calls for real solutions to the dangers faced by pedestrians as well as cyclists.
25 October 2013 - 3:54pm
Lots of brilliant lights, but still illegal!
Picture of lights and indicators st, no longer made.
It’s that time of year again, when the bikeshop window fills with bright and shiny twinkly winky things and the cyclist protection racket (“Buy one of these kid, or you’ll be sorry!”) goes into overdrive!
18 February 2013 - 5:03pm
An Electric Bike Network for the Chilterns
An Electric Bike
The Chilterns are soon to be the latest tourist area to host an Electric Bike Network so, as a local, I decided to give their electric bicycles a spin.
11 February 2013 - 12:01pm
Shopping by bike in Oz
A fully loaded cargo bike
Australia is not known for being a hotbed of utility cycling, but Mike Rubbo, a filmmaker based in Sydney, is trying to change the way Australians shop and CTC's Gavin Wood approves.
7 February 2013 - 12:02pm
Cycling to work whatever the weather
Greg Woodford cycling to work
Whatever the weather or the season, CTC Senior Cycle Training Officer Greg Woodford commutes by bike 25 miles each way from Reading to Guildford.
15 January 2013 - 12:52pm
Teaching people to cycle
Teenage girls cycling in Leicester
About once a month, CTC's cycling development officer in Leicester Elizabeth Barner sees someone out on a bike who she taught to ride.
2 December 2012 - 8:47pm
War on Britain’s roads: myth or reality?
The BBC's 'War on Britain's Roads'
Ahead of BBC1's documentary 'The War on Britain's Roads', CTC's Roger Geffen previews the programme and urges cyclists to provide feedback. He asks you to listen out for the claim that "reported incidents [..are..] on the rise", and tell us what "incidents" you think they are referring to.
22 November 2012 - 3:19pm
Can you see me in the dark?
Cycling in winter
All cyclists can sometimes feel invisible on the road and in winter. So how can they be more visible to drivers? CTC's Victoria Hazael shares her thoughts on lights and hi-viz clothing.
16 November 2012 - 7:13pm
Bike maintenance in Essex
CTC helping people learn about their own bikes
Weekly bike maintenance sessions have up and running throughout November in Colchester and they are proving extremely popular. CTC's Cycling Development Officer Richard Monk explains why he set up the project how it will expand.
16 November 2012 - 6:05pm
Essex Police call CTC’s cycling officer in for questioning
Essex Police modelling their new Smith and Wesson
Essex Police called unexpectedly on me this week. Thinking that they must have taken a dislike to my rather shall we say assertive style of cycling to all my meetings and activities, I awaited in trepidation for the expected words of advice.
7 November 2012 - 11:39am
Anna tours Bath on vintage bikes and grabs designer cycle bargains!
David with his vintage Raleigh in 'cafe racer' style
Jole Rider (pronounced Jolly Rider) is a charity that targets Africa to improve education and wellbeing in young people. This is mainly done by fixing up donated bikes and shipping them to Africa for kids to use for cycling to school. So to find out more, I met their lead mechanic for a bike ride.
3 September 2012 - 11:53am
EU-wide comparison shows GB has poor cycle use and cyclist safety, but we measure this superbly!
Cycle counter on the Camel Trail, Cornwall (photo CTC, © Dep't for Transport)
A new EU-wide comparison of cyclists' safety shows that Britain is among the top countries for measuring cycling . Now we need to make much better use of this information to substantially boost cycle use and improve cyclists' safety.
10 August 2012 - 9:01am
The Olympics and me
Wiggins winning the Olympics Time Trial
Just a few seconds into watching the Olympics and I can’t help rewinding to sports and games at school, but before I tell you whether my mind finds any pleasure in these reflections, I must state that I’m all for physical activity as part of school-life and wish it well.
25 July 2012 - 10:14am
Mixed messages for cycle safety in London
Cyclists have clear priority at this junction in Copenhagen
Transport for London's announcement of plans to complete 50 cycle-friendly junction improvements by the end of 2013 (including ten by the end of 2012) is very welcome. However, the Mayor's draft road safety strategy, launched the same day, is itself very much in need of a "cycle-friendly redesign".

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