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6 June 2012 - 2:10pm
'Safety in numbers' - how it works at a micro level
Riders on the Magnificat sportive negotiate a gravelly, blind bend
As near on 1,000 riders on the Magnificat sportive passed by at the weekend, I witnessed a great demonstration of safety in numbers - on a micro-level. The presence of those cyclists had a profound effect on driver behaviour.
28 May 2012 - 2:02pm
More cyclists = bad news, suggests silly press release
Apparently lots of cyclists means 'cycle unfriendly' according to new research
According to a new 'study' put together by a PR company, the fewer cyclists there are the more 'cycle friendly' a town is. This is exactly the thinking that has held back cycling for so long.
28 May 2012 - 12:51pm
Why won't cyclists take the lane?
Riders keeping in to the kerb
The middle of the carriageway is often the safest position for a cyclist to be in on a minor or quiet road, or where the road bends sharply. But why do so many cyclists insist on keeping in to the kerb?
25 May 2012 - 8:09pm
Boris is wildly wrong to claim that 2/3 serious and fatal cycling injuries are due to law-breaking
Graph showing who the police think contributes to cycle fatalities
London Mayor Boris Johnson has said he thinks 62% of cyclists who are killed or seriously injured are breaking the law. Police data show he is wildy wrong.
25 May 2012 - 2:25pm
Led rides in Winchester
Winchester women who ride
A series of led rides, due to take place over the summer in Winchester and Fleet has been launched. Designed to help newer riders build their cycling confidence, the rides are part of a programme of activity run by Hampshire County Council, in partnership with CTC.
24 May 2012 - 4:23pm
The RAC says “Drivers need help” – and they’re right!
83% of drivers admit speeding regularly, yet 92% say they are law-abiding
The RAC has just published a survey of motorists’ views, and it makes for interesting reading.
23 May 2012 - 11:23am
Team UK Youth meet Middleden Mountain Bike Club
Middleden Mountain Bike Club meet Team UK Youth
Kirkcaldy based Mountain Bike Club met professional cycling team 'Team UK Youth' before they competed in the first round of the Halfords Tour Series. This was the first time the series has taken place in Scotland.
22 May 2012 - 12:29pm
Riding to work - does it really save time?
A rider takes it easy on the way to work
The theory goes that cycling can be faster than driving for shortish urban journeys of around five miles - a perfect commuting distance. But is it true when cycling provides so many opportunities for distraction?
21 May 2012 - 10:51am
CTC's Anna Cipullo helps a rider with an incurable illness to get back in the saddle
Amanda Nelson on the back of a tandem
Recently I met a forty-something lady called Amanda Nelson from Swindon. Amanda has been a strong gym-addict, road cyclist and mountain biker all her life, but twenty months ago she was diagnosed with an incurable neurological disorder called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome).
20 May 2012 - 5:59pm
Rained off? Southwold en Bici Bike Club turn to turbo trainers
Southwold en Bici Bike Club member, Bose, turbo training.
What can an after school Bike Club do if the weather is really bad? A primary school in Hackney has the perfect solution to keep the group meeting and their Bike Club's wheels turning.
14 May 2012 - 2:35pm
IAM feeds the tabloids with spurious claims of red light jumping cyclists
Occupying an advanced stop line is also technically 'jumping a red light'
Both the Guardian and BikeBiz have broken an embargoed press release from the Institute of Advanced Motorists claiming that the majority of cyclists jump red lights.
10 May 2012 - 3:23pm
Welsh plan for connected communities - why detail is important
NCN 8 in the Wye Valley
The Welsh Government is about to legislate to force local authorities to map out and plan improvements to the cycle networks. Although a great step, I think it's vital that the routes are of a proper standard to make cycling attractive and feasible.
10 May 2012 - 10:46am
Why not ride in the middle of the road?
A typical cycle lane
The Daily Mail asked "Is this the dumbest cycle lane in Britain? Blundering workmen paint path in the MIDDLE of busy road". CTC's Greg Woodford explains why sometimes it is OK to cycle in the middle of the road.
1 May 2012 - 11:52am
The Pilot All Inclusive CTC National Standard Instructor Course
Griannia and Andrew ride a side by side bike.
A pilot National Standard Instructor training course with a difference took place in Cornwall recently - it included an element of all ability cycling, with the provision of adapted cycles from charity Cycling Projects.
30 April 2012 - 2:09pm
Crashing into a pothole - what happened next
Chris in the pothole that brought him down
In 2008, I was riding to work in central London when I hit a pothole, catapulting me over the handlebars into the road. I incurred nasty facial injuries and the crash destroyed my bike. CTC's legal team forced the highway authority into admitting liability, resulting in compensation being paid out.
26 April 2012 - 1:32pm
Touring blogs - add yours
Touring cyclists all have a tale to tell - what's yours?
All touring/expedition cyclists have a tale to tell and your experiences can be invaluable to others thinking of doing your route. Why not write a blog and share it with us all?
26 April 2012 - 12:08pm
Carfree living - what is it really like?
Can you live without your car? After using a car for over a decade, CTC's Victoria Hazael finally became carless in February 2011. Find out what happened next.
23 April 2012 - 11:25am
The new CTC website
It's impossible to please all of the people all of the time but a lot of hard work has gone into building this new website. And it's by no means the finished article as we still have a road map of development and features to implement over the coming months and years.
19 April 2012 - 9:58am
Alcohol and the law - which road users are worst?
A police officer carries out roadside checks but probably not on cyclists
Drunken cycling is an offence and a very bad idea. But is it much of a road safety problem? Police enforce some traffic laws, but seldom drunk cycling. CTC examined data for 5 years to see how many fatalities involve alcohol and cycling in this country.
17 April 2012 - 6:15pm
Islington Community Rides Bike Club launches
Children set off on the Islington Community Rides launch
Islington's first Bike Club launched on 13 April 2012. The London Borough Of Islington Community Rides Bike Club aims to provide family-friendly opportunities and training to a diverse range of people new to cycling.

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