1 October 2012 - 10:05am
Cycletopia in Lancaster?
As one of the original Cycle Demonstration Towns (CDT) Lancaster has been trying to move towards the cycling nirvana depicted in CTC’s Cycletopia. So after all the effort and increased spending what have we achieved? Matt Hodges, CTC's representative in Lancaster, gives his views.
28 September 2012 - 11:27am
Notes from the LibDem conference fringe
Earlier this week I spoke at two fringe events at the LibDem conference. The first was also addressed by Julian Huppert MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, the second by cycling minister Norman Baker. Both set out their stall as highly impressive advocates for cycling.
27 September 2012 - 12:57pm
Detailed 2011 casualty figures reveal areas for concern
The detailed data for the 2011 casualty figures have been published by the Department for Transport, revealing where the worrying rise in casualties - first announced earlier in the year - is happening, and to whom.
26 September 2012 - 10:30am
Cycletopia - what can't be seen is just as important
Our Cycletopia project shows 15 things that can be done to make towns better for cycling. Most of these are infrastructure related: slower speeds, better road design, cycle parking at destinations. But some are less tangible. Strong leadership and policy directions are ultimately what is required.
21 September 2012 - 3:17pm
Queens Park Forum Bike Club Launch in the Sunshine
Queens Park Forum Bike Club is community based and offers weekly bike maintenance lessons, an earn a bike scheme and a drop in Dr Bike service for local people. Cycling Development Officer for London Frances Chaloner went along to the launch in Westminster.
11 September 2012 - 4:51pm
MTB Bike Racing and BMX take off at the Trax
A great day of MTB bike racing on Lordship Loop, grass racing and the new BMX Club session took place recently at the home of the Trax Bike Club in London.
31 August 2012 - 1:55pm
At the velodrome with Nick Clegg
CTC Cycling Development Officer in Sheffield Steve Marsden and Caroline Waugh were invited by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to watch Paralympic cyclist Sarah Storey win Britain's first gold medal.
28 August 2012 - 2:51pm
I'm inspired by the Paralympic cyclists
John Thraves had the lower part of his leg amputated two years ago, because of complications from diabetes. After the operation he was determined to cycle again, which he has - the two wheels have been replaced by a trike. He's also just become a qualified Bikeability instructor.
21 August 2012 - 11:40am
CTC show off at the Bike Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and his family, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This year, it was home to a festival of cycling, and what a display it was!
14 August 2012 - 8:46am
A golden legacy for cycling?
There’s a lot of talk at the moment about securing a legacy to follow the inspirational performances of Team GB’s cyclists at the Olympics. CTC is working hard to make sure that Britain seizes the opportunity.
13 August 2012 - 11:27am
Olympic Mountain Biking Display in Swindon
Saturday 11 August saw the Olympic Cross Country Mountain Bike race shown on the Big Screen in Swindon town centre. The BBC Live Site had displayed all 16 days of the Olympic Games, and when they asked me if I wanted to make “a thing” of mountain biking, of course I jumped at the chance.
12 August 2012 - 9:30am
20 mph casualty figures - another failure to properly evaluate risk
The number of road casualties on streets with 20 mph limits have increased by a quarter in one year. Unfortunately those figures fail to take into account the change in the number of 20 mph streets, which have been increasing steadily, particularly in the last year.
10 August 2012 - 1:59pm
New Forest Cycling Week
More than 200 people attended the 2012 New Forest Cycling Rally.
The event, for cyclists of all ages was at Avon Tyrell, the UK Youth Activity Centre. It is an ideal location in the New Forest, with superb facilities, easy access to delightful forest tracks, country parks and the seaside.
10 August 2012 - 8:01am
The Olympics and me
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.
2 August 2012 - 12:40pm
Essex 2012 Games Legacy
Twenty families and friends enjoyed a fabulous cycle ride on Saturday, organised by CTC Cycle Champions as part of the Essex 2012 Games Legacy programme.
25 July 2012 - 11:03am
Photoshoot at Aston Hill
On Tuesday 24 July, I awoke to a bright and sunny day and could think of no better way to spend it than riding my bike. Thankfully, I had already been asked to ride around Aston Hill for a photoshoot
25 July 2012 - 9:14am
Mixed messages for cycle safety in London
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".