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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!
CTC Anna at Bike Blenheim Palace 2012

The field in front of the palace was lined with stalls showcasing bicycles of all varieties and accessories of many purposes. Animal Bike tour offered a feast for the eyes performing tricks, stunts and somersaults on their bikes throughout the Saturday and a vintage bike carnival toured through the grounds on the Sunday. A favourite London and Bristol-based cycling café Look Mum No Hands supplied bacon baguettes and sumptuous cakes amongst tables of cycle-related posters, prints, caps and collectables.

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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.
GB Olympic cyclists. (Photo: Julie Anne Images)

Some of us have already noticed a difference when we’re out and about.  Is it my imagination, or are drivers giving me a little more space on the road, and showing a little more patience when they want to pass?  We know all about the “safety in numbers” effect – the most important thing the Games can do for us is to get more people out on their bikes, and we’ll all benefit from being more visible.  And when many people get back on their bikes they will alter the way they drive – hopefully for good.

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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.
Anna Cipullo takes on the 500m challenge

On the screen, the ladies of all nations battled it out for Olympic podiums, while on the ground local clubs battle for pride (and a modest medal) in the Watt Bike races.

This, together with the Games on screen, inspired many members of the public to get competitive and try their best to beat the times set out by local clubs. I was one of those attempting to get a good time in the 500 metres sprint, but as you can see from the photo, all I achieved was complete exhaustion and some legs made of jelly.

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Olympic inspiration in Swindon

Hundreds of Swindon residents took to the centre of town, usually a bike-free area, to be a part of the Olympic Cross Country Mountain Bike race on Saturday 11August.
Swindon Olympic Mountain Bike Cycling

CTC Cycling Development Officer, Anna Cipullo, cornered off an open square in the centre of town under a BBC Live Site screen as they broadcast the ladies’ Olympic Cross Country Mountain Bike Race.

Unfortunately, our British rider, Annie Last, did not receive a place on the podium, However, that didn't stop competitors in Swindon.

Local clubs battled for the title of Overall Team Winner in the Watt Bike race.

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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.
The long line of cyclists on the Writtle cyclepath
 
We took the large group on a gentle traffic-free cycle ride from Chelmsford to the beautiful village of Writtle. We had glorious sunshine and great company and the Rose and Crown on Writtle Green made us, our bikes and the kids very welcome.

There is another ride this Saturday, leaving 11am from Colchester Leisure World and heading to Layer de la Haye, so invite your friends to join the fun and bring the kids.

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BMA calls for health to drive transport policy

The British Medical Association's hard-hitting new report on Transport and Health calls for traffic restraint, challenging walking and cycling targets, improved provision for walking and cycling, 20mph speed limits, and health sector action to promote active travel. Will the Government take note?
BMA calls for health, not the economy, to drive transport policy

The British Medical Association's report Healthy Transport = Healthy Lives in many ways echoes what the BMA was calling for in its 1997 report on Road Transport and Health. This time though, they have put the spotlight firmly on the economic costs of car-dominated transport policies, and the huge economic benefits of a healthy and sustainable society.

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Health journal highlights ‘inactivity pandemic’

Health journal The Lancet has highlighted a global inactivity “pandemic”, highlighting both the scale of the problem and the evidence of what works to tackle it.

The current issue of The Lancet made headlines with a series of articles, highlighting the mounting worldwide crisis of physical inactivity.

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Velo-City Vancouver: a report from the international cycling conference

6 July 2012
The Velo-City conference, held 26-29 June in Vancouver, Canada, featured presentations on recent cycling research, examples of successful programmes and policies to promote cycling, and campaigning news from around the world. By former CTC Campaigns Coordinator Debra Rolfe (now living in Vancouver).
Massed hire bikes for Velo-City Vancouver attendees (credit - ECF)

Velo-City is the annual international cycling conference, and therefore attracts a range of people interested in cycling: campaigners, academics, politicians, planners, traffic engineers, and public health practitioners, amongst others. This truly inter-disciplinary event happened 26 – 29 June this year in Vancouver, Canada.

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Cycle casualties increase sharply in 2011

28 June 2012
Figures released today from the Government show that cycle use increased very slightly in 2011, however, the numbers of serious injuries rose markedly. CTC is calling on Government to do more to improve safety.
Reduced traffic policing may be partly behind the rise in casualties

Cycle casualties increased sharply in 2011 compared to the previous year, while deaths and serious injuries also rose for many other road users.

This is now the fifth year in a row that cycle serious injuries have risen, and while cycle use has also increased, the risk of injury has not improved over that period.

Serious injuries to cyclists rose in 16% in 2011, from 2,660 to 3,085. Overall cycle casualties rose by 12%, to 19,215.

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Government devotes an additional £15m to fix junctions

26 June 2012
In the 2012 Budget the Chancellor allocated £15m to fix problem junctions in London. Now another £15m has been found to spend on junctions outside London. The additional funding is a testament to The Times's 'Cities fit for cycling' campaign in the spring.
The Times' #cyclesafe campaign generated 10,000 reports of bad junctions

The Minister in charge of cycling issues, Norman Baker MP, said that the fund will be used to support improvements to junctions with poor safety records. The Department will work with local authorities and the Cycling Stakeholder Forum, on which CTC is represented, to identify the major junctions.

This fund will provide capital support to improve safety at junctions identified as having a record of road incidents that have resulted in cyclists being killed or seriously injured."

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