Promotion and Encouragement

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Slaying the myths

Yesterday BBC Radio 4’s “You and Yours” asked listeners whether cyclists should take a test, have number plates and insurance. CTC campaigner, Sam Jones seeks to slay these myths.
Perseus triumphant with Medusa head - Vatican City CC Monitotxi

It’s a great shame that the BBC appears to be building a reputation of having an anti-cyclist stance. Last November, BBC Breakfast ran its series “Cycling - The Road Ahead”. It turned out to be a missed opportunity for the BBC to broadcast a meaningful debate, that might have corrected the wider public which frequently and sadly is misinformed about cycling.

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Cycle training

Cycle training is a very effective way to encourage more people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to cycle. It boosts skills and confidence, particularly in imperfect conditions, and teaches the rules of the road.
Cycle training at school
Headline Messages: 
  • Cycle training is a very effective way to encourage more people to cycle. It boosts trainees’ riding skills and confidence, particularly in imperfect cycling conditions, and also grounds them in the rules of the road.
  • Widely available cycle training benefits not just young children, but also teenagers as they become more independent and start using busier roads. It can also encourage adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to discover cycling for the first time, or help them overcome any fears they have if they decide they’d like to rediscover it later in life.
  • By improving trainees’ road skills, cycle training could also affect how quickly teenagers and others learn to drive and enhance their ability to manage the risks both to themselves and to others with whom they share the roads.
  • Cycle training could also play a role in tackling offending cycling, in the same way that driver training is used as a remedial response for acts of unlawful driving.
Key facts: 
  • In a 2010 survey, 93% of parents whose children had been ‘Bikeability’ trained said that it had a positive impact on their child’s on-road cycling safety; the survey also found that, post-training, 93% of children felt more confident about cycling in general.
  • Children who have received Bikeability Level 2 training are more confident and significantly better able to perceive a hazard on the road and respond appropriately than untrained pupils of the same age.
  • A Cambridge survey found that 13% more trained than untrained pupils reported ‘normal frequent cycling’ to school; and that 37% of untrained pupils cycled on pavements, cycle paths or lanes separated from traffic, but only 10% of trained pupils did the same.
  • The benefits of providing cycle training for all ages outweigh the costs by at least 7.4 to 1.
  • In 2007-08, English local authorities between them claimed about £1 million from the Government to fund 27,000 Bikeability training places; in 2013-14, they claimed almost £9 million to deliver 231,859 million places.
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 
  • Cycle training in the UK should comply with the National Standard. This represents best practice because it introduces trainees to real-life, on-road conditions, helping to equip adults and children with the skills they need to ride confidently in today’s traffic.
  • National government should establish and fund a national target to give every child the opportunity to take part in ‘Bikeability’[i]. Children should be offered training at least to Level 2 free of charge before they leave school/college. The best way to guarantee this is to include Bikeability in the curriculum for all schools.
  • Local authorities should support and encourage all schools to organise age-appropriate Bikeability training. They should also offer inclusive programmes to help people with disabilities reach National Standard outcomes, Bikeability courses for adults and special groups, and joint parent/child training classes.
  • Providing cycle training is one of the most important ways in which schools and workplaces can directly encourage people to cycle and help realise the many benefits of increased local cycle use.
  • The Government should require local authorities and schools to collect data directly from pupils on the impact of Bikeability training, and provide the tools to do this.
  • Integrating cycle awareness and cycle training itself into driver instruction and testing would promote better understanding between cyclists and other road users and contribute to road safety objectives. It should also become a compulsory element of the professional training/qualifying process for the drivers of large vehicles (lorries, buses, coaches etc.).
  • Disqualified and offending drivers should be offered a course of cycle training to improve their driving behaviour and encourage them to use a cycle for their transport needs during and after their period of disqualification. The police and courts should also have the power to require drivers who have been convicted of offences involving cyclists to participate in such a course.
  • The Government should commission and fund comprehensive, long-term research into how quickly Bikeability trainees subsequently learn to drive and how safe they prove to be once qualified. Motor insurers should also consider offering discounts to those who have completed Level 3 Bikeability.
  • National government should continue to maintain/support: the National Standard; the training of National Standard Instructors (NSIs); regular reviews; quality assurance processes and registration systems; and an accessible national database of qualified NSIs.



[i] ‘Bikeability’ is the brand name for certain cycle training courses that conform to the National Standard. Some instructors offer National Standard training that is not publicised as ‘Bikeability’.


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May 2015
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How to stop your bike from being stolen

More than 376,000 bicycles are stolen every year in England and Wales alone, so it is really important that you know how to protect your bike. CTC's Victoria Hazael takes a look at what you can do to make it as difficult as possible for a thief to cycle away with your precious steed.
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Bike security is a serious concern for cyclists and anyone who's thinking of taking up cycling - thousands of machines are stolen every year: 376,000, in fact, from April 2013-March 2014 in England and Wales.

There has been a slight decrease in bicycle theft recently, but the number of thefts of or from motor vehicles has been falling steadily, and much more steeply, for years. 

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New Inclusive cycling group goes from strength to strength

Cycling4All Shropshire is a new inclusive cycling group. With help from CTC, the group has spread its wings and is now flying solo. CTC's Jayne Rodgers explains how the group is choosing a new logo.

They have grown and developed - new group members, WFA family sessions, a site being improved for adaptive cycles to use and increased storage. Now they need a logo. 

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Easter eggs, cycling and burning calories

Cycling is great exercise and an excellent way to burn off any extra calories you may consume over the Easter weekend. But how long will you have to cycle for? Take a look at our handy guide to cycling off your Easter treats.
Hot Cross Buns by Gerry Knight

How many calories do you burn cycling?  It is a tricky question to answer as it depends on your height and weight and the speed you are going. If you need to lose a few pounds, take heart -  the heavier you are the more energy is required to cycle, so the more calories you burn.

The intensity of your cycling will also have an impact on how many calories you burn, and how long you ride for will also make a difference. 

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L'Eroica & CTC Heritage Jersey Rider Package

Don't miss your opportunity to cycle back in time at this year's L'Eroica Britannia in Derbyshire's magnificent peaks with Team CTC. There are 25 places available and each rider will receive a CTC heritage jersey.
L'Eroica Britannia rider places CTC

CTC has a limited number of rider places up for grabs at this years L'Eroica Britannia . We are offering you a chance to ride for the oldest cycling organisation in the UK. 

We are offering members the opportunity to come and explore of some of the most beautiful countryside, cycling through World class heritage sites and areas of outstanding beauty.


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Ride for Team CTC in this year's Prudential RideLondon

If you didn't get a place allocated to you from this year's Prudential RideLondon London - Surrey 100 ballot don't worry! Your chance to get in the saddle is still possible with Team CTC.
CTC Crew RideLondon Ride Places

Would you like to be part of the iconic Prudential Ride London-Surrey100 2015?

CTC has a limited number of guaranteed places for this spectacular event, taking place on Sunday 2 August 2015.

To take your place in Team CTC, please enter our ballot for places. We ask you to commit to a minimum raise £300 for CTC. You’ll need to pay an entry fee of £100

As part of the CTC Team for this event, you’ll get:

-        A CTC shirt (once you’ve raised over £100)

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Berwick Cyclists

Exploring England and Scotland by bicycle in a day couldn't be easier, as Tony Houghton CTC member and founder of CTC group Berwick Cyclists explains in his new booklet 'Five Cycle Rides from Berwick upon Tweed'.
Berwick Cyclist's

CTC member Tony Houghton, founder of recently-formed Berwick Cyclists, an affiliate group of CTC,  has been championing cycling on both sides of the English/Scottish border for many years. The new group is setting a precedent in promoting cycling in the local area. A recent article in the local paper has elevated the group's profile and is making local cyclists sit up in their saddles and join in his rallying call to make cycling a larger part of the Berwick community and economy. 

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Electric bikes set to put spring in your step in the Chilterns

24 March 2015
CTC is giving cycling in the Chilterns a boost this spring with electric bikes, a new cycle hire fleet and rides galore packed into a new cycling guide. Sara Randle shines a light on the Cycle Chilterns Bike Hub in Great Missenden.
Health Rides - great for all ages and abilities

CTC’s cycling development project, Cycle Chilterns, has partnered with local business, The Bicycle Workshop, to provide electric and hybrid bikes and create a new and much-needed cycle hire centre in the Chilterns.


To encourage people to give electric bikes a go, from 25th March to the end of April, you can hire one for £5 or free with a valid bus or train ticket or season ticket. The national cycling charity, has also given Lovelo in Berkhamsted two e-bikes and will be running the same special offer.


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Should children cycle on the pavement?

A police officer in Lincolnshire reportedly threatened to confiscate a four-year-old girl's bicycle because she was cycling on the pavement. CTC's Victoria Hazael explains where the law stands on children cycling on the pavement.
A four-year old girl cycling in the park

As a mum of a four-year-old who regularly cycles on the pavement, I must confess I was really shocked when I read the report in Grantham Journal, that four-year-old Sophie Lindley was stopped by Lincolnshire Police as she was cycling to school on the pavement.

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