Promotion and Encouragement

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Cake-loving lady cyclists wanted in Scotland…!

After a rainy day in the saddle with the fledgling Edinburgh Belles on Bikes, CTC Cycling Development Officer for Scotland Suzanne Forup needs some help getting more women on their bikes...
Four women on bikes

Yesterday four fairly intrepid Edinburgh Belles braved the January rain with me to launch the start of Belles on Bikes across Scotland.

Despite the dreich (that means cold, damp and miserable for the English speakers) conditions the ladies kept smiling, particularly as we rolled along Portobello Promenade into the Beach House for tea, cake and defrosting…

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Brighton and Hove CTC launch 'Shed Rides' to encourage new members

With over two thirds of bicycles stuck in a garden shed and hardly ever seeing the light of day, the Brighton and Hove CTC Member Group has come up with an ingenious plan to encourage more people to cycle in the New Year.

Members of the Brighton and Hove CTC are introducing the ‘Shed Rides’ aimed at those slightly reluctant cyclists who  have a bike buried under plant pots and half empty tins of paint somewhere in the garden shed.

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Pioneering Black Cyclist remembered during Black History Month

The ‘Major Taylor Century Ride’ takes place in Massachusetts this week. On 6 October, over 100 cyclists will ride up to 100 miles to pay homage to the first African American athlete to achieve World Champion status.
Major Taylor racing in Paris 1908

As CTC marks Black History Month this October, the ride honouring Major Taylor in Massachusetts is very timely.

CTC member and Black sociologist Lionel Anthony originally wrote an article about the legendary cyclist Marshall Walter 'Major' Taylor for the Nottingham CTC newsletter. Lionel is now keen to share the story nationally about the man who won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 and who not only set many more records and travelled the world, but overcame racial discrimination.

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CTC helps out at Watchtree Wheelers

The CTC inclusive cycling officer for the North West has been busy helping out at Watchtree Wheeler's opening event for their new tarmac circuit; Ryan, the manager of the Watchtree Wheelers, arranged for the track to be opened by para-Olympian cyclist Karen Darke.
CTC hand cycle in action at the watchtree wheelers grand opening

CTC's Inclusive Cycling Champion for the North West recently joined forces with Cycling Projects to expand the range of adaptive cycles for people to try out at the opening of the new track for the Watchtree Wheelers at Watchtree Nature Reserve in Cumbria.

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Working at Wyre Wheels lifts Angela’s spirits

This is a really uplifting story of how volunteering for an inclusive project that gets people cycling can have a profound effect on health and wellbeing, even without taking part in much actual cycling!
Angela's favourite bike

As part of my work as CTC Inclusive Cycling Officer for the North West, I recently went to Fleetwood to collect case studies from one of the projects CTC are working with. Thanks to Adam Hollet, the Sports Co-ordinator at Wyre BC, I met some really great volunteers and got some great case studies. This one was particularly uplifting and for me it illustrates perfectly the wider benefits of community cycling activities and why they should be supported and developed.

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How to encourage cycling at schools with anti-cycling policies

If your child's school is trying to ban or discourage cycling, this guide is designed to help overcome the most common barriers. It's mainly for parents, but we hope it'll also be useful for teachers, heads, governors, local authorities, after-school programmes and, of course, children.
Don't stop kids from cycling to school

There is plenty of information available on how to promote cycling at schools that already have a positive outlook (you can learn more about this in the 'Working with the Willing' section). This campaigning kit, however, is primarily to help people who are trying to change the attitudes of obstructive schools.

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Social justice and cycling - notes from the Youth Bike Summit in New York

As I was in the right city at the right time, I spent a snowy Saturday in February at the Youth Bike Summit in New York. I was delighted by the spark of the conference and by the huge show of projects and people – 484 people from 25 states, apparently.
Group photo from the Youth Bike Summit 2014

A lot of the conversation I joined was about equity and cycling, and I was struck by how many projects merge cycling and social justice, - or, actually, don't merge them, but treat them as if they were never separate.  (A few projects and links below.) 

This felt different from my experience in England. I think it reflects the foundation of the summit, born from looking around the US’s National Bike Summit and realising that the activists and advocates assembled looked a lot like the Congress they were trying to influence. 

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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 by boosting trainees’ riding skills and confidence, particularly in imperfect cycling conditions. It also grounds them in the rules of the road.
  • Cycle training should be widely available not just for young children, but also for teenagers (i.e. as they become more independent and start using busier roads). It should also be readily accessible to adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to help them discover cycling, or overcome their fears about rediscovering 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.
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’. 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.

 

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February 2014

Cycle Chilterns summer Bikeability sessions give children more confidence!

Last summer, 37 children took part in a successful series of Bikeability courses run by the Cycle Chilterns project. The courses took place over two weeks in Tring and Amersham.
Morning Bikeability level 1 session at Amersham

For those of you not familiar with Bikeability, it is the new 'cycling proficiency'. Two levels were offered during the week, with Level 1 covering basic bike skills in a playground and Level 2 covering road skills. The course aims to give children more confidence and awareness of being on the road.

Many parents signed up for the course to give them a bit of peace of mind for when their children cycle with their friends on the road, arming them with the right skills and increasing their awareness.

Boathouse Youth Blackpool

Back in 2009, the CTC community cycling offering was in its infancy and Boathouse Youth (BHY) was just beginning its work in the deprived community of South Shore, Blackpool, an area which is in the worst 1% of most deprived wards in the country.
Blackpool Boathouse Youth

Our Cycling Development Officer,  funded by the Department for Transport, was able to work with the staff at BHY to devise a programme of activities that would capture the interest of the young people and provide them with a fun and healthy activity which they could engage in straight from the youth centre door.  The programme was delivered in conjunction with local partners including British Cycling and the local council's Cycle Blackpool programme.

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