Promotion and Encouragement

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Glasgow Cycle Festival

CTC’s Assistant Head of Development in Scotland loves a festival - the mud, the camping and the avoidance of washing - so this year she’s managed to get involved with organising two. One of them, the Glasgow Cycle Festival, kicks off this Friday with a leisurely bike ride to the WEST brewery!
Glasgow Cycle Festival logo

Nearly a year ago I sat in the ‘office’ - a shipping container with a sofa - at Free Wheel North with three cycling colleagues eating cherries as we airily suggested ideas for our yet un-named cycling festival. We didn't have any money and it wasn't in anyone's work plan. But we didn't let that stop us. One funding bid, a lot more talking and a whole load of work later the first Glasgow Cycle Festival is about to launch...

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The Women's Tour - does racing turn anyone on to cycling?

On a soggy day I milled in the rain for two hours with cold, soaked kids to watch the Women’s Tour - and to my utter amazement it was worth it!
Children from Barley Croft school getting inside knowledge

The Women’s Tour of Britain passed within 5 miles of my home this week and I had decided I wasn’t going to bother watching it.  It’s hard to over (under?) estimate the degree to which I don’t care about competitive sport, cycling included.

I’m not sure I have the language for my degree of disinterest.  No matter how much I like doing something in my daily life or admire it in yours, the minute you add competition, you’ve lost me.

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Lancashire Campaign to appeal to the local council for the introduction of a new cycle system

A CTC-member keen to back the CTC-fight, has linked up with a local Dynamo Group to lobby their local Council to persuade them to install a new public-backed cycle routing system.
One of the locations that a Lancashire campaigner is looking to be opened up

Lancashire-CTC-Campaigner - Paul Stubbins, has joined forces with  Lancashire and District Cycle Campaign (LDCC), to rally Lancashire County Council (LCC) to provide safer routes for cyclists. Paul told of how locals were all for his proposed improvements.

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Women only Trail Mountain Bike Leader course

15 April 2014
CTC are running a women only Trail Leader Award course at Young Bristol in June, so here's your chance to get on the right course, with the right Trainer - Sally Berry - and enjoy it from start to finish!
Woman riding over a slope on a mountain bike

Clear your diary for the 13-15 June and come with us to achieve your Trail Leader Award in Bristol.  It's a great venue, with lovely riding and the course will be shaped around your needs, experiences and future desires.  See where the Trail Leader course led previous participant Sharon Harrod.

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Get your kids active this summer

As report after report says we are facing an obesity epidemic, many parents are finding it difficult to get their children off the sofa. If you need some ideas check out CTC's range of family-friendly rides and events.
Family cycling by Simon Brooke-Webb

Cycling in the great outdoors is not only healthy and fun, it's something all the family can do together. CTC has a wide range of events and rides that are perfect for mum, dad, the children - and granny and grandad too! - so check out our selection of some of the best we have to offer:

Cycling rallies in the summer holidays

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The Census and cycle commuting - new report out

A new report from the Office for National Statistics, issued today, confirms which authorities are getting it right for cycle commuting - and which ones aren't.
Cycling in London is booming

Happily, the report confirms that 90,000 more people commuted by cycle to work in England and Wales in 2011 than in 2001. The data, collected from the last Census, also show that between 2001 and 2011, the number of people living in London who cycled to work more than doubled from 77,000 in 2001 to 155,000 in 2011.

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Let's give it up for cycling!

When we asked CycleClips readers if they had given up their cars for Lent, like CTC member the Bishop of Ramsbury, we weren't sure what to expect. However, many of you wrote in to share your experiences. Here's a selection...
Cyclists on a city street
  • "When I went on the pre-Copenhagen climate march, in I think 2010, one of the other marchers told me that she and her family had, for Lent, given up driving between Nailsea and Backwell, south of Bristol. The experience turned out to be so positive, that cycling became their routine way of travel between the two locations. I think there is a Sustrans route between the Nailsea and Backwell." R. Hancock

 

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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 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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