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Bikes out the shed and into the Scottish sunshine!

Belles on Bikes - supporting women in Scotland to cycle for leisure, transport and sport
Mechanics Abbi and Katy with a happy customer

Bike Club Scotland’s Belles on Bikes project got hundreds of young people on bikes at the weekend, in the glorious sunshine at Leith Festival Gala Day in Edinburgh.

The timber skills trails were a huge success with children and parents; children tackled the course on scoots, balance bikes and a range of borrowed cycles whilst parents chatted with CTC staff and volunteers. Our mechanics, Katy and Abbi, were busy all day adjusting bikes, fixing minor ailments and showing other women how to keep their bikes on the road.

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Inclusive Cycling gets just over half a million Big Lottery Fund boost

30 May 2013
CTC is delighted to have been awarded £590,000 from Big Lottery Fund to enable over 1000 more people with disabilities to enjoy cycling.
Zara enjoying a Sheffield Freedom Disability Cycling Day

The charity will now set up a network of Inclusive Cycling Champions to build on the work that CTC already does to enable people with disabilities to enjoy cycling. The project will run for 2 years.

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Get Britain Cycling report recommends £10 per head, per year funding for cycling

Six weeks of oral evidence, hundreds of written pages, and the report is out. CTC welcomes its publication and urges the Government to implement its 18 recommendations
Chris Boardman, MP Julian Huppert, Dr Sarah Wollaston and Ian Austin

CTC, the national cycling charity, is calling on David Cameron to act on the report, which calls for 10 per cent of journeys in Britain to be made by cycle by 2025 – the current figure is less than 2 per cent.

It has also called for central government spending of at least £10 per head of population per year to boost cycle use, increasing as cycle use rises. London has recently announced plans to spend £12.50 per person per year over the next 10 years, whilst the Dutch are spending around £24 per person per year.

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Let CTC help your cycling group move up a gear!

Are you one of CTC’s valued volunteers and active within a local group? Would you like to share the secrets of your success with others? Would you like some help to resolve issues affecting your group?
Riders from Cycle Bristol

For the first time, CTC is using its AGM at Guisborough, North Yorkshire on Saturday 11 May 2013 as the chance to provide support to volunteers.  CTC Member Groups and Affiliated Clubs are invited to come along to a special networking event before the  AGM in the afternoon. 

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Building a better future for university students

The Building a Better Future for Young People initiative gives two University of Reading students experience of promoting cycling. Megan Hardeman explains how working with CTC is helping to improve her CV.

It's not often that an opportunity comes knocking that allows you to use a variety of skills and interests to lend a hand to a great cause - whilst also boosting your CV.  When such an opportunity came up I jumped at it.

As Communications Officer for Cycling Development in Reading, I'm responsible for documenting and advertising events that the charity puts on throughout our community by using my journalism and marketing skills.

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Enter a new health and fitness study to win £100 in vouchers

Researchers from University College London are asking for your help to learn more about cycling and health by entering a new study.
UCL researchers are launching a study into the effects of cycling on health

This may be the first time you have entered a scientific study, or it may be one of many. Either way, it’s natural to have questions.

Who is running the study?

University College London, in collaboration with CTC, is undertaking the largest most comprehensive study into the effect of cycling fitness on health and disease in the UK population.

What are we trying to find out?

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Free cycle training in West Yorkshire!

David Hall from West Yorkshire has benefited from free adult cycle training and now he is such a confident cyclist he's getting ready to ride the 'Way of the Roses'.
Way of the Roses sign

CTC's Cycling Development Officer for West Yorkshire Ginny Leonard was contacted by David Hall in the summer of 2012, he had never had the opportunity to learn to ride a bike. Being over the age of 40 David told Ginny he lacked confidence in his ability to ride a bike and after he had taken a tumble,  he thought he never would ride a bike. However, with support from CTC David decided to give cycling one more go.

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CTC supports Greater Manchester Cycle Commuter Project

Seamus Kelly, Cycling Development Officer, is working with TFGM's cycling team to support business engagement and community development programmes.
Cyclists riding through a park in central Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) established a cycling team as part of their ambitious Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) programme.

The cycling elements of the programme include hard measures, such as secure parking facilities at purpose-built cycling hubs and cycle storage grants to businesses, and soft measures such as cycle training, events, group rides and try-a-bike sessions. 

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Young people are driving less

The number of driving licence holders in Britain has fallen for the first time in decades, according to the National Travel Survey. The biggest changes, however, are in the different age groups. Fewer young people are obtaining licences, but the number of older people with licences is growing.
Fewer young people are learning to drive

Since 1975 the number of drivers' licence holders has risen by 81% - from 19m licenced drivers to 35m in 2010.

Access to ever increasing numbers of cars and the consequent reshaping of people's lives to make them dependent on them is one of the chief reasons why cycling levels have remained virtually static since the mid twentieth century.

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Surge in cycle use in 2011

Cycle use increased by 15% in 2011, according to new data from the Department for Transport. This contradicts earlier figures that had seemed to suggest static cycling levels last year. Growth was particularly strong among young and middle-aged men.
Young and middle aged men show the biggest increase

The data, published as part of the National Travel Survey, show that Britons now cycle 49 miles per person, per year, more than at any time in the last 20 years. 

The increase is particularly marked because the Survey had shown a slight drop in 2010, possibly due to seasonal factors - there were two months of snow cover over much of the UK in 2010. 

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