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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.

CTC delivers a Ride Managers' Course in Reading to the Public Sector

CTC has developed a course for people looking to organise their own cycle rides in their sectors of work. This is a report of the course we delivered in Reading.

This course was delivered to people who work in the public sectors in Reading.

It was designed to give the participants the skills needed to organise and run group cycle rides in their given sector of work, ensuring that they have the capability to go out and lead their own rides safely, with confidence and knowledge.

The skills taught include:

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Free bike safety checks in the Chilterns this winter

Cycle Chilterns will be running a number of free bike safety check sessions at town markets and train stations across the Chilterns this winter.
Free bike safety checks from Dr Bike

To help keep your bike running smoothly and safely this winter we will be holding regular Dr Bike sessions at a variety of locations across the Chilterns. During each session a qualified mechanic from a local bike shop will perform a free, basic bike safety check while you wait.

Basic bike maintenance is important at any time of year, but particularly during winter when weather conditions, dirt and grit on the road can cause problems with brakes and gears much quicker than in the dry summer months.

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Inspiring women from the saddle - Glasgow Women's Library

CTC's Cycle Development Officer in Scotland, Suzanne Forup, is hoping that CTC will be able to fill a new shelf at the Glasgow Women's Library - with books by female cycle authors.
Paperback edition of Two Wheels in the Dust

Last week marked the 4th anniversary of the death of Anne Mustoe, ex-headmistress and intrepid cycle traveller. Her travels by bike started in 1987, when she embarked on a round-the-world trip. She wasn't slim or sporty, and couldn't fix a puncture.

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CTC's 'Bard on a Bike' helps get Rochdale cycling.

With the 40km Connect2 network well established around Rochdale, CTC’s local Cycling Development Officer Seamus Kelly decided to use poetry to revive interest in cycling along the routes.
The Larks poem by CTC Development Officer and poet Seamus Kelly

Seamus, a writer and poet in his spare time, came up with the initial concept  to display some poetry along the pathways and shared the idea with colleagues in the council and local arts groups. The Library Service, through the Maskew Bequest offered funding for the project and along with match funding from Cartwheel Arts, the idea of displaying poems on the routes became a realistic possibility.

How to change someone's life - cycle training Oxford undergraduates

After local MP Nicola Blackwood questioned the lack of cycle training for new students at Oxford during the 'Get Britain Cycling' debate last August, CTC stepped in to offer a day of free sessions for freshers.
Student and cycle instructor

Recruiting people for cycle training is harder than you might imagine. Which is strange when you consider that there can’t be many other human activities that people do without training: swimming, riding a horse, driving a car – would you attempt any of these without being shown how to by an expert first? Often the ones that could do with cycle training the most don’t  take it, even if it’s offered for free. The exceptions are usually women who are nervous riders but realise that a bit of instruction can help build confidence.

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Could you be a Ted?

Cycling Development Officer in Scotland, Suzanne Forup, is looking for CTC members in Dumfries and Galloway to help children and young people discover the joy of cycling. You don’t really have to be called Ted…
Portwilliam Cycling Group

Ted Norfolk, CTC member in Dumfries and Galloway is creating a cycling revolution in his area. Ted is no stranger to cycling success - riding as a GB Cyclo Cross international rider in the 1960’s and then moving into coaching in the 1980’s. He worked with the English Schools Cycling Association as a coach and trainer, as well as for Hampshire and Berkshire schools. Ted also worked alongside the GB Cyclo Cross team as a squad coach, mechanic and team manager in the late 1980’s.

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Parent and Child Cycle Training in Reading

In order to encourage parents and children to cycle together, CTC and Reading Borough Council are offering parent and child cycle training to improve their cycling confidence.
Learn to cycle as a family on those short journeys

CTC and Reading Borough Council offer Parent and Child Cycle Training sessions to improve the cycling ability of both parents and children.

Sessions begin at Palmer Park and continue throughout the roads in Wokingham, so the experience gives parents and children practical experience on both quiet and busy roads.

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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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Pedalling through the barriers to cycling

Lorraine Stone, our Fundraising Officer, writes about her journey back to cycling, thanks to a CTC project with her local council.
Advice during cycle training

Being somewhat of a scaredy cat, and living on a rather off-putting 'Big Hill', I admit to being a lapsed cyclist. Living only a short walk (downhill!) to my local town, not possessing a cycle carrier for our car, and residing around 25 miles (along a very busy ‘A’ road) from my place of work, are just some of the excuses I've trotted out to preserve the status quo.

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