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Merthyr Tydfil Bike Club video

Young reporters in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales make a video about their Bike Club and why they like cycling.

Young People in Merthyr Tydfil have gained valuable experience in becoming reporters through the training given by Makewaves. They made a video about their Bike Club.

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Blooming success at Southport Flower Show

Providing information and collecting tourists' views on cycling in Sefton and West Lancashire.
Sefton & West Lancs VISIT Project promotion at Southport Flower Show

On first impression it might seem like an unusual alliance between a horticultural show in a Northern seaside town and the national cycling charity but as a once famous TV show stated – ‘The clues are there’.

Sefton and West Lancashire councils VISIT Project is funded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), VISIT (Visitors In Sustainable Integrated Transport) has a  focus on bringing tourists into the area's attractions by cycling and walking.

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New figures on local cycle use are "a powerful tool for measuring progress"

CTC has welcomed new figures showing how much walking and cycling is being done regularly around England by adults. This data, now being collected thanks to CTC's campaigning, will soon prove invaluable for measuring which local authorities are successfully raising cycle use locally.
Commuters in London

Overall, 15% of adults in England cycled at least once a month. Rates were highest in the South East (18%) and lowest in the West Midlands (12%).

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to Editors: 

1. The new figures have been collected through Sport England's Active People Survey. Previously, this survey had specifically excluded cycling that was not sport or recreational cycling. The opportunity was therefore being missed to collect some vitally important data about levels of day-to-day cycle use (e.g. for work, school or shopping trips) via a survey large enough to allow comparisons to be made of cycle use at a local level.

This has now been rectified, thanks to CTC's campaigning. In future years, these data will prove invaluable for showing which authorities are proving successful in their efforts to boost cycle use locally.

2. Local authorities now have a new duty, under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, to take steps to improve the health of their populations. Meanwhile, recent Government guidelines on physical activity recommend that adults should undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. Regular cycling is one of the best ways to enable people to integrate regular physical activity into their day-to-day lives.

3. See also CTC's campaigns briefings on health and on local transport policies to promote cycling.

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Cycle Logistics

Is it really possible and practical to transport freight by cycle? CTC is involved in a european project to encourage more businesses to deliver by bike and trike.
Cyclist tranporting shopping

CTC is part of a consortium involved in the European CycleLogistics project. It is  supported by Intelligent Energy Europe and the overall aims are to achieve a reduction in energy used in urban freight transport and to also help Cycle Logistics become a credible transport solution.

The three main areas CycleLogistics will target are:

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CTC show off at the Bike Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and his family, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This year, it was home to a festival of cycling, and what a display it was!
CTC Anna at Bike Blenheim Palace 2012

The field in front of the palace was lined with stalls showcasing bicycles of all varieties and accessories of many purposes. Animal Bike tour offered a feast for the eyes performing tricks, stunts and somersaults on their bikes throughout the Saturday and a vintage bike carnival toured through the grounds on the Sunday. A favourite London and Bristol-based cycling café Look Mum No Hands supplied bacon baguettes and sumptuous cakes amongst tables of cycle-related posters, prints, caps and collectables.

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The Olympics and me

Just a few seconds into watching the Olympics and I can’t help rewinding to sports and games at school, but before I tell you whether my mind finds any pleasure in these reflections, I must state that I’m all for physical activity as part of school-life and wish it well.
Wiggins winning the Olympics Time Trial

My memories, however, go like this:

“Didn’t you see that, Cherry?”
“See what?”
“The ball! Look!”
“What ball? You mean this involves a ball? Where? Oh, there! Ouch!”

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New back-to-cycling refresher sessions for Colchester

CTC in Colchester launches cycle refresher training sessions for adults.
Richard Monk helps a youngster to ride his bike

CTC Cycle Champions in Colchester has launched refresher cycle training and confidence sessions as part of a programme of cycling funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

Anyone can book on the regular sessions and the first two sessions are free!

They take place on:

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Cycle-friendly schools and colleges (CTC views)

Schools and colleges should encourage cycling because it's good both for children and for the local and wider environment.
Children cycling to school
Headline Messages: 
  • Cycling to school or college helps pupils develop their physical health and fitness; their confidence, independence and sense of self worth; and their navigational and roadcraft skills. It also helps tackle local congestion, pollution and road danger created by the school run.
  • Travel for education contributes significantly to peak time traffic at about 29% of trips between 8 and 9 am in Great Britain , with an additional 18% escorting others to education. Only around 1% of trips for education purposes is cycled. 
  •  Involving pupils, parents, teachers and school governors in constructive joint action to make the trips they generate more sustainable can unite a school community and provide a learning experience in social and environmental responsibility and project management.
  • Cycling is a skill for life. Encouraging as many children as possible to see it as viable transport helps ward off car dependency later in life, and contributes to reducing future traffic volume.

 

CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 
  • Involving the whole school community (pupils, teachers, governors and parents), schools and colleges should:
    • Actively recognise the health, social, environmental and educational benefits of encouraging students and staff to cycle.
    • Develop, act on and monitor School Travel Plans that have cycling at their core; and publish pro-cycling policies.
    • Arrange for Bikeability training and other activities to promote safe, fun and responsible cycling.
    • Provide high quality facilities for pupils who cycle (e.g. parking, lockers for equipment etc).
    • Remove all barriers to cycling (e.g. bans on parking cycles on the premises).
    • Not impose restrictions on those who do cycle (e.g. a requirement to wear cycle helmets).
    • Work with the local highways authority to improve road safety in the area.
  • Local authorities should:
    • Work positively with schools/colleges about cycling and offer resources to help them develop their Travel Plans.
    • Jointly identify hostile conditions on local roads and treat them to help make cycling to and from school/college as hazard-free, attractive and convenient as possible (e.g. by introducing 20mph speed limits, providing safe cycling links etc).
    • School inspections and self-evaluations should assess the measures that school/colleges take to encourage active travel and reduce the impact they have on traffic volumes and road danger. 
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Publication Date: 
July 2012
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CTC supports Sefton & West Lancs VISIT Project

The VISIT Project is a partnership project between Sefton and West Lancashire Councils with support from Community Voluntary Services and CTC. The project will encourage cycling to tourist attractions and leisure cycling.
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The VISIT (Visitors In Sustainable Integrated Transport) project area contains many attractions including the resort of Southport, the Anthony Gormley Statues (Iron Men - 'Another Place'), Marshside RSPB Reserve, Martin Mere, Ru

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Health journal highlights ‘inactivity pandemic’

Health journal The Lancet has highlighted a global inactivity “pandemic”, highlighting both the scale of the problem and the evidence of what works to tackle it.

The current issue of The Lancet made headlines with a series of articles, highlighting the mounting worldwide crisis of physical inactivity.

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