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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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MPs' Bike Ride and Bike Week launch

MPs and Peers gathered for the annual All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group bike ride from the London Transport Museum to the House of Lords.
Bike Week launch with Tommy Godwin

CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright and CTC Campaigns and Policy Director Roger Geffen joined the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group for the annual ride in central London this week.

Together with Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Norman Baker, 20 MPs and Peers cycled the 3 mile ride from the London Transport Museum to Parliament.

The group got a fantastic send off by the 1948 Olympic medallist, Tommy Godwin now aged 92, who encouraged all the riders to get behind Bike Week and the Samsung Hope Relay Challenge.

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TNT Post starts bike-based postal delivery trial in West London

Just a couple of years after Royal Mail started phasing out their fleet of bikes, private delivery company TNT Post has begun a trial delivering post to households in West London by bike.
Mike Rigby, one of TNT Post's West London posties

Two years ago the Royal Mail announced it would phase out thousands of postal bikes in favour of trolleys and vans.

Although CTC opposed the move, including delivering thousands of CTC members' letters to Royal Mail HQ in protest, many delivery offices have switched over to the new regime.

Now those bikes are coming back - but under postmen and postwomen in a different uniform.

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It is the 'Summer of Cycling'

Imagine if every cyclist persuaded just one friend to take up cycling! Summer of Cycling, which CTC is supporting, is asking cyclists to name a friend and pledge to get them cycling this summer.
Summer of Cycling

CTC's campaign ‘Safety in Numbers’ back in 2009 highlighted how cycling gets safer the more cyclists there are. That is why CTC would love to see cycling levels in the UK double this summer.

Summer of Cycling was launched by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group earlier this year and it brings together CTC, the Bicycle Association and 22 other cycling organisations.

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New Vision for Cycling: Doubling the Benefits

CTC's 'New Vision for Cycling' sets out the benefits which doubling cycling (and halving the risks of cycling) would have.
Over a third of Copenhageners cycle to work - can we achieve the same?

CTC has been promoting cycling at national and local level since 1878 and, after well over a century of campaigning and lobbying, we believe that cycling has never been more relevant than it is today.

Why cycle?

Cycling is fun, fast, flexible, free (well, almost!) and it keeps you fit. You don’t have to pay for a gym and you can save time by getting from A to B while you’re exercising.

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What a weekend for new cyclists in Winchester!

Hundreds of people came to the 'The Six Towns Cycle Roadshow' in Winchester to try out different bikes.
Child in bike trailer

CTC and Hampshire County Council are working in partnership trying to persuade more urban dwellers in the county to get out on their bikes.

Despite the rather uninspiring weather, the event in Winchester attracted 733 people who were keen to have a go on different types of cycles. 

Not only were there KMX carts, an electric powered bike and a tandem, but also a range of quality children's bikes and bikes designed to transport families in real style.

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Investigating the potential health benefits of the Cycling City and Towns

A new report concludes that health impacts can only be generated from the 19% of the population who might take up cycling and who are currently not getting enough exercise to benefit their health. The remaining 81% either are already physically active enough, or say they would never take up cycling.
Promotional interventions need to be carefully targeted to have greatest effect

Although the Cycling Cities and Towns programme ended in 2011, research into its impact is only just beginning. Since most of the economic justification for promoting cycling comes from the associated health benefits of getting sedentary people cycling, the thrust of this new report is that programmes will only be successful if interventions to increase cycling are aimed at the physically inactive.

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