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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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Rained off? Southwold en Bici Bike Club turn to turbo trainers

What can an after school Bike Club do if the weather is really bad? A primary school in Hackney has the perfect solution to keep the group meeting and their Bike Club's wheels turning.
Southwold en Bici Bike Club member, Bose, turbo training.

As I cycled up the canal towpath network from Canary Wharf to Hackney, to see Southwold en Bici Bike Club in action, the heavens opened giving me a good and proper soaking.

The path got very slippery, I applied my brakes with caution and greatly reduced my speed. I expected that the session would be cancelled due to the exceptionally bad weather.

However, the after-school Bike Club at Southwold School did not let the torrential downpours dampen their spirits, they all wanted to ride.

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UK bike sales expected to reach all time high

A new report from Mintel predicts sales of bikes will reach an all time high in 2012 - with the market set to grow by a further 8% on 2011 to reach £700 million this year.
CTC Ride to the Pies Sportive in Dorset

Every year Mintel produce a report on bicycles in the UK, and interview 2000 people about their thoughts and attitudes to cycling.

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Promoting cycling in the health sector

Nowadays most people know how important it is to encourage active lifestyles rather than heap precious resources on treating disease caused by inactivity. The NHS has a vital role here - not just as a health provider, but as a huge employer.
Cyclists

Arguably, the NHS has the strongest motivation of all to promote physical activity for the sake of public health and public resources. Our briefing on promoting cycling in the health sector provides a check-list for providers on how to become a cycle-friendly employer, and how (and why) to encourage people in their care to take up the activity.

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High prices fuel cycling in Southampton

Are petrol and diesel prices fuelling a rise in cycling? Research by Southampton University reveals a third of cyclists in the city are cycling more to avoid paying at the pump.
Petrol Pump: Copyright Ruslan Semichev 2012, Shutterstock

Back in 2008, CTC predicted that sharp increases in fuel prices would mean dramatic rises in the number of people cycling. Now, new research by Southampton University has revealed that two-thirds of people are cycling more frequently than they were three years ago and one-third say that is due to the rising price of fuel.

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