Promotion and Encouragement

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How to plan a cycle route to work

Cycling to work is growing in popularity in the UK. You'll save time, money and stress when you free yourself from the daily grind of parking penalties and petrol prices. But how can you find a suitable route?
Riding to work allows time to take in the sights

When you first start, you may want to use the most direct route as you’ll be worried about arriving with enough time to catch your breath before settling down to a hard day’s graft. But in time, you’ll realise that one of the major benefits of pedalling in is that your commuting time is nearly always predictable – and you will never be late because of ‘leaves on the line’ or a broken down vehicle on the motorway.

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Government backs initiative to encourage cycling to work

With the roads getting ever more clogged with motorised traffic and the population getting fatter, the government is keen to encourage employees to cycle to work. Businesses that want to encourage it too can now sign up to 'businesscycle', a scheme that replaces the Cycle to Work Guarantee.
Man in suit riding to work

businesscycle  is a resource that employers can access to encourage more of their staff to ride bikes to the workplace. There will be various benefits on offer such as discounts on cycle parking, as well as advice and information on best practice. Membership is free for any organisations that wish to participate.


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Top ten tips for cycling in traffic

In today's busy road conditions, what you may have learned years ago in the playground for your Cycling Proficiency badge just doesn't cut it. Update your cycling skills with our top ten tips.
A cycle commuter keeps an eye on overtaking traffic

Don’t hide on the inside

Never undertake a lorry on the left hand side, especially if you are at a junction.

Don’t do this even if there is a cycle lane and an advanced stop line tempting you to sneak through to the front of a queue of traffic. Remember, you are in the driver’s blind spot and if the vehicle turns, you will have no escape. Far better to wait a few seconds behind the HGV than risk being crushed.

Amanda pedals through the pain of CRPS

Not so long ago, our Swindon Champion, Anna Cipullo, wrote a blog about Amanda Nelson detailing a strong independent women determined to battle through complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in order to continue cycling.
Amanda Nelson prepares for LEJOG

Unfortunately the complexity of Amanda’s health issues have increased, and yet so has her determination to remain a cyclist. Amanda says: “In terms of my health, my pain levels have increased tenfold since I have started cycling but emotionally I am so much better. The latter certainly helps me to cope with the pain. I get such a buzz from cycling that I have no intentions of quitting no matter how bad my pain becomes.”

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New MTB trails at Beecraigs Country Park

Beecraigs is a small country park with big potential. Mountain bikers have been using the park for many years, so it was inevitable that a time would come when some upgrades and maintenance to the existing network of trails would be required - so they called in CTC's Ian Warby.
Beecraigs Volunteers

Located in Scotland’s central belt between Edinburgh and Glasgow,  Beecraigs is a small country park with big potential. The park has recently been awarded some funding from the Criminal Justice Service, this money will help improve the facilities and offer an enhanced experience for all park visitors.


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Cycletopia includes 15 real life examples of good schemes to promote cycling
CTC's Cycletopia is made up of real life examples of what can be done to make Britain's towns and cities more cycle friendly, combined in a single image.
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Cycletopia – turning cycling dreams into reality

CTC, the national cycling charity has created ‘Cycletopia’ – an imaginary town made up of 15 real life examples in the UK of the best ways to promote, protect and inspire cycling.
Cycletopia includes 15 real life examples of good schemes to promote cycling

CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said: “Great Britain proved this summer we have the best cyclists in the world. Now, we need to create towns and cities that are world class for cycling. There are already great things being done right here in the UK to improve cycling; they just need to happen across all our towns and cities. Cycletopia aims to help every local authority learn from what other places are doing to increase the numbers of cyclists and reduce traffic congestion.”

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to Editors: 

An interactive map of Cycletopia can be found on CTC’s website:

High resolution and detailed images of Cycletopia are also available from CTC Press Office.

Cycletopia is drawn by the cartoonist and cyclist Peter Welleman.

CTC, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling.

We work to protect and promote cycling to create a healthier, cleaner world, now and for the future. We want the UK to be a place where it’s easy and safe for people of all ages to cycle, whatever their ability, background or income. We believe that cycling is more than just transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.

We encourage all types of cycling, on the road or off it.  We support you if you already ride, or would like to ride, to work or school, for health, touring, sport and leisure – or just because it’s fun.

We’ve been working for cycling for over a century. Nationally and locally, we use our knowledge to influence decision makers and help people discover how cycling can change lives.

• We provide expert, practical help and advice.
• We support individuals and communities.
• We protect cyclists’ interests.
• We campaign to make cycling mainstream and to remove the things that stop people cycling.
• We help people develop the confidence and skills to cycle.
• We promote the benefits of cycling to individuals, to society and to the economy.

CTC is an independent charity, and relies on 69,000 members, volunteers, grant funders and partners for support. Without them, we would not be able to do our vital work in communities inspiring hundreds of thousands of people across the UK to cycle.


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Like to shop by bike? Get involved in CycleLogistics!

CTC is part of a consortium involved in a pioneering CycleLogistics project funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme. The project aims to reduce energy used in urban freight transport by replacing motorised vehicles with cargo cycles. Read on to see how you can play a part...
Christmas shopping by bike ((photo: Mikael Colville-Andersen)

You may have heard about CTC's involvement in the CycleLogistics project via Cycle Magazine.

We are looking for 100 people who are prepared to start shopping by bike. If you don't currently (or very rarely) use your bike for shopping trips, this is your chance to get a reward for giving it a try.


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Connect2Poetry - writing, cycling and walking project

Connect2Poetry is a new project engaging community groups and schools using poetry to raise awareness of Rochdale's 36km of traffic free walking and cycling routes.
Bike parked alongside towpath on Rochdale's Connect2 Network

CTC Cycling Development Officer, Seamus Kelly, has developed an innovative new project, Connect2Poetry, to encourage people to take a walk or go for a bike ride on Rochdale's extensive Connect2 network and at the same time to encourage and develop local creative talents.


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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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