Promotion and Encouragement

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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.
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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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CTC local campaigner gets a newspaper on-side

What should you do if your local newspaper publishes an anti-cycling article?
Cycling in Guildford

Terry Duckmanton became a CTC local campaigner for Guildford in 2005 because he wanted to positively change attitudes towards cycling.

Terry was contacted by Laura Brooks, CTC Volunteer Support Officer, because  a local reporter was planning to write a piece on cycling for the local paper, the Surrey Advertiser. The paper wanted a quote from a local CTC representative.

Nigel Mansell meets Camden all ability cyclists

Former World Champion racing driver Nigel Mansell recently presented Bike Club certificates to Andrew Omoding and Fatima, both members of The Camden Society Bike Club for All Abilities.
Nigel Mansell presents certificates to The Camden Society Bike Club Members

Andrew Omoding is not only a member of  The Camden Society Bike Club for All Abilities, he's also a key part of The Camden Society Triathlon team, which has raised thousands of pounds to help other disabled young people.

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Carfree living - what is it really like?

Can you live without your car? After using a car for over a decade, CTC's Victoria Hazael finally became carless in February 2011. Find out what happened next.

As soon as I passed my driving test, I bought my own car and I loved it. In almost a decade, I drove it over 100,000 miles and I thought I couldn’t live without it.

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