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From road safety posters to teenage cycling instructor - my journey to the CTC

Now volunteering as CTC's Communications Officer in Reading and offering cycle training to my fellow students at Reading University, I would like to share the story of my journey to being part of CTC.
Jonathan holding a poster of himself as a child

From a very early age I was thrust into the world of road safety. My dad worked for Sandwell Council, which meant I, along with other members of my family, often appeared photographed in road safety publications. At one time you couldn't go through the Sandwell area without seeing my photo plastered on the side of a bus reminding people to 'Belt up!'

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Boathouse Youth Blackpool

Back in 2009, the CTC community cycling offering was in its infancy and Boathouse Youth (BHY) was just beginning its work in the deprived community of South Shore, Blackpool, an area which is in the worst 1% of most deprived wards in the country.
Blackpool Boathouse Youth

Our Cycling Development Officer,  funded by the Department for Transport, was able to work with the staff at BHY to devise a programme of activities that would capture the interest of the young people and provide them with a fun and healthy activity which they could engage in straight from the youth centre door.  The programme was delivered in conjunction with local partners including British Cycling and the local council's Cycle Blackpool programme.

i-Contact

Publication Date: 
May 2013
i-Contact, CTC's e-newsletter for cycle instructors
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Put cycling on the National Curriculum

Although cycling is the third most popular activity amongst children and a crucial life skill, only half of all children have access to good quality Bikeability cycle training. CTC members have urging that all schools provide cycle training as part of the National Curriculum.
Providing Bikeability cycle training is crucial to create a cycling culture

CTC has urged the Department for Education to change the National Curriculum to include provision for child cycle training as part of Key Stages 2-4.

Currently the physical education section mandates that swimming is taught, with the requirement that children learn to swim 25 metres.

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i-Contact November 2012

Publication Date: 
November 2012
Victorian ladies riding in formation
The revised National Standard; Teaching New Cyclists; a call to ban BMXs; drivers and cyclists cooperate; Victorian cycle skills; second sight; map your services; and a Birmingham hospital's cycle safety scheme.
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Keep the flame burning - an Inclusive Cycle Training course

Following on from the Olympic legacy, CTC - in partnership with Wheels For All - is delivering a National Standard Instructor course with an added one-day All Ability cycle leader course.
An all ability cyclist is fitted up for a ride

CTC is the leading provider of on and off-road cycling courses in the UK. Cycling Projects with Wheels For All are the leading cycling for health charity in the UK. CTC is very happy to be working in partnership with them to train instructors to be conversant with all types of disabilities.

The course is a one-day course delivered in conjunction with the National Standard / Bikeability instructor course in St Austell, Cornwall from 29 September to 3 October.

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Why won't cyclists take the lane?

The middle of the carriageway is often the safest position for a cyclist to be in on a minor or quiet road, or where the road bends sharply. But why do so many cyclists insist on keeping in to the kerb?
Riders keeping in to the kerb

Whether it's fellow members of CTC staff or random members of the public, I am often puzzled by the number of cyclists who insist on riding in to the edge of the road, whatever the traffic conditions.

Bikeability/National Standard cycle training encourages riders to take up 'primary position' wherever possible - that is usually in the centre of the carriageway in the direction of travel. John Franklin devotes several pages to it in his seminal work 'Cyclecraft'.

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Instructors working for CTC

If you are working as a Bikeability instructor for CTC you will need to record information about the training sessions you run. Here are the forms you will need.

The following documents are required by CTC's Bikeability providers. These are available for download below.

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Become a CTC-accredited cycle instructor

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Train with CTC to become an accredited cycle instructor - working on road or off-road, with young people and with adults.

National Standards (Bikeability)

National Standards (Bikeability) Instructors deliver training to children - usually in schools - and adults - mostly one-to-one. The National Standards work at three levels to promote confidence on a bike, enjoyment of cycling, road awareness and interaction with traffic.

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