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A golden legacy for cycling?

There’s a lot of talk at the moment about securing a legacy to follow the inspirational performances of Team GB’s cyclists at the Olympics. CTC is working hard to make sure that Britain seizes the opportunity.
GB Olympic cyclists. (Photo: Julie Anne Images)

Some of us have already noticed a difference when we’re out and about.  Is it my imagination, or are drivers giving me a little more space on the road, and showing a little more patience when they want to pass?  We know all about the “safety in numbers” effect – the most important thing the Games can do for us is to get more people out on their bikes, and we’ll all benefit from being more visible.  And when many people get back on their bikes they will alter the way they drive – hopefully for good.

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The Bradley Wiggins effect

History was made as Bradley Wiggins became the first British man to win the Tour de France. Now just days away from the Olympics, what will his victory mean for cycling in the UK? Will more people be inspired this summer to start cycling?
Monday's papers proclaiming Bradley's victory

Cyclists across the UK stayed indoors on a rare sunny Sunday afternoon to watch Bradley Wiggins ride to victory in Paris. It was a defining moment for cycling in the UK.

CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said: "Allez Wiggo! Absolutely fantastic to see a Briton winning the greatest bike race of all."

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South West Trains reverses bike ban after only 36 hours

10 July 2012
CTC is relieved to hear that South West Trains has reversed a proposed ban on all non-folding bikes, just 36 hours after implementing it. However, Southern and Southeastern still have widespread restrictions in place.
Brompton on a railway platform

On 10 July a statement appeared on the South West Trains website suggesting that all non-folding bikes would be banned throughout the Olympics and Paralympics. CTC understood that operational staff had no idea that the ban was coming until that morning. 

After enquiries to South West Trains press office on 11 July CTC received the following statement:

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Gearing up for Olympic cycle racing in Swindon

Swindon cyclists will be in the saddle and peddling the message to get on your bike in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Cycling event in Swindon for the Olympics

When the Games begin next month, Wharf Green is the place to be with all the action shown live on the Big Screen and an array of free sporting festivities for people to come and try. Some different 20 activities will be on offer between 28 July and 12 August – and cycling will take centre stage on Saturday 11 August.

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Train companies ban cycles during Olympics

Train operating companies banned cycles from many trains during the Olympic Games period, with the worst closures affecting the cycling road races on the 28/29 July. After few observed problems the bans were lifted in time for the Paralympics.
Bans on bikes were proposed for much of the network

The news was confirmed in changes to the Association of Train Operating Companies leaflet on cycling and rail, which was circulated to cycling organisations just two months before the Games began. Southern and Southeastern imposed the worst restrictions, bicycles were not permitted on any trains going to or from London beyond a certain point.

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