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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!'

Everybody Active! All-ability cycling sessions at Palmer Park, Reading

Therese Bjorn and intern Galia Chan join CTC Development Officer in Reading Javed Saddique to find out more about how CTC's Everybody Active sessions improve the well-being of people with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Leanne attends CTC's inclusive bike sessions for disabled riders.

CTC is running all-ability cycling sessions across the country and one such session takes place every Wednesday morning, 10 am to noon, in Reading at Palmer Park Sports Stadium. 

Reading girl returns to restore a classic

Laura Brooks wanted a new bike, but couldn't afford to buy one, so with the help of a CTC project in Reading she learnt the skills to help her tranform an old racing bike into a beautiful classic.
classic bicycle

CTC Cycling Development Officer Javed Saddique has launched a new project in my home town of Reading. The scheme, which is based at Reading University helps to  teach people basic bike maintenance and renovation skills to fix up a second-hand bikes.

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Women in Reading cycle for Syria

Smoothies were a key ingredient for a group of women in Reading who joined together for a worthy cause: to cycle the distance from Damascus to Palestine in a single Sunday afternoon to raise money for the British Red Cross.
Women cycling in Palmer Park, Reading

As Ramadan was approaching, I was anticipating a month in which very little interest in outdoor activities would come from some of the BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) groups I was looking to engage in cycling. What I failed to remember was that Ramadan is also a month in which charity takes a higher priority. The solution was simple: a cycling event to raise money and for women only.

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Everybody Active - safe cycling sessions for adults with disabilities in Reading

Everybody Active is a cycling session run each week on a Wednesday. The sessions provide the opportunity for adults with disabilities to cycle in a safe environment.
All ability cyclists take to the track in Reading

Since the launch of the Everybody Active cycling sessions, we have seen numbers of attendees increase and already we have ten regular participants who turn up whatever the weather.

The sessions have been such a success that there are now two every Wednesday between 10am and 12pm at Palmer Park, Reading.

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