CTC membership is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. If you know a cyclist who is not a CTC member, why not take advantage of our great Christmas Gift Membership offer?
Welcome news for cycling
CTC has joined with British Cycling in welcoming the announcement by Transport Minister Norman Baker of a further £20m for cycling infrastructure improvements; Chris Peck's blog discusses how this funding compares to that of previous years. A further announcement from the Prime Minister is expected in the New Year. So far, over 80 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion calling for an action plan and strong leadership to Get Britain Cycling - take 2 minutes to send your MP a message asking them to sign it. Meanwhile, new guidance from NICE - the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - has called for more people to start cycling, in order to boost public health: the impact of physical inactivity is similar to that of smoking. The amazing cycle hubs planned in the Greater Manchester area will go a long way to make NICE's aim a reality.
Beat the thieves
Having a bike stolen is one of the main reasons that people who start cycling stop. Did you know that CTC offers Cyclecover insurance to help get you pedalling again following such an event? There are also the added options of personal accident; competition and race; and family cover available. 10% of premiums support our campaigning work. From time to time, we review Cyclecover to ensure that it matches members’ requirements as closely as possible, so we’d be grateful for your views. Please complete a short online survey - one lucky respondent will receive a cyclist's hydration backpack worth £40.
A love hate relationship with cycling
Despite the growing popularity in cycling, the image of cyclists is often portrayed negatively in the media. Next week, the BBC One is airing two contrasting documentaries: on Monday 3 December, InsideOut will examine the future of transport throughout the country and ask if our love affair with the car is in decline. Each regional programme in the strand will look at different aspects of the issue, and several will feature cycling. Meanwhile, on Wednesday ‘War on Britain’s Roads’ uses footage from cycle helmet cameras to show that ‘the battle between two wheels and four has never been so intense’. Early indications are that cycling isn't shown very favourably - let us know what you think of it on CTC's forum.
The Ministry of Silly Riding
If you’re not one of the nearly a billion people that have yet to watch the Gangnam style video, start a fresh craze by ordering the bonkers new gadget by Trotify. The wooden device attaches to your handlebars and will transform your ordinary bicycle into – well, a trusty steed, complete with equine sound effects created by knocking two coconut halves together, a la Monty Python!
One shade of Grey
Sandi Toksvig is not only a TV and radio star but also a best-selling writer - and a cyclist. Her new novel ‘Valentine Grey’ is set during the Boer War and examines themes around ‘gender, liberty, empire and injustice’. The eponymous heroine finds her life transformed when her cousin Reggie teaches her how to ride a bicycle. Could make an interesting alternative to the plethora of cycling biographies currently on offer?
It’s not only cyclists who have to do ‘battle’ with the nation’s motorists: according to ‘Cycling struggles 5’, many non-car drivers also have to cope with a ‘culture of car use’. ‘Thinking About Cycling’ features ten case studies in the examining how different people do and don’t move around English cities by cycle. The research has emerged from the Understanding Walking and Cycling project, which ran between 2008 and 2011.
Not salmon fishing in Yemen
You may think cyclists in the UK get a hard press, but in Yemen, riders for the national team face name calling and physical attacks as soon as they take to the road. A recent Guardian article described how the National Cycle Foundation faces daily insults and rock throwing – and that’s just for wearing Lycra, not riding through red lights! The team is also short of money and trains on bikes that are 20 years old.
Give a CTC Gift Membership to your nearest and dearest this year and receive a free CTC woolly hat worth £12 into the bargain! Not only will you help support our campaigning work, your loved one will also receive six issues of Cycle magazine delivered direct to their door. In addition, they will also get £10 million third party insurance, access to free legal, touring and technical advice, as well as a discounts on cycles and accessories. And their own copy of CycleClips!
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