CTC has welcomed the Government’s announcement to 'cycleproof' the major road network. A new strategy, 'Action for Roads: a network for the 21st century', has been published by the Department for Transport. New investment will "make even greater provision for cycling as a form of transport... and retrofit the latest solutions to make sure that it is easy and safe for cyclists to use junctions." CTC met the Roads Minister Stephen Hammond this week and has urged him to ensure that local road schemes, such as those needed for new developments, are ‘cycleproofed’ too. CTC also urged Mr Hammond to tackle the problem of lorries, which have been involved the deaths of five cyclists in the last two weeks. Meanwhile, our first Road Justice report has been delivered to more Police and Crime Commissioners by supporters, including CTC Councillor John Radford, himself the victim of a recent road crash where no charges were brought.
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Life is a bowl of cherries...
…for CTC members Esther and Warren Sanders. Their ‘Sportswool Diaries’ cover the 36,000km they have logged so far during their two-and-a-half year cycle trip round the world. They have visited over 30 countries so far, including USA, "cherry picking the nicest places in the world to cycle". Currently in Croatia, the blog includes stunning photos and wonderful sketches.
As we cheer on – hopefully – another British winner of the Tour de France, which finishes this Sunday in Paris, Team CTC’s Tamina Oliver says she wholeheartedly supports a campaign for a women’s version of the race. A petition set up by four of cycling’s top women addressed to Christian Prudhomme, Tour Director, has now topped 40,000 signatures.
No tandems in the Tour de France but, according to an entertaining item on today’s Woman’s Hour (from 10.40-19.46) on BBC Radio 4, the machines are responsible for liberating many women from the kitchen. Apparently, recent statistics show that one in every two men rides a bike but far fewer women do: according to the report, one way to rectify this is for couples to ride together.
Digest the news
Want an update of the latest campaigning news from CTC? July’s CycleDigest is out now. In this issue: firm date for Parliamentary debate; our Road Justice campaign targets police; the funding situation for cycling – bleak or bright?; the risks of cycling…and much more.
Station to station
New figures show that the number of people cycling to railway stations has more than doubled in the last seven years, with more than half of these passengers taking their cycles on the train. In other news, Hitachi will be building new intercity trains - CTC wants improvements to the proposed design. And in France, SNCF has announced more bike spaces on doubledecker TGVs from 2016.
Increase your visibility
Want to win prizes just for riding your bike – or tandem – this summer? Then why not take part in the Bike Visibility Cycling Challenge? The promotion by The Bakewell Soap Company runs from 12-25 August and all you need to do to take part is register your rides using a free Endomondo app and upload your photos to the Facebook Event Board. You could even raise funds for CTC at the same time!
Thanks to you
CTC would like to say a huge thank you to the more than 300 of you who have volunteered as marshals for the RideLondon Prudential London-Surrey 100 on Sunday 4 August; and as Dr Bike mechanics at the RideLondon FreeCycle event on 3 August, which is expected to attract over 50,000 riders. If you couldn’t volunteer yourself, you might like to make a donation to support our valuable campaigning work instead.
Drawing the line
What kind of people ride in London? There are many different tribes from hipsters on fixies to businesspeople on ‘Boris bikes’ to fashionistas on sit-up-and-begs. But few of them would probably recognise themselves in the zany drawings of illustrator Ugo Gattani. His work features in Museum of London’s London Cycles exhibition until 11 September.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.