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Make cycle safety a priority; Wheels of fortune; Big spending plans; Scottish Cycling magazine; Winged Wheels; Janapar; Loony lorry legislation; South Downs Way holiday
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There are only a couple of weeks left to nominate your local heroes for CTC's Volunteer of the Year awards, the winners of which will be announced at CTC’s National Dinner in May.

Make cycle safety a priority
After discussing the strategy for cycling in the first week, the second session of the Parliamentary 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry on the 30 January was a more detailed examination of cycle safety issues. The inquiry panel wanted to hear evidence on how to tackle the actual and perceived cycle safety concerns which deter people from cycling. Much of the session was taken up with discussion of issues of traffic law enforcement and the legal system's often inadequate response to road crashes. CTC believes that to tackle cycle safety concerns, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) must recognise the need to improve traffic law enforcement, quality of collision investigations and treatment of victims. Incredibly, only one of the 42 PCCs elected last November highlighted road safety as an area of concern in their manifesto. PCCs are currently consulting on their policing plans, so now is a good time to ask your PCC to make road safety a priority.
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Wheels of fortune
 
Team CTC, the elite women’s road cycling team that was launched last month, are riding these stunning black and green N7even Majoris 700c road bikes, worth nearly £1,000. Now, thanks to co-sponsors green energy uk, you could be riding one yourself by entering their prize draw. To enter, you just 'like' the green energy uk page on Facebook and complete all sections of the entry requirements. You must be over 18 to take part and the competition closes at 2pm tomorrow. Good luck!

 

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Hey, big spending - but is it enough?
CTC has broadly welcomed the Government's statement  of how the £62m of cycling funding for England it announced last year is to be spent: £30m will go on up to three ‘cycling cities’, with the rest used to promote cycling in National Parks; link communities; and improve junctions. However, CTC believes more consistent commitments will be needed if we are to 'Get Britain Cycling': the DfT has allocated just £53K for cycle safety awareness campaigns in the current year, even though CTC criticised the derisory £80K spent on the recent controversial  ‘THINK! Cycling’ initiative.

 

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A free launch
If you ride north of the border, keep an eye out for Scottish Cycling, a new free magazine aimed mainly at novice to intermediate riders. It will be distributed throughout major Scottish cities via bike shops, outdoor shops and so on, as well as via an insert in The Sunday Herald. It will also be available in a free digital version. The magazine will cover all aspects of cycling, with an emphasis on cycle touring and recreational cycling on both road bikes and MTBs.

 

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Where's there a wheel?
When you're out and about on your bike, do you ever spot an historic CTC winged wheel sign? As more and more pubs close down, they are becoming increasingly rare. Luckily, CTC member Keith Matthews logs all sightings of the emblem on the fascinating Winged Wheel; he has now updated it to include a Google map so you can see where they are for yourself. If you spot any he doesn't know about, get in touch.

 

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Love on a bike
Now it’s February, thoughts of love are in the air. But serious romance was not what cycle tourer Tom Allen was looking for when he headed out on the open road to see the world. However, that is exactly what he found when he met the beautiful Tenny, a feisty Iranian-Armenian girl in the middle of his travels, leaving him with the toughest decision of his life. You can find out whether the relationship survived by reading Janapar, Tom’s book of his trip, or by watching the film of the same name.

 

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Lorry legislation is the limit, says CTC
CTC has objected to Government proposals to raise the speed limit for lorries on rural single-carriageways, given that most lorries are already breaking the current limit. We believe they should also have considered improved enforcement of existing limits, or reducing the ‘default’ limit for rural single-carriageways, with higher limits only on roads which are suitable.

 

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Way down South
Amazingly, it is still possible to ride through over a 100 miles of southern England encountering hardly any traffic. The South Downs Way is an undulating long-distance route across Hampshire and Sussex that is nearly all bridleway. CTC Holidays and Tours has a 5-day tour from Winchester to Eastbourne along it from 16-20 May that includes luggage transfer and half-board. Good fitness required.

 

 
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