Road Justice support from police; Tiptree opening; Housedale Hustle; Bearing all for Children in Need; Presumed liability; How to be a mountain biker; Cycle proofing comes closer; Horror stories; 2014 Holidays and Tours.
CTC’s Road Justice campaign has published a map showing which police forces are committed to improving road safety for cyclists. The map shows that over a third of forces in England and Wales support at least one of the campaign’s recommendations for improved roads policing. And after the map was published yesterday, Avon and Somerset Police sent CTC a hasty notification of their support too! The Road Justice campaign will publish a report looking specifically at the Scottish justice system’s handling of road collisions in 2014, which will be delivered to Police Scotland.
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Tiptree jammed with eager riders
Despite teeming rain, there was a fantastic turnout of local youngsters at the opening of the new pump track in Tiptree, Essex yesterday. It was opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, Councillors Colin and Laura Sykes. The track at the Grove Road playing field wouldn't have been possible for CTC to build without the cooperation of Colchester Borough Council.
Do the Dalby Hustle
If going uphill is more your thing, why not take part in the inaugural Housedale Hustle road hill climb at Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire? The event will be approximately 2.4km long, with an average gradient of around 8%. There are several categories and spot prizes for effort. And if you haven’t got a road bike, take part in a Dutch bike challenge! Entries close on Friday 8 November.
Bear-ing all for Children in Need
CTC member Rod Islay is taking on a challenge of a different kind in November: he is leading a team of Post Office cyclists on an 85-mile ride across Yorkshire which outlines the shape of Pudsey bear’s ears! Starting in Pudsey – where else? – on 6 November, the ride will visit post offices en route. Meanwhile, the One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge starts on 8 November in Northern Ireland.
Liable, we presume
Scottish parliamentarians voiced strong support for improvements to cycle safety during a debate on the principle of ‘presumed liability’ on Tuesday. In Europe, most drivers are 'presumed liable' for compensating injured pedestrians or cyclists, unless the latter are clearly at fault. However, The Chair of CTC Scotland regrets that the Minister for Transport Keith Brown felt unable to support the proposal.
Do you tick the boxes?
What does it take to be a ‘true’ mountain biker? According to ‘How to be a Mountain Biker’, a hilarious - if rather sexist - film from Canada, at least six bikes, plenty of stickers, a penchant for bad beer and good coffee, a variety of plaid shirts, and much more besides…Meanwhile, UK brand Morvélo shows that all it takes in the UK is great scenery and some very cool kit.
Hallowe’en may be over but this advert from Norway might still frighten the life out of you: it takes a somewhat sensational approach in order to increase understanding between cyclists and drivers. And the twist at the end is worthy of a Hollywood horror film! See how many of the vehicles in the advert are featured in the Daily Telegraph’s Cyclists’ Guide to Cars and their Drivers.
Travel the world with CTC
Cycling of a much more leisurely and enjoyable kind can be found one of the many fantastic cycle tours organised by CTC Cycling Holidays and Tours. Trips lined up for 2014 include Cuba, Spain, France, Montenegro and Albania. There’s even a boat-based tour in South East Holland, as well as many opportunities to explore areas closer to home with holidays all over the UK.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.