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The Door to Door strategy; A hole lot of trouble in store; move up another gear at CTC's networking event; Do the Continental; Rivers run through it; An absolutely spiffing day out; Afan a great time!; The hills are alive with the sound of bike bells.
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Look out for an article which should appear in this weekend’s  Sunday Times about the problem of dazzling bike lights - CTC’s Senior Technical Officer Chris Juden provided his expertise and technical advice to the newspaper.
Going door-to-door
CTC has welcomed the Government's new Door to Door strategy to encourage sustainable trips by public transport, walking and cycling. Years of feedback from cyclists tell us that the combination of cycling with public transport has huge potential and helps save travellers time and money. CTC's Chris Peck said: "Cycling can massively boost public transport take-up - in the Netherlands 40% of all rail journeys start with someone getting to the station by bike, but here it's just 2%.” The  strategy sets out a number of key objectives, including better information for travellers; smart technology; reliable connections between different types of transport; and safe, comfortable and easily accessible facilities. Meanwhile, Chris appeared on Meridian TV News last night to explain why Portsmouth and Bournemouth have the highest number of cycling casualties outside London.
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A hole lot of trouble in store
With the Chancellor’s next Budget only a few days away, one area of public expenditure which is facing significant cuts is the road maintenance budget -  £3bn a year in England alone. That’s 10% lower than 3 years ago, and it is set to fall even further. Yet the cost of raw materials continues to rise and hard winters mean our fragile and elderly roads are cracking up even faster. A report issued yesterday from the Asphalt Industry Alliance found a £10.5bn shortfall, with almost 2m potholes filled last year alone. CTC’s Chris Peck went on Sky News yesterday to discuss the problem and explain why it was important to report potholes to local authorities using websites like CTC’s Fill That Hole.

 

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Move up another gear
Another workshop has been added to this year’s CTC inaugural networking event to be held on Saturday 11 May 2013 in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, just before the AGM. As well as discussions around the topics of : Insurance; Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults; The Role of the Welfare Officer; and Promoting Your Rides, you can also find out about Campaigning at a Local Level. The event is free and there will be refreshments, including lunch, for all participants. Places are limited for what is sure to be a popular event, so book your place by contacting Sue Cherry on 01483 238302 with your name, address and contact details. The event is only open to CTC members, Member Groups and affiliated clubs.

 

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Do the Continental
With Easter almost upon us, you might be thinking of planning a trip abroad. The EuroVelo network of signed routes is a good way to be inspired, especially if it is your first foray to the Continent. The European Cyclists’ Federation, of which CTC is a member, oversees the ambitious network that aims to link most of Western Europe by bike; EuroVelo 6, the Rivers Route, and EuroVelo 1 down the coast of Western France are now complete.

 

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Rivers run through it
And to inspire you further, ‘Cycling Along Europe’s Rivers’ by American Michael J Lyon contains lots of useful information and advice. Sub-titled ‘Bicycle touring made easy and affordable’, Mr Lyon draws on his 20 years of experience riding across Europe on holidays. Rivers covered include: the Rhine, the Danube, the Elbe, the Loire, the Po and more.

 

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An absolutely spiffing day out
You only have until midnight tonight 15 March to enter the lottery for tickets to this year’s Tweed Run on 13 April in London. All entries cost £1 and, as CTC is the Tweed Run’s charity partner, all funds raised go to support our work promoting, protecting and inspiring people to cycle and keep cycling. So tally ho, old bean!

 

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Afan a great time!
About as far removed from the gentility of the chaps on the Tweed Run as possible are the mountain bikers at Afan Forest Park in South Wales. A stunning short film by CogNation features new sections of trail at the park being ridden by the UK’s Junior World Downhill Champion Manon Carpenter. Hopefully following in her wheel tracks one day will be little Joshua Rhys Davies, who is already showing promise at the age of only eight. I say!

 

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The hills are alive with the sound of bike bells...
If ‘The Sound of Music’ is one of your favourite films, then CTC Cycling Holidays and Tours’ Austria, Salzburg trip from 7-20 July 2013 will be just the ticket. The tour takes in the lakes and mountains of Salzburger-land, Salzkammergut and Bavaria's beautiful Berchtesgadener-land. It is led by former CTC Touring Officer Mark Waters, who may even be persuaded to entertain you with a few verses of ‘Eidelweiss’ while you ride!

 

 
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