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CycleClips 2 November 2012

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Rob Hague in his velomobile
Rob Hague in his velomobile
An outrageous attack; traffic policing; and a new radio series about cycling are all in this week's edition of CycleClips, CTC's e-newsletter for members.
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A reminder that the CTC Member Group AGMs are now in full swing. Come along to one to find out what is going on in your area and how you can join in. Don't forget your CTC membership card. Meanwhile, RoadPeace is holding a discussion on the 13th November in London on road traffic offences - let them know if you want to attend.
Not taking it lying down
Rob Hague, a CTC member who is registered disabled and uses a velomobile as his main means of transport, has been subjected to an extraordinary verbal attack in a public meeting. Cllr Michael Stanton, who represents Repton on South Derbyshire District Council, claimed he nearly collided with Rob's velomobile as he pulled out of his driveway – a claim Rob disputes. Mr Stanton then said: "If he gets killed it probably serves him right." Adding he'd be "better off going to Dignitas.” The meeting also heard from someone who damaged Rob's velomobile when passing in a lane, for which Rob is seeking compensation. Meanwhile, the Safer Neighbourhood officer for the area refused to take action, telling the meeting: “Just cycling down the road on that vehicle is perfectly legal.”
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Feel the force
Elections  for Police and Crime Commissioners for police forces in England and Wales to “provide stronger and more transparent accountability of the police” take place on 15 November. CTC can reveal that not only have overall levels of road traffic policing fallen by 29% in ten years, the change is highly variable across the country: Devon and Cornwall have scrapped all dedicated traffic officers whereas Cleveland Police have increased them by 59%. Find out how your local force has changed and then why not let your Police and Crime Commissioner candidates know your opinion on the importance of road traffic policing?

 

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BeSpoke radio
Perhaps as a sign of the fact that cycling is becoming more mainstream, BBC Radio 5 live is launching its first ever series dedicated to cycling. BeSpoke will air every Friday evening at 9pm, starting tonight 2 November. Presented by Colin Murray, as well as the latest cycling news and sport, it will cover leisure riding and technical matters too. In a trailer for the programme, Team GB BMX rider Liam Philips took on the Chopper Challenge to see how fast he could pedal around Manchester velodrome – but not on the track!

 

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Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow
At the other end of the spectrum are Slowbiking races, which as the name suggests involve riding as slowly as possible along an 11m track. Obviously the winner is the one who crosses the line last. At the recent Bikemotion event in Utrecht the winning time was an amazingly slow two and a half hours! In Rotterdam, however, riders speed up as they make up for lost time after the bridges close for shipping.

 

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Scary stuff
An officer from Avon & Somerset Constabulary could be seen on the streets dressed up as a skeleton recently – not to celebrate Hallowe’en but to raise awareness of bike crime. As part of Operation Relentless, PCSO Neil Spiring parked a bike in a city centre. He then proceeded to steal it, using ever more elaborate and blatant methods, such as the spooky outfit, to see how many people would dial 999. Despite many witnesses to the ‘crimes’, no one did!

 

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Missing the target
Cycle casualties fell by 17% in the second quarter of 2012, due to reduced cycling during the very wet spring, especially after dry conditions in 2011. However, last year's serious injuries are still 9% higher than the year before. As has been the case for many years, the overall proportion of cyclists and pedestrians as a total of all injuries and deaths has risen. CTC wants targets for road safety to be based on the risk of travelling, not just the numbers of injuries.

 

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Be a Pioneer in York
Do you live in York? Do you ride to work or would you like to? i-Travel York is looking for Pioneers to share their experiences of greener travel in a series of YouTube videos to be broadcast in the new year. If you want to take part, send a 3 minute audition video saying why you have chosen to forgo motorised transport. Meanwhile, York City Council is planning a new cycle path across the ring road.

 

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Riding as work
If you fancy a great job in cycling, CTC has a vacancy for a senior cycling development officer. The postholder will act as the project lead for the Chilterns Sustainable Gateways project, which hopes to increase leisure and commuting cycling in the area. The closing date is Monday 19 November and there will be an assessment day on Thursday 29 November.

 

 
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