The decision on the appeal against the sentence given to the killer driver of CTC member Audrey Fyfe is due to be given next Wednesday 25 September at the High Court in Edinburgh. CTC members played a major role in having the sentence reviewed. CTC will post news of the outcome as soon as it is known.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
Playing games with children's health?
CTC believes that all children should have the right to ride to school. But Risca School in Newport, Wales has effectively banned it on ‘health and safety’ grounds by refusing to allow bikes on the premises. However, it appears that the bike parking is actually being taken out to provide more car parking. Incredibly, the school is a member of the Eco-Schools scheme, which promotes sustainability. Meanwhile, a three-year-old in Dagenham has been banned from riding her bike in the street outside her home by the local housing association.
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Perhaps these children would be better off staying indoors and playing cycling board games instead? But with so many to choose from, it might be tough to decide which one. Luckily, collector Anki Toner’s site allows you to make your own. With the Tour of Britain finishing in London on Sunday, Road Cycling Tour might be most apt.
Europe on the move
With new figures showing sales of bikes continuing to overtake those of cars, the European Cyclists’ Federation is launching a campaign to get 100 million more people physically active in Europe. NowWeMove will host various events in more than 30 countries during MOVE Week from 7-13 October; it will be Europe’s largest community sports event.
One steppe beyond
CTC member Gregory Yeoman has certainly done his share of moving – he rode 8,304 miles in five months as part of the Trans-Siberian Cycle Expedition. Now he has written ‘Riding into the Sunrise’, the story of his extraordinary journey through steppe, mountains, forest and swamp. He will be giving a talk on it at Stanfords in London on Tuesday 8 October at 7pm. Tickets cost £3.
CTC is the official partner in an exciting new venture to be launched at the Cycle Show in Birmingham next weekend. XcalibreMTB - ‘Britain’s ultimate off-road tour’ - will be a televised, seven-stage event. Five hundred teams of two will take part at three National Trust locations across the UK. Disciplines will include: enduro, downhill, cross-country and endurance. Register your interest now.
Digest the news
All the latest cycle campaigning news is in the September issue of CycleDigest. This month, we look at the recent ‘Get Britain Cycling’ debate in Parliament, a lorry crackdown in London and 20 mph. There’s other stories too, plus new publications and dates for your diary.
Shape the future of the YCS
With Yorkshire hosting the first stages of the Tour de France next year, cycling is really taking off in the area. The organisers of the CTC-supported York Cycle Show would really like to know how CTC members want to see it develop, after this year’s show had to be cancelled due to lack of trade exhibitors. Please take a few minutes to complete the short survey. Thanks.
If you work in Cheshire, you might be able to win a prize simply by commuting by cycle. CTC is helping coordinate the Cheshire West and Chester Work Place Travel Challenge, which runs until 11 October. Register your active travel journeys and you can earn Bike Miles rewards that can be cashed in for high street vouchers.
Leeds the way for campaigns conference
CTC and Cyclenation’s annual cycle campaigning conference is on 5 October in Leeds. Last year saw over 120 campaigners from across the UK cycle the streets of Bristol, listen to well-known guest speakers and share their local experiences in a series of workshops. Early bird tickets are only £20 each – but hurry as booking closes soon.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.