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Get Britain Cycling debate; New York bike hire scheme; Flying bikes; Danny MacAskill; Scottish Cycling Action Plan; CycleDigest; Hello Velo; La Manche cycle route; Wolverhampton stroke survivors' cycling group.

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Remember that the York Cycle Show is cancelled this year but a special Extraordinary General Meeting is taking place tomorrow Saturday 22 June in York at 11am to help revitalise next year’s event. The Ron Kitching Challenge Ride is also going ahead tomorrow, and with entries available on the day, this is a great chance to explore the host county for next year’s Tour de France Grand Départ.

 

   
     

 

Getting MPs debating

 

CTC welcomes the news that Parliament will now debate the findings of the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report, after a request by Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG), to the Backbench Business Committee. CTC thanks all those who added their signatures to the nearly 70,000 on an e-petition calling for the debate, which should take place in the next few weeks. CTC hopes the Chancellor shows a similar commitment to cycling when he unveils his Comprehensive Spending Review next Wednesday 26 June. CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said: “We strongly urge the Chancellor to respond to the incredible cross-party, public and media support for cycling, by finally giving it the funding it has so long deserved."

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New York talk

 

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The recently launched cycle hire scheme in New York, Citibike, has attracted some negative comments from residents of the Big Apple; it has also had some teething problems but, as you can see for yourself in this real-time Bike Share Map, it’s pretty well used. Cycling infrastructure in the rest of the USA could also do with some modernising, however, judging by the somewhat sardonic tones of the narrator of this interesting Dutch film.

Extra terrestrial

 

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You wait all your life for a bike that would let you fly like ET in real-life then, amazingly, two come along at once! After last week’s Czech prototype, a new British invention has been making the headlines. The Paravelo uses a giant fan in a trailer attached to a folding bike and there are even plans to include a tent for cycle touring. If you want to see this project literally ‘get off the ground’, then you can fund its production via Kickstarter.

Danny boy

 

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Supercyclist Danny Macaskill certainly needs no assistance to get air borne. His latest project ‘Imaginate’ features his usual breathtaking stunts, but this time using his childhood toys as inspiration. But even Danny might be hard pushed to recreate some of the stunts seen in 'Fancy Cycling', a hilarious compendium of Edwardian cycling feats!

Scottish cycling inaction?

 

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The Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS), first published in 2009, set out the ambitious vision for 10% of trips to be made by bike by 2020. Over a third of the time has passed, but Scotland's modal share has barely increased. A refreshed plan has just been released but hasn't changed significantly: the vision remains, but without significant funding to see the plans through to reality.

CycleDigest online

 

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The June edition of CycleDigest, CTC’s monthly round-up of cycle campaigning news has just been published. Read all the latest on Road Justice and road safety; updates on cycling’s political progress; what it’s like to cycle in Vienna; and pointers to new publications – including a European Cycling Barometer – and much more.

Wheel ale

 

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Now that summer is finally here, what could be nicer after a bike ride than a bottle of beer? Hello Vélo is a new beer from the Wold Top Brewery in Yorkshire that has been specially brewed to commemorate the start of the Tour de France in the county next year. If a nice cup of tea is more your – er, cup of tea? – then this fabulous mug will make sure no one but you uses it.

Channel hopping

 

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And to go with that beer, how about a nice stick of French bread? A baguette baton relay has been taking place in Dorset to celebrate the Tour de Manche, a new cross-Channel cycle route that takes in the countryside of Northern France and South West England. Launch events take place tomorrow on both sides of La Manche and include a performance of Don Quixote on bikes!

Wolverhampton wheelers

 

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CTC Member Jane Bisiker runs a wonderful project in West Park, Wolverhampton which uses adapted bikes to enable stroke survivors to take up or get back into cycling. The West Park Stroke Cycling Group is now looking for additional volunteers to support the riders during the summer months. Contact Jane if you feel you can help this worthwhile scheme.

 

   

   

 

Julie Rand

Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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