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The red carpet ride; Northern Ireland Bicycle Strategy; Bike bling; Les miserables; Space for Cycling spaces; Cometh the hour, cometh Sidney; Making amendments for more money; Watchtree Wheelers; Riding in the dirt
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CTC is pleased to announce our official support for Cycle to Work Day on Thursday 4 September. So if you don’t normally ride to work, why not give it a go? Or if you already do so, you could encourage others at your workplace to try it out too.

 
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
 
 
 
 
 
The red carpet ride
 
 
Perhaps one unlikely candidate for riding to work is Hollywood based writer and producer Tom Smuts, of ‘Mad Men’ fame. However, that’s just what he - and several others - did this week when they rode 17 miles to the Emmys award ceremony. Wearing a Rapha cycling suit, Tom explained that he shunned the traditional stretch limousine to arrive by bike not only to avoid the usual traffic jams, but also to raise awareness of cycle commuting and the need for better infrastructure in Los Angeles.
 
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Northern Ireland Strategy
 
 
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As we await Whitehall’s imminent Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan, the Northern Ireland Department for Regional Development has released a draftBicycle Strategy. Its aims are generally admirable, but its Delivery Plan will need to include targets for really substantial increases in cycle use, together with the funding needed to achieve them.
 
 
 
Bike bling
 
 
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We’re not sure if any CTC members might ever be invited to the Emmys but, just in case you are, you might like to choose something from the range of stunning silver jewellery produced by Katiesbike to wear - they are made from recycled chains. And if you want a machine to go with it, she can even provide a customised frame for you. Now that would look good on the red carpet!
 
 
 
 
Les Miserables?
 
 
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Perhaps more likely candidates for the red carpet would be the French stars of ‘Cycling with Molière’ (Warning - contains strong language), a comedy detailing the spiky relationship between two actors as they plan a revival of Molière’s classic play ‘Le Misanthrope’, whilst they embark on a series of bike rides together around the Ile de Ré. The film is now out on DVD.
 
 
 
Space for Cycling spaces
 
 
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Two more Space for Cycling and Road Justice campaign training days take place this autumn. Registration is still open for the free, one-day events inSheffield on Saturday 13  September and Newcastle on Sunday 14 September. The days are aimed at new and existing campaigners alike -  no previous experience required. Travel bursaries are also available.
 
 
Cometh the hour, cometh Sidney
 
 
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Next Friday 5 September at 7pm, CTC member Sidney Schuman is aiming to set a world 'hour' record at the Olympic velodrome in London. It will be his 84th birthday exactly a week later, so the record is in the '80-84' age bracket. Sidney hatched the plan for his latest challenge as he regained fitness after two serious crashes. Spectators are welcome to come along and cheer Sidney on.
 
 
Making amendments for more money for cycling
 
 
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Six campaigning groups, including CTC, have come together to back amendments to the Infrastructure Bill which would force the Government to plan for greater investment in cycling and walking. An amendment to the bill, currently before Parliament, is due to be tabled by Lords Berkeley and Judd when the House of Lords returns from the summer recess.
 
 
All along the Watchtree
 
 
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CTC’s Inclusive Cycling Officer for the North West Jayne Rodgers has been busy helping out at Watchtree Wheelers' new tarmac circuit, which was opened by Paralympian cyclist Karen Darke. CTC has been working with Cycling Projects to expand the range of adaptive cycles for people to try out at the new track at Watchtree Nature Reserve in Cumbria.
 
 
 
Riding in the dirt 
 
 
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Next weekend, the longest-running British MTB event takes place in Dorchester on Sunday 7 September. The Dorset Dirt is a challenging 30-mile off-road ride organised by West Dorset CTC and has now been running for 30 years. As it’s not too far from the famous Jurassic Coast, perhaps you might spot this extraordinary dinosaur bike at the event?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Julie Rand

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

 
 
 
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