Tis the season of Goodwill; A great gift for cycling at Dalby; Afghan Cycles; Cycling but not as we know it; Voodoo Unicycles; Propose a motion; Peak performance; Boris's capital letters; London Bike Show
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Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
‘Tis the season of Goodwill
On Wednesday, Robert Goodwill MP appeared before the Transport Select Committee and showed a good understanding of his cycling brief. He announced his intention to greatly increase flexibility over the use of cycle-friendly traffic signals and road markings, which CTC has been requesting for years. However, Mr Goodwill remains less committed to implementing bold decisions on restricting lorry access to major cities, the only way – in the long term – to deal with vehicles that are currently inherently unsafe on urban streets. The full 90-minute session explains more.
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A great gift for cycling
They’ve got all the socks and jerseys they could ever need – so give your friends and family something much more useful: CTC’s cycling centre of excellence at Dalby Bike Barn has a full programme of courses for 2014 covering riding, maintenance, navigation and first aid skills. CTC members enjoy a 10% discount and gift vouchers are available. Order soon for Christmas delivery.
Against all odds
Afghanistan is not a country one normally associates with cycling and, in particular, women’s road racing. But 'Afghan Cycles', a documentary due to be released next year focuses on the women’s national team. Despite many obstacles, they are passionate about the sport and the freedom riding a bike offers. "We tell people it is our right to ride a bike - then speed off", says one.
Cycling but not as we know it...
Riders in other parts of the world might take that freedom a bit more for granted. In fact, so blasé have they become that some Australian riders seem to spend more of their time drinking speciality coffees at trendy cafés than actually riding their bikes. Maybe that explains why Team GB dominated them at the Olympics? Perhaps they would be better off taking up cricket ...
A sense of balance
Certainly not spending time idling in cafés are the riders of Voodoo Unicycles. During a recent tour of the Scottish Highlands, they performed stunts that would probably leave even Danny MacAskill gasping. Not only did they ride down snow-covered, rocky mountain slopes, they also jumped off a ruined castle and (at 08.50) even balanced on a bridge railing over a huge drop to the river below.
Propose a motion
Next year’s CTC AGM will take place in Glasgow on Saturday 10 May. All CTC members are welcome to attend. Motions for the agenda should be proposed and seconded by two CTC members and Council strongly recommend contacting a CTC Councillor or Gordon Seabright first to discuss. Motions should be sent to CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright by Friday 14 February 2014.
The hills of northern England will be the spectacular setting for the start of next year’s Tour de France. Stage 2 on Sunday 6 July will take in the 4.7km ascent of the ‘Côte de Holme Moss’ before the finish in Sheffield. BBC One’s Countryfile (at 51.56) showed just how steep the climb will be – but it helps to let the brakes off first! Meanwhile, downhill star Steve Peat thrilled lucky young riders in Sheffield.
Boris's capital letters
Over 3,700 of you wrote a letter to Boris Johnson asking him to take action over the recent spate of cycling fatalities in the capital. This week, he responded explaining that: “These terrible events will only reinforce my determination to make things better for cyclists in London”. However, CTC has issued a response, highlighting problems on the newly-opened section of Cycle Superhighway 2.
On show at the London Bike Show
The London Bike Show returns from 13-16 February next year. It's the UK’s largest cycling exhibition and last year attracted over 38,000 visitors. Whether road cycling, MTB, BMX, cyclecross, a family cyclist or commuting to work is your thing – you’ll find plenty to interest you. CTC members can quote ‘LBCTC’ and obtain 30% off adult tickets. Under 16s are free.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.