France en Velo; Barred drivers to be put behind bars; Storm ahead on the Big Ride; A hairy moment; Tim's surprise on the route of the Giro d'Italia; Building bikes, changing lives; Cycling in space; Plans of attack; A vintage event - Bike Week 1923
Many thanks to Suffolk CTC for their generous donation of £1,000 each to CTC's Cyclists’ Defence Fund and our Road Justice campaign. The money will be put to good use ensuring we continue our vital work to protect and promote cycling.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
Ride the tour de France
No, not that one but rather a gentle meander through a thousand miles of stunning scenery from St Malo to Nice. The British authors have created the route as France’s answer to the UK’s own End to End and have written ‘France en Vélo’, a gorgeous book about it. CTC members are entitled to an exclusive 20% discount off the purchase price. Meanwhile, the challenges of the route of this year's Tour de France were discussed on Radio 4's PM (at 51.00) this week and featured Ian Rodley of Huddersfield and District CTC being interviewed at the top of Buttertubs Pass.
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Barred drivers to be put behind bars
CTC strongly welcomes the Government’s recent announcement of its commitment to a full review of all driving offences and penalties. We have long called for tougher sentences for those who flout driving bans, so we are pleased that custodial sentences for those who cause death and serious injury whilst disqualified will be increased.
Storm ahead on the Big Rides!
Many people in the world already commute by bike and 62% of us would if there were better provision for cycling. There will be Big Rides on Saturday 17 May in London, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds calling on councils to make Space for Cycling. If you can’t make one, join our Thunderclap, which will release messages on Facebook and Twitter to coincide with the rides!
A hairy moment
According to a recent report, the current fashion for beard wearing is in decline. That may be bad news for Halfords, whose latest TV advert for bikes ‘Keep on Rollin’ features a bearded family, including the toddler. And high street retailer River Island, which has launched its RI-Cycle range of trendy cycle clothing with a video showing how to take care of your facial fuzz...
Tim's surprise tour
As well as Bike Week, there's a feast of other cycling this summer. The women’s Tour of Britain is in full swing and the Giro d’Italia gets under way in Northern Ireland tomorrow. CTC’s Tim Edgar found himself riding a 40-mile section of the route, not with cycling legend Stephen Roche as expected, but alongside BBC Sport’s Thomas Kane, a novice rider. With Tim’s help, Thomas finished the ride.
Building bikes, changing lives
Bike Club Scotland enables young people to change their lives through cycling. CTC’s Suzanne Forup recently visited ‘Build Your Own Bike’, a project at HM Young Offenders' Institution Polmont that brings together disadvantaged youngsters from both sides of the law. Inmates are taught how to make their own bikes by other young people, building confidence and skills in both parties.
Cycling in space
The crazy (and often un-PC) bike models dreamed up by inventor Wilf Lunn would probably be unrideable, if they were ever actually made full-size. But an exhibition at Birmingham Museum from Saturday 10 May is bringing to life the extraordinary cartoon creations of Rowland Emett, designer of the car in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ - they include a bicycle for flying across the moon!
Plan of attack
A model of a different kind has been deemed flawed by CTC – a fact acknowledged by MPs, who have accepted our evidence of the failures in the National Transport Model. They have called on the Department for Transport to open the model for wider scrutiny, as its current prediction of a 43% increase in traffic on main roads has stimulated plans for spending billions on new roads.
A vintage event
How long has Bike Week been around? 10 years? 25? No, over 90! It was started by CTC in 1923 as the ‘National Bicycle Week’ - and there's even film of a cycling rally in Hyde Park to prove it. Why not register your own Bike Week events and carry on the fine tradition of bringing the joy of cycling to the masses? You'll receive free publicity, and organisers' liability insurance amongst other resources.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.