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Did your MP stand up for cycling? 6 September 2013

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4 hour debate on cycling; 20 mph guidance revised; 5,600 kms on a bike called Reggie; Unfair fines; pump tracks and more.
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Dear Supporter,

 
Need more evidence of the figure-improving effects of cycling? Look no further than what has happened to London's Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan since he took up cycling, and Prime Minister David Cameron since he gave it up (for security reasons!).
 
 
 
 

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

 
 
 
 
 
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Did your MP speak up for cycling?
 
 
 
 
100 MPs attended an extended 4 hour debate on Monday night, with over 30 speeches in support of the Get Britain Cycling report's recommendations, set out in a speech by Julian Huppert (right) co-chair of the All Party Cycling Group. Shadow Secretary of State Maria Eagle outlined an 8 point plan for cycling, including promises of longer term funding for cycling rather than stop-start, two-year spurts of cash. CTC, together with British Cycling and Sustrans, had briefed MPs beforehand, but the fact that so many attended is a tribute to the thousands of cyclists who got in touch with MPs over the last few weeks. Thank you!
 
 
 
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20 mph police guidance to be revised
 
 
 
 
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Besides Maria Eagle's launch of Labour's plan, the only new announcement in the debate came when the Minister for Transport, Norman Baker, revealed that police policy organisation ACPO would be revising the national policing guidanceon enforcing the 20 mph speed limit in England and Wales. Reluctance to enforce it has been raised as a reason not to apply lower speed limits.
 
 
 
 
5,600 kms across Europe on a bike called Reggie
 
 
 
 
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Schools are back, and with them goes teacher Andrew Sykes, who - with Reggie the Ridgeback - has just completed a 2 month long tour along EuroVelo route 8, from Greece to Portugal. His first EuroVelo tour (London to Brindisi) is published as an excellent book, and he will be turning his recent blog into - we hope - another!
 
 
 
 
Cycle Chilterns gets pumped 
 
 
 
 
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Last weekend saw the launch of a new pump track at the Aston Hill Mountain Bike Park. The track was built by CTC as part of the Cycle Chilterns project to promote cycle tourism across the Chilterns and featured an under 12s race on Saturday evening. The project will also include further community taster events, volunteer trail maintenance course and subsidised CTC MTB Skills courses.
 
 
 
 
Unfair fine for cyclist to be fought in court
 
 
 
 
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If a car occupies an Advanced Stop Line have you ever pulled ahead of it? That's what Alex Paxton did, and he received a fixed penalty notice - for going beyond a stop line - as a consequence. The Cyclists' Defence Fund is fighting this unfair case, but needs £2000 to make sure it can proceed. Donate here or by texting 'FINE99 £10' to 70070 to give £10 using your phone bill.
 
 
 
 
8,000 churches welcome walkers and cyclists
 
 
 
 
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Since 1982 the Ride & Stride event has been growing in size, now covering most of England, with thousands of churches open to the public. Some participants are sponsored to visit as many churches as they can between 10am and 6pm, but you can just pop in and give a donation. The event raises money to repair and maintain churches.
 
 
 
 
Lorry crackdown launched
 
 
 
 
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The Mayor of London and Department for Transport finally started taking actionagainst lorry danger on Wednesday, with targeted checks of illegal lorry use and plans for additional charges. CTC welcomed the move, but wants lorries banned during peak hours. Chief Executive also wrote to the Freight Transport Association about their comments that cyclists were to blame for their own deaths. 
 
 
 
 
How much has your bike saved you?
 
 
 
 
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If others in your household are vetoing the purchase of a new bike, you may find the cycle to work calculator provides a useful way of explaining how much you've saved. Just pop in costs, time and distance of your cycle ride to work and an alternative method, and the calculator tells you how quickly your new ride will pay off. 
 
 
 
 
Your thoughts on CTC's brand refresh
 
 
 
 
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What does CTC mean to you? The initials CTC, what they stand for, the strapline and every aspect of how we look and how we describe ourselves is up for review. All members' views are welcome and there's been some fascinating and compelling feedback already. A very short survey closes in a week's time so this is your last chance to say how you would like your CTC to look. CTC belongs to you so please have your say.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Julie Rand

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

 
 
 
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