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Freshers' cycle training after call from Oxford MP to improve safety for students

Oxford University freshers to get free cycle training as CTC answers MP’s call at the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ debate
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During last week’s well-attended cycling debate in Parliament, Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood questioned the lack of cycle training for students coming to the city and cycling for the first time on unfamiliar roads.

After campaigning with other cycling organisations for the debate, and the recent ‘Cycling Revolution’ cash announced by David Cameron, CTC the national cycling charity, has offered to help.

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Cycle instructor wins Local Cycling Hero award

One of our most dedicated cycle instructors, Maryam Amatullah, has won the Midlands region Local Cycling Hero award this week.
Maryam enjoys passing on her expertise

Originally trained by CTC, Maryam is definitely one of the most popular cycling instructors in the city! Everyone who has been taught by Maryam describes her support and dedication, her quiet determination that they too can cycle if they want to.

 For some trainees, her support in Hindi as well as English is especially welcome.  We appreciate that our award winner will start two more 6-week sessions for adults next week.  

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Cossington Street Adult Cycling Sessions updates

The adult cycling sessions at Cossington Street Sports Centre continue to be very popular. We have taken delivery of a shipping container at Cossington, which should help with storage and making the sessions flow easily.
Learning to ride with small bikes to borrow and a ball court

We plan to organise neighbourhood rides soon, with bikes to borrow.  Please look out for Ride Leader training if you would like to help out.  

As part of sharing the story of adult cycle training, some trainees gave interviews to camera on Wednesday 21st.  Your stories, experiences and opinions will appear soon.  Thank you!

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Summer Bikeability Training in the Chilterns

Get your child road-savvy on their bikes this summer. Free Bikeability training is being made available for children in the Chilterns.
Children's Bikeability training in the Chilterns

The week long course is being offered by Cycle Chilterns, a project encouraging everyone to cycle more in the area. It is a great opportunity for your child to take part especially if they have missed out on Bikeability in the past.

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CTC Bike Tour Leader Award course in India Day 7

The course concludes with some Exodus-specific training and a lot of photocopying for me!
Sunset over Kochi

Exodus guide training

Today's course for the trainees was specific to the provider Exodus and involved a lot of looking at how to best implement procedures, meeting clients' needs and setting expectations.  This meant that I had some paperwork, reviewing and photocopying to do, along with a brief break period - phew!

Amazing thing of the day:  I walked past an 11,000 volt substation, all caged off, with a guy sleeping on a bench inside it, leaning up against the transformers!  Buzzing wasn’t the word!

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CTC Bike Tour Leader course in India Day 6

Riding skills and double dosa orders at breakfast made a great combination.
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Double Dosa Day

Masala Dosa.  One great breakfastWith last night's requests for breakfast choices resulting in a few of the Sri Lankan contingent putting both their left and right hands up, there were extra Masala Dosas for breakfast - a double dosa day - for some, to great amusement of the more diet volume restrained of the group.


Publication Date: 
May 2013
i-Contact, CTC's e-newsletter for cycle instructors
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CTC Bike Tour Leader in India Days 4 and 5

Starting with loads of examples of leading, managing the group and dealing with incidents out on the road set the group up to practise these options and get feedback. All great fun and really positive learning.
Chinese fishing nets in Kochi.

Examples of leading day

Reached the Chinese fishing nets and the main square of Fort Cochin. Looked out to the sea and in the 400m gap between us and the mainland were a pod of dolphins feeding. Swimming gently against the tide they were hardly moving relative to us.  The pod was pretty big - and spread almost from side to side. After a short while of watching, a few popped up only about 50m from us curving over as they dived.  Quite a special sight.

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CTC Bike Tour Leader course in India Day 2

Hot hot hot! Preparation for the CTC Bike Tour Leader course in India, meeting the trainees and the course starts, all in 36 degrees and 95% humidity.
A group of trainee tour leaders in India


Route finding and prep

The traffic in any foreign city always has its own culture, and of course India's is definitely something to experience. My recollection of previous visits was of higher noise levels and utter chaos. Maybe further travelling and riding solo through places like Rome since my last trip to India have extended my capacity to appreciate the nuances of local conditions?

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CTC Bike Tour Leader course in India Day 3

It's time to meet the team and start the learning on the Bike Tour Leader course. With 14 on the course, the trainers, Olly and I, were keen to find out about the experiences and desires of the trainees.
Trailside maintenance training and discussion


Intro and group riding day

Today is all about setting the course out and providing great examples that the guides can use. It's always great to hear their opinions and experiences - what works for them and why. Of course, it's also good to hear about why things don't quite go as expected too! 

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