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Cycling to work whatever the weather

Whatever the weather or the season, CTC Senior Cycle Training Officer Greg Woodford commutes by bike 25 miles each way from Reading to Guildford.
Greg Woodford cycling to work

It was a beautiful evening last night riding home, the sky was clear a beautiful crescent moon picked out by the dark of the sky and the air was cold and crisp.

I do find it a little cathartic cycling in the dark, there is something about not being able to see the houses, people and the fields that is soothing. When you do see things they look different, your route seems different too. I think this is why so many people go on night rides.

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Bike Tour Leader course in Cuba

CTC Senior Off-road Officer Dan Cook went to Cuba to develop a cycling qualification and course for cycle holiday guides. He piloted the new cycling course for Exodus Travel.
Cuban sunset

Dan Cook and Olly Townsend of Exodus Travel went to Cuba to pilot a new course that they had created specifically for cycle tour guides.

The tour guides were all qualified through the Cuban education system in the areas relevant to tourism and tour guiding, but they had only their own experiences in cycling prior to this course.

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Free cycle training in West Yorkshire!

David Hall from West Yorkshire has benefited from free adult cycle training and now he is such a confident cyclist he's getting ready to ride the 'Way of the Roses'.
Way of the Roses sign

CTC's Cycling Development Officer for West Yorkshire Ginny Leonard was contacted by David Hall in the summer of 2012, he had never had the opportunity to learn to ride a bike. Being over the age of 40 David told Ginny he lacked confidence in his ability to ride a bike and after he had taken a tumble,  he thought he never would ride a bike. However, with support from CTC David decided to give cycling one more go.

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Mountain biking in snow and ice

Snow, ice, grit and slips... CTC's Dan Cook shares his techniques to help you stay upright, build confidence and even enjoy mountain biking in the snow!
Riding in snow

With the onset of snow, you have the opportunity to encounter some truly fantastic environments on your bike. Despite the ice and the heightened risk of slips and crashes, riding in the snow is actually quite safe (as you are travelling slowly and there are lots of drifts to fall into) and most of all, its fun!.

Like anything new, there is a bit of working out how to do it so you feel comfortable. First though you do have to get out there and try it.

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So you want to start cycle commuting - but are afraid of the traffic?

So you fancy saving money, getting fit and beating the traffic jams by cycling to work – but you're put off by the thought of the risks involved? Well, rest assured, the risks of cycling are about the same as walking per mile travelled – and the greater danger to your health is inactivity.
A cyclist indicates to turn right

But knowing this may still not be enough reassure you to take to two wheels. In that case, a short course in cycle training may be just what you need to give you the skills and confidence you need to make you feel – and be – safer.

Don’t worry about being made to feel silly with memories of riding around bollards in the school playground when you did your Cycling Proficiency. Things have moved on apace since those days and cycle training now mainly takes place in the real world and could involve the journeys you actually want to make.

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First 'graduate' from CTC Adult Cycle Training Scheme in Plymouth

This week, Elaine Norman, the first participant in CTC's Adult Cycle Training Scheme, run in partnership with Plymouth City Council, completed her Level 1 National Cycle Training Standards Course and is keen to get out and about by bicycle in Plymouth.
Elaine completes here CTC cycle training

The Adult Cycle Scheme, part of Plymouth City Council's 'Plymotion' initiative, to promote healthy, sustainable travel choices, offers free cycle training, a bike safety check and guided rides to encourage people to switch to bicycles for urban journeys, such as commuting to work or popping down to the shops.


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WWF partners with the CTC to get employees on their bikes

CTC ran cycle training and personalised travel planning at WWF's office in Godalming, Surrey, to help encourage more employees to cycle to work.
CTC cycle instructor and trainees

Lucy Potashnick, WWF’s Environmental Manager, says: “In a staff travel survey in March 2010, Of the 19% of staff that live within 3 miles or less from work, 40% still use their car to travel into work.”

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Beam me up Scotty! Do 'laser beam' cycle lanes help make you safe?

A recent Guardian Bike Blog discussed the effects of a new 'safety' device: ' - Bike Lane Laser Safety Lighting System' projects a set of red lines around your bike to give the illusion of a cycle lane, the idea being to encourage drivers to give you more space when overtaking.
The Xfire virtual bike lane

But does it work? CTC's Technical Officer Chris Juden is somewhat sceptical.  He told The Guardian:

"Can the driver even see the nearside road surface? Not very near he can't. My bonnet blocks my view of that part of the road for some distance ahead. I think this is a mostly harmless gimmick. I'd rather have the extra light directed somewhere more obviously useful instead."


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A thousand cyclists take to the trails at the Dalby Forest open day

Dalby Bike Barn's open day on 13 October showcased a range of CTC taster courses and activites at our community hub in Dalby Forest. CTC teamed up with PACE and the Forestry Commission to offer visitors an inspiring day of both MTB and road cycling.
Cyclists in Dalby Forest

Around 1000 visitors flocked to the Dalby Open Day.  Many families came to experience a great day of cycling on traffic-free routes; others had come to ride the trails for Dalby 13 a demo day where visitors could try out new 2013 style bikes and kit.

Visitors were allowed to test -ride the RC325.5 EXC mountain bike and try out the  ‘Dalby-proof’ brake pads. Qualified cycle technicians were on hand to give advice and fix and service bikes.


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CTC web chat - your questions answered

CTC’s Chief Exec, Gordon Seabright, and other staff responded to your questions during a live web chat on 21 June. Questions were sent in through Twitter, Facebook and emails. Answers can be found below.

Thanks to all those who sent in questions. In some cases we've responded to you directly.

Among those answering your questions were:


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