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Support new mountain biking trails in Devon

More off-road trails could be coming to Devon if a National Trust plan receives enough support.
A woman on an off-road trail

The National Trust has recently submitted a planning application for new mountain biking trails at Plymbridge in Devon. This is a fantastic opportunity for off-road cycling in Plymouth as having this facility and the investment that comes with it will create new trails and encourage new cyclists.

To show your support, all you have to do is take a couple of minutes to go to the Plymouth City Council website and support for the project.

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Cyclenation/CTC 2012 conference - a campaigner's reflections

Steve Kinsella, CTC's regional campaigner for the South West, outlines the headline messages from this year's very successful joint conference...
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Attended by around 100 people, the event kept the weekend buzzing.  

From the Friday evening pizza gathering, through to the dinner on Saturday and Sunday’s ride, delegates found a convivial atmosphere, stimulating talk, and good food. The conference master of ceremonies was President of Cyclenation and former head of Cycling England, Philip Darnton, who engagingly kept everything on time and on message with characteristic good humour.

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Brighton cyclists celebrate 2-way cycling!

Local cycle campaign group Bricycles has long called for the reinstatement of 2-way cycling, running a “One way? No way” campaign...
CTC Campaigner Becky Reynolds cycling legally through North Laine, Brighton

Local cyclists in Brighton can now cycle legally in any direction through North Laine, the network of shopping and residential streets near Brighton Station.

Traffic orders by Brighton and Hove City Council exempt cyclists from one-way restrictions in Trafalgar Street, Gloucester Road, Gloucester Street, Vine Street, Robert Street, Kensington Street and 7 other streets (Church Street, Foundry Street, Kemp Street, Kensington Place, Over Street, Queen’s Gardens, and Tidy Street). New cycling signs have been marked out on the roads.

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Bristol Cycling Campaign Autumn Conference 2012

New strategies, new words and new tools were the topics at this year's local campaigners conference. Speakers unveiled new webtools and strategies and called for further coordination between campaign groups to help address cycling issues.
The Bristol cycle campaign conference venue

Bristol Cycling Campaign hosted the annual CTC/Cyclenation campaigners conference on the 13th October. Over 80 delegates attended, with a good showing from the South West, but one coming all the way from Scotland.

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A local representative attempts to revitalize campaigning in the South East, find out how...

A lack of campaigning activity in Buckinghamshire motivated Peter England, the South East Regional Representative to bring all the local representatives together and work out a plan of action…
Local Group cycles in the Chilterns

The work CTC Volunteer Support Officer Laura Brooks does to support the local campaigning network is shaped by the CTC Advisory Group. This group is made up of CTC local campaigners, CTC councilors and CTC staff.

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Cycletopia in Lancaster?

As one of the original Cycle Demonstration Towns (CDT) Lancaster has been trying to move towards the cycling nirvana depicted in CTC’s Cycletopia. So after all the effort and increased spending what have we achieved? Matt Hodges, CTC's representative in Lancaster, gives his views.
A new ramp now connects the canal towpath to the Lune Cycle Path

Lancaster CDT includes the seaside town of Morecambe and a wide rural hinterland.  Although bypassed by the M6 it had a major congestion problem on the city centre gyratory system and on the two road bridges over the river Lune.  But it also had the opportunity of a railway path linking Morecambe to Lancaster via a cycle and pedestrian bridge built for the Millennium. There were also other railway paths.

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Cycletopia – turning cycling dreams into reality

CTC, the national cycling charity has created ‘Cycletopia’ – an imaginary town made up of 15 real life examples in the UK of the best ways to promote, protect and inspire cycling.
Cycletopia includes 15 real life examples of good schemes to promote cycling

CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said: “Great Britain proved this summer we have the best cyclists in the world. Now, we need to create towns and cities that are world class for cycling. There are already great things being done right here in the UK to improve cycling; they just need to happen across all our towns and cities. Cycletopia aims to help every local authority learn from what other places are doing to increase the numbers of cyclists and reduce traffic congestion.”

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

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An interactive map of Cycletopia can be found on CTC’s website: http://beta.ctc.org.uk/cycletopia.

High resolution and detailed images of Cycletopia are also available from CTC Press Office.

Cycletopia is drawn by the cartoonist and cyclist Peter Welleman.

CTC, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling.

We work to protect and promote cycling to create a healthier, cleaner world, now and for the future. We want the UK to be a place where it’s easy and safe for people of all ages to cycle, whatever their ability, background or income. We believe that cycling is more than just transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.

We encourage all types of cycling, on the road or off it.  We support you if you already ride, or would like to ride, to work or school, for health, touring, sport and leisure – or just because it’s fun.

We’ve been working for cycling for over a century. Nationally and locally, we use our knowledge to influence decision makers and help people discover how cycling can change lives.

• We provide expert, practical help and advice.
• We support individuals and communities.
• We protect cyclists’ interests.
• We campaign to make cycling mainstream and to remove the things that stop people cycling.
• We help people develop the confidence and skills to cycle.
• We promote the benefits of cycling to individuals, to society and to the economy.

CTC is an independent charity, and relies on 69,000 members, volunteers, grant funders and partners for support. Without them, we would not be able to do our vital work in communities inspiring hundreds of thousands of people across the UK to cycle.

 

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Support CTC Portsmouth's campaign to complete a cycle route along the A3

For many years now members of CTC Portsmouth, lead by local campaigners Robert Sebley and Mike Ashton, have been campaigning for a cycle route through the A3 Butser cutting. Now is your chance to support them by signing their petition.
Brave Cyclist on A3 Trunk Dual Carriageway Butser

In the early 1990s the A3 road north from the A3(M) was replaced by a dual carriageway that, for the vast majority of cyclists, does not offer an acceptable safety level. The Highways Agency built cycle tracks alongside the A3, south from Queen Elizabeth Country Park to North Horndean and from Petersfield to Liphook. A map of the area can be found here.

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Minister opens new cycle path alongside the A27 in East Sussex

25 June 2012
A missing link in the cycle path network alongside the A27 has been opened by the Minister for Transport, Norman Baker MP. The route is another step in providing direct links between towns and villages in an area dominated by a major road.
Members of East Sussex CTC at the opening of the new A27 cycle path

The A27 carries 22,000 vehicles per day along the 1-mile stretch in question, and although a diversionary route through Glynde has been in place for a few years it involved climbing up the hillside and a two mile diversion.

The section of the route links the existing cycle track east from Firle with the A26 junction at Beddingham - see map of the area here.

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Talking cycling to Northern Ireland’s politicians, planners and the public

Wednesday was one of the most meeting-packed days I can remember, with 2 Ministers, one parliamentary select committee, a presentation to some traffic planners, a visit to a cycle-friendly school and a public meeting all in one day!
Mike McKillen, Mai-Britt Kristensen and Roger Geffen at Stormont castle

Huge respect to Tom McClelland, CTC’s lead regional volunteer campaigner, for arranging such a full schedule at very short notice.

Tom and I were joined throughout the day by Mai-Britt Kristensen from the Cycling Embassy of Denmark, and by Mike McKillen from Cyclist.ie, the federation of cycle campaign groups in the Irish Republic.

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  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Gordon Seabright
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541
  • CTC Charitable Trust: A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.5125969. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1104324 and Scotland No SC038626

 

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