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Free Bikeability courses at Thrive events across England

26 June 2015
CTC has teamed up with the Crown Estates as part of a series of summer events called Thrive, designed to make healthy living fun.
A girl riding a bike

Thrive is coming to a retail park near you, offering shoppers a chance to have fun getting fit this summer. The free one-day events are taking place in ten towns and cities across England from 4 July through to 5 September and will be followed a week later by Bikeability training sessions run by local cycle instructors. 

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Bikes, belles and babies - new family cycling groups

Two years ago, Suzanne Forup, CTC’s Assistant Head of Development, wrote about the challenges of getting ‘back on her bike’ with her son, a toddler at the time. Now she is helping to set up family cycling groups and even more Bike Belles groups to encourage more people in Scotland to cycle.
Trying out a cargo bike

Back in 2013 I was wondering if I would ever cycle again, after two years off the bike following pregnancy and the premature birth of my son. I'm not sure it would have happened without the support of my local cycling group and their family rides that summer. Riding in a group with experienced parents gave me the confidence and the impetus to try. It was a really  friendly and encouraging environment and I started cycling again.

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Women on Wheels at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

CTC's Assistant Head of Development, Suzanne Forup, likes a challenge, particularly if it involves organising part of a cycling festival, cake and books.
Women on Wheels

Back in the depths of winter, when I started to plan with partners the proposed events for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, I must have forgotten the stress of the year before. Rather like childbirth I only remembered the glorious success of the two events, rather than the pain and anxiety brought on by fear that no-one would turn up to either.

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Eroica Britannia: a ride for heroes

This weekend 20-21 June, Bakewell in the Peak District will step back in time as thousands of cyclists with a love for steel and wool take to the hills for the three-day festival of cycling Eroica Britannia. CTC staff and volunteers will be on hand to help out.
Eroica Britannia

The original L’Eroica sprang from the Tuscan hills of the Chianti region back in 1997 as local Italian cyclists sought to preserve the strade bianche (literally the 'white streets', which in reality are chalky white gravel roads) from being tarmacked over. This ride saw 92 riders set off on steel steeds (pre-1987) in woollen vintage outfits, and from these humble beginnings a legend in the amateur international cycling calendar was born.

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Women on Wheels roars back for a second year

29 May 2015
After a successful launch at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling last year, the trailblazing Women on Wheels programme - a series of women-led cycling events - is back for 2015 and is bigger than ever.
CTC Celebrates Women on Wheels in Scotland (credit Gerry Lauzon)

As last year's Women's Cycle Forum inspired roundtable events to take place in London and Manchester, and helped to shape the first UK national Women and Cycling convention in York, it's no surprise that Women on Wheels - a programme of women-led cycling events in Scotland, is shaping up to be an even bigger bike bonanza in its second year. Meanwhile, 'Bike Curious' family workshops are set to go nationwide across Scotland, giving mums - and dads - the chance to try out any number of family cycling solutions from Copenhagen-style cargo bikes to t

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My favourite ride: Dorset and Wiltshire

As spring turns to summer, CTC is looking to share some of its staff and members' favourite rides. First out of the gates is campaigner Sam Jones, who shares his love for the West Country.
Cut Mill in Hinton St Mary

Ride: Gillingham (Dorset) – Mere – Deverills - Salisbury – Shaftesbury – Cut Mill – Gillingham
Distance: c.70miles 
Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/smQbf 
GPX: https://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/files/dors-wilts.gpx

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Bike Week to get half a million people cycling this June

Over half a million people are due to take part in Bike Week (13 – 21 June), the biggest cycling event in the UK. Packed full of activities and helpful tips on how you can make the simple switch to cycling, Bike Week 2015 demonstrates that cycling is a really convenient way to get around.
Bike Week logo

Originating from the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) in 1923, this annual opportunity to promote cycling shows how getting on your bike can easily be a part of everyday life. Whether it’s for fun, as a means of getting to work or school, to get to the shops or just to visit friends, Bike Week provides a one stop shop of events and inspiration to get you onto the saddle.

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

Notes to Editors: 
  1. Bike Week 2015 runs 13 – 21 June 2015. For more information visit www.bikeweek.org.uk   and follow us on https://www.facebook.com/NationalBikeWeek  and https://twitter.com/Bike_Week (using the hashtag #BikeWeekUK)
  2. Bike Week 2015 is delivered by CTC, the national cycling charity, in partnership with Cyclescheme and Love to Ride, as part of the European Union Intelligent Energy Programme. The project is also funded through Bike Hub, Cycling Scotland, and Travelwise Northern Ireland, and is supported by British Cycling, London Cycling Campaign, Sustrans, the Association of Cycle Traders and Cyclenation.
  3. The National Travel Survey (NTS) is produced by the Department for Transport and is the primary source of data on personal travel patterns in Great Britain https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-travel-survey-statist...
  4. David Cameron wrote  a letter of support to CTC’s Vote Bike campaign on 23 April. A copy of this letter is available at  https://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/files/media_library/users/SamJones/cameron_response.pdf
  5. The Ride National Cycle Challenge is at www.lovetoride.net 
  6. For further information on CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. 

 

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How the Tour made Essex cycling-mad

Forget Yorkshire, God's own country. Forget Boris Bikes - Essex is where it's happening when it comes to cycling says Richard Monk, CTC's local cycling officer.
Cycling transport in the wilds of Essex

It woz the Tour de France wot done it. That's my opinion. The iconic race flew through Essex that sunny day last July - and the public took cycling to their hearts. There was an amazing atmosphere with packed streets and every blade of verge-side grass filled. The picturesque Finchingfield village green was a sea of people. But that's not the end of the story.

Something changed.

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L'Eroica & CTC Heritage Jersey Rider Package

Don't miss your opportunity to cycle back in time at this year's L'Eroica Britannia in Derbyshire's magnificent peaks with Team CTC. There are 25 places available and each rider will receive a CTC heritage jersey.
L'Eroica Britannia rider places CTC

CTC has a limited number of rider places up for grabs at this years L'Eroica Britannia . We are offering you a chance to ride for the oldest cycling organisation in the UK. 

We are offering members the opportunity to come and explore of some of the most beautiful countryside, cycling through World class heritage sites and areas of outstanding beauty.

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Electric bikes set to put spring in your step in the Chilterns

24 March 2015
CTC is giving cycling in the Chilterns a boost this spring with electric bikes, a new cycle hire fleet and rides galore packed into a new cycling guide. Sara Randle shines a light on the Cycle Chilterns Bike Hub in Great Missenden.
Health Rides - great for all ages and abilities

CTC’s cycling development project, Cycle Chilterns, has partnered with local business, The Bicycle Workshop, to provide electric and hybrid bikes and create a new and much-needed cycle hire centre in the Chilterns.

 

To encourage people to give electric bikes a go, from 25th March to the end of April, you can hire one for £5 or free with a valid bus or train ticket or season ticket. The national cycling charity, has also given Lovelo in Berkhamsted two e-bikes and will be running the same special offer.

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