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Video: How to teach your child to ride a bike

Learning to cycle the CTC way is easy and fun - and teaches skills that will last a lifetime.
Ida the star of CTC's How to teach a child to ride a bike video

Learning to cycle the CTC way is easy and fun - and teaches skills that will last a lifetime.

The steps can be taught in short sessions, rather than all on one day – but be guided by the learner.

Do not overtire them or they may be put off cycling forever! Half-an-hour at a time is enough for young children, older ones and adults may cope with longer. Learning to ride a bike is tiring, especially for older people – the brain is having to create new pathways and may need time to absorb what it’s learnt.

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How to encourage cycling at schools with anti-cycling policies

Is your child's school trying to ban or discourage cycling? Here's a guide designed to help tackle the sort of barriers that keep cropping up. It's mainly for parents, but we hope it'll also be useful for teachers, heads, governors, councils, after-school programmes and, of course, children.
Children cycling to school

There is plenty of information available on how to promote cycling at schools that already have a positive outlook (you can learn more about this in the 'Working with the Willing' section). This campaigning kit, however, is primarily to help people who are trying to change the attitudes of obstructive schools.

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Closed roads bring cyclists together

Bringing a section of Northshore to Ride Leicester’s Sky Ride was a fun way to link up two aspects of the CTC at a great city festival. Five miles of closed roads and the chance to ride through the football stadium attracted families from across the region.
Northshore at Leicester's Sky Ride

The Northshore was well-loved:  it was wonderful to see so many excited faces trying something we don’t otherwise have near the city. Volunteers from local CTC clubs were invaluable – they spoke to well over 1,000 people individually.

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How to prepare for your first charity cycle ride

If you have signed up for a charity bike ride and are worried about what lies ahead, here's a handy guide to help you achieve your goal.
Guildford Challenge Ride

Too many people turn up at the start line of a charity bike ride unready for what lies ahead.

In order not to disappoint all the people who have sponsored you, you need to be prepared. Preparation is the key to rising to the challenge, achieving your goal and, most importantly, enjoying your first charity bike ride.

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Cycle with Team CTC at L'Eroica Britannia 2014

All our places for L'Eroica Britannia have now gone. But you can still come along to the L'Eroica Fesitval and enjoy 'The Best of British'.
L'Eroica Britannia

The free festival, which takes place from 20-22 June, features over 100 of the most exciting British brands, and includes vintage clothing, cosmetics, and a bike jumble.  Many of your favourite bicycling brands - including of course CTC - will also be there!!

In addition to all this, there's a fabulous celebration of food, with the chance to try some very special treats.

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Family Rides in Reading to contribute to the European Cycling Challenge

Four led rides in Reading aimed at families to get people involved in the European Cycling Challenge 2014.
Ride logo

A series of neighbourhood cycle rides are being launched as part of the European Cycle Challenge, aimed at seeing which city rides the most.

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March and April courses and events

Here is the schedule for courses starting soon in Leicester.

Courses at Rally Park

Thursdays 9:30

Learn to ride or gain confidence on the road (16+)

 

Thursdays 9:30

Learn basic roadside maintenance (women only).

If more men are interested in this course, we can make recommendations to courses or look at starting a new one – let us know.

 

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Cycle stars needed for short film

Do you want to be part of Leatherhead's newest cycle film? CTC and Prudential RideLondon need your help to shoot a short film with a professional production company, Century TV, who film Prudential RideLondon, The Tour of Britain, Tour Series etc.

We are looking for people to come along and act as volunteer flag wavers and cyclists as well.

To register to help,  please email me mark.slater@ctc.org.uk or lisar@ridelondon.co.uk with your details ASAP.

Date:                                     Saturday 22 March

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Upcoming courses and events from the CTC Cycle Champions Project in Leicester

Find something free near you* from the list below that includes Rally Park (West End/Tudor Road), Cossington St Sports Centre (Belgrave) and Beaumont Leys & Stocking Farm
Get your bike fixed - one of the cycling events in February

Booking is essential for all programmes apart from Bike Repair sessions

ContactsLeicester-cycle-champions@ctc.org.uk

or 0116 252 6536

 

 

Rally Park

 

Mountain biking skills sessions (16+ Only)

11am - 1pm  Last Saturday of every month

 

Ladies’ mountain biking skills sessions (16+ Only)

11am - 1pm Last Sunday of every month

 

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Cycle Chilterns summer Bikeability sessions give children more confidence!

Last summer, 37 children took part in a successful series of Bikeability courses run by the Cycle Chilterns project. The courses took place over two weeks in Tring and Amersham.
Morning Bikeability level 1 session at Amersham

For those of you not familiar with Bikeability, it is the new 'cycling proficiency'. Two levels were offered during the week, with Level 1 covering basic bike skills in a playground and Level 2 covering road skills. The course aims to give children more confidence and awareness of being on the road.

Many parents signed up for the course to give them a bit of peace of mind for when their children cycle with their friends on the road, arming them with the right skills and increasing their awareness.

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