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Ride, Cake and Chat!

CTC’s Cycling Development Officer in Scotland is a multi-tasker with a mission – to support women to ride, eat cake and chat. For the record, she’s typing this whilst drinking tea and thinking about what to cook for dinner...
Cycling ladies

I saw in the news this week that British women are the multi-tasking champions of Europe. No wonder, then, that Belles on Bikes is proving so popular with the women of Scotland. Our strapline - ‘ride, cake, chat’ - of actions isn’t meant to be done simultaneously, but clearly it could be!


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Cake-loving lady cyclists wanted in Scotland…!

After a rainy day in the saddle with the fledgling Edinburgh Belles on Bikes, CTC Cycling Development Officer for Scotland Suzanne Forup needs some help getting more women on their bikes...
Four women on bikes

Yesterday four fairly intrepid Edinburgh Belles braved the January rain with me to launch the start of Belles on Bikes across Scotland.

Despite the dreich (that means cold, damp and miserable for the English speakers) conditions the ladies kept smiling, particularly as we rolled along Portobello Promenade into the Beach House for tea, cake and defrosting…


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Tiptree turns out to celebrate its new pump track

After two years of planning, a new pump track at Tiptree in Essex was opened today by the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, Councillors Colin and Laura Sykes. Despite the wet weather there was a fantastic turn out from local youngsters eager to try out the track.
Colchester Mayor and local youngsters raring to go !

The event was supported by BMX Braintree ensuring there were plenty of  bikes for  those who didn't have their own to enjoy a lesson and a pump track session.

The track at the Grove Road playing field wouldn't have been possible for CTC to build without the co-operation of Colchester Borough Council, who have directed funding towards this project and other very successful cycling programmes in the village.

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Great day for a pump track ride

On a sunny weekend at the end of September, the inaugural Yorkshire Bicycle Show was held in Leeds. CTC was one of the main sponsors and staff and volunteers from West Yorkshire and National Office turned out with the ever popular Shoretrax Pump track. See just how much fun was had by all!
Shoretrax Fun

Knowing the organisers first-hand from previous CTC Cycle Champs events was a real bonus. It meant that we had pride of place outside the Town Hall with our Shoretrax pump track and fleet of bikes on loan from Calderdale Council Cycling team. We also had plenty of stand space inside the extremely grand venue where we promoted our Road Justice Campaign and signed people up for CTC membership.

As the track took shape, excitement gathered and a busy day was enjoyed by young cyclists.

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Don't forget the dog! Cycle touring with man (and woman's) best friend.

Expeditions don’t require exotic destinations or big distances, only a sense of adventure – as Judy Mapledoram and family discovered in Devon.
Lady riding with dog on bike

Why don’t we cycle down to Grandad’s next year? It was just an idea at first; he lives over 70 miles away. But it grabbed the attention of the children. ‘Could we?’ they asked. ‘Isn’t it too far?’

There were lots of questions to be answered.

Would the children both be on their own bikes? Should I take the tandem so they could take turns on the back? How could I carry all the camping equipment? And not least: what about the dog?

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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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