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School run cycling

Most children live within cycling distance of their school and want to get there by bike. Alix Stredwick examines what’s stopping them – and how to tackle it.
Children enjoying the school run by bike

'You must be mad!' was the frequent response when I was a School Travel Plan Adviser at Hackney Council about six years ago, talking to parents about cycling to school with their kids. ‘Look at the state of the roads!’ they’d say, referring to the lumbering doubledecker buses, careering tipper trucks, zooming mopeds, a myriad of manic cars, and gaggles of older pupils spilling out into the road.

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Drive less, cycle more

It’s all too easy to depend on the car for transport, especially if you have a family. Ben Searle suggests ways to cycle more instead
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Car use is decreasing in Britain – most noticeably in London, where cycling has had a resurgence. The population isn’t switching from cars to bikes en masse, but some people are making trips by bike that they would once have driven. Why? To save money; to beat congestion; and for environmental and health reasons.

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Islabikes Beinn 29 Cycle Magazine Review

Islabikes Beinn 29
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Islabikes Beinn 29

For anyone who just wants ‘a bike’, a non-specialised, all-purpose hybrid is a good choice. This new offering from Islabikes is a true jack-of-all-trades option. It’s like a Beinn kids’ bike writ large. Scaling up for adults means 700C wheels, called 29 not for marketing reasons but because the bike can be ordered with 29x2in mountain bike tyres. If you’ll mostly stay on tarmac, you can specify touring tyres. If you’re not sure, the default, lightly-treaded 38mm Kwik Trax tyres will do fine.

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Cycling with a bump - is it safe to ride whilst pregnant?

CTC's Victoria Hazael cycled when she was expecting a baby last year, here's her experience of cycling with an ever increasing bump.
A pregnant cyclist

From the moment I found out I was expecting my son I wanted to protect him and keep him safe. I read the books, gave up drinking wine and eating Brie and worried I’d have to put my bike away too.

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Cycling when you are pregnant

Should you cycle when you are pregnant? Is cycling safe for both the mother-to-be and the unborn baby? Expectant mothers who cycle regulary may get conflicting advice about cycling and pregnancy, so here's a comprehensive look at the evidence.
A pregnant cyclist

Should you cycle when you are pregnant? Is cycling safe for  both the mother-to-be and the unborn baby? Expectant mothers who cycle regulary may get conflicting advice about cycling and pregnancy, so here's a comprehensive look at the evidence.

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Support Your Local Bike Shop

Here at CTC, we love supportive and friendly local bike shops. When things go wrong or when you need a bit of advice, local knowledgeable staff are invaluable. See which shops our CTC supporters recommend.
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Following on from our request in the Friday 9th March edition of Cycleclips, it is our pleasure to present the local bike shops that our CTC supporters highly recommend.

Helen Royan from Leeds had this to say about her local bike shop - Dave Rayner Cycles:            

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Success for local campaigners in Wendover

1 March 2012
The first cycle route to be installed in Wendover for five years was opened in the small Buckinghamshire town at the beginning of March.
Success for local campaigners in Wendover

This came after years of hard work and a final ferocious fight from local people and cycling campaigners, including local CTC volunteers, to ensure the parish council kept their promise of investment in cycling in the area.

Peter Hardy, Cabinet Member for Buckinghamshire County Council opened the route with a celebratory bike ride by children from local schools. An impressive swell of public support saw the route being saved after a last minute attempt to prevent £300,000 of investment in the local town, which is already suffering from car congestion and parking problems.

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How to transport children by bike

What to do if you want to carry on cycling once you have a family? Does life have to start revolving around four wheels instead of two? Or is it possible to take the little darlings with you?
How to transport children by bike

Of course it its! the options available include: trailer bikes, child seats, tandems, using their own bikes, cargo bikes, trikes and more.

Look out for the comprehensive guide in next month's issue of 'Cycle' (Aug/Sept 2012) or buy 'The CTC Guide to Family Cycling' edited by Dan Joyce. Available to order from CTC for £9.99 including p&p. Tel 0844 736 8450 with a credit or debit card number.

 

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Forestry Commission and CTC to work in tandem

With a shared vision to increase cycling in woodlands, Forestry Commission England and CTC, the largest cycling membership organisation in England, are today celebrating the launch of their official partnership.
Forestry Commission and CTC to work in tandem

The partnership agreement sets out an exciting joint ambition to increase the role that cycling plays on the Forestry Commission Estate to enhance the health and well being of the nation and to support local delamere-28.jpgtourism. We also would like to see local communities making the most of the natural beauty that the public forest estate offers and cycling is a great way to enjoy the surroundings.

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Lower gears on a road bike

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I am recovering from a recent heart attack and need to lower the gears on my Specialized Roubaix. Current drivetrain is Shimano 105 with compact double chainset. I’ve looked at the option of using a 10-speed 12–36 cassette with a 9-speed mountain bike mech. Would smaller rings be another possibility? Or a triple chainset? From CTC supporter, John Plant
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