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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.

 

Bewl Water, Kent

The 12½ mile Round Reservoir Route is open to walkers all year round and to cycles and horses during the drier months. The track passes through beautiful countryside of species rich woodland and meadow and, for part of the route, takes to quiet country lanes to circumnavigate the Nature Reserve

Alice Holt Forest, Hampshire

Whatever your ability there’s something for everyone at Alice Holt. Our 3 mile cycle trail is suitable for both children and adults, offering all the family a chance to explore further into the forest.  Whilst on the trail, why not take a break halfway round at one of our picnic sites or even a short detour to Lodge Pond; definitely not to be missed! This large medieval pond is a wonderful location for relaxing and the variety of bird life there, from great crested grebes, moorhens, herons and mallard ducks amongst many others, will delight bird watchers.

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