Islington's first Bike Club launched on 13 April 2012. The London Borough Of Islington Community Rides Bike Club aims to provide family-friendly opportunities and training to a diverse range of people new to cycling.
The London Borough Of Islington Community Bike Rides Bike Club got off to a flying start, with a good showing of family and solo riders turning up to Rosemary Gardens to set off at 11am on a chilly but bright spring morning.
All bikes were checked by Islington Council’s team of qualified cycle instructors to ensure they were roadworthy and any needing attention were put to rights.
If your child's school is trying to ban or discourage cycling, this guide is designed to help overcome the most common barriers. It's mainly for parents, but we hope it'll also be useful for teachers, heads, governors, local authorities, after-school programmes and, of course, children.
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.
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.
'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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: