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Carfree living - what is it really like?

Can you live without your car? After using a car for over a decade, CTC's Victoria Hazael finally became carless in February 2011. Find out what happened next.

As soon as I passed my driving test, I bought my own car and I loved it. In almost a decade, I drove it over 100,000 miles and I thought I couldn’t live without it.


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A statistical look at the success of Swindon's Workplace Cycle Challenge

Find out what effect the second Workplace Cycle Challenge had on the number of people cycling in Swindon.
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What is a Workplace Cycle Challenge?

The Workplace Cycle Challenge is a behavioural change programme, designed to encourage more people to cycle more often.

It allowed organisations, and the individual departments within them, to compete against each other, seeing who could encourage the most staff to cycle for at least 10 minutes over a three-week Challenge period.

The Challenge focuses on participation rather than mileage, to ensure a fair competition which engaged new and occasional cyclists as much as regular cyclists.

Merthyr Tydfil Bike Club

A Transition Bike Club project has been established in Merthyr Tydfil engaging five primary schools as a 'stepping stone' to fully-fledged bike clubs in High School.
Merthyr Tydfil Bike Club

The Transition Bike Club Project encourages more young people to become involved in cycling. 

The participating primary schools are:

  • Heolgerrig Community Primary School
  • Cyfarthfa Junior School
  • Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Santes Tudful
  • Caedraw Primary
  • Twynyrodyn Community Primary School

The Transition Bike club is split into four periods during the academic year covering the following areas:

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Islington Community Rides Bike Club launches

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.
Children set off on the Islington Community Rides launch

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.


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Free cycling training for the over 50s in Swindon

The Over 50’s Cycling Courses in Swindon have been so popular that it is fully booked months in advance and more dates have been added to cope with demand.
Over 50s begginners line up for their first lesson

Many people have continued cycling in their learning groups many months after their courses finish, which has created a growing cycling scene for older people in the area.


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Cycling to school

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.
Three schoolgirls cycling to school in green uniform

'“You must be mad!” was the frequent response when I was a School Travel Plan Adviser at Hackney Council, talking to parents about cycling to school with their kids. “Look at the state of the roads!” they’d say, referring to the lumbering double-decker 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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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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Islabikes Beinn 29 Cycle Magazine Review

Islabikes Beinn 29
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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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.

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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