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Cycle Chilterns summer Bikeability sessions give children more confidence!

Last summer, 37 children took part in a successful series of Bikeability courses run by the Cycle Chilterns project. The courses took place over two weeks in Tring and Amersham.
Morning Bikeability level 1 session at Amersham

For those of you not familiar with Bikeability, it is the new 'cycling proficiency'. Two levels were offered during the week, with Level 1 covering basic bike skills in a playground and Level 2 covering road skills. The course aims to give children more confidence and awareness of being on the road.

Many parents signed up for the course to give them a bit of peace of mind for when their children cycle with their friends on the road, arming them with the right skills and increasing their awareness.

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Front child seats

Some fans of front child seats are indignant that CTC apparently damns their choice with faint praise. So here's my explanation of why we're not against front seats, but would encourage parents to consider a rear seat first.
Family cycling in the Netherlands

The attractions of a front seat are obvious. The child is right there, sees all that you see, sharing the experience of cycling in a far more intimate and stimulating way than when seated behind your bum. In front, they may even seem more protected, sheltered between your arms. You could grab and protect the child if anything bad happens, right?

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CTC leads collaboration to get every four-year-old in Glasgow cycling

30 January 2014
A new CTC-led project will allow every four-year-old child in Glasgow the opportunity to learn to ride a bike thank to The People's Postcode Lottery
The team behind Play on Wheels

Play on Wheels, a collaborative project between CTC, the national cycling charity, Play Scotland, Glasgow Bike Station and Cycling Scotland was awarded £230,000 on Wednesday 29 January in the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund 2014.

The award, which is the largest single amount ever awarded to a Dream Fund project, means every four-year-old child in Glasgow will have the chance to learn to ride a bike before they go to school.

Donna - from learning to cycle to learning maintenance

Donna has learned to ride on the roads, even tackling her toughest roundabouts and taken a two-week cycle maintenance course. We spoke to her in the autumn, and here are her plans for more cycling, and reflections on what cycling has meant to her thus far.
Donna working on a wheel

Why did you take up adult cycle training?

Donna came to Adult Cycling sessions to work toward being a first-responder-on-a-bike in St John’s Ambulance. She is already an advanced first-aider, but needed to learn to ride on the road. She saw others in the park wearing bright yellow vests, and then an instructor came to the Fit and Active group Donna attended, and offered free cycling courses to people who were trying to get fitter.

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Adult Cycle Training opportunities - January 2014

Upcoming cycle training opportunities for adults (16 plus) in Leicester
Adult trainee and instructor

Please contact leicester-cycle-champions@ctc.org.uk or 0116 252 6536 to book a free place to learn to ride or gain confidence on the road.

 

Please also note monthly mountain biking opportunities at Rally Park. listed separately.

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Becoming a cyclist – a New Year’s resolution

The glory of mastering the bike, the road and a ‘clumsy’ childhood. Read this story directly from one of the trainees on the Leicester Cycle Champions programme.
Cynthia ready to ride
As trainers and organisers, this is the result we hope for, give our time for. We love your hard femme self, Cynthia.  And hurrah to Leicester City Council for continuing to fund free Adult Cycle Training, organised by CTC.
 
More free courses and rides starting week of 13 January 2014 in Leicester
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Free bike safety checks in the Chilterns this winter

Cycle Chilterns will be running a number of free bike safety check sessions at town markets and train stations across the Chilterns this winter.
Free bike safety checks from Dr Bike

To help keep your bike running smoothly and safely this winter we will be holding regular Dr Bike sessions at a variety of locations across the Chilterns. During each session a qualified mechanic from a local bike shop will perform a free, basic bike safety check while you wait.

Basic bike maintenance is important at any time of year, but particularly during winter when weather conditions, dirt and grit on the road can cause problems with brakes and gears much quicker than in the dry summer months.

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Stuck for stocking fillers? Try CTC Gift Membership

If trudging around the shops looking for the perfect gift fills you with horror, then look no further. CTC’s Gift Membership makes the perfect gift for every rider - from avid cyclists to those just getting started.
CTC Gift Membership

With more and more of your friends and family taking to two wheels, give the gift that provides:  a full 12 months of CTC legal and insurance protection; shop discounts; route and technical advice; six issues of 'Cycle' magazine;  and a warm welcome at thousands of CTC rides. It sure beats socks!

CTC Gift Membership is gift-wrapped and as an additional stocking filler, it includes a CTC woolly hat. We can send the gift to you to pop under the tree or direct to the recipient with a personalised message.

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CTC Scotland Gathering appoints new committee

CTC Scotland met in Larbert for the annual gathering and refreshed and rebuilt their committee for 2013-14.
CTC Scotland Commitee 2013-14

When Dr Chris Oliver was head-hunted to be the new chairman of CTC Scotland in 2011, it was his remit to reinvigorate and refresh the Scottish Committee. This has certainly been achieved.

At the gathering, Gordon Seabright CTC national CEO gave a inspiring workshop on where CTC is going, and John Lauder, National Director for Sustrans Scotland, outlined their developments.

Teenagers become trainers

Bike Club Scotland has developed a Package for 14-16yr olds to introduce them to the world of cycle leadership. 117 new leaders are now working with their club, group or school to help develop cycling as an activity for more young people to access.

There is no need for me to persuade most young people of the benefits of cycling. They are not interested in hearing the eco advantages – both pocket and emission, nor the difference it can make for congestion, long term health or the social impact. What it means to children and young people is fun and freedom!

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