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Ride, Cake and Chat!

CTC’s Cycling Development Officer in Scotland is a multi-tasker with a mission – to support women to ride, eat cake and chat. For the record, she’s typing this whilst drinking tea and thinking about what to cook for dinner...
Cycling ladies

I saw in the news this week that British women are the multi-tasking champions of Europe. No wonder, then, that Belles on Bikes is proving so popular with the women of Scotland. Our strapline - ‘ride, cake, chat’ - of actions isn’t meant to be done simultaneously, but clearly it could be!

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Upcoming courses and events from the CTC Cycle Champions Project in Leicester

Find something free near you* from the list below that includes Rally Park (West End/Tudor Road), Cossington St Sports Centre (Belgrave) and Beaumont Leys & Stocking Farm
Get your bike fixed - one of the cycling events in February

Booking is essential for all programmes apart from Bike Repair sessions

ContactsLeicester-cycle-champions@ctc.org.uk

or 0116 252 6536

 

 

Rally Park

 

Mountain biking skills sessions (16+ Only)

11am - 1pm  Last Saturday of every month

 

Ladies’ mountain biking skills sessions (16+ Only)

11am - 1pm Last Sunday of every month

 

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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.

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Cake-loving lady cyclists wanted in Scotland…!

After a rainy day in the saddle with the fledgling Edinburgh Belles on Bikes, CTC Cycling Development Officer for Scotland Suzanne Forup needs some help getting more women on their bikes...
Four women on bikes

Yesterday four fairly intrepid Edinburgh Belles braved the January rain with me to launch the start of Belles on Bikes across Scotland.

Despite the dreich (that means cold, damp and miserable for the English speakers) conditions the ladies kept smiling, particularly as we rolled along Portobello Promenade into the Beach House for tea, cake and defrosting…

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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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