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Get your kids active this summer

As report after report says we are facing an obesity epidemic, many parents are finding it difficult to get their children off the sofa. If you need some ideas check out CTC's range of family-friendly rides and events.
Family cycling by Simon Brooke-Webb

Cycling in the great outdoors is not only healthy and fun, it's something all the family can do together. CTC has a wide range of events and rides that are perfect for mum, dad, the children - and granny and grandad too! - so check out our selection of some of the best we have to offer:

Cycling rallies in the summer holidays

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March and April courses and events

Here is the schedule for courses starting soon in Leicester.

Courses at Rally Park

Thursdays 9:30

Learn to ride or gain confidence on the road (16+)

 

Thursdays 9:30

Learn basic roadside maintenance (women only).

If more men are interested in this course, we can make recommendations to courses or look at starting a new one – let us know.

 

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Cycle stars needed for short film

Do you want to be part of Leatherhead's newest cycle film? CTC and Prudential RideLondon need your help to shoot a short film with a professional production company, Century TV, who film Prudential RideLondon, The Tour of Britain, Tour Series etc.

We are looking for people to come along and act as volunteer flag wavers and cyclists as well.

To register to help,  please email me mark.slater@ctc.org.uk or lisar@ridelondon.co.uk with your details ASAP.

Date:                                     Saturday 22 March

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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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