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CTC's New Forest Cycling Week 2013 - another great success

This year, there were 220 attendees at the CTC’s New Forest Rally, now in its 39th year. As usual there was a wide mix of people, including families with children, couples on their own and individuals, some of whom cycle camped.
Riders in the New Forest

As is the case every year, CTC East Sussex and Chippenham Wheelers both brought big contingents. Others came from a little further away, including Wales, Scotland, Denmark and even Malaysia!

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Just another day in (cycling) paradise...

CTC's Suzanne Forup often spends her holidays in Denmark, visiting her husband's elderly relatives and extensive selection of siblings. This year she put her foot down and demanded some cycling action too...
Copenhagen cycle commuters

Firstly, I’m not an expert on urbanism, cycling infrastructure or the history of Northern European cycling.

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Summer Bikeability Training in the Chilterns

Get your child road-savvy on their bikes this summer. Free Bikeability training is being made available for children in the Chilterns.
Children's Bikeability training in the Chilterns

The week long course is being offered by Cycle Chilterns, a project encouraging everyone to cycle more in the area. It is a great opportunity for your child to take part especially if they have missed out on Bikeability in the past.

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Families with special needs children cycle together at Avon Tyrrell

Having bikes suitable for children with special needs means the whole family can ride together.
Inclusive cycling at Avon Tyrrell

At Avon Tyrrell, The UK Youth Outdoor Activity Centre in the New Forest, the staff have been working with Hampshire County Council to provide events as part of their short breaks programme. These events allow families with children with additional needs and their siblings to have a break and take part in a variety of outdoor activities.

As part of these short breaks, families are able to use some of the Centre's adapted, all-inclusive bikes and off-road wheelchairs, both on the cycle tracks and off-site.

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Chilterns Cycle Rides For All

Come along and enjoy free led rides in the Chilterns this summer!
Chiltern cyclists

Cycle Chilterns have organised a series of led rides this summer open to all. In particular, they are great for families, people getting back into cycling or those who just prefer to ride in a group.

Led by qualified and experienced ride leaders, the rides will follow many of the local quiet country lanes, catering to the needs of the group, so no-one is left behind. The group usually stops for a relaxed coffee and there's always time to chat while cycling. The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment!

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Here come the girls.. ! Belles are on their bikes in Glasgow

The Glasgow Belles on Bikes project held its first summer social this week. CTC's Suzanne Forup went along to meet them and find out how they get so many women cycling..
The Belles on Bikes Glasgow

I think it’s always a good sign when I turn up to an event and there is a good selection of wine bottles, glasses and food already laid out. Not least because it means I’m in the right place...

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Sun shines on Braintree cycle rides

The sun certainly shone on the latest Braintree cycle ride. Everybody was raring to come out cycling again and I had to give them a new challenge.
Having a go at Braintree BMX

So what better than going over to Braintree BMX Club, near Towerlands?

A couple of intrepid young-at-heart cyclists decided to try out their skills on the course which involves some scarily steep slopes - I swear they make you end up flying in the air - plus some just phenomenal banking that makes you feel like a dare-devil stunt rider, (even on my Claud Butler hybrid)!

Inevitably, one person came a cropper and ended up sliding down the banking on his bottom. But this 56-year-old was elated at re-discovering his teenage years!

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An unusual bike is all it takes to convert festival-goers to cyclists

I’m always looking for ways to introduce people to cycling and gatherings seem like a good place to offer a try to anyone who hasn’t ridden bike in a while. With sun, Cyclone Works and Ebike, Leicester’s Riverside Festival made cycling very popular.
Cyclone Works at Leicester's Riverside Festival, photo by Ian Timings

CTC's Cycling Champions Project asked Cyclone Works to bring along their fun and beautiful bikes, built in Leicester - and people of all ages loved the range of machines. 

There were smiles evoked from the ingenuity of design, the challenge of riding, and the pleasure of watching fruit become a smoothie: the faster you pedal, the faster you get your treat! 

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Cycling bonanza at Colchester Young Children’s Festival

Hundreds of families turned out in brilliant sunshine for the annual Young Children’s Festival in Castle Park in Colchester and CTC took along a load of bikes to try out.
Balance bikes give new cyclists a headstart

We were inundated by children, eager to do skids and turns on the grass, and then we gently cajoled mums and dads to join them.

Possibly one of the most rewarding things you can do is to get a child to ride a bike by themselves for the first time, so the highlight was the constant stream of young children whose mums asked if we could help them cycle without stabilisers. In the space of a couple of hours, a dozen or so had progressed far enough to start getting their balance ready to pedal unaided.

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Edinburgh Festival of Cycling – a right proper festival

Edinburgh has just hosted it's first Festival Of Cycling, with activities and events round the clock to demonstrate that it means business in the challenge to create a cycling culture in our capital city.
Cycling mum Copenhagen style

Edinburgh knows how to do Festivals. It doesn’t hold with the ‘two day, blink and you missed it’ events that other cities call a festival, Edinburgh Festivals take over your life for weeks at a time.

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling has proved to be no different. Established this year  by a dedicated (some might say obsessed) group of volunteers, the EdFoC has provided and promoted nearly two weeks of engaging cycling-themed activities for anyone and everyone across the City.

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