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CTC's 'Bard on a Bike' helps get Rochdale cycling.

With the 40km Connect2 network well established around Rochdale, CTC’s local Cycling Development Officer Seamus Kelly decided to use poetry to revive interest in cycling along the routes.
The Larks poem by CTC Development Officer and poet Seamus Kelly

Seamus, a writer and poet in his spare time, came up with the initial concept  to display some poetry along the pathways and shared the idea with colleagues in the council and local arts groups. The Library Service, through the Maskew Bequest offered funding for the project and along with match funding from Cartwheel Arts, the idea of displaying poems on the routes became a realistic possibility.

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New section of cycle route for Snowdonia

CTC attended the opening last week of a new section of Lôn Gwyrfai, a cycling and walking route linking Caernarfon to Waunfawr. The new section joins Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert.
Cutting the ribbon on the new route

The work developing the new section of the  Lôn Gwyrfai multi-use path was part funded by the Communities and Nature (CAN) project, which is a £14.5m European funded project led and managed by Natural Resources Wales. CAN aims to generate economic growth and sustainable jobs by capitalising on Wales's environmental qualities, particularly its landscape and wildlife.

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Could you be a Ted?

Cycling Development Officer in Scotland, Suzanne Forup, is looking for CTC members in Dumfries and Galloway to help children and young people discover the joy of cycling. You don’t really have to be called Ted…
Portwilliam Cycling Group

Ted Norfolk, CTC member in Dumfries and Galloway is creating a cycling revolution in his area. Ted is no stranger to cycling success - riding as a GB Cyclo Cross international rider in the 1960’s and then moving into coaching in the 1980’s. He worked with the English Schools Cycling Association as a coach and trainer, as well as for Hampshire and Berkshire schools. Ted also worked alongside the GB Cyclo Cross team as a squad coach, mechanic and team manager in the late 1980’s.

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Tiptree turns out to celebrate its new pump track

After two years of planning, a new pump track at Tiptree in Essex was opened today by the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, Councillors Colin and Laura Sykes. Despite the wet weather there was a fantastic turn out from local youngsters eager to try out the track.
Colchester Mayor and local youngsters raring to go !

The event was supported by BMX Braintree ensuring there were plenty of  bikes for  those who didn't have their own to enjoy a lesson and a pump track session.

The track at the Grove Road playing field wouldn't have been possible for CTC to build without the co-operation of Colchester Borough Council, who have directed funding towards this project and other very successful cycling programmes in the village.

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Parent and Child Cycle Training in Reading

In order to encourage parents and children to cycle together, CTC and Reading Borough Council are offering parent and child cycle training to improve their cycling confidence.
Learn to cycle as a family on those short journeys

CTC and Reading Borough Council offer Parent and Child Cycle Training sessions to improve the cycling ability of both parents and children.

Sessions begin at Palmer Park and continue throughout the roads in Wokingham, so the experience gives parents and children practical experience on both quiet and busy roads.

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Great day for a pump track ride

On a sunny weekend at the end of September, the inaugural Yorkshire Bicycle Show was held in Leeds. CTC was one of the main sponsors and staff and volunteers from West Yorkshire and National Office turned out with the ever popular Shoretrax Pump track. See just how much fun was had by all!
Shoretrax Fun

Knowing the organisers first-hand from previous CTC Cycle Champs events was a real bonus. It meant that we had pride of place outside the Town Hall with our Shoretrax pump track and fleet of bikes on loan from Calderdale Council Cycling team. We also had plenty of stand space inside the extremely grand venue where we promoted our Road Justice Campaign and signed people up for CTC membership.

As the track took shape, excitement gathered and a busy day was enjoyed by young cyclists.

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100 not out - CTC Life Member Les Brown celebrates with a ride

A telegram from the Queen might be enough for most people but CTC member Les Brown decided to mark his 100th birthday with a bike ride.
Les Brown and Tom Hanley on the recumbent trike

CTC Life Member Les Brown doesn't let age get in the way of his passion for cycling so his friend and fellow CTC Life member Tom Hanley decided to organise a special celebration ride for him when he turned 100 years old on 1 September.

The pair, who rode an unusual tandem-trike, were joined for the occasion by around 25 other cyclists and friends for the ride from Lochmaben to Dalton Pottery, where they enjoyed a well-deserved slice of birthday cake.

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Why is increasing physical activity important?

Cycling can contribute to increasing physical activity and has a number of significant health benefits. There has been considerable progress promoting physical activity in Scotland.
Cycling can contribute to increasing physical activity

Inactivity accounts for at least 2,500 deaths each year in Scotland and for almost 1 in 10 deaths worldwide. It is considered to be the second biggest risk factor for mortality, behind high blood pressure. Increased physical fitness would reduce premature death by 30% and can help prevent and treat more than 20 chronic diseases. Getting Scotland fit could increase an individual's life expectancy by almost a year.

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Cycling the city of Leicester after CTC cycle training

Mrs Sodha hadn't ridden for several years when she took up adult cycle training with us, to gain confidence and get some exercise. After four sessions we lent her a bike and she joined in a ride around the city of Leicester last week.
A returning cyclist meets her instructor at a city cycling event

Nirmalaben Sodha is just one of the ladies who have been given back her confidence to get back on a bike by a CTC Cycle Champions training programme.

Mrs Sodha has had a lifelong interest in cycling. She told us about growing up in East Africa, where her father imported bikes from Birmingham.  Now that she is over 60, she has come back to cycling for some exercise and a chat with friends in Cossington Park.

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Cycle instructor wins Local Cycling Hero award

One of our most dedicated cycle instructors, Maryam Amatullah, has won the Midlands region Local Cycling Hero award this week.
Maryam enjoys passing on her expertise

Originally trained by CTC, Maryam is definitely one of the most popular cycling instructors in the city! Everyone who has been taught by Maryam describes her support and dedication, her quiet determination that they too can cycle if they want to.

 For some trainees, her support in Hindi as well as English is especially welcome.  We appreciate that our award winner will start two more 6-week sessions for adults next week.  

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