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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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A busy Bike Week!

Not only are CTC member groups enjoying a busy week promoting the joys of cycling - so, of course, are CTC regional staff.
Capitol Park Leeds Bike Week event

Bike Week in West Yorkshire has, for the most part, seen beautiful weather and a noticeable increase of commuting and leisure cyclists.

CTC Development Officer Ginny Leonard has run a series of bike breakfasts, business park cycle events and a stunning 25-mile canal ride with a team of 12 from West Yorkshire Metro, where she is based. 

With the Tour de France coming to the region in 2014 we hope this is the shape of things to come!"

Ginny Leonard
CTC Development Officer Yorkshire

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The Henley-on-Thames 'Short Cycle' Route

A short scenic route from Henley-on-Thames, around some of the more famous scenes in the Chilterns, and back to the riverside town to indulge in one of their finest cafes.
Ride start in Henley

Henley-on-Thames is a wonderful place to start and finish a bike ride. Not only is it a beautiful place to walk along the river or cycle around the black and white buildings, but it is full to the brim with restaurants and cafes to feed you up for a bike ride. It is also has a train station in the very heart of it.

Once you’ve cycled out from Henley-on-Thames, it doesn’t take long before you’re out of traffic and surrounded by countryside. The roads are reasonably quiet and tend to meander around cottages and farmland.  

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On two wheels with my new bike accessory – a toddler

As a single, carefree cyclist I had happily weaved through the traffic with few fears. Now I'm a parent it's taken my local CTC-affiliated cycle club to get me back on my bike, with my toddler on board..
Cycling on NCN Route 76 in Dunbar

As a single, carefree cyclist I had happily weaved through the traffic on holiday in Mumbai and Panama City, and at home in Edinburgh and London, with few fears. Then I became pregnant, felt the fear and the joy of a fragile, new life growing inside me and stopped cycling.

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Pier 2 Pier Ride

This coming Father's Day, do something different and join the Visit Sefton and West Lancs Team for a led ride and an afternoon of cycle-themed attractions in the heart of West Lancashire.

This Sunday, 16th June, see the official opening of the new cycle route linking the two very different piers of Southport and Wigan. Using a mixture of towpaths, quiet roads and cycle paths, the 21km route takes in the Victorian coastal town of Southport, the flat lands of West Lancashire and the historic Leeds - Liverpool canal.

The joint event will include two led rides starting from either Pier, meeting at the half way point of Burscough Wharf, where a celebration event will greet the riders with an array of cycling themed activities and attractions.

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A Network of Electric Bicycles are set up in Henley-On-Thames

Aug 2013 - Now updated with even more hire and charge points. The CTC team in Henley-On-Thames are gearing up to host the first Electric Bicycle Network in the Chilterns!
Chiltern Valley Winery have joined the EBN

The picturesque town of Henley-On-Thames in Oxfordshire is already a real hub for tourists and there is a strong network of businesses there to cater for them. The new Electric Bicycle Network is aimed at  increasing  the number of cycle users in the town, increasing cycle tourism and will hopefully lead to a much wider change in transport and leisure behaviours.

We’re very excited to have an Electric Bike Network in Henley as part of Cycle Chilterns

Senior Development Officer - Cycle Chilterns, Sara Randle

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Bikes out the shed and into the Scottish sunshine!

Belles on Bikes - supporting women in Scotland to cycle for leisure, transport and sport
Mechanics Abbi and Katy with a happy customer

Bike Club Scotland’s Belles on Bikes project got hundreds of young people on bikes at the weekend, in the glorious sunshine at Leith Festival Gala Day in Edinburgh.

The timber skills trails were a huge success with children and parents; children tackled the course on scoots, balance bikes and a range of borrowed cycles whilst parents chatted with CTC staff and volunteers. Our mechanics, Katy and Abbi, were busy all day adjusting bikes, fixing minor ailments and showing other women how to keep their bikes on the road.

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Cycling is magic in Maldon!

5 June 2013
New weekly cycle rides will be helping hundreds of Maldon residents to re-discover the pleasure of cycling this summer.
Cycling in Maldon - a family affair

CTC has teamed up with Maldon and District Cycling Club to offer FREE weekly rides:

  • Monday evening summer rides - 7pm from outside Maldon Bowls Club, Prom Park;

  • Every Tuesday  - gentle rides 11am from Maldon Library

 

There are three Sunday rides planned on 14 July, 18 August and 8 September.

There are also three Wednesday rides in Burnham on Crouch on 3 July, 7 August and 4 September.

 

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140 families join the BIG Colchester Tour Series ride

Colchester’s BIG ‘Tour Series’ cycle ride was a great opportunity to showcase the quiet cycle routes that Colchester has to offer. With such a great family turn-out, the event was a success, packing the High Street with cyclists all crossing the Tour Series finish line.
Photography: David Higgleton

What a day we had in Colchester! Not satisfied with having Olympic Gold medallist Ed Clancy racing through our town centre along with 80 other elite cyclists, CTC was asked to run a community cycle ride to celebrate our day of cycling.

140 families and children took part with rides starting in the historic Hythe Quay area of town and the leafy suburbs of High Woods.

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