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Women in Reading cycle for Syria

Smoothies were a key ingredient for a group of women in Reading who joined together for a worthy cause: to cycle the distance from Damascus to Palestine in a single Sunday afternoon to raise money for the British Red Cross.
Women cycling in Palmer Park, Reading

As Ramadan was approaching, I was anticipating a month in which very little interest in outdoor activities would come from some of the BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) groups I was looking to engage in cycling. What I failed to remember was that Ramadan is also a month in which charity takes a higher priority. The solution was simple: a cycling event to raise money and for women only.

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If you go down to the woods today...you may make the front page!

CTC’s recent cycle ride in High Woods Country Park has appeared on the front page of the widely-read Elite community magazine in Colchester.
Sunny cycling in High Woods Country Park

Circulated to over 10,000 residents, the photo showed a large group of people enjoying a led cycle ride in the tranquil autumn setting of High Woods Country Park. The event was part of the Park’s Big 25 Birthday Bash and attracted over three thousand visitors.

The park lends itself to easy cycling for residents and we got a joyful response from the people who took part, many of whom hadn’t been on a bike for years. The vast majority are planning on coming on more cycle rides with CTC. 

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CTC makeover for Southport Park and Ride

Visitors to Southport ditched the bus for a journey to remember, traveling into the town centre in style aboard a state of the art rickshaw.
Rickshaw arriving into Southport as part of the Visit Project

The Sefton and West Lancs Visit Project, working in partnership with CTC, are looking at ways to support the visitor economy through sustainable travel.

The latest event, offering rickshaw rides, was designed to raise awareness of the project as a whole, whilst also giving visitors to Southport a fun and unusual way to make their way into the town or just enjoy the sights and sounds of the seaside town.

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Southport Park and Ride CTC style

Visitors to Southport ditched the bus for a journey to remember, traveling into the town centre in style aboard a state of the art pedal-powered Rickshaw.
Rickshaw arriving into Southport as part of the Visit Project

The Sefton and West Lancs Visit Project working in partnership with the CTC are looking at ways to support the visitor economy through sustainable travel.

The latest event, Rickshaw rides, was designed to raise awareness of the project as a whole, whilst also providing visitors to Southport a fun and unusual way to make their way into the town or just enjoy the sights and sounds of the seaside town.

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Dalby Bike Barn – CTC Centre of Excellence

Name

Dalby Bike Barn – CTC Centre of Excellence

Type of organisation

Charity

Location

Dalby Bike Barn
Dalby Forest
Courtyard
Low Dalby
Thornton Le Dale
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Amanda pedals through the pain of CRPS

Not so long ago, our Swindon Champion, Anna Cipullo, wrote a blog about Amanda Nelson detailing a strong independent women determined to battle through complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in order to continue cycling.
Amanda Nelson prepares for LEJOG

Unfortunately the complexity of Amanda’s health issues have increased, and yet so has her determination to remain a cyclist. Amanda says: “In terms of my health, my pain levels have increased tenfold since I have started cycling but emotionally I am so much better. The latter certainly helps me to cope with the pain. I get such a buzz from cycling that I have no intentions of quitting no matter how bad my pain becomes.”

Wheel High, Badaguish

Name

Wheel High

Type of organisation

Community interest group (but not an official company / no official structure)

Location

Badaguish Outdoor Centre, Aviemore

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CTC wins bid to increase cycle commuting and cycle tourism in the Chilterns

The Department for Transport has awarded a grant of £868,000 from its Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) for a three year project to increase car-free tourist travel from gateway towns in the Chilterns, linking with the Chilterns Cycleway.
Chilterns Cycleway due to be promoted by CTC

Gateway towns include Twyford, (Wokingham) Henley on Thames (Oxfordshire), Great Missenden, Chesham, Amersham (Buckinghamshire), Tring, and Berkhamsted (Hertfordshire). Within these areas there will be investment in improved cycle links, better signage on cycling routes, more cycle parking and provision of bike hire facilities at railway stations and major attractions and a variety of accommodation providers.

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Breezing along with Trax

Trax is a Bike Club operating in a very disadvantaged area of London, near Boadwater Farm. Trax offer a wide range of cycling activities for everyone to enjoy. CTC's Frances Chaloner went to a Trax Breeze Ride for women on a bright autumnal morning.
Trax Containers with a good supply of pool bikes

I attended a Trax Breeze led ride on a Sunday in cold but very bright autumnal day - it was perfect for cycling.

We met up at the Trax containers near at Lordship Rec. This is where the pool bikes that Trax Bike Club members can borrow for sessions are stored.

The pool bikes were purchase with Smarter Travel funding (on road) and a Bike Club grant (off road). They have been very popular and allowed a lot of women to take part in the led rides.

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Marlene Julien: Dr Bike

Marlene Julien is a Dr Bike in more ways than one: she is a hospital doctor and is also a keen cyclist who volunteers as a Trax Bike Club leader in her spare time - encouraging women to cycle and learn how to fix their bikes.
Marlene Julien: Trax Dr Bike and Bike Club Leader

Marlene loves leisure cycling but she rode her bike alone until spring 2011. The turning point came when she joined Trax off-road cycling club as the Welfare Officer, encouraged by Daniel Mintz who was Chairman.

I was inspired by the passion and example of the Trax team to bring the joy of cycling to more people. It is important that everyone can take part, so we secured Smarter Travel funding for bikes which can be borrowed by riders who don’t have their own.”

Marlene Julien

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