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Lords debate lorry safety

A conference last week on cycle-lorry safety led to a useful debate in the House of Lords yesterday on the subject.
A construction lorry

The conference, held on Thursday 26 February, was organised by Transport for London’s 'Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety' (CLoCS) project and was the fourth progress event. Over 600 people attended it. 

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Is too much technology a bad thing?

New gear for bikes is coming out all the time but is this smart technology good for cycling wonders CTC Communications volunteer Margaret-Anne Orgill
Red smart pedal

We saw a wave of new safety kit for bikes unveiled at the recent CES technology show in Las Vegas. This has made me wonder whether we are seeing a move towards an over-reliance on the latest devices to keep us and our bikes safe. This trend could also distract from the need to keep improving cycling infrastructure.

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Cycling is next to … Godliness?

Lent begins today, and for a second year in a row CTC member the Bishop of Ramsbury has given up four wheels, to take up two for the next 40 days and nights.
CTC member and Bishop of Ramsbury on his Pashley

In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, enduring temptation from the Devil. Mirroring this, there are those who still attempt to give up a small vice during Lent.

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Cycling heavyweights team up to help UK Love to Ride

In 2015, Love to Ride, CTC and Cyclescheme will invite 20,000 businesses to take part in the first National Workplace Cycle Challenge. The Love to Ride Challenge will be a competition between organisations across the UK to see who can get the most staff to try riding a bike.
Heart shaped wheel

During 2015, CTC, Love to Ride and Cyclescheme will invite 20,000 businesses to take part in the first National Workplace Cycle Challenge. The Love to Ride Challenge will be a competition between organisations across the UK to see who can get the most staff to try riding a bike.

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Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 01483 238 315 or 07786320713

Notes to Editors: 

* Love to Ride is a behaviour change programme that has been developed by Challenge for Change Ltd, a social enterprise specialising in getting more people cycling more often

* Between 2008 and 2014, Love to Ride delivered 122 Workplace Cycle Challenges and encouraged over 113,000 people to cycle. Overall, they have inspired 34,322 ‘non-cyclists’ to ride again, many after years of not cycling. On average, 40% of 'non-cyclists' (those who had cycled none or a few times in the previous year) had started cycling weekly as measured three months after taking part in a Challenge. For more information, see: www.lovetoride.org

* For further enquiries on Cyclescheme, please contact James Borley, Cyclescheme: james.borley@cyclescheme.co.uk T:01225 827 339

* Cyclescheme.co.uk offers 25-42% off through tax breaks on a range of bikes, gear, clothing and accessories from over 2,000 independent stores. With Cyclescheme you pay nothing upfront and the costs are deducted from your salary over a year so you won’t even notice the payments.

* The benefits of cycling to work:

* The average cyclist saves £285 a month on travel, while with Cyclescheme you save between 25%-42% on equipment [Discover Cycling to Work calculator, based on average commute by car]

* 69% of cyclists say they have become healthier, 51% lost weight and 54% said their mental wellbeing improved [CS survey 2013]

* 99% of cyclists would recommend it to others [CS survey 2013]

* Half of 45% of members went from ‘novice or occasional’ to ‘enthusiastic’ cyclists after joining [CS survey 2013]

* There’s nothing wrong with fair-weather - the majority of cyclists only commute three times a week [CS survey 2013]

* With 130 years’ experience and 67,000 members, CTC - the national cycling charity - helps people start and keep cycling. Membership, at less than 80p a week, offers discounts in cycle shops, £10m liability insurance, legal helpline,

supports projects to get people cycling, campaigns for better and safer cycling and offers a warm welcome at 1000’s of rides and events.

* CTC is supporting the Love to Ride Challenge as part of its involvement in the EU Bike2Work project (www.bike2work-project.eu/en/) . The main objective of Bike2Work is to encourage a significant modal shift from motorized commuting to cycling. It targets employees’ behaviour through Bike2Work campaigns, and encourages employers to meet the needs of cyclists.

 

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What drivers need to know about cyclists...

Let's get one thing straight: I am a car driver, I love driving my car, but because I am a cyclist too, there are some things I'd love to explain to all drivers to stop them beeping, shouting, revving behind me and overtaking too close when I am on my bike.
Cyclist in traffic

I am not here to defend law-breaking cyclists, just as you will never hear the AA defending drunk drivers or speeding motorists. Here at CTC we believe it is not ok for cyclists to break the law, jump red lights and cycle on pavements. There is a minority that do, like there is a minority of motorists who talk on their mobiles while driving.

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What if…?

CTC’s Sam Jones considers what a day in the life of a cyclist might be like by 2020 - IF the Government had committed to Funding4Cycling in 2014, AND had been investing at least £10 per head annually for the previous five years.
Cycling in Copenhagen

It’s just after 8am on a damp, miserable autumn morning as I enter the communal bike shed outside my flat. The shed was built through funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) after residents in the block thought a dedicated space would be better than letting the bicycles fill hallways and stairwells.

The racks are half empty at this hour, despite the weather, and I know it is much easier to remove my steed now than it will be when I try to squeeze him back in later in the evening.

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The party is over, now it is time for funding

13 October 2014
With party conference season over for another year, CTC Campaigner Robbie Gillett takes a look at the main political parties’ positions on funding for cycling.
Robert Goodwill MP and Richard Burden MP at Birmingham Space for Cycling ride

Former Health Minister and Labour MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw urged his party’s front bench at their Manchester conference two weeks ago: "Don't let us be outbid on cycling by the Greens and Lib Dems." 

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Cycle to Work Day

CTC is proud to support Cycle to Work Day, a national event championed by multi-gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey. It aims to encourage everyone to cycle to work for at least just one day - on Thursday 4 September 2014.
Female cycle commuter cycling away from the camera

According to Census data, 760,000 people in the UK cycle to work regularly - this number keeps growing steadily, but with Cycle to Work Day's help, we are aiming to make those numbers skyrocket this year and beyond!

By 2021, Cycle to Work Day  hopes to see a million people regularly commuting to work by bike. Last year's event saw a Herculean effort from the 20,000 commuters who hit the streets and cycled over a quarter of a million miles on Cycle to Work Day.

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Going to uni by bike - top tips from student cyclists

School is just out, but it's not long before 650,000 new students head off for uni this autumn. CTC caught up with two experienced cycling students Stef and Jesse to hear why they go by bike.
Jesse on the Dunwich Dynamo

Stef lives in South London and is studying at Goldsmiths College. Two wheels is her main mode of getting around, not only cycling the three miles to classes but also to work and visiting friends. It adds up to one to three journeys on her 'steamroller' most days in any given week.

She says: ‘I love being able to control the amount of time it takes to get to places; and being able to do journeys that would be quite difficult by public transport. For instance, getting from SE to SW London can be tricky on buses and trains.’

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My first ride to work at CTC

It took me two months to find the opportunity to cycle to work at CTC National Office in Guildford but I’m glad I did…
Specialized FSR XC Pro, my first ride to work

For many years I had all the range of a mediaeval peasant, working no more than five miles from my home in Farnborough, Hampshire. When I started work at CTC, just over the border in Surrey, my daily commute changed from a mere six mile round trip to 26 miles - that may not sound like much but, when you add it up, it's an additional 100 miles a week, 400 miles a month or 4,800 miles a year compared to what I was used to.

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