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Uptown top ranking: which city leads on Space for Cycling?

18 November 2014
CTC published its league table of political support for cycling in eight English cities on 17 November. Here we analyse the results.
Newcastle's Civic Ride, Sept 2014.

"Will you support Space for Cycling in your area and seek the funding needed to make it happen?"  That's the question asked in over 15,000 messages to councillors by members of the public over the last 6 months as part of the national Space for Cycling campaign.  With over 600 councillors now signed up, we take a look at which local authorities in eight English cities are backing the call and

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Inspiring adults with learning disabilities in Leeds

Care homes run through Leeds City Council bring their clients cycling to give them better access to activities within the community. Cycling not only helps to keep them fit but it also helps them to relax if they've had a difficult time.
Two riders on a tandem quad bike

Over the last few years, Leeds City Council Social Care have been bringing their clients to the Leeds Adapted Cycling sessions at the John Charles Centre for Sport. The clients who are adults aged 18-70 with a range of learning disabilities, come from three care homes around the city.

Portsmouth - A City to Share

In response to a challenge from the Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Donna Jones, Portsmouth Cycle Forum has just launched 'A City to Share', its strategy to put safe cycling at the heart of Portsmouth’s transport policy.
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The strategy was launched to an enthusiastic response from Cllr Donna Jones and other city leaders on Monday 3 November. The busy launch event was attended by representatives from local schools and businesses as well as many councillors and parliamentary candidates.

The strategy document sets out a vision for the city where there is space for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians to co-operate and treat one another with courtesy and respect.

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What a difference a mayor makes!

It’s so great to be involved with a good, confident campaign group, says Leicester campaigner Elizabeth Barner.
Leicester cycle campaigners

One week ago, the Leicester Cycling Campaign Group heard about a petition against a proposed cycle lane in Leicester. They decided to call a demonstration in support of the lane, and in support of a more rational use of space in our city – for people, not for cars. They wanted to physically show the support there is, and the number of people willing to come out in the cold to say, "Yes, we will benefit from change." Campaigning can feel so bleak when it’s all about "No". 

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Deb's story - patient to cycle instructor

Two knee operations put a temporary end to Deb Garbutt’s ability to cycle, until she joined a Wheels for Wellbeing session. Now, she’s not only cycling again but she’s a qualified cycle instructor too!
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I was in hospital again at the Elective Orthopaedic Centre having my left knee replaced just six months after having the same operation on my right knee. My surgeon stated: “You won’t ever be able to ride your bicycle again, but you should be grateful you can walk!”. That statement shattered my world; I just didn’t realise it then but depression started to become part of my life. I’d always ridden my bike from when I was a child – even when it caused me a great deal of pain to do so; it was such an important part of me.

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Community Cycle Club opens in Aldershot

A group of keen young adults were the first recruits to complete CTC Cycle Maintenance training as part of the new Community Cycle Club in Aldershot.
The Community Cycle Club at The Source in Aldershot

The CTC Cycle Maintenance training course was part of the new Community Cycle Club at The Source In Aldershot. The aim of the course is to equip young people with skills for life while promoting cycling and providing a valued community service.

The Community Cycle Club will be a focus for cycling within the Aldershot area and will provide the following services and activities:

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Brenda’s story – learning to ride a bike with CTC

Brenda was keen to join in one of the local led rides; the only problem was, she’d never ridden a bike before! Through the help of CTC’s Ross Adams, she’s now riding a bike and cycling with her family.
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CTC’s cycling development officer, Ross Adams, received an enquiry from Brenda who was keen to take part in one of the newly launched ladies only cycle rides in Sefton, Merseyside. The only problem was, she’d never ridden a bike before!

Ross was eager to make sure that everyone had the same opportunity to attend the rides and arranged a day to meet Brenda for some one-to-one cycle training at Litherland Sports Park. On the first day, Brenda arrived with bags of enthusiasm, and, with a bike, helmet and a dedicated cycle track to practise on, everything was set to begin.

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CTC mourns passing of John Radford

Friend, fellow cyclist and future CTC Councillor Martyn Bolt says a few words on the passing of fellow Councillor John Radford.
John Radford

It is with great sadness that I mark the passing of one of the stalwarts in northern cycling, CTC Councillor John Radford (70). John was knocked from his bike by a car in July 2013, and never recovered from his injuries, requiring constant care for the rest of his life.

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Lancashire Youth Challenge wins Sport England Project of the Year

The Lancaster Youth Challenge(LYC), a sports and arts programme delivered by The Dukes, Marsh Community Centre, Fylde YMCA and the national cycle charity CTC, received the Sportivate (Sport England) Project of the Year Award at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday.
Lancaster Youth Challenge

Lancaster Youth Challenge is an annual sports and creativity challenge for young people who live in the Lancaster district. It is a CTC partnership project.

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Sheffield's FridayNightRide wins an award

CTC-affiliated campaign group CycleSheffield has been organising a Friday Night Ride once a month for the last six years, since Bike Week in 2008. The unique rides explore the city and the surrounding countryside, with a different theme every time.
FridayNightRide receive their award

Last Friday 17 October,  Sheffield Civic Trust gave the inaugural Keith Hayman Award to FridayNightRide in recognition if its being: "A Sheffield-based initiative that has made an outstanding contribution to the cycling experience in Sheffield".

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