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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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Sophia's story - a family who cycles together

Sophia's parents had always struggled to find activities that they could do together as a family. However, they discovered the 'You Can Bike Too' project, Sophia learnt to cycle and her family can now spend time together, exercising and having fun.
Sophia with her sister and dad riding one of the adapted cycles

Meet 11-year-old Sophia, who has a learning and physical disability. She lives with her parents Sonam and Anna-Lisa, her three-year-old sister and nine-month-old brother in Cambridge. Sonam and Anna-Lisa had struggled to find activities that they could do as a family that were suitable for Sophia and her toddler sister.

“It’s really important to have days out as a family, to be able to relax together and bond. I found it difficult to find any local activities for all the children to keep them happy at the same time.”

Olivia's story - cycling without limbs

When Olivia was two-years-old, she contracted Meningitis and had her lower legs and left arm amputated. She struggled to keep up with her friends who could cycle, but through the help of the inclusive cycling centre, Watchtree Wheelers, she's now riding her own bike.
Olivia cycling on her bike

Olivia first visited the Watchtree Wheelers with her mum in September 2012. They were looking to buy a trike so that she could go out cycling with her friends. On the first day, she tried a number of different adapted cycles, including trikes and four wheelers. Olivia was able to control the trike with just one hand and she was soon zooming around the car park grinning from ear to ear. Pedalling with her prosthetic legs wasn’t a problem so could she pedal a standard two-wheeled bike?

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The New Forest Gridiron comes of age

Last year, CTC Wessex's Gridiron in the New Forest in Dorset celebrated its 21st birthday, and this year's event took place on Sunday 12 October. The 100km route used mainly minor forest roads and took in many of the area's cattle grids, hence the name.
Gridiron rider

The New Forest ‘Commoners’ have the right to graze their animals in the forest and let them roam free. The cattle grids are there to keep them in the forest but not off the roads. If cattle, ponies, donkeys or pigs decide to cross the road, they will! 

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