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The nude dude - why CTC Member Roger Coupe loves riding in the buff!

The World Naked Bike Ride is a mass participation event to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists. But Roger Coupe, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, takes to the saddle nude mainly for enjoyment. He's even ridden in France without clothing. Now he explains why he loves the no-Lycra look.
Roger Coupe cycling naked

I’ve had a wonderful experience this summer cycling naked around the lanes of West Kent, sometimes alone but often with friends.  I always have a sense of freedom when I get on a bike and when naked, I feel fully liberated and joyful.  It is exhilarating to feel the sun on bare skin, a gentle breeze or the summer rain.  During my ride to Paris and back in July, the French seemed to take kindly to my chosen 'tenue à peau' (lit. skinsuit).

It is exhilarating to feel the sun on bare skin, a gentle breeze or the summer rain."

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Cyclist’s Fixed Penalty Notice legal challenge listed this week for London court.

Following a successful round of crowd-funding, the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF),a charity set up by CTC, the national cycling charity, to fund precedent setting cases involving cycling and the law, will support a 27-year-old cyclist from Putney as he challenges a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) .

Alex Paxton received the FPN when he was unable to stop in a cycle box in Fulham in August.

When Alex reached a set of traffic lights he found that the cycle box had been illegally blocked by a car. Not wanting to cross three lanes of moving traffic in order to turn right, Alex positioned himself ahead of the illegally placed vehicle and ahead of the ASL, which technically meant he ran a red light even though he remained at the junction.

Contact Information: 

Senior Media and Communications Officer Laura Raymond 01483 238315 or 07960 349405

Notes to Editors: 

Advanced Stop Lines / Cyclist’s Boxes
The purpose of ASLs, or cycle boxes, is to give cyclists priority at junctions, where around 70% of cyclists’ collisions occur. ASLs help cyclists control their own safety as they prepare to manoeuvre through a junction by enabling them to position themselves where they are clearly visible to the drivers behind them and allowing them to move off in front of other traffic without being cut up by turning vehicles.
CTC and CDF want the Government to clarify and amend the legislation covering cyclists’ access to and use of ASLs, including amending the Highway Code.
The Cyclists’ Defence Fund
CDF is a charity set up in 2001 by CTC to fight significant legal cases involving cycling and cyclists. Since its inception, its remit has expanded to cover all aspects of cycling and the law.

CDF’s aims are: to advance the education of the public in the relationship between cycling and the law; to further the sound development, administration and knowledge of the law; and to preserve and protect the health and safety of the public by encouraging and facilitating safe cycling.
CDF achieves these aims by: commissioning and publicising research into the law; providing guidance on the law and links to relevant legal resources on its website; and providing support in legal cases which could clarify the law, especially cases which have the potential to set legal precedents.

CTC, the national cycling charity
CTC is the UK’s largest cycling charity with 69,000 members. Established in 1878 CTC is also the oldest cycling membership body in the UK and continues to inspire and help people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. Visit www.ctc.org.uk


AUK BP Warwickshire Wanderer 105 km

Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
See website for more details

AUK BP Cotswold Challenge 160km

Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
£8 in advance or £10 on the day
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Parent and Child Cycle Training in Reading

In order to encourage parents and children to cycle together, CTC and Reading Borough Council are offering parent and child cycle training to improve their cycling confidence.
Learn to cycle as a family on those short journeys

CTC and Reading Borough Council offer Parent and Child Cycle Training sessions to improve the cycling ability of both parents and children.

Sessions begin at Palmer Park and continue throughout the roads in Wokingham, so the experience gives parents and children practical experience on both quiet and busy roads.

BBC Radio 4 - 9 October 2013

CTC's Campaigns and Policy Director Roger Geffen is invited to talk live from a pothole-ridden London street after a BBC survey shows the state of the roads comes top in the public's concerns after public service cutbacks.

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme - 12 August 2013

Gordon Seabright CE of CTC invited to speak on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme on August 12th - the day of the Cameron Cycling Revolution £96M

Pedallers' Arms

Pedallers' Arms bike

37 – 38 Mabgate Green,

The Pedallers' Arms is a place to come and learn how to repair your bike in a friendly atmosphere.

The group is a co-operative of cycling volunteers, who have all passed CTC's Advanced Maintenance Courses.

The team want to help people fix up their own bikes and their aim is that anyone can mend their bike with the right support and tools and information.

Our aims are:

Malton Wheelers 60 miles or 60km Reliability Ride

Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
See website for more details

£2 entry fee

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Pedalling through the barriers to cycling

Lorraine Stone, our Fundraising Officer, writes about her journey back to cycling, thanks to a CTC project with her local council.
Advice during cycle training

Being somewhat of a scaredy cat, and living on a rather off-putting 'Big Hill', I admit to being a lapsed cyclist. Living only a short walk (downhill!) to my local town, not possessing a cycle carrier for our car, and residing around 25 miles (along a very busy ‘A’ road) from my place of work, are just some of the excuses I've trotted out to preserve the status quo.

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