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Jasuben's story - Learning to ride at 65

Jasuben had been wanting to join her husband on family rides for many years but had never had the opportunity to learn to cycle until she heard of some adult cycle sessions run through CTC's Cycle Champions project in Leicester. Now, she's not only cycling but she's gained lots of confidence too.
Group cycling session in action

Jasuben heard about the cycle training course via Sanskar Radio and her immediate thought was to have a go. She said: "I’ve been wanting to cycle for years and never got around to it; never had this kind of facility before. My husband always pushed me to ride because whenever we go on holiday we can’t hire bikes".

‘I’ve gained a lot of confidence and am over the world’
Jasuben, learner cyclist in Leicester

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Wirral Bicycle Belles

Friendly cycle rides every month just for women. Routes vary in distance to suit all ages and abilities. Our volunteer leaders will set a pace so that no-one is left behind. We always include a cafe stop and aim to get you back for lunchtime. More info and photos www.wirralbicyclebelles.blogspot.com
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Award-winning CTC members celebrate success

How do you get new people to join your cycling club? Want to say thank you to the volunteers who help keep your cycling club on track? Why not give them an award?
Lynda Barrow

At this time of year, hundreds of CTC groups and over 600 hundred affiliated clubs are holding Christmas parties and award ceremonies. The awards are the chance to highlight the amazing work CTC members do to encourage cycling and support cyclists in their local areas. 


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Cyclists Defence Fund backs cyclist as they go through the courts

As 2014 comes to an end, CTC’s Road Justice campaign and the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF) continue the ongoing fight to achieve justice for all road users.
Cyclist outside The Royal Courts of Justice

At 9.30am yesterday (Wednesday 17 December) Kristian Gregory turned up at Bromley Crown Court, London to plead "not guilty” to an alleged offence for which he had been issued with a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) in July 2014. He will now face a court appearance on 05 February 2015.  His defence is being supported by the Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF).

Ramble Round Rufford

A chance to explore the quiet lanes around Parbold, Newburgh, Burscough, Rufford, Croston & Mawdesley. Mixed surface ride using a mixture of quiet roads, country lanes, farm tracks, towpaths etc. May be one or two busier sections of road but only for short distances. Tastebud's Cafe in Rufford will probably be our port of call for a mid-ride coffee break. Lots of scenery to enjoy and fairly flat terrain if that floats your boat.

Lavender Farm

A gentle mid winter ride just to keep the cranks turning, meeting in the Waterside Pub car park at Carr Mill Dam. Leisurely jaunt to Lavender Farm along the East Lancs and Rainford Bypass cycle paths, alternative route planned fo those wanting a bit more of a challenge and a hill or two to climb. Additional start point available at the Three Sisters fo anyone wanting to add on another 10 miles or so, start time at Three Sisters 09:15am. Very nice cafe at the farm for the almost mandatory coffee & cake stop.




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Somerset and Hereford support Space for Cycling

17 December 2014
Somerset has became the first shire county with over 30% of its councillors committed to Space for Cycling. Since then, Hereford County Council has followed with 47% of councillors backing the campaign.
Councillors supporting Space for Cycling by Highway Authority - 16 Dec 2014

“As an authority we want to see more people cycling, it’s good for people’s health and means fewer cars on the road and less congestion." So says Councillor Harvey Siggs, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council.  This month, the local authority became the first shire county council with over 30% of councillors backing the national Space for Cycling campaign, funded by the Bicycle Association’s 'B


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Somerset Council praised for political support for cycling

Cycling organisations have congratulated Somerset County Council for their political commitment to cycling this week.
Councillors supporting Space for Cycling by Highway Authority

The local authority became the first shire county council with over 30% of councillors backing a national campaign for improved cycling conditions. 

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Notes to Editors: 
  1. A map of all councillors supporting Space for Cycling and their comments can be seen here: http://www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/space-for-cycling/space-for-cycling-your-councillors-views 
  2. Sustrans estimated that parents who drive their children to school could save on average £642 a year, equivalent to £2bn a year across the UK : http://www.sustrans.org.uk/news/school-run-costs-parents-%C2%A32-billion Government figures calculate the average family spends £437 on school lunches per child per year: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/free-school-lunch-for-every-child-in-infant-school
  3. CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps 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. www.ctc.org.uk  
  4. The Space for Cycling campaign was originally created by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC). LCC's campaign in London was focussed on lobbying candidates in 2014’s London borough elections, and had 867 candidates signed up to ward-specific asks (47%). CTC took LCC’s London-born campaign nationwide, working together with the Cyclenation federation of local campaign groups, and backed with generous funding from the cycle industry's 'Bike Hub' levy, run by the Bicycle Association. So far, support for the national campaign has resulted in over 700 non-London councillors signing up to the Space for Cycling themes. The campaign incorporates six main themes which are explained here: www.ctc.org.uk/article/campaigns-guide/what-do-we-mean-space-for-cycling  
  5. Nick Clegg announced £214 million worth of funding on 27 November 2014.  £114 million of this has been allocated towards to eight English towns and cities.  The other £100 million will be allocated to the Highways Agency.  http://www.ctc.org.uk/press-release/2014-11-26/government%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Ccycling-revolution%E2%80%9D-moves-gear-now-need-accelerate-says-ctc
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