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Coventry junction scheme made safer by local campaigners

Despite the Department for Transport cycling policy, many councils do not prioritise walkers and cyclists in new road schemes. CTC representative George Riches pressed Coventry Council re-think the proposed Whitley Bridge Scheme making it signifigantly safer.
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On 6 February, the Coventry Council planning committee was expected to take a decision on a proposal to increase the traffic handling capacity of the access to the Jaguar Business Park at Whitley.

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Public Inquiry Threatens Completion of 100 mile Coast-to-Coast Cycle Trail

Vocal opposition from a small number of local protesters threatens to derail plans to complete the National Cycle Network Route 27 Coast-to-Coast trail between Plymouth and Ilfracombe.
Plym Valley Cycle Trail

Known as the Devon Coast-to-Coast route, 78 of the 103 miles follow off-road traffic-free trails, mainly using well-surfaced track beds of former railways.

These trails take you gently from sea-level to the elevated plateau of mid Devon and the western fringes of Dartmoor, avoiding most of the sharp gradients (and traffic) of Devon’s road network. The Clearbrook Ramp (pictured below) is the exception.

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CTC congratulates its volunteers as Prudential RideLondon wins a national award

Hundreds of CTC members who volunteered to marshal and staff the largest 'Dr Bike' service EVER over the Prudential RideLondon weekend in August, deserve an extra pat on the back after the event won national recognition.
CTC's stall, Prudential RideLondon 2013

Prudential  RideLondon proudly pedalled away from the UK Events Awards with two major wins: the Sports Event of the Year category and the Large Event of the Year category.

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Inaugural CTC Dalby event ‘The Housedale Hustle’ proves popular.

Having run a wealth of MTB related courses from the CTC Centre of Excellence, the Dalby Bike Barn team were pleased with the response to their first road event in the picturesque Yorkshire forest.
Junior rider tackles the Housedale hill climb photo courtesy of www.cattopham.co

Over 40 riders aged from eight to 58 took part in the Housedale hill climb event last weekend 16 November 2013. On the day, the weather was clear and cool with thankfully no need for waterproofs or de-icer, so it helped things run really well. Riders were set off in two-minute intervals, which is a bit different to the usual 1 minute gap. The organisers  thought for the first timers, it would be nice not to get caught on the way up!

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CTC takes key role in 'Cycle Yorkshire' legacy launch

Pupils at a Wakefield school have met Yorkshire pro cycling brothers Dean and Russell Downing as part of the launch of 'Cycle Yorkshire'. The organisation has been set up to make the most of welcoming the Tour de France Grand Départ to the county next year.
Dean and Russell Downing

CTC is working with  'Welcome to Yorkshire' and York City Council on 'Cycle Yorkshire', an initiative to ensure that there is a 10-year legacy with a continued growth in cycling long after the banners have been taken down from the Tour de France route.

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Great day for a pump track ride

On a sunny weekend at the end of September, the inaugural Yorkshire Bicycle Show was held in Leeds. CTC was one of the main sponsors and staff and volunteers from West Yorkshire and National Office turned out with the ever popular Shoretrax Pump track. See just how much fun was had by all!
Shoretrax Fun

Knowing the organisers first-hand from previous CTC Cycle Champs events was a real bonus. It meant that we had pride of place outside the Town Hall with our Shoretrax pump track and fleet of bikes on loan from Calderdale Council Cycling team. We also had plenty of stand space inside the extremely grand venue where we promoted our Road Justice Campaign and signed people up for CTC membership.

As the track took shape, excitement gathered and a busy day was enjoyed by young cyclists.

CTC Mountain Bike Park Network

Josh Lowe on Aston Hills 4X
CTC Bike Parks are an exciting cluster of four sites set in glorious landscapes across South-East England. Managed by local volunteer clubs in partnership with CTC, the Bike Parks feature challenging downhill runs, dirt jumps, freeride trails and much more.

All of these sites rely on the enthusiasm, passion and hard work of the Club Committees and volunteers. Your day passes and/or annual membership fees cover the cost of managing and developing these sites, safeguarding the opportunities for mountain biking for now and into the future.

They are all keen to hear from anyone looking to get involved and support their local trails, so feel free to get in touch and keep an eye on the sites' websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts to find out how you can get involved.

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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 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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Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

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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