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Xmas Lull

Chance to shed some of those Christmas Calories and possibly put a few back on again. Nice easy paced ride around some of Wigan's Greenheart areas, nothing too taxing in mind but there are a couple of climbs to negotiate, nothing extreme though you'll be glad to hear. From Trencherfield heading up by whatever route to the Balcarres Arms in Haigh, bit of on-road across to Borsdane Woods, then it's Hindley, Amberswood, Low Hall, Crankwood, Plank Lane, Dover Lock for a pint or two, possibly lunch as well before heading back to Trencherfield.

Pat's story - Getting back on a bike after 65 years!

Pat Lemon's interest in cycling was sparked when she read about another female cyclist in local newsletter. The problem was, she hadn't cycled in sixty-five years! Now, with the help of CTC cycle training, she is back on her bike.
Pat Lemon, Plymouth
As part of Plymouth City Council’s active and sustainable travel programme Plymotion, travel advisors visit residents at home or in the workplace to chat about how they get around the city. They provide help and advice on how they can travel more actively and more sustainably. Cycling is the obvious choice.
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Fund-raising Santa Ride for Fylde Bike It

Buoyed by getting a permanent home at Park View in Lytham, in a container provided through ICC funding, the Fylde Bike It community group has arranged a fund-raising Santa Ride. So if you live on the Fylde Coast, pop and along and join the fun on 20 December at 11am.
Pictures from FBI and the santa ride poster

Fylde Bike it is a newly-established Inclusive Cycling Offer on the Fylde coast. They are based in a lovely park, with a fantastic cafe, called Park View playing fields in Queen Elizabeth II Park. They have recently become the proud owners of their own storage container and so no longer have to pay rental for one which reduced their overheads considerably.

Peter's story - Volunteering for a decade

Peter loves cycling and has been only to happy to volunteer at the Alice Holt inclusive cycling centre for the last ten years. Volunteering at the sessions makes Peter happy and keeps him fit and active.
Peter, senior volunteer at Alice Holt inclusive cycling
Peter enjoys cycling and regularly rides with a group of friends in his local area. He also goes on cycling holidays; in fact he just loves everything cycling.
After retiring, Peter started to look for something new to do and saw an advert for a volunteer to help out at some inclusive cycling sessions at Alice Holt Forest in Hampshire, near to where he lived. He enjoyed the role so much that he decided to keep coming – that was ten years ago!

Mawdesley Meander

A relaxed easy paced ride around Lancashire's Western Parishes. Starting out from Parbold along the canal towpath, before joining a variety of quiet and even quieter roads for the journey to Rufford, Croston, Mawdesley and back to Parbold. Loads of Tea Shops and Pubs to choose from for mid-ride refreshments etc. The route is relatively flat with just a few gentle inclines, they all add up though and we do benefit from a nice downhill section right at the end back towards Parbold.

Winter Warmer

High Birks on Great Northern Railway Trail

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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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Helping Care Homes - cycling in a safe environment

Cycling at inclusive cycling centre Wheels for All – Get Cycling in Sefton gives the riders from Brook Lea Care Home the chance to keep fit and gain independence within a safe environment.
Cyclist on a trike
A group of riders from Brook Lea Care Home has been coming to the Wheels for All – Get Cycling in Sefton sessions at Litherland Sports Park since the project first got off the ground ten years ago. They attend the sessions once a week with support workers from New Directions care and support services in Sefton, who initially learnt about the project when they read about it in the local paper.
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English Core Cities appetite for cycling ranked

Newcastle, Manchester and Nottingham have highest levels of support for cycling
Pedalling through Manchester

With the Government offering the possibility of funding for local authorities that can demonstrate commitment to cycling, CTC and local campaign groups have today (Tuesday 18 November) launched a league table ranking English Core Cities’ support for cycling, based on the number of councillors backing the Space for Cycling campaign outside London. The Core Cities represent the councils of England’s eight largest non-London city economies.

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Notes to Editors: 
  1. 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
  2. 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 600 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 
  3. Core Cities are a united local authority voice to promote the role of our cities in driving economic growth. They represent the councils of England’s eight largest city economies outside London. For further information see: www.corecities.com/
  4. New evidence commissioned by CTC values the potential health benefits of cycling at £6bn per year by 2025 if UK cycling increased to 10% of all journeys and up to £25bn per year by 2050 if cycling reach Dutch levels of 25%.
  5. The Get Britain Cycling report called for cycling to be increased from less than 2% of trips at present to 10% of trips (a bit below German levels of cycle use) by 2025, and to 25% of trips (just below Dutch levels) by 2050. It also called for spending of at least £10 per person annually on cycling – rising to £20 as cycle use increases – in order to maximise its health, economic, environmental and other benefits. It took evidence from experts on cycling and sustainable travel, health and road safety, as well as representatives of motoring and freight industries, and Government ministers.  The report was authored by Professor Phil Goodwin, a leading transport researcher at University College London and the University of the West of England.  The inquiry was sponsored by News International, publishers of the Times newspaper, as part of its ‘Cities fit for Cycling’ campaign. Further information can be found at: https://www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/get-britain-cycling

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.

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