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Edinburgh All-ability Bike Centre opens!

CTC works in partnership with centres across the UK to give access to cycling to people of all-abilities. Dave Glover has started work at the new Edinburgh ABC (All-ability Bike Centre) and he explains how the centre is already helping many people to enjoy cycling.
Brian and Anne enjoying the twin bike

As the Edinburgh ABC Development Officer, it has been amazing to meet the first riders who are already being helped by the project. Edinburgh ABC base at the City of Edinburgh Council's Bangholm Outdoor Centre on the north side of the city is open and here are just a few people I have had the pleasure of cycling with this week.

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Ride Like Billie Fleming!

Women around the UK have been 'riding like Billie' throughout 2015. Next week, the epic tour reaches Scotland, where CTC's Suzanne Forup and CTC's Bike Belles will be riding to honour Billie Fleming. Find out how you can get involved too.
Billie Fleming cycling around the UK in 1938

Billie Fleming, who died in May 2014 aged 100, has a unique place in the history of cycling. In 1938, she cycled every day and set the women's world record for the greatest distance cycled in a single year.

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Bikes, belles and babies - new family cycling groups

Two years ago, Suzanne Forup, CTC’s Assistant Head of Development, wrote about the challenges of getting ‘back on her bike’ with her son, a toddler at the time. Now she is helping to set up family cycling groups and even more Bike Belles groups to encourage more people in Scotland to cycle.
Trying out a cargo bike

Back in 2013 I was wondering if I would ever cycle again, after two years off the bike following pregnancy and the premature birth of my son. I'm not sure it would have happened without the support of my local cycling group and their family rides that summer. Riding in a group with experienced parents gave me the confidence and the impetus to try. It was a really  friendly and encouraging environment and I started cycling again.

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Women on Wheels at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

CTC's Assistant Head of Development, Suzanne Forup, likes a challenge, particularly if it involves organising part of a cycling festival, cake and books.
Women on Wheels

Back in the depths of winter, when I started to plan with partners the proposed events for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, I must have forgotten the stress of the year before. Rather like childbirth I only remembered the glorious success of the two events, rather than the pain and anxiety brought on by fear that no-one would turn up to either.

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Women on Wheels roars back for a second year

29 May 2015
After a successful launch at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling last year, the trailblazing Women on Wheels programme - a series of women-led cycling events - is back for 2015 and is bigger than ever.
CTC Celebrates Women on Wheels in Scotland (credit Gerry Lauzon)

As last year's Women's Cycle Forum inspired roundtable events to take place in London and Manchester, and helped to shape the first UK national Women and Cycling convention in York, it's no surprise that Women on Wheels - a programme of women-led cycling events in Scotland, is shaping up to be an even bigger bike bonanza in its second year. Meanwhile, 'Bike Curious' family workshops are set to go nationwide across Scotland, giving mums - and dads - the chance to try out any number of family cycling solutions from Copenhagen-style cargo bikes to t

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Thousands at Space for Cycling and Pedal on Parliament rides

Despite 'safety' concerns by officials, over 4,000 riders took part in the Pedal on Parliament ride in Edinburgh, while nearly 500 joined a Space for Cycling ride in Sheffield. Hundreds more joined rides in Newcastle and Aberdeen on 25 April.
Space for Cycling: brightening up the city. Photo: CTC, Creative Commons licence

A cross-party line-up of politicians addressed Pedal on Parliament's mass rally of cyclists in Edinburgh (see also BBC news report). SNP Transport Minister Derek Mackay pledged more funding for cycling, prompting LibDem Willie Rennie to pledge to hold Mackay to his pledge!

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Aberdeen Pedal on Parliament cycle ride

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Type: 
Mass Participation Charity Ride
Cost: 
Free

Join Aberdeen Cycle Forum as they raise the profile of cycling in the city. 

Route map and extra info available at: http://aberdeencycleforum.org.uk/index.php?pf=news.php&nid=173

Pedal on Parliament - Edinburgh

Type: 
Rally/Festival
Cost: 
Free
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Calling all Scottish Cyclists: Let's Pedal on Parliament

What started as a one-off flash ride on the Scottish Parliament is now rapidly becoming an institution and part of the Scottish cycling calendar. Sally Hinchcliffe, one of the founding organisers, explains why this year's ride is just as important as the first.
Edinburgh 2014: Pedal on Parliament

It’s hard to believe it, but we’re in the throes of organising what will be the fourth Pedal on Parliament (POP). We started POP in 2012 as a Scottish version of the Big Ride on Westminster, realising transport is a devolved matter and hence Holyrood was the place we needed to influence. At the time, we were hopeful that a few hundred might turn up – and were blown away when in fact thousands did.

Hills in 10 miles

The third of 2015's weekly rides - a slightly tougher 10 miles, with a bit of hill conquering.

Distance: 10.33 miles
Type: On quiet roads.
Hills: A bit of an up, with a good down :)
Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/659089042
Leader's Contact Number: 07720 683 421

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