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Belles on Bikes: cycling, cake and confidence!

Suzanne Forup, CTC’s Assistant Head of Development in Scotland, packed her panniers and headed to the beautiful Perthshire town of Pitlochry for the first Belles on Bikes leader training weekend.
Belles on Bikes

The original Belles in Glasgow have continued to grow, supporting hundreds of women to get cycling. Since January, the Belles network has been spreading across Scotland, funded by small grants from Cycling Scotland and 2014 Communities.

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Top cyclists support Play on Pedals

Play on Pedals has received support from two of Scotland's cycling heroes - triple Paralympic Gold medal winner Aileen McGlynn OBE, who recently scooped two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, and James McCallum, who won bronze in Melbourne in 2006.
Aileen McGlynn OBE and James McCallum with children in Glasgow

The two Scottish cyclists are now official ambassadors for Play on Pedals, a project which aims to get pre-school children across Glasgow cycling before they start school.

It is a partnership between CTC and Cycling Scotland, The Bike Station Glasgow and Play Scotland. Play on Pedals was one of the winners of the 2014 People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund, securing just over £231,000 in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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Glasgow Cycle Festival

CTC’s Assistant Head of Development in Scotland loves a festival - the mud, the camping and the avoidance of washing - so this year she’s managed to get involved with organising two. One of them, the Glasgow Cycle Festival, kicks off this Friday with a leisurely bike ride to the WEST brewery!
Glasgow Cycle Festival logo

Nearly a year ago I sat in the ‘office’ - a shipping container with a sofa - at Free Wheel North with three cycling colleagues eating cherries as we airily suggested ideas for our yet un-named cycling festival. We didn't have any money and it wasn't in anyone's work plan. But we didn't let that stop us. One funding bid, a lot more talking and a whole load of work later the first Glasgow Cycle Festival is about to launch...

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Play on Pedals in Glasgow

Polly Jarman is the new Development Officer for CTC’s Play on Pedals and her mission is to get every 4 year old in Glasgow riding a bike.
Polly Jarman, CTC Development  Officer, Play on Pedals

Originally called Play on Wheels, the project won funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery through the 2014 Dream Fund and is also recognised as a games legacy for Glasgow. While the name has changed, the aim of the project has not: giving every four year old in Glasgow the opportunity to learn to ride a bike before they start school.

Over the next two years, 500 pedal and balance bikes will be placed across 50 community organisations where volunteers will be trained as either cycle trainers or in cycle maintenance.

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Building bikes, changing lives

Suzanne Forup manages the Bike Club Scotland programme, which enables young people to take up cycling. A recent visit showed her that cycling can help young people in very challenging circumstances..
Young people and tutors on the BYOB course

CTC Assistant Head of Development (Scotland) Suzanne Forup, also works for Youth Scotland, where she has managed the Bike Club Scotland programme - a CTC/Youth Scotland partnership - for the last four years. Bike Club Scotland works to engage with young people who can find it hard to get cycling, for example young people with disabilities or from minority ethnic communities, and young women and girls from disadvantaged communities.

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We came, we saw, we pedalled on Parliament

On 26 April 2014, thousands of people from across Scotland (and further afield!) descended upon the Scottish Parliament to show politicians that more investment is needed for cycling and active travel.
Pedal on Parliament

Pedal on Parliament is only in its third year, but already its momentum and influence is being felt across Scotland. I attended for the first time last year as a relatively new cyclist and had my eyes opened to the sheer diversity of cycling and how this most humble of things can generate positive shock waves throughout society. 

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Ride, Cake and Chat!

CTC’s Cycling Development Officer in Scotland is a multi-tasker with a mission – to support women to ride, eat cake and chat. For the record, she’s typing this whilst drinking tea and thinking about what to cook for dinner...
Cycling ladies

I saw in the news this week that British women are the multi-tasking champions of Europe. No wonder, then, that Belles on Bikes is proving so popular with the women of Scotland. Our strapline - ‘ride, cake, chat’ - of actions isn’t meant to be done simultaneously, but clearly it could be!

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Which car ads show breaches of the Highway Code?

The ASA ruling that outlaws cyclists not wearing helmets and riding outside 'secondary position' is a very hazy interpretation of the Highway Code and cycle training expertise. If you've got examples of car ads that show Highway Code infringements by drivers, let us know and we'll collect them here.
A car ad involving driving around with flares was accepted by the ASA

We've already collected many examples of adverts that show cycling to be normal and aspirational, yet would fall foul of the ASA's latest ruling.

To help further Cycling Scotland's appeal, we'd also like to point to the many adverts for cars that show flagrant breaches of the Highway Code.

So let's get started

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Which ads are now banned? Your examples wanted

The ASA's bizarre ruling (under appeal by Cycling Scotland) that all cyclists must now be helmeted and cyclists must adopt dangerous road positioning has caused anger amongst the cycling community. If you've got examples of ads that would now be banned, please send them here.
Unhelmeted hipsters riding all over a promenade. Tsk tsk.

The ASA's ruling is being appealed by Cycling Scotland. To help support that appeal, we'd like examples of advertising - print and broadcast - that show cycling as a normal activity, and which would therefore (theoretically) not be allowed.

To start you off, here is CTC's own cinema advert, 'Cycle Hero', made a few years ago to communicate the issue of climate change and suggest cycling as an alternative.

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Advertising watchdog’s helmet ruling threatens the promotion of normal cycling

CTC, the national cycling charity, has voiced concern over a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) which could prevent future adverts from showing cyclists without helmets on TV.
The image that proved controversial to the ASA

In response to complaints against a TV advert produced by Cycling Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, the ASA ruled that all future television advertising featuring cyclists must only show cyclists wearing helmets. 

The ASA also ruled that the cyclist's position on the road in the advert was unsafe. CTC believes this is at odds with UK-wide national standards for cycle training, which CTC was instrumental in developing, and which are now backed by the UK and Scottish Governments.

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