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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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Cake-loving lady cyclists wanted in Scotland…!

After a rainy day in the saddle with the fledgling Edinburgh Belles on Bikes, CTC Cycling Development Officer for Scotland Suzanne Forup needs some help getting more women on their bikes...
Four women on bikes

Yesterday four fairly intrepid Edinburgh Belles braved the January rain with me to launch the start of Belles on Bikes across Scotland.

Despite the dreich (that means cold, damp and miserable for the English speakers) conditions the ladies kept smiling, particularly as we rolled along Portobello Promenade into the Beach House for tea, cake and defrosting…

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Why should cyclists use Twitter?

Some say Twitter is a waste of time. It is, however, the world’s largest global conversation and is a very effective way for cyclists to network, campaign and communicate.
Twitter logo

Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called 'Tweets'. It's an easy way to discover the latest news related to subjects you care about, and you can add pictures and videos too.

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Scot Free: Justice system in Edinburgh fails cyclists as McCourt appeal refused

25 September 2013
CTC, the national cycling charity, is bitterly dismayed over today's decision of the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh to allow 49-year-old Gary McCourt, whose driving has killed two cyclists, back on the roads.
Family united in disbelief Aileen Brown, Ian Fyfe and Linda Hamilton.

In response to a campaign organised by CTC and Audrey Fyfe's family, over 6,000 people wrote to the Procurator Fiscal against McCourt's 'unduly lenient' sentence. McCourt knocked Audrey off her bike in August 2011 and she died two days later.

He was given just 300 hours community service and a five-year driving ban.

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New Peer Mentors at Bike Club Glasgow

Bryan Jardine, the Bike Club Officer in Glasgow is busy training young people to become Peer Mentors and pass on their passion for cycling.
Abdi Ibrahim

Bike Club in Glasgow is now in phase 3 of the project and we are now working to build a team of Bike Club peer mentors. Our goal is to recruit and train 15 young volunteers aged 16-24. Each peer mentor will establish and lead a new sustainable Bike Club cycling group based in their local community project or youth group. They will have the support of staff and volunteers at the place where the project is based and on-going support from the Bike Club team in Scotland.

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Blazing Saddles needs your vote on 24 November!

Suzanne Forup, CTC’s Assistant Head of Development in Scotland wants you to make a phone call on 24 November. It could help change the lives of people with disabilities across Scotland.
young person on adapted bike

CTC partner Blazing Saddles, a project of disability charity FABB Scotland, is one of the shortlisted charities in with a chance of winning £48,435 through the People’s Millions public phone vote.

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Meet CTC's 'Team Scotland'

CTC's Assistant Head of Development in Scotland, Suzanne Forup, introduces her small but perfectly formed team. You can meet them all at the CTC Scotland AGM and Gathering on 22 November in Edinburgh, where they will be talking about their projects alongside campaigners from CTC Scotland.
Team CTC in Scotland - Suzanne, Polly, Bryan and Carrie

The CTC staff team in Scotland has quietly grown to a historic high of 3.25 people over the last four years as cycling development funding has been secured to work with people and communities that face significant barriers to cycling.

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CTC Scotland AGM and Gathering

Type: 
Conference
Type: 
Meeting or AGM
Cost: 
Free

You are invited to CTC Scotland's AGM and annual Gathering at the Ukranian Club, 14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB on Saturday 22 November. Please visit Eventbrite to book your free place.

The AGM is a CTC members' only event, but all interested parties are very welcome to attend the day's presentations, roundtable discussions, networking opportunities and lunch, starting from 11am. Read on for the day's programme and keynote speakers.

 

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