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Barriers to cycling - it shouldn't be just for the fit and the brave

Since she’s been been back on her bike, CTC’s Suzanne Forup has noticed more barriers to cycling - and to just getting out of the house - than she ever did in her carefree/child-free days..
A barrier to cycling on the canal path

Getting on a bike, off a train and onto a cycle path used to be non-events. Now, with a toddler in tow, they can require careful planning, the kindness of strangers and good upper body strength. Like anyone who has tried to negotiate the London Underground with a small child, a push-chair and a large bag, it’s given me a small insight into the world that people with more significant mobility issues face on a daily basis.

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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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Women on Wheels - a day of cycling action

£5 for the Women's Cycle Forum - other events free

Women have been behind some of the most interesting developments in cycling in recent years, from cycle campaigns to sport, all-abilities cycling and even leisure rides. Whether your interest is campaigning, racing, family riding, ‘cycle chic’ or just getting on your bike, come along to meet the women who are already making things happen, and come away with the ideas and inspiration to do more.

Women on Wheels 2014 is a day of female (and family) focused events, all part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. On Saturday 14th June there will be:

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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Pedal on Parliament


Last year 4000 cyclists pedalled on the Scottish Parliament to tell politicians they want a cycle-friendly Scotland. CTC Members from all over Scotland and beyond will be gathering again at the Meadows in Edinburgh for a 12 noon start on Saturday 26 April 2014.

For more information http://pedalonparliament.org/


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