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The benefits of local campaigning

We take a brief look at what local campaigners can do to boost political support for cycling in their area.
East Sussex CTC and 1066 Cycle Club writing to councillors

Since last April, over 17,000 emails have been sent to incumbent councillors as part of the national Space for Cycling campaign - calling for safer infrastructure conditions so that people of all ages and abilities can cycle.  In places with strong campaign groups such as Manchester and Newcastle, a huge number of letters have been sent by members of the public and a high proportion of councillors have responded positively. 


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Presentations from CTC Campaign Training in Edinburgh

Thanks to everyone who made the Campaigns Training Day on Saturday 21 February 2015 in Edinburgh for the CTC cycle campaigners' workshops.
CTC Scotland Campaigner Training Day

CTC Scotland in collaboration with Pedal on Parliament hosted over 50 cycle campaigners from across Scotland, who came together to find out what they could do to improve cycling conditions where they live. Delegates in attendance represented many different localities and groups, so if you weren't able to attend the event and would like to get in touch with your local cycle campaigner or cycle campaign group, please email righttoride@ctc.org.uk.

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Bike Club Central Update

Bike Club Central has been getting its name out there across Fife, Falkirk, Stirling and Clacks, making some really good connections and partnerships. And riding bikes!

It has been a busy few months since starting in October, so it’s a good time for a Bike Club Central update.

In December, I attended Cycling Scotland’s four-day Cycle Trainer Course. The course looks at delivering the Bikeability scheme, which provides the skills and confidence needed for children to ride safely on the roads – something that we hope the project’s Young Leaders will help to deliver.


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Glasgow Bike Club Update

It’s been a busy few weeks catching up with all the Glasgow Peer Mentors, finding out who braved the weather on their bikes and who chose to hibernate over Christmas and New Year. Everyone was dead keen to get stuck back into some training and move forward with Bike Club.
Glasgow Bike Club at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Hey guys,

First update of the year for Bike Club Glasgow.


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Space for Cycling Campaigner Training Day


The national Space for Cycling campaign aims to create the conditions where anyone can cycle anywhere.

Highland Cycle Ability Centre

Opened on the 23rd May 2013 by paralympian hand-cyclist Karen Darke, we are the first all-abilities cycle track in Scotland. 

The Centre is run by The Watermill Foundation Ltd (a Scottish registered charity SC042811) with one very simple aim: to give everyone a safe and enjoyable place to come and ride a bicycle, regardless of their ability.

January Ride: Burghead Revisited

Setting off from Elgin Academy (free parking), and heading up Covesea Road and Drainie Road to Duffus, then following the Coastal Cycle Path through Hopeman to Burghead. We'll return via the B9013 and Route 1 to Elgin, with a quick climb and then a lovely downhill to finish :)

Distance: 20.67 miles
Type: On NCN1 and Quiet Roads
Hills: Just good ol' Brumley Brae

Lewis's Story - how Bike Club helped

Through funding and support from Bike Club, Lewis Balsillie has grown and developed from a teenager who went along to a school club to a young leader and peer mentor.
Lewis Balsillie

Lewis first became involved in Bike Club when he attended Liberton High School club in S2 (aged 13). Previous to this, he had no real experience and saw this as a good chance to try something a bit different, improve on skills and gain confidence.

2015 Kirkpatrick Macmillan Rally

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The 2015 Kirkpatrick MacMillan Rally will be held at the Barnsoul Caravan and Camping Park near Shawhead in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. 

Well located within D&G's quiet road system the Rally features rides over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 22nd to Monday 25th, including the well known Sunday Breakfast Ride to Keir Mill (Kirkpatrick MacMillan's birthplace, and where he constructed the first pedal driven bicycle). 

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Glasgow Bike Club trains even more young people

It has been busy and exciting few months at Bike Clubs in Glasgow, Bryan Jardine and the team have been training new Peer Mentors and Cycle Trainer Assistants.
Glasgow Bike Club - Ride Leader Attendees and Tutor

Bike Club Glasgow update time. I’m pleased to report that we finished 2014 on a high. We have had a really busy and exciting couple of months since the last blog in Glasgow and beyond.

Four of our peer mentors - Abdi, Michael, Jon and Jack - successfully completed their Cycle Trainer Assistant training under the expert tutelage of John Nicholson from Youth Scotland. This took place at The Glasgow Bike Station over four sessions, which was great. I also took part in this training alongside the peer mentors.

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