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Here come the girls.. ! Belles are on their bikes in Glasgow

The Glasgow Belles on Bikes project held its first summer social this week. CTC's Suzanne Forup went along to meet them and find out how they get so many women cycling..
The Belles on Bikes Glasgow

I think it’s always a good sign when I turn up to an event and there is a good selection of wine bottles, glasses and food already laid out. Not least because it means I’m in the right place...

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Appeal against the sentence of a motorist convicted of killing a cyclist will be heard in August

Prosecutors challenging the five-year driving ban imposed on Gary McCourt on the grounds that the sentence was ''unduly lenient'' have announced that the appeal will take place on August 13th. The right to appeal was granted on 31 May following a campaign launched by CTC and Audrey Fyfe's family.

McCourt was found guilty in April of causing the death of Audrey Fyfe by driving carelessly and hitting the back wheel of her bike in Edinburgh. The 75-year-old died two days after the incident in August 2011. 

McCourt was also ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service.  At the end of the trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, it emerged he was convicted of causing another cyclist's death in 1986.

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Edinburgh Festival of Cycling – a right proper festival

Edinburgh has just hosted it's first Festival Of Cycling, with activities and events round the clock to demonstrate that it means business in the challenge to create a cycling culture in our capital city.
Cycling mum Copenhagen style

Edinburgh knows how to do Festivals. It doesn’t hold with the ‘two day, blink and you missed it’ events that other cities call a festival, Edinburgh Festivals take over your life for weeks at a time.

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling has proved to be no different. Established this year  by a dedicated (some might say obsessed) group of volunteers, the EdFoC has provided and promoted nearly two weeks of engaging cycling-themed activities for anyone and everyone across the City.

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The 'Cycling Surgeon' and his daughter cross the US for WaterAid

The Chair of CTC in Scotland, surgeon Mr Chris Oliver and his daughter Catherine Oliver, have almost completed an intense and gruelling 3,415-mile cycle ride across America in aid of international charity WaterAid. They are due to finish this Wednesday 28 June.
Chris Oliver and Catherine Oliver

The pair left Los Angeles on 11 May and will ride into Boston after nearly seven weeks of intense riding - they can’t wait to reach the finish line.

They have now exceeded their fundraising target of £3,415 – representing £1 for WaterAid for every mile they have cycled. The achievement is especially incredible for Chris, an orthopaedic surgeon at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary, who just a few years ago weighed over 27 stone and struggled to complete the most basic exercise.

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Scotland revises action plan for cycling

The Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS), first published in 2009, set out the ambitious vision for 10% of trips to be made by bike by 2020. Over a third of the time has passed, but Scotland's modal share has barely increased.
The refreshed Cycling Action Plan for Scotland

The revised plan hasn't changed significantly: the vision for 10% remains, and the actions are a mix of infrastructure and promotion.

Unfortunately, the main problem - lack of money to see the Plan through to reality - remains a problem. Although the report acknowledges that £5-10 per head is required to sustain increases in cycling, no commitment is made to fund at that level.

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On two wheels with my new bike accessory – a toddler

As a single, carefree cyclist I had happily weaved through the traffic with few fears. Now I'm a parent it's taken my local CTC-affiliated cycle club to get me back on my bike, with my toddler on board..
Cycling on NCN Route 76 in Dunbar

As a single, carefree cyclist I had happily weaved through the traffic on holiday in Mumbai and Panama City, and at home in Edinburgh and London, with few fears. Then I became pregnant, felt the fear and the joy of a fragile, new life growing inside me and stopped cycling.

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Innerleithen Uplift: On Track and Gaining Speed

The Innerleithen Uplift project has been in the pipeline for a while now, and, like all of these projects, there are many unforeseen challenges and hurdles. The guys at AimUp have their eyes set on a big prize though, and the Tweed Love Bike Festival was a good time to catch up on progress.

From the programme for the Tweedlove Bike Festival 2013

Tweed Love fired a few questions over to AimUp, to see how progress is going towards the planned bike uplift…

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Bikes out the shed and into the Scottish sunshine!

Belles on Bikes - supporting women in Scotland to cycle for leisure, transport and sport
Mechanics Abbi and Katy with a happy customer

Bike Club Scotland’s Belles on Bikes project got hundreds of young people on bikes at the weekend, in the glorious sunshine at Leith Festival Gala Day in Edinburgh.

The timber skills trails were a huge success with children and parents; children tackled the course on scoots, balance bikes and a range of borrowed cycles whilst parents chatted with CTC staff and volunteers. Our mechanics, Katy and Abbi, were busy all day adjusting bikes, fixing minor ailments and showing other women how to keep their bikes on the road.

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Legends Of Mountain Biking Headed to Selkirk

The 2013 British MTB Marathon Championships, The Selkirk MTB Marathon and a cycling street party in Selkirk. On Saturday 8 June up to 100 elite cross country mountain bike racers from throughout the UK descended on Selkirk in the Scottish Borders for the 2013 British MTB Marathon Championships.

Joining former Olympians Oli Beckingsale (Endura MTB Racing) and Nick Craig (Scott Syncros Pioneer) on the start line was the 2012 British MTB Marathon Champion Lee Williams (Gateway Cycles), eight time winner of the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross Rob Jebb (Team Hope Factory Racing) and Scottish cross country mountain bike legend Rab Wardell (Alpine Bikes Racing).

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