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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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Belles on Bikes - Edinburgh

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
Free

Belles on Bikes is running its second Edinburgh run on 22 February. If you are a female cyclist looking to get out on your bike then come along! We are a friendly bunch of ladies keen on cycling (and cake) and welcome women of all abilities. If you are interested in getting the group up and running in Edinburgh then we'd love to hear from you.

Belles on Bikes - Moray

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
Free

Female cyclists in Moray are invited to join Suzanne from CTC and Melanie from Bike Revolution on a 23 mile Saturday ride from Elgin Cathedral to Lossiemouth and back with a stop for cake at Harbour Lights.

CTC Lothians and Borders Rally

Type: 
Rally/Festival
Cost: 
£18 - Adults, £12 - Children under 13

CTC Lothians and Borders would like to invite CTC members to take part in the inaugural Lothians and Borders Rally which will be based at a site on the southern outskirts of Edinburgh at Mortonhall Caravan and Camping Park on Mortonhall Gate.

The rally covers city and rural areas and we hope to offer the opportunity to explore both, with 20, 40, and 60 mile cycle rides on Saturday, Sunday and Monday but participants are welcome to cycle informally on the Friday and indeed extend their stay in to the following week for further exploration. 

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Boy stuff: cycling, the prostate and erectile dysfunction

Riding a bicycle can aggravate the prostate and cause other health problems in men. The design of the standard bicycle seat can rub against the prostate during the pedalling process. A comforatble saddle is key.
A comfortable saddle is the key

Prostate anatomy and problems in cyclists

A healthy human prostate is classically said to be slightly larger than a walnut. It surrounds the urethra just below the urinary bladder. The prostate can enlarge to the point where urination becomes difficult.

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CTC leads collaboration to get every four-year-old in Glasgow cycling

30 January 2014
A new CTC-led project will allow every four-year-old child in Glasgow the opportunity to learn to ride a bike thank to The People's Postcode Lottery
The team behind Play on Wheels

Play on Wheels, a collaborative project between CTC, the national cycling charity, Play Scotland, Glasgow Bike Station and Cycling Scotland was awarded £230,000 on Wednesday 29 January in the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund 2014.

The award, which is the largest single amount ever awarded to a Dream Fund project, means every four-year-old child in Glasgow will have the chance to learn to ride a bike before they go to school.

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CTC leads collaboration to win largest ever award from Postcode Lottery

A new CTC-led project will allow every four-year-old child in Glasgow the opportunity to learn to ride a bike.
Photo of the Play on Wheels team

Play on Wheels, a collaborative project between CTC, the national cycling charity, Play Scotland, Glasgow Bike Station and Cycling Scotland was awarded £230,000 last night (Wednesday 29 January) in the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund 2014. The award, which is the largest single amount ever awarded to a Dream Fund project, means every four-year-old child in Glasgow will have the chance to learn to ride a bike before they go to school.

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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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