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Dawson Bike Club

Dawson Centre Bike Club in Central Scotland is encouraging families who live in Falkirk to cycle more and learn how to fix up bikes.
cyclist with trailer

Dawson Centre Bike Club has recently set up a family cycling project in Falkirk.  A group of local volunteers started up the project to encourage members of the community to take up cycling as an environmentally friendly and healthy activity.

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CTC web chat - your questions answered

CTC’s Chief Exec, Gordon Seabright, and other staff responded to your questions during a live web chat on 21 June. Questions were sent in through Twitter, Facebook and emails. Answers can be found below.

Thanks to all those who sent in questions. In some cases we've responded to you directly.

Among those answering your questions were:

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Deans Community High School pupils meet Nigel Mansell

Pupils at Deans Community High School met the former Formula 1 star on 14 June but this time he was on two wheels instead of four. Nigel cycled through Livingston as part of a 1300 mile charity cycle ride from John O'Groats to Paris over 12 days, raising funds for Youth Charity UK Youth.
Deans Community High School pupils with Nigel Mansell

On his arrival at the school Nigel was greeted by pupils, parents and staff all keen to find out how his cycle through Scotland over the last three days had been. Amazingly his time north of the border was spent mostly cycling in the sunshine.

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Larbert High School S1 Cycle Roadshow

Three hundred S1 pupils at Larbert High School tried out different cycling activities over three days to encourage more pupils to take up cycling and get involved in cycling activities. They also organised their first ever girls only mountain bike trip.
3 female pupils from Larbert High School with their bikes

S1 pupils went cycling crazy at Larbert High School this term when they took part in this year’s Cycle road shows.

Although slightly cold, the days stayed dry and pupils had the chance to try out the school's assault course, riding Tandem bikes and tackling hills on mountain bikes. PC Imrie security stamped bikes that pupils brought along on the day and local bike recycling project Recyke-a-bike came along to teach pupils how to fix their bikes. All the pupils are to be congratulated on their effort and enthusiasm.

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iXS European Downhill Cup

The iXS European Downhill Cup returns to Innerleithen, Scotland for the only UK round of Europe’s premier downhill series. Running over three days from 15—17 June, the World’s best downhill racers will pit their skills against each other at the spiritual home of the UK downhill scene.

The fun starts on Thursday 14 June at the Film Night in the Union Club at 19.15.   On Friday it’s practice for the riders and the Official iXS Cup Innerleithen Launch Party in the Traquair Arms, with all welcome from 20.00 to enjoy the disco and relax outdoors in the marquee to bask in the Scottish summer evening.

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Team UK Youth meet Middleden Mountain Bike Club

Kirkcaldy based Mountain Bike Club met professional cycling team 'Team UK Youth' before they competed in the first round of the Halfords Tour Series. This was the first time the series has taken place in Scotland.
Middleden Mountain Bike Club meet Team UK Youth

The Halfords Tour Series came to Scotland for the first time on Tuesday 15 May 2012 with a professional cycle race around Kirkcaldy town centre.

Team UK Youth are one of the twelve teams competing in the series and were founded by ex Formula 1 racing car driver Nigel Mansel.  They represent the work and values of UK Youth, the national Youth Charity and consortium partner of Bike Club.  

As part of their visit Bike Club Officer, Amy Hickman, arranged for the team to meet a local Bike Club group in Kirkcaldy, Middleden Mountain Bike Club, the night before the race.

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Fife-based LinkLiving receives funding to help young people get on their bikes

LinkLiving has recently been awarded a grant of £2,000 to help start up a Bike Club for young people in Fife. On Tuesday 15 May, a number of staff and service users from LinkLiving visited Halfords Tour Series in Kirkcaldy to officially receive their grant and meet Team UK Youth.
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LinkLiving has recently been awarded a grant of £2,000 to help start up a Bike Club for young people in Fife.

 The funding will allow LinkLiving, part of the Link Group of charitable RSLs and social enterprises, to purchase key cycling equipment such as bikes and helmets to encourage the young people they work with to get involved in cycling activities.

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Pedal on Parliament

Thousands of cyclists pedalled to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to demand that politicians do all they can to make Scotland a cycle-friendly nation.
Pedal on Parliament poster

On Saturday 28 April, a crowd of around 3,000 cyclists rang their bike bells and horns loudly and began the Pedal on Parliament ride from the Meadows to Holyrood.

Leading the charge was Mark Beaumont, the CTC member and round the world cyclist and adventurer, who rode the route with a handmade banner calling for a cycle-friendly Scotland.

As far as the eye could see, thousands of cyclists filled the whole of both George IV Bridge and High Street.

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Cycle trains - a good way to encourage people to commute by bike

Cyclists in Stirlingshire, Scotland have formed a bike train from Dunblane station to Stirling University as a way of encouraging more people to use sustainable transport and reduce the number of car journeys.
Commuting cyclists in a group

CTC has long campaigned on the 'Safety in Numbers' effect which says that cycling gets safer, the more people do it.

Now campaigners in Sterlingshire have taken this literally with the formation of a bike train to encourage commuters to use the bike and train combination, rather than taking the car to work.

This BBC report explains the whys and wherefores of it. Maybe this is an idea that could spread to other towns and cities across the UK?

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