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CTC makes economic case for cycling to Northern Ireland's politicians

Maximise the economic benefits of cycling, CTC tells the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont

Increasing cycling could reap huge economic benefits through improved health, reduced congestion and a wider, diversified tourism market. 

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Riding the Giro d'Italia route with legend Stephen Roche

Ahead of this weekend's stages of the Giro d'Italia in Northern Ireland, CTC cycle instructor and trainer Tim Edgar sampled the route with Stephen Roche - Ireland's only Giro winner.
The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

It is a big weekend for cycling in Northern Ireland as 'The Grande Partenza' - or 'Big Start' - of the Giro d’Italia will take place over three days from 9-11 May 2014. 200 elite cyclists will ride around Belfast city centre on Day 1 before moving on to the dramatic Causeway Coast and Armagh the following day before finally leaving the province and heading south to Dublin on Day 3.

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Belfast to honour Dunlop and Hume at Giro Celebration

7 February 2014
A minister pledges to make the Belfast start of the Giro "worthy of Italian cycling tradition", while ignoring the city's own extraordinary contribution to cycling history.
Plaque in Belfast at the Dunlop factory

Note: Since the publication of our article, Belfast City Council has confirmed they will be supplying a plaque for Dunlop and Hume to be unveiled by the Lord Mayor along with local school children and cyclists at the site before the Giro passes on route.

The Giro d'Italia starts in Belfast this year and everyone is buzzing about the three days of pre-race celebrations in Belfast. The media is full of quotes about how the retailers, hotels, sponsors will make the most out of the event.

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Hope for a bike boost in Belfast as Giro d’Italia 2014 route announced

It is the first time this prestigious international event is being held outside continental Europe. The Giro d'Italia 2014 will travel from Belfast to Trieste in 21 stages and route details have just been announced.
The McClelland family at the 'Titanic' starting point in Belfast

Friday 9 May sees the Belfast stage, which starts at Titanic Belfast and takes in the Newtownards Road, Stormont, Queen's Bridge, the Ormeau Road, Stranmillis and finishes in Belfast city centre.

The Saturday leg - a 218 km cycle - starts on Belfast's Antrim Road and goes to Antrim, Ballymena, Bushmills, and the Giant's Causeway before taking in the coastline from Cushendall to Larne, then on to Whitehead and Carrickfergus before heading back to Belfast.

CTC Campaigns Training Day - Newcastle

Type: 
Conference
Cost: 
Free

Join us for a day of workshops on the Road Justice and Space for Cycling campaigns.

Register for the training here.

Belfast Activity Centre

A group on a course departing Belfast Activity Centre
Address: 

Barnett’s Stable Yard,
Barnett Demesne,
Malone Road,
Belfast,
BT9 5PB

As the CTC Centre of Excellence for Northern Ireland, Belfast Activity Centre is ideally located being close to the city, yet in middle of the wide open spaces and mountain bike tracks of Barnetts Demesne.  Access to riding is from the door and provides great environments for learning and application of the Trail Leader Award.

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The man who wanted to 'Get Northern Ireland Cycling'

17 February 2014
Inspirational, charming and truly likeable, Tom McClelland proved how much could really be done in a short space of time. It's up to us now to carry on his amazing work.

Tom McClelland passed away on 13 February 2014. A CTC member since 1999, he was CTC’s Right to Ride campaigner covering the whole of Northern Ireland, but his impact on CTC and cycling was much wider than that. 

He built relationships with politicians of every stripe in the cause of cycling and during 2013 was a major contributor to the establishment of an all party cycling group in the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont and established a committee, along the lines of CTC Scotland.

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'Space for Cycling' Sheffield Meeting 25th January

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

CTC, London Cycling Campaign and Cyclenation are holding the 2nd 'Space for Cycling' joint meeting in Sheffield at the Showroom & Workstation on Saturday 25 January.

'Space for Cycling' Sheffield Meeting Agenda is available to view (please see attachment below)

Bridging Communities

Two cycle clubs were developed at the Macrory and Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church sites in Belfast that bridge the Duncairn interface area.
Belfast Interface Area Cycle Club

Clubs were developed at the Macrory and Fortwilliam sites because more and more young people were observed to be riding bikes in both areas. There was also a well-documented need to address health inequalities, not only to tackle physical inactivity, but also the community stress associated with anti-social behaviour and community division.

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