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Act now to Make Trails for Wales!

2 September 2015
The Welsh Government wants to improve the opportunities to access the outdoors. CTC, together with Open MTB and partners, sees this as a chance to open up the Welsh countryside while also putting pressure on England to do likewise – and we need your help!
Trails for Wales

Currently in Wales, the Rights of Way system is based upon recorded historic use of routes instead of suitability. As a result, cyclists have rights to use just 21% of the network, with permission to ride along narrow rocky sheep tracks on steep ground but denied access to thousands of miles of public footpaths lying on metalled farm and forest roads.

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"Make Wales off-road centre of UK" says cycle coalition

"Increased off-road access to rural Wales would give a healthy boost to the economy," say CTC and Open MTB.
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Today (Tuesday 1 September 2015) CTC Cymru, Open MTB, Welsh Cycling and British Cycling applauded the Welsh Government’s proposal to adopt similar rules on access to the countryside as those enjoyed in Scotland, and is calling on all outdoor enthusiasts to support their campaign Trails for Wales, which they can do at www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/trails-wales

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CTC Press Office & Open MTB
0778 632 0713 or email publicity@ctc.org.uk

Notes to Editors: 

1. For further information on CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone: www.ctc.org.uk

2. OpenMTB has been formed to act co-operatively on behalf of organisations on issues that concern mountain bikers, such as improved access rights, user group consultations, trail improvement and maintenance etc. Early in 2015 representatives from a number of mountain bike associations met journalists and industry experts from across England and Wales to see how they could work together for the benefit of our community.  In the past it has been difficult for governing bodies to consult our diverse community due to the lack of a single point of contact, and OpenMTB was formed as a result. www.facebook.com/OpenMTB / www.twitter.com/OpenMTB 

3. The Welsh Government’s consultation “Improving opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation” can be found in English at: http://gov.wales/consultations/environmentandcountryside/improving-oppor... and Welsh at: http://gov.wales/consultations/environmentandcountryside/improving-oppor...

Trails for Wales

Mountain Bikers in Wales
Help improve off-road conditions in Wales and put pressure on England to do the same through CTC's campaign Trails for Wales!
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Closure threat to essential part of Wales Coast Path

Barmouth Bridge, part of the National Cycle Network, faces closure after 150 years use due to council cuts, potentially forcing cyclists and walkers on an 18 mile detour.
Barmouth Bridge faces closure

According to reports in Wales Online, Gwynedd Council will consult with the public about the closure of Barmouth Bridge, as they are forced to consider cuts to save £9m.

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Wales has the tools but needs to use them

Statistics for cycling in Wales show a disturbing trend as cycling casualties increase, as CTC Cymru calls for the Welsh Government to make good on the ambitions contained in the Active Travel Act Wales.
Cardiff Cycle City group calling for better cycle provision in March 2015

The Welsh Government has recently published figures showing that the number of killed or seriously injured (KSI) cyclists in Wales in 2014 (138) very nearly doubled in comparison with the baseline average from 2004-2008 (70). The year before (2013) saw 100 cyclist KSI. This is a huge increase, not matched by the 9% rise in pedal cycle traffic between 2007 and 2013. 

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Could Wales lead the way in off-road access?

On Friday 10 July, the Welsh Government launched its consultation 'Improving opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation'.
Mountain biking in Wales

Campaigners, including CTC and a recently formed consortium of representatives from the mountain bike community called the MTB Advocacy Group see this as having great potential for off-road cycling in Wales.

The Welsh Government has ensured the emphasis of the consultation is on "providing easy and affordable access to quality local green space and outdoor recreation activities close to where people live." 

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How to buy a secondhand bike

Are you looking for a new bike, but your budget is slim? Robin Eveleigh from Drover Cycles shares his tips for buying a secondhand bike and avoiding buying a stolen bike.
Two women on dutch style bikes

If you’re in the market for a new bike, but your budget is slim, second-hand could be the way to go. You might need to compromise on looks -  the paintwork will probably have lost its showroom sheen and the spec will be somewhere between last season and yesteryear - but the smart shopper can pick up an amazing ride for a fraction of the price of a box-fresh purchase.

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What is the Philosophy of Cycling?

What is cycling? Racing, commuting or mountain biking? Town planning and the environment? Or a state of being? CTC member Clive Cazeaux, Chair of Cardiff CTC and Professor of Aesthetics at Cardiff School of Art and Design, is giving a talk about The Philosophy of Cycling for Bike Week 2015.
Clive Cazeaux

Clive has been a CTC member since 1979 and a philosopher since… well, what defines a philosopher? He has been teaching the subject at university since 1992. That there is a philosophy of cycling, he is in no doubt. The fact that cycling can take so many forms means, straight away, that we meet one of the most philosophical questions possible: the ‘what is X?’ question. What is cycling? He tells us more about this fascinating topic:

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Winchester Family Cycle Ride

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

A led cycle ride for all the family on quiet country lanes and easy off-road cycle paths. Ride starts at 2pm and finishes by 5pm. Easy pace with plenty of stops for playgrounds, cakes or ice cream (or possibly all three). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Gower Cycling Festival

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
£5, free for under 16's

The Gower Cycling Festival, based in the lovely Gower Peninsula from 8-15 August and comprises 21 rides ranging from gentle excursions suitable for families with small children to challenging rides for the fitter and more experienced.  This year, we have arranged for camping at the Dunvant RFC from where most of the rides start. 

We visit places of local and historic interest and this year will be celebrating the twentieth birthdays of both Sustrans and Wheelrights. The £5 fee entitles you to take part in as many rides as you wish.  

 

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