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8 January 2013 - 2:53pm
Insurance for cycle commuters
Cycle commuter on a tow path
If you are a cycle commuter, or thinking about becoming one, you might be worried about insurance – for yourself and for your bike. And you might also wonder what happens if someone else is injured by your actions, for example a pedestrian stepping into your path.
8 January 2013 - 12:58pm
Cycling to work for beginners
Cyclist in Leeds
So you fancy saving money, getting fit and beating the traffic jams by cycling to work – but you're put off by the thought of the risks involved? Well, rest assured, the risks of cycling are about the same as walking per mile travelled – and the greater danger to your health is inactivity.
4 January 2013 - 2:57pm
A guide to cycle lighting regulations
Lighting regulations for pedal cycles
It is illegal to cycle on a public road after dark without lights and reflectors. Exactly which lights and reflectors, where to fit them and when to light up, is defined by the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations.
20 December 2012 - 12:18pm
What to eat and drink for a long Charity, Sportive or 100 mile ride
nutrition for a longer rides
Spending the better part of day on the bike is no joke. To maximise your enjoyment we've put together some sample menus for longer rides.
9 November 2012 - 3:33pm
Want to get cycling in Essex? CTC can help!
Cycling in the sun on Wivenhoe Quay
CTC has already helped 3,000 people get cycling in North Essex - and now we're planning for more in 2013...
7 November 2012 - 2:41pm
Inclusive Cycling: Wheelchair Tandem Cycle Hire
Marina enjoying the Tarka Trail on her adapted wheelchair tandem
When Marina Beaumont re-discovered cycling, through adapted cycles, she enjoyed it so much that she bought her own wheelchair tandem which she now makes accessible to others.
1 November 2012 - 11:08am
Guide to Cycling and Touring in the Chilterns
Cycling in the Chilterns
Thinking of touring around the South East of England? With good train and bus links to either the Bucks, Herts or Wokingham end of the Chilterns, it's worth an explore. Here is a basic guide to some of the listed routes around the Chilterns.
25 October 2012 - 10:27am
How to plan a cycle route to work
Riding to work allows time to take in the sights
Cycling to work is growing in popularity in the UK. You'll save time, money and stress when you free yourself from the daily grind of parking penalties and petrol prices. But how can you find a suitable route?
24 October 2012 - 1:11pm
How Cycle to Work schemes work
Cycling to work will save you money
If your journey to work is less than about 20 miles each way, you have probably thought about getting there by bike. Not only will the journey keep you fit and healthy, you’ll probably save a fortune in fuel and fares. But of course, you’ll need a fairly robust bicycle and some equipment first.
23 October 2012 - 2:01pm
Top ten tips for cycling in traffic
In today's busy road conditions, what you may have learned years ago in the playground for your Cycling Proficiency badge just doesn't cut it. Update your cycling skills with our top ten tips.
17 September 2012 - 3:55pm
New guidance on shared use routes
Shared use routes for cycling - new guidance from the DfT
A new guidance note from the Department for Transport on shared use routes for pedestrians and cyclists has been published. CTC and other user groups had previously submitted comments. Although it improves the situation a little, major problems remain, particularly around ensuring route quality.
23 August 2012 - 1:52pm
Cycle Logistics
Cyclist tranporting shopping
Is it really possible and practical to transport freight by cycle? CTC is involved in a european project to encourage more businesses to deliver by bike and trike.
8 August 2012 - 2:54pm
A guide to taking your bike on an aeroplane
Loading bikes at Málaga Airport
Much as we might prefer to use other, less polluting transport, for the time being the only practicable means of access to most other countries, with a bike, is flying.
6 July 2012 - 8:22am
Respond to the Government's consultation English rights-of-way legislation
This footpath is a metalled road, but the bridleway is a muddy trail!
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' consultation on the processes for recording, diverting and extinguishing public rights of way (England) is a chance to suggest ways to make it easier for cyclists to engage with the system and help open more of the countryside for cycling.
11 June 2012 - 9:07am
Calais to Cannes (A diary account)
CTC Member Geoffrey Lewis has very kindly submitted a comprehensive set of diary notes from a trip he and some friends undertook from Calais to Cannes over 14 days in 2011.
30 May 2012 - 12:35pm
New Vision for Cycling: Doubling the Benefits
Over a third of Copenhageners cycle to work - can we achieve the same?
CTC's 'New Vision for Cycling' sets out the benefits which doubling cycling (and halving the risks of cycling) would have.
25 May 2012 - 2:47pm
Standards
British standards for cycles
Standards are specifications for products and services. Usually they are voluntary, but they can always be referred to in deciding whether something is or was safe.
25 May 2012 - 2:17pm
Electrically assisted pedal cycles regulations
Electric Bike by  Michael Button via Creative Commons
This is the law that lets you have a small electric motor on a pedal cycle, and still use it just like a normal bike.
25 May 2012 - 12:05pm
Cycling abroad
Cyclists in Bavaria on the Austrian border
When you cycle into another country, your 'temporarily imported' bike doesn't have to be exactly like the bikes of that country, provided it conforms with a very basic, internationally agreed specification.
24 May 2012 - 2:44pm
Safety Regulations
Pedal Bicycles Safety Regulations (PBSR) apply to the sale of new bicycles
The Pedal Bicycles Safety Regulations (PBSR) are intended to ensure that new bicycles are safe when sold.
 
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