CTC welcomes 'cycling revolution'; Get pumped with Olly Wilkins; McCourt back in court; Skirting the issue; Join the Tartan Army; Cycle-Rail Awards; Can you manage? Cycling clips; Get rolling to the NEC
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CTC welcomes 'cycling revolution'
Additional funding for cycling was announced by the Prime Minister this week. Eight cities and four national parks in England will share over £90 million, meaning £10 a head spent on cycling in those areas. CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright, speaking on Radio 4’s 'Today' show, welcomed the plans, but argued that there should be £10 per head across the country, sustained for many years, not just for the chosen cities. He also spoke on a special edition of ‘You and Yours’ about cycling on Tuesday. With a debate on the 'Get Britain Cycling' report due to take place on 2 September, CTC is asking all cyclists to contact their MPs to ask for their support for an even more substantial investment in cycling in the future.
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Get pumped up with Olly Wilkins
Do either you - or somebody you know - enjoy testing your off-road riding skills but have nowhere locally to do so? DMR star rider Olly Wilkins has teamed up with CTC MTB and urban design specialists DHUD to announce a fantastic new competition. Submit your ideas for a pump track project, and not only could you win aDMR Wrath bike - you could see your plans become a reality!
Gary McCourt back in court
The sentence of a motorist convicted of killing a cyclist was "unduly lenient", an Edinburgh court was told this week. Gary McCourt was found guilty in April of causing the death of CTC member Audrey Fyfe by driving carelessly. CTC is supporting Audrey’s family and that of George Dalgity, killed by McCourt in 1985, in asking for a lifetime driving ban for the driver.
Skirting the issue
What do you normally wear to ride to work or the shops? Lycra shorts? Or maybe a skirt? According to SkirtBike™, you can tell how bike-friendly a city is by the number of women riding in normal attire. Andreea, the founder of the movement that started in Romania, says its purpose is “to encourage women to cycle and to increase the number of bicycles on the streets.”
Join the Tartan Army
Meanwhile, male cyclists in Scotland are being encouraged by charity Weathered Cyclist to dig out their kilts for this year’s Tartan Rides on 30 November, St Andrew's Day. The organisation funds various cycling projects and is hoping to produce the world’s first ever tartan for cyclists. It wants to encourage “people who enjoy their bikes to be able to share with those who don’t find it so easy to".
Cycle-Rail Awards - deadline approaching shortly
There is now just under one month left until the Cycle-Rail Awards close for entries and nominations on Friday 13 September. There are ten categories this year, including a new award to recognise cycle security at stations. The awards ceremony will be held 19 November in the Houses of Parliament.
Can you manage?
Do you lead rides? Or perhaps you would like to give it a go? CTC’s Ride Manager courses prepare confident cyclists to plan and lead group rides on quiet roads and off-road cycle tracks. There are two this autumn, one in Bromley on 16-17 September and one in Sheffield on 16-17 October. The cost is £198 a person. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re used to car chases in films but what about the humble bicycle? In the light of a proposed biopic of Lance Armstrong, Metro newspaper has produced a list of the top 14 bike scenes in movies. Accompanied by clips, the blog describes how cycles feature in each of the chosen films. With the forecast not looking too good, ‘Raindrops keep fallin’on my head’ might be all too apt!
Get rolling to the NEC
Join us at next month’s Cycle Show at a reduced rate when you buy tickets in advance using the discount code ‘CTC’. Children under 14 only pay £1. Amongst the new attractions for this year are roller racing, the chance to try landing in an airbag and the opportunity to test ride a selection of top-name road bikes. The show runs from 27-29 September.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.