Gordon's going from pedals to petals; Wheels of fortune - the economic benefits of cycling; Cycle safety films then and now; Vintage velos at the National Cycle Museum; South West cycle network workshop; BikeStory; Glass souvenirs from Yorkshire; AA's mirror image campaign; Bike and Triathlon Show.
With a lovely weekend finally forecast for most of us, why not check our new and improved Events Guide for details of the nearest CTC ride to you? Or maybe even plan a weekend away? All CTC members are welcome to ride with any group anywhere in the country, so why not explore pastures new and enter our Tourist Competition, which runs from March to October every year.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
From pedals to petals
CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright has announced that he will be leaving the charity at the end of May 2014 after a two-year tenure to become Director of the Eden Project. In an interview with Cycling Weekly, Gordon said: “I wasn’t expecting to be moving on and I wasn’t looking to go. CTC is a wonderful organisation.” Do you think you could follow in Gordon's tyre treads? The process has started to recruit his replacement. The closing date for applications is Monday 24 March and interviews will be held on Friday 4 April.
More top stories
Wheels of fortune
Our American friends PeopleForBikes have just published new evidence showing that developing high-quality cycle networks boosts house prices and retail vitality; improves employees’ health and productivity; and attracts talent to a city. Meanwhile, Lesley Evans Ogden found out more about the state of current cycle provision on a cycling tour of 7 world cities.
As clever as giving a balloon to a hedgehog...
Also highlighting the woeful state of London's cycle infrastructure were Top Gear’s ‘cycle safety’ films(at 18.37), which were not only scaremongering but sought to blame cyclists for their own demise, though they did point out that cyclists should be applauded – for leaving more room for drivers! The films had much in common with ‘Cycling Tips’ from 1936, which is at least funny.
Pick up a fine vintage
Bikes and parts from the 1930s, and other eras too, will be on sale at bargain prices at the National Cycle Museum in Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales on Saturday 24 May from 11am to 3pm. Please note this is NOT an auction. CTC Members can obtain entry to the museum, which is normally open Tuesday to Friday, for a discounted rate. Telephone 01597 825531 for more details.
Once upon a time in the South West
Are you campaigning for cycling in the South West and want to find out how to translate your ideas into reality? If so, join us at our cycling advocates' network-building workshop in Plymouth on Saturday 15 March. Plymouth Council are the hosts for a day of cycling workshops that will examine cycling provision across the region and how to influence local authorities for everyone’s benefit.
Are you sitting comfortably?
If not, maybe it’s time to replace that worn out old saddle. If it’s seen you through many adventures, why not write them down? Bike Story is an outdoor theatre show that explores the amazing world of bikes and will form part of the cultural events leading up to this year’s Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire. So if you've a tale to tell, they want to hear from you.
Through a glass sparkly...
CTC member Jane O'Neill was thrilled when she heard that Le Tour would pass close to her home in Yorkshire. As a glass artist, Jane has been inspired to create the Yorkshire Cyclist Collection of beautiful coasters, key rings and cufflinks. CTC members can obtain a 10% discount on items in the collection until Friday 21 March using the exclusive discount code.
AA's mirror image campaign
Hopefully of more use than Top Gear's ‘cycle safety campaign’ will be the AA’s ‘Think Bike’. Aimed at encouraging drivers to look out for cyclists and motorbikers, there will be a range of free stickers from Halfords to attach to vehicle wing mirrors. The campaign was launched using daring footage of a naked cyclist riding in London! CTC has a new briefing on cycle awareness campaigns.
Try out the Tri Show
Come and meet CTC staff at the Bike and Triathlon Show, which takes place at Manchester Central this weekend 8-9 March. Among other attractions on offer will be a sportive ride into the Cheshire countryside, as well as the chance to try out the StreetVelodrome. Tickets cost £12 in advance, with under 16s going free. CTC members can receive half-price entry when using the discount code.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.