March Cycle Campaign News; Get networking in Glasgow; A great yarn in Cambridgeshire; Watch this Space! Bloomers, bicycles and class warfare; Forgive us our trespasses - cycling on footpaths; Good times ahead; Bike Week's back; An Empire State of mind; Cotwold Outdoor discount
CTC’s March Cycle Campaign News is packed with articles, publications and dates for your diary. Read about: cycle-friendlier junctions for London; CTC’s views on cycle awareness campaigns for drivers; a Parliamentary debate on young drivers; the National Policy Planning Framework; Bristol’s Enterprise Zone; and more.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
Get networking in Glasgow
Before CTC’s AGM and Dinner in Glasgow, we will be holding a networking event for CTC volunteers, Member Groups and affiliated clubs. It takes place in the morning of Saturday 10 May at the Radisson Blu hotel in the city and will start with ‘An introduction on how to influence Parliament’, followed by a series of informal sessions on: PR and social media; working with volunteers; and engaging with new members. The workshops are free to CTC members, but you will need to book a place to attend. Contact Sue Cherry for further information on 01483 238302.
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A great yarn in Cambridgeshire
With all the excitement surrounding the start of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the riders will also pass through the countryside further south, with Stage 3 on Monday 7 July from Cambridge to London. To celebrate this, and also to support plans for a local cycle path, Anglesey in Stitches has ‘yarn stormed’ the area with bike-related knits!
Watch this space!
CTC and Cyclenation’s new Space for Cycling campaign (inspired by the London Cycling Campaign) is set to launch in mid-April; campaigners from around the country are invited to meet up on Saturday 3 May in Leeds to learn more. Workshops will include ‘Protected space and decent junctions’ and ‘Removing through traffic’. Can you help the campaign with short clips of good road infrastructure from around the country?
Bloomers, bicycles and class warfare
These are the unlikely but real ingredients of 'A Passion for Rationals', a comic costume drama based on an incident that dates back to the early days of CTC. It centres on the clash between CTC member Viscountess Harberton and the landlady of the Hautboy Hotel in Surrey, who refused to serve her as she was wearing Rational Dress. The play takes place in Brighton from 3-5 May 2014.
Forgive us our trespasses?
Another CTC member challenging the status quo is John Sugden, a transport consultant who has represented CTC at public inquiries. Cycling on footpaths – as opposed to pavements or footways – has long been considered a trespass. But John argues that a 15-year-old legal judgment could mean that ‘reasonable’ cycling is permitted on any footpath, unless it has been specifically excluded.
Good times ahead
Celebrate increased daylight for cycling with Stevenage and N. Herts CTC’s popular Start of Summertime event on Sunday 30 March - the date that the clocks finally ‘spring forward’. There will be a choice of three rides of 60km, 115km and 210km, with time limits to complete them in. There is a limit of 400 riders for this event, so get your entries in on time.
Bike Week's back
This year’s Bike Week takes place from 14-22 June. Bike Week is all about celebrating bikes and the difference they make to people’s everyday lives. You can register all your events - from family rides through to activities that celebrate cycling for leisure and pleasure - and be covered by Bike Week insurance. There is also a wealth of advice, resources and information available.
An Empire State of mind
This amazing picture of the Empire State Building celebrates the rise of cycling in New York. It was made by Singapore-based artist Thomas Yang using seven different types of tyre tread to reflect the diversity of cyclists in the capital. In a limited edition of 100 copies, the print is now sold out but Yang’s 100copies project has many other unique artworks for sale, all bicycle-inspired.
Go outdoors with Cotswold Outdoor
With spring now officially here, it could be time to upgrade your cycling kit. If last year's shorts are looking a bit baggy or your jacket has now faded, why not treat yourself to some cool new ones from Cotswold Outdoor? CTC members receive 15% discount and there is a wide range of products to choose from, including ladies and men's cycling gear and equipment, and even GPS units.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.