CTC's first Road Justice report; Petrolhead to pedalhead?; Hot but not bothered; The Electric Bike Network; The other Boris bikes; Ilkley's successful cycling club; a healthy attitude; Phil Liggett Challenge Ride
Policing the police
Campaigners and victims of cycling road crashes met with Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales yesterday to hand in the first of a series of CTC’s Road Justice reports. ‘Road Justice: the role of the police' examines how some cyclists have been failed by the current system, with inadequate police investigation following a collision and little or no support. The next two reports will focus on: charging and prosecution; and courts and sentencing. Road Justice Campaigner Rhia Weston said: “We want all police forces to pledge to implement the report’s recommendations to improve roads policing and collision investigations.” To add your support, please sign our petition asking the police to pledge to improve roads policing in your area. Meanwhile, there will be a vigil and ride in London tonight asking for Mayor Boris Johnson to provide greater protection for cyclists in the wake of recent deaths. Parliament is due to debate the Get Britain Cycling report at the beginning of September.
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It takes two wheels to tango
And also core strength, agility, fierce determination and nerves of steel – no, not to win Wimbledon, but to take part in the Velo-Gnome girls' mini-bike flashmob dance routine! The ability to keep a straight face is also a prerequisite. The routine is being performed today as one of the fringe events for the Bristol Bike Festival, which takes place from 13-21 July.
Petrolhead to pedalhead?
Has Jeremy Clarkson been inspired by the ironically named ‘ipayroadtax’ cycling jersey? Appearing in the new series of the Top Gear on Sunday, the presenter declared (at 11.28) that he has not only taken up cycling but has designed his own T-shirt to wear while riding! In a further suprising twist, later on in the show, he drives a Ferrari through a town at 20mph.
Hot but not bothered
With soaring temperatures forecast for the weekend, you might be considering postponing your usual ride. However, The Guardian’s survival tips for cycling in a heatwave may make you change your mind. From what you should wear to how much you should drink, and even how to look after your bike, their advice should mean that you can keep on riding, however hot it gets.
Wimbledon may be over but you might get a glimpse of one former tennis star on August’s Prudential London-Surrey 100. Ex-champion Boris Becker told BBC News that: “Cycling is my new sport. My legs aren't what they used to be so cycling has been great and my wife loves it too." It’s too late to sign up to take part in event yourself but you can still register as a volunteer marshal and maybe spot Boris, as well as the other stars, taking part.
Over 5,500 people have already taken part in a major new study of cycling and health being undertaken by University College London. The researchers are looking for more participants before the results are analysed so if you haven't completed the short questionnaire yet, please do so. You will be in with the chance of winning £100 in vouchers, as well as helping find out more about the health benefits of cycling.
A grand day out
If you’ve been inspired by the unfolding dramas taking place in the 100th edition of the Tour de France, renowned commentator Phil Liggett’s own ride takes place on 11 August; it starts in Yorkshire, the county of next year’s Grand Départ, and heads out into the challenging but stunning hills of the Peak District. Online booking now available.