CycleClips 1 March 2013

Taxing times in Northern Ireland; Tidworth on track; Steve wins the lottery; Bike Week is back; Very Pinteresting; Snow speaks again; Riding away from trouble; Bag a bike bargain in Brum.
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Thanks to everyone who emailed their Police and Crime Commissioner in February asking them to prioritise road safety. The responses have been quite varied, from generic two-liners to requests to meet with CTC. Some consultations remain open for another two weeks, so get emailing if you haven’t already done so.
Taxing times in Northern Ireland
Two years ago, with your help, Northern Ireland CTC successfully campaigned against compulsory helmet legislation in the province. Now they have another fight on their hands with proposals afoot to allow up to 2000 more taxis to use the bus lanes in Belfast. CTC's Tom McClelland and Barry Flood joined other cycle campaigners in protesting against the move last week, which would threaten one of the few cycle-friendly facilities in the city. The event was featured on UTV News. Tom McClelland told them: "If we get more and more private hire taxis in bus lanes, there's a real risk and real perception of increased danger, which will put off more cyclists." An petition has been organised so make your voice heard if you want to protest against the plans too.


Tidworth on track for spring launch
A new downhill mountain bike facility on the border of Hampshire and Wiltshire is preparing for launch, after nearly three years of complex planning. With the help of CTC, and the support of the Royal Engineers and other groups, Tidworth Freeride Club has arranged to lease 100,000 square metres of land from the Ministry of Defence to build a new bike park. There will be six downhill tracks, a jump area and a novices’ section. CTC members will be able to use the park, which opens in the spring, for free. Non-members will pay £5 for a day pass. Well done to all concerned.


Steve wins the lottery!
A photo of a rider on an adapted cycle taken by CTC Cycling Development Officer Steve Marsden for Sheffield has won a national award. The Communities in Focus competition was co-sponsored by the Big Lottery Fund and aimed to capture the country’s community spirit. Steve said: “The picture of Zara represents everything CTC has been trying to create through our Cycle Champions project. Zara took a little coaxing, having never been on a bike before, but as you can see, she enjoyed every second of it." Sadly funding for the project, which has run since 2008, is coming to an end but you can donate to CTC to enable our work with people like Zara and Ken to continue.


Bike Week is back
Registration is now open for Bike Week 2013, which this year is from 15-23 June. If you are an event organiser, you can register any events which take place between April and the end of July. The benefits include FREE organisers’ liability insurance, as well as national publicity and promotional materials. For inspiration, take a look at some of the activities from last year’s event.


Very Pinteresting
Mother’s Day is not far away – in fact next Sunday 10 March. If your mum is a cyclist, you can find some exciting but affordable gift ideas on our Pinterest page. From ‘bicycle fingernails’ to a cool bike brooch, there’s lots to choose from. And for something really glamorous, VeloVixen is hard to beat for beautiful bike gear.


Snow to speak again
The final session of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's inquiry 'Get Britain Cycling' will hear from the ministers responsible for promoting and improving road safety, as well as representatives from Europe, Wales, Scotland and law enforcement agencies. CTC's President Jon Snow will be giving evidence in the final session next week, as will former CTC Chief Executive Kevin Mayne.


Riding away from trouble
If you can stretch to getting your mum a new bike, MP Andrew Mitchell’s is up for sale. But she’d better be prepared to attract some attention on it as the machine was at the centre of the infamous ‘plebgate’ furore last year. Apparently, Mitchell is frequently asked to pose for photos with it and thieves have attempted to steal it. Happily, the Member for Sutton Coldfield is not planning to give up cycling however, as he plans to buy a less recognisable replacement.


Bag a bike bargain in Brum
When looking for a machine, Mr Mitchell could do worse than to ride over from Sutton Coldfield to Erdington to attend North Birmingham CTC’s cycle jumble, which takes place tomorrow Saturday 2 March from 10am to 1pm. As well as bikes, there will be components and accessories, vintage and collectors’ items and Park Cycles, a local cycle touring shop will also be there. Let's hope Mr Mitchell has no trouble getting in!



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