CycleClips 10 January 2014

Floods and cycling; VeloFest; Leith Hill trail building; A degree in cycling?; Law and reflectors; Northern Europe by bike; Can you design bike bling?; Chris Mairs CBE; London Bike Show discount deal.
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The weather conditions over the last few weeks have left many roads in a very poor state, with floods, fallen trees and bad surfaces for drivers and cyclists alike to contend with. Sadly, a cyclist lost his life in Oxfordshire attempting to negotiate floodwater on a country lane. Police reported this morning that other cyclists are still attempting to use the route, although it is closed. But, argues CTC’s Chris Peck, what choice do many have, with the UK’s cycling infrastructure so fragile and cycle-friendly routes relatively thin on the ground?
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The yellow rose of Yorkshire
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We are excited to announce that CTC is a partner organisation for VeloFest, a brand new festival for cyclists wishing to see the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire. Taking place at Kilnsey on the route of Stage 1 from 3-6 July, there will be on-screen action plus rides and activities for all the family. CTC members can use code CTC10 to claim a 10% discount on bookings.
Sunshine on Leith
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Fortunately, the bad weather has not affected CTC’s partnership trail building activities in the Surrey Hills. A new section of Summer Lightning, a trail for mountain bikers has been started at the top of Leith Hill; it will be ready to ride in a few weeks’ time. Early indications are that it will be an exciting addition to the network of existing trails in the area, with more to follow.
It's academic
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Many students are finalising university applications around now. But sadly, cycling is not an option for study. That may change, however, if Writtle College in Essex goes ahead with plans for a prospective degree in the subject. There are two evening lecture series in Cycling for Transport and Cycling Infrastructure coming up in London in the near future run by PTRC Training.
Reflecting on the law
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A degree in cycling, or at least adequate training in road traffic law, should be a requisite for PCSOs, CTC believes. CTC Vice-President Lord Berkeley has tabled amendments to the proposed Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, now passing through the House of Lords. He wants to ensure that the archaic rules on things  such as pedal reflectors are at least enforced correctly.
Animal magic
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'Sheeps' (sic), 'reindeers' (sic), elk, a hungry otter, birds, a spider, a squirrel, a frog and a plague of mosquitoes are not occupants of the Ark but just some of the creatures experienced by German cyclist Stefan Böhn during his six-month tour round Northern Europe by Bike. His short film of the trip won first place in the Adventure Cycling Association’s Bicycle Travel Video Contest 2013.
Can you design bike bling?
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If you are more interested in bike design than adventure, For Cyclists To Recycling, an international design competition aimed at improving the lives of those who cycle daily, may be more appropriate. Participants are invited to submit ideas for bike accessories made from recycled materials that are truly innovative and/or inspired by bicycles.
Order of the Bath
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Well, not quite but many congratulations to CTC member Chris Mairs, who has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours for services to engineering. Chris, who was registered blind at the age of 18, rides regularly with Bath CTC. He has competed as a skier in the Paralympics and, despite two artificial hips, rode as a tandem stoker for a Land’s End-John o’Groats charity bike ride in 2012.
London calling
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It’s only a month until The London Bike Show takes place from 13-16 February at Excel. The UK’s largest cycling exhibition attracted over 38,000 visitors last year. Whether road cycling, MTB, BMX, cycle cross, family cycling or commuting to work is your thing – you’ll find plenty to interest you. CTC members should quote ‘LBCTC’ to obtain 30% off the adult ticket price.

Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.


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