CycleClips 11 January 2013

Turning on the heat; Lance crying crocodlie tears?; conflict resolution on shared-use paths; come to Cymru; BMX Flatland; helping hands needed; healthy figures for cycling; slopestyle!
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Watch your inbox on Monday for a special edition of CycleClips with some exciting news from CTC! We will be at The London Bike Show from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 January. CTC members can get an adult ticket for just £12 plus a booking fee using the code CTC1 LBCTC.
Turning on the heat
The Dutch have long led the way in designing and building great infrastructure for cyclists. But not happy to rest on their laurels, they now want to boost commuting by bicycle by 20% over the next 20 years, according to a report on BBC News this week. To this end, a team of Dutch designers are trialling innovations to make riding in winter safer: reflective white lines and heated cycle tracks, powered by geothermal technology. And the expert behind the latter? The aptly named Gerhard Winters! Meanwhile, in London consultation ends today on Cycle Superhighway 5 whilst Cycle Superhighway 2 is also being extended out to Stratford with fully segregated cycle tracks. However, TfL have wisely cancelled their poor design for the northern roundabout on Lambeth Bridge, indicating a much more radical solution at a future date.


Crying crocodile tears?
Little has been seen or heard from Lance Armstrong lately. But after rumours appeared last week that he was finally going to talk, it has now been confirmed that he is to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Thursday 17 January. However, there is scepticism that he is about to finally ‘come clean’. The Daily Telegraph says: “It is likely to be pure Busby Berkeley”, adding that the “interview will be minutely managed to serve Armstrong’s purpose”, alleged to be a return to his competitive career. The Guardian believes that “the lesson Armstrong learned in his Tour-winning years is that much of the audience will create its own truth, for or against”. Join the discussion about him on our forum.


Conflict resolution
Shared-use paths are sometimes controversial as they can put walkers, cyclists and other users in potential conflict. In response to a growing problem of speeding on such routes, CTC and British Cycling have endorsed a Code of Conduct issued by charity Sustrans with assistance from CTC’s Roger Geffen. The code asks cyclists to give way to pedestrians, wheelchair users and horses; to not assume people can hear or see them; and to slow down if necessary, as well as other advice. CTC believes that if all users show mutual respect and consideration, they can exist in harmony and we have a series of campaigns briefings on rights of way.


Come to Cymru
Tomorrow Saturday 12 January sees CTC Cymru’s AGM at the Llanerch Hotel in Llandrindod Wells. Meanwhile, Cardiff and South East Wales CTC has launched a new website. The Group has a lively and varied programme of rides throughout the year, including both on and off-road. Their social events last year included a Cycle Curry Club and a Bicycle Reading Group.


In a flat spin
The beauty of cycling is that almost anybody can do it, whatever their circumstances. But some ways of riding a bike are harder to master than other. For sheer technical brilliance, the breathtaking sport of BMX Flatland – essentially break dancing on a bike – is hardest of all. But it can be performed almost anywhere, even in a bowling alley, as rider Matti Hemmings recently revealed.


Helping hands
The York Cycle Show will take place on the weekend of 22-23 June and, as usual, needs a team of volunteers to help make the event run smoothly. Supporting several thousand visitors is fun, friendly and very rewarding – and you will get free refreshments and a complimentary campsite booking.  Above all, it is your opportunity to support cycling. Contact Ginny Leonard for more information.


Healthy figures
CTC has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Health of £5.4bn of funding from April 2013 for English Directors of Public Health. The money will be allocated in response to local public health priorities. Therefore, this an important opportunity for CTC and other groups to seek funding to promote cycling and cycle training for young people; commuters; patients, and people with disabilities, as well as other disadvantaged groups.


CTC has teamed up with the Ski Club of Great Britain to offer members the first ever CTC ski holiday. The trip will take place in Tignes, one of the best-known resorts in the French Alps, from 3-10 March 2013. You’ll enjoy three days with a top instructor to focus on your technique and take your skiing to a new level, and three days with a volunteer Ski Club leader



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