CycleClips 11 July 2014

Mama Agatha; Get on your bike; Cyclists' Defence Fund; Lincolnshire by-pass success; Play on Pedals; Sex and the seating; Cotswold Outdoor; Cycle Superhighway; Sheffield CTC; Volunteer for RideLondon
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Mama Agatha is an amazing woman who teaches cycling to migrant women in Amsterdam. A documentary about her is currently in production and looks like it could be the most heart-warming cycling film of the year. If you know someone who has taken up cycling recently - or perhaps you are thinking of returning to it after a long break - 'Get on your bike', a glossy new publication by Bloomsbury that offers plenty of useful tips and advice. We have five copies of the book, worth £14.99, to give away to readers of CycleClips - to enter just send us your details.

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So not fine


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CTC’s Cyclists’ Defence Fund has pledged to support an appeal by cyclist Kristian Gregory, who has been fined £50 for straying from a narrow and poorly-signed pavement cycle track in London. Police have agreed to ease off from ‘over-zealous’ enforcement at this location. Kristian now wants to have not only his own fine annulled but also those of other cyclists fined in the same location.




Bypass plans blocked by CTC campaigners


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Campaigning by CTC Lincolnshire has led to delays on a proposed new section of bypass for the city of Lincoln. They objected to the plans because it failed to provide adequate crossings for cyclists. Even though a cycling bridge across the new roads was already to be provided, the Department for Transport agreed that this wasn’t safe enough for cycling.




Radio active


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In the wake of the massive support for the Tour de France in the UK, cycling has been widely debated in the media this week. CTC’s Suzanne Forup took part in a discussion on BBC Radio Scotland on Monday (at 35.00) which covered a wide range of topics, including Belles on Bikes, Play on Pedals and what she wears to cycle in!




Sex and the seating


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A rather more er, delicate, cycling topic was dealt with on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health (at 6.20) this week: whether the choice of saddle can affect a rider’s sex life. In a full frank discussion, which took place while the presenters were actually cycling, the conclusion seemed to be ‘yes’. Which may explain why ‘bicycle face’ afflicted women cyclists in the 19th century - allegedly!




Get kitted out at Cotswold Outdoor


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The only face you'll be making on your bike is a happy one, if you have the right kit for the job, of course. Whether you’re planning a biking tour through Italy or a family cycle to the beach, Cotswold Outdoor has everything you need. Even better, CTC members get 15% off clothing and equipment  with over 250 brands, including The North Face, Osprey, and Salomon to choose from.




Highway to heaven?


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The next ‘Cycle Superhighway’ shows the leaps and bounds Transport for London have taken in designing good quality infrastructure. Compared to previous routes, this shows a willingness to remove road space from motor traffic, restrict turning movements to ensure cycle safety and provide cycle tracks that are wide enough to cope with the level of demand.




Just our cup of tea


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The North apparently had the edge over the South in its incredible displays of support for the Tour de France, including this graffiti of Sheffield’s Jarvis Cocker on a bike. Sheffield CTC has several weekly rides into the Peak District from cyclist-themed cafĂ© Amici and Bici. For three months, CTC members will receive a free drink before the ride on presentation of a membership card.




Action man Iain


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If you’re missing the atmosphere of Le Tour, don’t worry – RideLondon is only a month away and will see thousands of cyclists take to the streets.You can get involved in the action by volunteering for CTC, with refreshments, T-shirt, hat and £10 in travel expenses provided. Meanwhile, CTC member Iain Houston is raising funds for CTC by riding up Box Hill forty times in one day!










Julie Rand

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








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