CycleClips 11 October

New sentencing guidelines confirmed; Technofear; The future is now; UnBoliviable!; Bike boom for Belfast; Making their marque - Elite Bicycles; No going back for Michael; App upgrade; Meet the team
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CTC is looking forward to working with Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, who has replaced Norman Baker MP as the minister for cycling. Mr Baker had overseen the brief for three-and-a-half years and takes up a more senior role at the Home Office.

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

The start of a new sentence
CTC has welcomed David Cameron’s confirmation, made during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday, that the Government is to conduct a review next year of sentencing guidelines for serious driving offences. CTC and its partners in the Road Justice campaign feel that much greater use should be made of long driving bans. Meanwhile, CTC Campaigns Director Roger Geffen spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Today this week to explain how our Fillthathole campaign can help solve the country’s pothole crisis.
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More top stories

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At the CTC/Cyclenation Campaigns Conference in Leeds last weekend, cycling journalist Carlton Reid discussed the possible ramifications of driverless cars on cyclists. In today’s Guardian Bike Blog, he explains more. CTC also questions the utility of gadgets such as Cycle Alert (at 15.18), a device that warns bus drivers of the proximity of cyclists currently being tested at the University of York.
The future is now
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In his piece, Carlton predicts that in the future “pedestrians and cyclists may have to be restricted for their own safety”. But, uncannily, a city in India has caused a furore already by banning cyclists from many main roads, even though they often outnumber cars. Bizarrely, however, the move is not for ‘safety’ but to help reduce 'traffic' in congested Calcutta. Protestors argue that cyclists ARE traffic!
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Meanwhile, in a crazy reversal of fortunes, citizens in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba will be MADE to cycle on at least one day a week, under proposals due to become law next year. The aim is to improve air quality, reduce congestion and benefit health. No such law is needed in the Dutch city of Groningen, where planners have made it one of the most cycle-friendly cities on Earth.
Bike boom for Belfast?
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Cycling in Belfast has hopefully been given a big boost by the news that the first stage of next year’s Giro d’Italia will take place in the city. CTC local campaigner Tom McClelland said: “We are hope having such a high profile event here will encourage cycling and highlight the need for good infrastructure for everyday cycling to school, work and the shops”.
Making their marque
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Fans of events such as the Giro might have to make more room on their coffee tables for yet another glossy book about high-end bicycles. ‘The Elite Bicycle: Portraits of Great Marques, Makers, and Designers’ contains gorgeous photos of the machines, as well as interviews with the gifted artisans who make them. An early one for the Christmas list perhaps?
No going back for Michael
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One artisan bike builder in the US has succeeded in making a rider’s dreams come true when others couldn't. Michael Trimble, who originally came from the Chernobyl area, was born without arms but always wanted to add cycling to his independent way of life. He finally found someone willing to create a bespoke bicycle for him and now enjoys the fantastic freedom of two wheels.
Apply yourself
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Trying to combine cycling with using trains will be much easier in future, thanks to an upgrade to the National Rail Enquiries app. The app, which has been developed with CTC input, allows users easily and quickly to find out about cycling facilities, the rules for taking bikes on trains, the number of cycle spaces available and information on cycle reservations.
Meet the team
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CTC’s membership team is now working out of our National Office in Guildford, after being outsourced for many years. We are sure the change will lead to a great improvement in service for members. Feel free to contact our friendly team on 01483 238301 or via email. Don’t forget that renewals can also be done online or by post.
Julie Rand

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

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