CycleClips 12 April 2013

Getting more women on board; CTC Holidays and Tours needs volunteers; Taking a stand; Roads Were Not Built for Cars; Tweed fun; Horses on courses; Join the county set.
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A big ‘thank you’ to the more than 500 of you that responded to our request to call for cycle training on the revised National Curriculum. Other road safety groups are asking for it too. If you’ve not already added your voice, you have until next Wednesday 16 April to do so – and we’ve made it really easy to take part.
Getting more women on board
While the number of cyclists on London roads has more than doubled in the past decade, women still make up a smaller proportion of journeys by bike than men. Sponsors of London’s cycle hire scheme Barclays has commissioned ‘Cycling and the city’, a series of videos fronted by TV personality and cyclist Christine Bleakley to inspire more females to get riding. In the first one she talks about the health, financial and environmental benefits of riding a bike, whilst the second shows how to check your bike before setting off; the third in the series shows women how they can look stylish whilst riding a bike. Meanwhile, other cyclists in London are apparently adopting their own form of cycle chic: hi-viz clothing with the words ‘POLITE notice THINK BIKE’ on the back that at first glance resembles police uniforms. According to the commander of the Metropolitan police, the clothing is not illegal.


Holiday reps needed
CTC Cycling Holidays and Tours is in the process of forming a business plan for the next five to ten years. This will include the phased retirement of key volunteers and the development of updated booking systems and so on. It is now seeking new volunteers, particularly those with a background in the tour operating sector of the travel industry to fill both administrative and senior management roles. If you know someone who may be interested in joining this not-for-profit business, which is run entirely by volunteers and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CTC, please contact Jim Maynard on 01732 883367 for an initial, informal discussion anytime Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 4.00pm.  He is looking forward to your call.


Taking a stand
What do a comb, a Slinky and a giant squid have in common? And what connection could they possibly have to cycling? There’s only one sensible answer – they are all types of innovative cycle parking from around the globe collected by blogger London Cyclist. In addition to the three mentioned, there are pictures of a ‘yarn bombed’ M stand; a colourful Slinky-shaped stand from Denmark; and the Pit In by Japanese designers Store Muu, which allows you to convert your bike into an office chair so you can check emails and so on without even having to dismount!


Road work
Carlton Reid’s ‘Roads Were Not Built for Cars’ tells the history of how cyclists in the US and the UK, including many who were CTC members, helped the development of a road network long before motor vehicles were prevalent. The project achieved its initial funding goal within 20 hours but you can still pledge amounts from £1 to £415 to be involved in it - from having your name in the credits to being invited to a launch party.


Tweed fun
One of the many fascinating entries on Carlton’s blog focuses on the history of the CTC uniform, first adopted in 1878, the year of the club’s founding.  Amongst the gems featured are descriptions of the compulsory components of the uniform that included jacket, trousers, hat, braces and even underwear. CTC will attend this year’s fifth annual Tweed Run in London, where you may just catch sight of riders attired in similar garb.


Cycling on track in Scotland
Scotland’s first purpose built cycling track for disabled people will open later this year near Inverness. The Highland Cycle Ability Centre will be available to riders of all abilities, with tricycles, hand cycles, tandems for visually impaired cyclists and detachable tandems for wheelchair users on offer. The project aims to build on the legacy of  TeamGB’s London 2012 Paralympic cycling success.


Horses on courses
Cyclists in the New Forest are facing possible restrictions after apparently posing ‘a threat’ to motorists, horse riders and the area’s famous ponies. Dr Julian Lewis, the MP for New Forest East has, according to the Southern Daily Echo, written to transport minister Norman Baker to ask for a formal licensing system to be introduced.


Join the county set
For the third year in a row, CTC is staging a Challenge ride from its National Office in Guildford, Surrey. The route takes in four counties in the 95-mile option and three in the 57-mile route. Entries are £17 for CTC members and £27 for non-members. Other sportives planned for later this year will take place in Yorkshire in June and August.



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