CycleClips 12 July 2013 v.3

CTC's first Road Justice report; Petrolhead to pedalhead?; Hot but not bothered; The Electric Bike Network; The other Boris bikes; Ilkley's successful cycling club; a healthy attitude; Phil Liggett Challenge Ride
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Policing the police
Campaigners and victims of cycling road crashes met with Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales yesterday to hand in the first of a series of CTC’s Road Justice reports. ‘Road Justice: the role of the police' examines how some cyclists have been failed by the current system, with inadequate police investigation following a collision and little or no support. The next two reports will focus on: charging and prosecution; and courts and sentencing. Road Justice Campaigner Rhia Weston said: “We want all police forces to pledge to implement the report’s recommendations to improve roads policing and collision investigations.” To add your support, please sign our petition asking the police to pledge to improve roads policing in your area. Meanwhile, there will be a vigil and ride in London tonight asking for Mayor Boris Johnson to provide greater protection for cyclists in the wake of recent deaths. Parliament is due to debate the Get Britain Cycling report at the beginning of September.

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It takes two wheels to tango
And also core strength, agility, fierce determination and nerves of steel – no, not to win Wimbledon, but to take part in the Velo-Gnome girls' mini-bike flashmob dance routine! The ability to keep a straight face is also a prerequisite. The routine is being performed today as one of the fringe events for the Bristol Bike Festival, which takes place from 13-21 July.
Petrolhead to pedalhead?
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Has Jeremy Clarkson been inspired by the ironically named ‘ipayroadtax’ cycling jersey? Appearing in the new series of the Top Gear on Sunday, the presenter declared (at 11.28) that he has not only taken up cycling but has designed his own T-shirt to wear while riding! In a further suprising twist, later on in the show, he drives a Ferrari through a town at 20mph.
Hot but not bothered
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With soaring temperatures forecast for the weekend, you might be considering postponing your usual ride. However, The Guardian’s survival tips for cycling in a heatwave may make you change your mind. From what you should wear to how much you should drink, and even how to look after your bike, their advice should mean that you can keep on riding, however hot it gets.
Our friends electric
The sun also shone this week for the launch of a new CTC iniative: the Henley Electric Bicycle Network is part of the Cycle Chilterns project that aims to make cycling easier and more accessible across the Chiltern Hills. Cycle Rides for All will take place every Saturday afternoon across the area until the end of August. To find out what else is happening, sign up for the Cycle Chilterns e-newsletter.
The other Boris bikes
Wimbledon may be over but you might get a glimpse of one former tennis star on August’s Prudential London-Surrey 100. Ex-champion Boris Becker told BBC News that: “Cycling is my new sport. My legs aren't what they used to be so cycling has been great and my wife loves it too."  It’s too late to sign up to take part in event yourself but you can still register as a volunteer marshal and maybe spot Boris, as well as the other stars, taking part.
Ilkley's more successful
Congratulations to CTC-affiliated Ilkley Cycling Club, which has just won the overall award at the Community Sport & Recreation Awards 2013, presented by HRH The Earl of Wessex. They were recognised as the best in England for volunteers, green thinking, school links and innovation.
Have you got a healthy attitude?
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Over 5,500 people have already taken part in a major new study of cycling and health being undertaken by University College London. The researchers are looking for more participants before the results are analysed so if you haven't completed the short questionnaire yet, please do so. You will be in with the chance of winning £100 in vouchers, as well as helping find out more about the health benefits of cycling.
A grand day out
If you’ve been inspired by the unfolding dramas taking place in the 100th edition of the Tour de France, renowned commentator Phil Liggett’s own ride takes place on 11 August; it starts in Yorkshire, the county of next year’s Grand D├ępart, and heads out into the challenging but stunning hills of the Peak District. Online booking now available.


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