CycleClips 15 February

Chris Boardman in Parliament; CTC ski holiday in Tignes; Robohorse TV; Shopping by bike; The Ride; On road courses; CyclingBuddy; Cotswold Outdoor discounts.
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East Cheshire Council has transformed a major junction in Poynton into a continental-style 'shared space', making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to negotiate. If you use the area, do let us know what you think of it via the CTC Forum.
The world according to Boardman
Olympic medallist Chris Boardman was the star witness at this week’s evidence session of the Parliamentary ‘Get Britain Cycling’ inquiry, which focused on active lifestyles. After showing a video of a worse-than-useless cycle lane, he called for cycle use to be returned to 1948 levels when 15% of trips were made by bike - it's now less than 2%. He added that this involved making cycling feel safe and appealing, ensuring that cyclists felt valued. CTC's Roger Geffen was disappointed that key Government departments were not represented, however. He said: "Some clear encouragement to schools and employers would go a long way, as would some cash, to support those who are keen to show some innovation and leadership on promoting cycling." Meanwhile, on the same day, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies was urging local authorities to invest in cycling, saying it was a solution to over 20 chronic medical conditions.
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Sloping off
If the recent snow falls have made you feel more like taking up skiing than cycling, CTC can still help. We have teamed up with the Ski Club of Great Britain to offer members the chance to go on the first ever CTC ski instruction holiday to Tignes in the French Alps from 3-10 March 2013. Volunteer Ski Club Leaders accompany participants to share their expert knowledge of the area both on and off the snow. Skiers also enjoy three days with an instructor to focus on technique and take their skiing to a new level. The holiday is aimed at intermediate to advanced intermediate skiers.


Portable TV
Fortunately nothing to do with burgers or lasagne, Robohorse TV follows Australian documentary film-maker Jimmy Purtill’s cycling adventures through some of the more remote parts of the globe.  Explaining why he wanted to travel, Jimmy says: “Sick of sitting at home all the time, I decided to shrink my kit and hit the road on my bicycle. I'm not looking back. With my equipment strapped to my bike, I seek adventure and my fortune over the horizon, confident that the universe will hear my call and send me something special”. He has ridden through 12 countries so far with his professional filming equipment, uploading the results as he travels. The latest instalment depicts his extraordinary experience of living with Tibetan nomads, whilst other episodes see him exploring Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Serbia and Turkey.


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The shopping channel
Jimmy's fellow countryman, filmmaker and cyclist Mike Rubbo uses his bike rather more prosaically. Instead of exploring the world, Mike is trying to change the way Australians shop. His film shows how easy and enjoyable shopping by bike is, and good for the local economy. Meanwhile, as part of his work on the Cycle Logistics project, CTC's Gavin Wood has just written to the larger multiple retailers offering them the chance to play a part in helping to encourage more people to shop by bike in the UK.


The ups and downs of cycling
Although using your bike to go shopping is great, sometimes you just want to go out for a ride. Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom’s The Ride will make you feel like doing just that. Even the lyrics will bring a smile to your face as he describes how cycling makes him feel “free as a bird” - although he also admits “anything can go wrong”!


Of course you can!
If you are an experienced road cyclist, you may have thought of passing on some of your know-how to less confident riders. CTC’s comprehensive range of courses is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to do so, either professionally or on a more informal basis. Our highly-acclaimed Ride Manager course is perfect for those who want to manage and lead rides on quiet roads and traffic free paths.


Find one in a million
CyclingBuddy offers a great way to discover who is cycling in your local area.  Even better, it provides the opportunity to connect with like-minded cyclists and make arrangements to join them for a ride! There are nearly 10,000 users in the UK so there is strong chance you will find people local to you.  You can also register your cycling miles so why not enter the One Million Mile Challenge too?


The great outdoors
CTC members receive a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor. The retailer currently has a sale of up to half price, making it even better value. With discounts on top brands of clothing, footwear and equipment such as The North Face, Rab, Berghaus and Salomon, you will be well-prepared for this year's riding adventures.



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