CycleClips 22 March 2013

Cool for school; Women's hour; Strathpuffer 24; My Way and the Highway; What matters most; CycleDigest; The campaign in Spain; Beaumanor calling.
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CTC's Events Listing has details of rides, rallies, dinners and more throughout 2013 to put on your calendar. However, do remember to check that the event is still going ahead with the organisers in the event of adverse weather. Note that next Friday is a Bank Holiday so CycleClips will be back on Friday 5 April – when it will be warm and sunny again! Happy Easter from all at CTC.
Cool for school
Although cycling is the third most popular activity amongst children, and a crucial life skill, only half of pupils have access to Bikeability cycle training. CTC is urging the Department for Education to change the National Curriculum to include provision for child cycle training as part of Key Stages 2-4. Currently, the physical education section mandates that swimming is taught, with the requirement that children learn to swim 25 metres. But, like swimming, cycling is a vital life skill and that's why CTC wants as many people as possible to write to the Department for Education asking them to change the National Curriculum - currently out for consultation until mid-April - to include cycling. A draft consultation response is available and, by filling out your details, it will be sent straight to the Department.


Women's hour
With the route for this year’s Tour of Britain just announced, comes the equally exciting news that next spring will see a five-stage race for women for the first time. Chief Executive of CTC Gordon Seabright said: “This is great news for women’s cycling. When launching Team CTC earlier in the year, we hoped both to help talented female athletes and to inspire more women to cycle. It’s therefore great to see women’s cycling racing up the agenda.” As if to prove that women’s cycling is now firmly in the mainstream, magazine ‘Women’s Cycling’ is launched today. The publication covers all aspects of cycling; the first issue includes items by CTC’s Anna Cipullo.


A lot of puff needed
Women riders were also featured in BBC Two's The Adventure Show last week. The programme showed riders training and taking part in the Strathpuffer 24-hour enduro mountain bike race held in Scotland in January in testing conditions. Only two women entered the solo race, which featured 17 hours of riding at night around the 11km course. The programme also had an item (at 37-42 mins) on Mr Chris Oliver, Chair of CTC Scotland, that showed him mountain biking in the snow-covered trails near Edinburgh. He discussed how taking up cycling has helped him control his weight, although we don’t think the figure on the left, spotted during the Strathpuffer race, is him!


My Way and the Highway
After last week’s report on the hole in the budget for pothole repairs, Worcestershire County Council’s Highways Department has come up with a novel way of asking for the public to report them – a video in which a member of staff sings a ditty to the tune of ‘My Way’ extolling the team’s virtues. But, much more than that, some council tax payers are reportedly ‘not amused’ by the stunt.


What matters most
CTC has welcomed a new publicity campaign from Road Safety GB Mercia (Midlands area) because of its refreshing emphasis on educating drivers about cyclists' needs, concerns and safety. Instead of pointing fingers or focusing on giving cyclists 'safety' advice, What Matters Most takes a much more balanced approach.


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CycleDigest out now
The March issue of CTC’s round-up of cycle campaigning news, CycleDigest, is out now. In it, you’ll find everything you need to know about what the Government’s doing for cycling; the Get Britain Cycling parliamentary inquiry; the latest on road safety; publications for your reading list and dates for your diary. You can subscribe directly to the CycleDigest, too.


The campaign in Spain
CTC is calling on cyclists in the UK to write to the Spanish Minister for Tourism to protest against proposals to introduce anti-cycling measures in the country. There have been protests in seven Spanish cities, with cyclists descending on the Dutch, German, French and Danish embassies and consulates to applying for 'cyclist asylum' because of the proposed laws.


Beaumanor calling
CTC members are invited to attend the East Midlands CTC Regional Rally that takes place again at Beaumanor Hall from 24-28 May 2013. The Hall was one of the United Kingdom's most important wireless intercept (Y) Stations and Beaumanor Park was the home of the War Office ‘Y’ Group from 1941 until 1946. The hall has excellent facilities and a variety of led rides will be available. For further information contact organiser Ray Clay.



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