CycleClips 22 November

Boris blamed for cyclist deaths; ATOC Award winners; The invisible bikes; The Ride speeded up; Housedale Hustle; Glasgow Women's Library; Orbital Cycling Festival; Emma Way fined; Cotswold Outdoor discount.
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The Commons Transport Select Committee has urged the public to send evidence by Tuesday 26 November for a session on cycle safety to take place on Monday 2 December. There will be a brief Commons debate on cycle safety on Tuesday, and the London Assembly’s Transport Committee is inviting London cyclists to complete a short online questionnaire to inform their own discussions on these issues.

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

Boris blamed
Please join over 3,000 CTC supporters who have written to London's Mayor demanding action on lorries, after a sixth death in two weeks involving cyclists and HGVs in the capital. CTC’s Roger Geffen says the Mayor must stop ducking his responsibility. A recent film shot in the Netherlands shows how lorries and cyclists can interact safely, and CTC President and broadcaster talked about cycle safety on This Week (6 mins in). More campaigns news is in this month's Cycle Digest.
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Prizes on track
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The winners of the 2013 Cycle Rail Awards were announced earlier this week. CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright was on the judging panel. Among the recipients were: Bike & Go Merseyrail for Innovation; Chelmsford, Greater Anglia for Partnership Working; Larry Heyman, First Capital Connect for Cycling Champion; and South West Trains for Operator of the Year.
Riding on air?
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Film star Jesse Eisenberg definitely wouldn’t meet with Boris Johnson's approval after he was pictured recently riding with earphones in - and a shopping bag dangling from his handlebar. Leonardo DiCaprio, meanwhile, sported a stylish hat on a recent ride. But The Huffington Post reports that several celebrities have been seen riding without a bicycle at all!
Blink and you'll miss 'em
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In 2011, Londoners Sam and Francesca rode the 10,000 miles from England to Thailand taking many months. Now, their entire journey can be watched in four minutes via The Road, a montage of photos of the trip. Journeying through Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the film shows the ride and the riders in eye-popping style. Back home, a baby has put adventure on hold - for now.
Over the hill...
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Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Housedale Hustle hill climb event, which took place at Dalby Bike Barn, CTC’s Centre of Excellence in North Yorkshire. Over 40 riders aged from eight to 58 took part and prizes were awarded in various categories. ‘Cycle’ magazine editor Dan Joyce was the first-placed veteran, showing he can ride as well as he writes!
...and on the shelf
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CTC's Cycling Development Officer in Scotland Suzanne Forup is celebrating Book Week next week by donating her beloved copy of Anne Mustoe's 'Two Wheels in the Dust' to Glasgow Women's Library in the hope it will inspire other women to ride away too. If you have any books about cycling by female writers, why not consider donating them to a dedicated shelf at the library?
Picture this
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The Orbital Cycling Festival will take place next year from 26-27 July at Goodwood, West Sussex. The event will feature lots of cycling activities from all kinds of disciplines and has a striking new poster design, as you can see. If you enjoy great cycling art, the Daily Telegraph this week featured an amazing collection of vintage posters, one from as early as 1899.
Way off course
Driver Emma Way has been fined for failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report an accident - she famously boasted on Twitter that she had "definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike". She wasn't, however, convicted of driving without due care and attention. CTC is calling for more robust investigation of collisions involving cyclists through our Road Justice Campaign.
Christmas wrappings
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Give the gift of adventure this Christmas to those you love. CTC members receive a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor stores nationwide and online. Warm gloves, jackets built for wind and rain, a camera to capture every thrilling moment, and lots more besides will whet their appetite for riding, whatever the weather. Order by 20 December for Christmas, free delivery on all orders over £30.

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


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