CycleClips 25 October

Spooktacular event at Tiptree and half term happenings in Dalby; The grand tour; Treat yourself to tips and tricks; The Road more travelled; Belfast Cycling Study Tour; Surrey Cycling Strategy; Liverpool bus lanes scrapped; CycleDigest; Wiggle it!
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CTC has been in talks this week with the Department for Transport’s cycling policy team. We discussed the Government’s forthcoming ‘Cycling Delivery Plan’ and emphasised the need for action to improve cycle safety by ensuring high standards of cycle-friendly planning and design. We also asked for all relevant Government bodies to promote cycling for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

Half term happenings
After two years in the planning, a new pump track at Tiptree in Essex built by CTC, with cooperation from Colchester Borough Council, will be launched on Hallowe’en 31 October with a spooktacular event featuring fancy dress and star riders. Meanwhile, CTC’s National Centre of Excellence at Dalby Bike Barn in Yorkshire has lots of exciting activities next week with some special October Half Term offers to entertain your little horrors. Work is now underway at Dalby on building an all-inclusive MTB trail.
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The grand tour
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The full route for the 2014 Tour de France was unveiled in Paris this week; Yorkshire is flying the flag for the UK by hosting the Grand D├ępart. The route takes in some breathtaking scenery around the county, including the spa town of Harrogate where CTC began in 1878, as this stunning film reveals. CTC's Ginny Leonard says: “We’re excited, proud and ready to welcome the world!”
Treat yourself to some tricks
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The nights are drawing in fast, but after-work rides don’t need to end - CTC’s Dan Cook has some tricks and tips for off-road riding in the dark. And if you want to take your skills further, CTC’s Trail Leader course from 15-17 November and the Technical Leader course from 22-24 November at Dalby Bike Barn will give you the edge. If you are a confident road cyclist, consider our National Standard Instructor course in Birmingham on 25-28 November.
The Road more travelled
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Last year, Rebecca and Ryan Davies from London finished their epic cycle tour from England to New Zealand after 19 months on the road. Their route took in 16,800 miles through 23 countries. Now they have released a book of the trip in both a print and an electronic version. And videos of the trip show just how amazing it was.
A study in what not to do
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After settling back into daily life, Rebecca and Ryan might like to sign up for the Belfast Cycling Study Tour. But then again, maybe not. Although based on the Hembrow Study Tours in the Netherlands, far from showing off the best in infrastructure, the hilarious, tongue-in-cheek blog shows "the very worst in government-funded cycling provision"!
The end of the road for Surrey cyclists?
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Cycling infrastructure and the massive increase in road riders were discussed in a debate in Surrey this week on the county’s proposed Cycling Strategy. CTC’s Chris Peck spoke on BBC Radio Surrey ahead of the debate to highlight the need for more funding for everyday cycling. However, media reports suggest the discussions focused on regulating road cycling events in the Surrey Hills.
And no ticket to ride in Liverpool
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The Beatles sang about the ‘Long and Winding Road’. And after the Mayor of Liverpool decided to suspend bus lanes in the city - in a bid to ‘ease congestion’ - that is probably what bus passengers and cyclists will face. CTC’s local campaigner for Liverpool Don Thompson and members of Merseyside Cycling Campaign questioned the mayor on his plans at a Select Committee this week.
Think CycleDigest
CTC’s October CycleDigest has a round-up of lots more campaigning news. In this month's issue: cycle-friendly law for Wales; the latest on sentencing bad drivers; a cycle minister reshuffle; guidance on enforcing speed limits for police officers; and the new THINK! campaign on cycle safety in Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Cambridge.
Wiggle it!
As a member of CTC, you receive a 12% discount off the list price of items at the CTC Wiggle Shop. Wiggle is now offering even more value by giving members £15 off when you spend £100 and £40 off when you spend £200 on all clothing and shoes. Terms and Conditions apply. The offer ends Tuesday 29 October at 4pm. Note that the shop takes orders online only.

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


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