CycleClips 26 April 2013

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Contents Summary: 

Get Britain Cycling! Be a witness; Bicycle Boy; All round vision; Bad vibrations?; Be a STAR!; Marshalling support; Mac the bike is back in town; Heart of the matter

CTC's AGM and National Dinner take place in Guisborough, North Yorkshire on Saturday 11 May. During the dinner, the winners of our Volunteer of the Year awards will be announced. In the morning, CTC is holding a free networking event for anybody involved in organising cycling activities, with workshops on insurance, publicity and more. If you would like to attend, please contact Sue Cherry.

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

Help Get Britain Cycling!
CTC President Jon Snow is calling on CTC members to sign an e-petition calling for action on the recommendations of the Get Britain Cycling report, which was published by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group on Wednesday. At the time of writing, the petition has so far attracted more than 33,000 signatures - 100,000 are needed for a debate in Parliament on the subject to be held. The report calls for 10% of trips to be made by bike by 2025 and 25% by 2050, with £10 per person per year spend on cycling. High profile supporters of the campaign include Lord Sugar and designer Wayne Hemingway.


Be a witness to bad infrastructure
Among the many topics the report wants to see investigated are the ‘principles of cycle-friendly planning and design’ – and judging by some of the unbelievable examples of poor cycling infrastructure given by The Guardian’s Witness project, not before time. Why not add some images of your own?
Bicycle Boy
If you know any children in the 5-8 year-old age bracket, they may be interested in a unique new theatre production by the Oxford Playhouse next month – but they’ll have to be ready to earn their ticket! ‘Bicycle Boy’ will take place in a specially created bicycle workshop and the audience are expected to pedal power the show. Everyone who cycles to it will get a free drink!
All round vision
Cycling photographer Mike McFarlane must have needed a few drinks after spending a year pedalling nearly 6,000 miles around the UK on a Birdy Alfine folding bike, with a 40Kg trailer of all his equipment; the ride was to create a unique series of virtual tours of the UK’s ‘Living Landscapes’, on behalf of The Wildlife Trusts. The results are truly spectacular.
Bad vibrations
Do you suffer from the results of vibration when you cycle? Researchers from London’s South Bank University are undertaking independent research into the vibration of cycling to find out what the effects are on the rider. To take part, complete this short questionnaire.
Be a STAR!
CTC Devon has teamed up with Teignbridge District Council to offer a choice of six rides to get to the council’s Cycling and Walking Festival on Sunday 5 May. The STAR rides will start from six different towns in the area, with various pick-up points, and finish at the festival in Newton Abbott at midday. All participants will get a free T-shirt.
Marshalling support
Were you an Olympic Gamesmaker? Are you missing the glamour and excitement of London 2012? Don’t worry – there is the first Prudential RideLondon to look forward to. There is still time to sign up as a volunteer marshal for London-Surrey 100 and Classic on 4 August so you can play a part in this iconic event.
Mac the bike is back in town
Bike whizz extraordinaire Danny MacAskill’s new series ‘Imaginate’ charts his latest adventures in pushing the boundaries of what it’s possible to do on a bike. Despite suffering a potentially career-ending back injury, Danny is determined take on new challenges – one even involving an elephant!
Heart of the matter
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If you’d rather keep your wheels on the ground, cycling of a rather more traditional kind is to be had at this year’s Heart of England Rally on 18-19 May. There will be a series of Audax and leisure rides on the Saturday and the 92nd Cyclists’ Memorial Service at Meriden on the Sunday.
Julie Rand

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

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