What's the point - find the worst drivers in Britain; Pumptrack competition winner; Major Taylor; Down your way - Member Group AGMs; Wales 1 England 0; Dutch Cycling Band; Train stupid; Biggins' bike bashing; Doctor on the mission.
CTC is heading to the Oxford Freshers’ Fair next week to sign up students for cycle training. If your son or daughter is heading off to uni, it could be a great time to refresh their road skills so find an instructor to give them a good start.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
What's the point?
How are the drivers in your area? If you suspect they’re worse – or better – than average, new CTC research might confirm or otherwise your suspicions. A map of Great Britain reveals where the motorists with most penalty points on their licences live. From Castlemilk, Glasgow with 19.4% caught driving illegally to Freshwater on the Isle of Wight with only 3.3%, the statistics may be explained by different levels of roads policing. Over 9,000 people have signed CTC’s Road Justice petition calling for greater resources for traffic enforcement – if you haven’t, add your voice now.
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Ed is pumped about winning the bike!
The CTC and DMR Pumptrack Competition to win a DMR Wrath, the ultimate pumptrack bike, has been won by 13-year-old Ed Bartley from Bristol. MTB superstar DMR's Olly Wilkins judged the entries. Lucky Ed's winning design will now be incorporated into CTC's latest bike park project at Milford in Surrey. If you don’t know what a pump track is, take at look at this lovely film.
Who was Major Taylor?
He was one of the earliest cycling celebrities and achieved World Champion status as long ago as 1899. As October is Black History Month, CTC member and Black sociologist Lionel Anthony has written a fascinating article explaining how Major Taylor broke not only cycling records but also racial barriers. A ride to commemorate the athlete takes place on 6 October in the USA.
Down your way
A meeting will be held on Wednesday 9 October at 7.30pm at the Baptist Hall, Swan Lane, Winchester SO23 7AA by Winchester CTC, who wish to become a formal CTC Member Group. Other CTC Member Group AGMs will be taking place throughout October and November and are a great opportunity to meet like-minded local riders and become involved in their activities.
Wales 1 England 0
CTC Cymru has strongly welcomed the passing of the Active Travel (Wales) Bill, which aims to ensure facilities for walking and cycling are included in road planning and design. Meanwhile, research shows that there is not one scheme devoted solely to cycling amongst the £1.3 billion worth of plans submitted by Local Transport Bodies in England to the DfT for funding.
Blowing their own trumpets?
Even Olly Wilkins' supreme bike handling skills probably don't stretch to playing a musical instrument whilst riding - and in marching formation! But the Dutch (who else?) Army Bicycle Band do just that. The 40 musicians wear World War 1 uniforms and ride vintage bicycles to perform at shows. The band's origins date back as far as 1917 but the Dutch army’s Bicycle Corps was founded in 1894.
What on Earth was this rider thinking as she had the narrowest of near-misses at a level crossing in Cambridgeshire? After ignoring the warning lights and the barrier, she just managed to screech to a halt inches from a train travelling at 70mph. Whatever urgent appointment she had was obviously forgotten as she then mopped her brow – and rode off in the opposite direction…
Biggins' bike bash
Perhaps this behaviour is what leads to the haranguing of cyclists by other road users? The Alan Titchmarsh Show(at 20:00) on Friday asked: 'Should all cyclists be banned from the road?'. A debate followed between actor Christopher Biggins and BikeBiz’s Carlton Reid, who described the bizarre encounter in The Guardian. Oz film 'Bike Rage' may explain why cyclists are treated as an out-group.
Doctor on a mission
Dr Steven Fabes left the UK three-and-a-half-years ago to explore all six of the globe’s continents. Having ridden through 42 countries and covered 33,765 milesby bicycle, he has just two more continents to go: Australia and Asia. But he needs some funding to complete the trip, which he is doing not just for the adventure but also to research Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.
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