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CycleClips 30 May 2014

Eileen Sheridan - Wonder woman; Street Velodrome; It's a breeze; The weird world of Oz; Walk this way - not!; Long delay for lorries; Benefits streets in Northern Ireland; Brighton Breezy bake-off; Could it be you? - Volunteer roles with CTC.
Contents Summary: 
CTC now has a JustGiving page, meaning it will be much easier to donate money to the charity, as well as undertake sponsored events in support of our vital campaigning work - over 62 riders are taking part in this year’s RideLondon event to raise funds for our Space for Cycling campaign.

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

Wonder woman
Honorary CTC Member Eileen Sheridan - also known as ‘The Mighty Atom’ – is one of the greatest cyclists this country has ever produced. Now 90-years-old, her passion for cycling is as great as ever. Tonight at 7pm sees the premiere at London cyclists' café ‘look mum no hands!’ of ‘Come On Eileen’, a film that charts her amazing story. It includes her Land’s End-John O’Groats record-breaking ride of a staggering two days, 11 hours and seven minutes in 1954. She is living proof, perhaps, of BBC medical correspondent Fergus Walsh’s theory that endurance cyclists live longer.
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Street fighting men (and women)
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Record-breaking of a very different kind is on offer this summer with StreetVelodrome, a televised pop-up event that turns public spaces into ‘heart pounding, action-packed, theatres of track-style cycle sport’. CTC’s Chilterns Project is entering a team and both professional and amateur riders can compete. CTC members can apply to take part at a discount of 50%.
It's a breeze
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You might fancy taking part in an altogether rather more sedate type of event. ‘Eine Brise’ by composer Mauricio Kagel brings together 111 cyclists in a ‘transient action that embodies his continual questioning of convention’.  Riders are needed to take part in performances of the work in Glasgow on Sunday 15 June and Harwich on Wednesday 25 June.
Walk this way - not!
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Showing why Space for Cycling is so important are York rider CarefulCyclist and his YouTube videos. The first showed errant cyclists, the second discourteous drivers. Now, he has captured pedestrians stepping off pavements without looking and walking down cycle lanes in a third heart-stopping film. Traffic Droid goes one step further by castigating bad road users on the streets of London.
Long delay for lorry redesign
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It will be eight years before safer lorries will be seen on the roads, despite support from several countries, including the UK and Germany. Sadly, France and Sweden called for the delay to protect lorry manufacturers Renault and Volvo. Although his support was ultimately unsuccessful, we would like to thank the 700 CTC members who wrote to the Transport Secretary urging him to oppose the measure.
The weird world of Oz
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A recent spike in cycling deaths in Australia has prompted calls by the Roads Minister for New South Wales, not for lorry redesign, but astonishingly, for cyclists to be licensed, according to (Warning – contains graphic content) a report by Al Jazeera. Ironically, the Velo-city Global 2014 conference, billed as a ‘celebration of cycling’, is taking place this week in Adelaide, South Australia.
Benefits streets
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CTC has given evidence to an inquiry by the Northern Ireland Assembly into how to maximise cycling’s economic benefits. CTC Campaigns Director Roger Geffen, along with campaigners Barry Flood and Roy White, explained the huge economic benefits cycling can yield. They advocated a range of solutions to create Space for Cycling to tackle actual and perceived risks that deter cycle use.
Bikes and bakes
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How do you combine the Great British Bake Off with cycling? In preparation for this year’s Brighton Breezy Randonée on 7 September, Brighton and Hove CTC are holding a cake-making social event after their ride on Sunday 16 June. Riders have a chance to sample all the entries, decide the bake-off winner and choose the star cake for the ride's refreshment stop. Mary Berry need not apply.
Could it be you?
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CTC is looking for volunteers to help support several events we are charity partners for, including the NSPCC Tour of England; L’Eroica Britannia; the Grand Départ; and RideLondon. There is a variety of different roles available and refreshments and goody bags will be provided, but some of the events offer volunteers much more, as well as being rewarding and great fun too!

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


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