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Bikeability on the National Curriculum?; Join TABS; Get developed; The batty bike; RESPECT; Classic advice; MTB training; Help RideLondon

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I have been teaching a nervous novice recently - after several sessions, she finally got the hang of starting and steering by herself. The will and determination of beginners always impresses me - and shows the enormous importance people attach to the skill of riding a bike and the vital job cycle instructors do. If you haven’t signed the e-petition asking the Government to implement the findings of the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report, please do so – it needs 100,000 signatures before being debated in Parliament. Till next time, happy riding. Julie


Riding lessons
Back in March, CTC joined other organisations in urging the Department for Education to include provision for cycle training on the revised National Curriculum. Although cycling is the third most popular activity amongst children, and a crucial life skill, only half of them have access to good quality training. 800 people responded to CTC’s call to write a letter to the department asking for Bikeability to be included in the consultation process; several high profile campaigners and cycle instructors wrote a letter to the Daily Telegraph to back the calls too. The consultation has now closed and news of the final curriculum awaited. The Department of Health, however, has made some ‘encouraging noises’ about cycle training being included as “a practical way to help children achieve the Chief Medical Officer's Physical Activity Guidelines."


Keeping TABS on the National Standard
Are you a Bikeability provider? Whether you are an individual or a company, CTC is urging you to join The Association of Bikeability Providers (TABS). Joining TABS gives you the chance to influence the future arrangements for cycle training - Government funding for Bikeability is only agreed up to the end of this Parliament in 2015. TABS needs more members in order to be a louder voice and to promote and expand Bikeability more effectively. Membership also gives you the chance to be part of the governing body of the National Standard, as well as other benefits.


Get developed
Do you need to brush up your skills in delivering Level 3? Do you want to have an advanced knowledge of road positioning and how to teach it? Do you want to become an advanced instructor or simply refresh your skills? CTC runs a variety of professional development courses for National Standard instructors. Courses can be run on demand so if you are interested, contact Senior Cycle Training Officer Greg Woodford, who has created an impartial and easy to use National Standard comparison document that allows you to see where the changes you need to make to your training are.


The batty bike
Bristol-based cycling organisation LifeCycle UK are hosting a fascinating talk on 21 June by Professor Brian Hoyle, the genius behind the world’s first sonar guided bike, the Ultrabike. The bike was seen last year on Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature being ridden by a blind cyclist around the city’s Ashton Court trails. Amazing stuff!


More and more organisations are asking for motorists and cyclists to show mutual respect. This Irish TV ad shows drivers how to treat cyclists and this one from the US is simple but affecting with much the same message - although the riders shown are probably not trained to the National Standard. Meanwhile, motorists' organisation IAM has been criticised for its message about safe cycling.


Classic advice
Maybe IAM had been reading some of the advice in this 1969 ‘Bicycle Safety Manual’? Amongst the gems it contains is the following tip: ‘Ride your bicycle in single file in a straight line near the curb’. Why not see how you get on in The American Safe Bicycle Drivers’ Test?


Rock roles
If you would like to expand your training options further to include being able to lead groups off-road or teach mountain bike skills, CTC MTB has a comprehensive range of courses running over the summer from Trail MTB Bike Leader to Technical MTB Leader awards.


Help RideLondon
Are you a handy mechanic? Or could you be a ride marshal? Volunteer roles are available for the Prudential RideLondon cycle event on 3 and 4 August 2013, with every volunteer getting to see the pros up close, gain entrance to the rest of the Olympic legacy event and receive a goody bag. If you would like to contribute to making this a special event for all cyclists and supporters please apply now.



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