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A cyclist on a roundbout
How can you be more visible to other road users? Adjusting your position on the carriageway can help you see and be seen more easily. Cycling UK's cycle instructor Julie Rand explains how it can make riding your bike in traffic a much more enjoyable experience.

 
 
Cyclist riding away from parked cars
At this time of year, many websites and magazine articles are full of advice about how to be seen while cycling. They mostly discuss hi-viz, reflective clothing, and lights, but very rarely do they mention road positioning. Cycling UK's cycle instructor Julie Rand explains how where you cycle on the road helps drivers to see you.

 
 
Dan Joyce holding a bike, to check a rider's posture
What size bike do I need? - 6 Oct 2016 - Cycle Magazine
Getting the right size bike seldom requires a professional fitting session. Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce gives some guidelines to help you pick the right size bike.

 
 
11 essential bits of kit for your cycle touring
What’s in your bag? Here are Cycling UK’s top 11 things you don't want to leave at home without.

 
 
Commuter cyclist in Leeds
With another British win at the Tour de France and Team GB ruling the cycling roost at the Rio Olympics, many people will have been bitten by the cycling bug this summer. But how can we continue regularly riding our bike once we’ve returned to our normal school or work routine? The answer is: very easily. Here, cycling journalist Matt Lamy explains how to keep safe on the daily cycle commute.

 
 
A cycle commuter on his way to work
Tax incentives - 10 Aug 2016 - Article
Cycle commuting is a convenient way of fitting exercise into the daily routine. Also, work-related travel by cycle helps ease congestion and is good for the economy and the environment. To help, the Government has introduced a range of cycle-friendly tax incentives for employers and employees.

 
 
Commuter
Becoming a cycle-friendly employer - 10 Aug 2016 - Article
Becoming a cycle-friendly employer makes sense. Encouraging cycling helps tackle the business costs of congestion, reduces an organisation's impact on the local and wider environment and even attracts some tax incentives. What's more, it's likely that levels of absenteeism will drop.

 
 
Two cyclists in Richmond Park
Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) - 10 Aug 2016 - Article
If you want to encourage more people to commute by cycle to your workplace, or use cycles for business travel, setting up a Bicycle User Group is a step in the right direction. This guide tells you how to go about it, and what the BUG can do once it gets going.

 
 
Children cycling to school
Is your child's school trying to ban or discourage cycling? Here's a guide designed to help tackle the sort of barriers that keep cropping up. It's mainly for parents, but we hope it'll also be useful for teachers, heads, governors, councils, after-school programmes and, of course, children.

 
 
Laura Laker on a Boardman bike
Training for a 100 mile cycle ride - 28 Jul 2016 - Cycle Magazine
Cycling your first century is a milestone for anyone. So cycling your third should be easy, right? Cycling journalist Laura Laker gives her views on how best to prepare for a long distance ride

 
 
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