Dear Julie,

CTC's Senior Campaigner Chris Peck leaves CTC next week after 8 years, to work as a consultant and study and will be missed. You can follow him on twitter.

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

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Space for Cycling reaches 10,000

Alicia Mather from Urmston, Manchester, was the ten thousandth person to write to their councillors asking them to make Space for Cycling - so she's getting a t-shirt in the post! Another t-shirt will be on the way to whomever is the last person to write to the 500th councillor to sign up, but if you want, you can buy your own. Meanwhile, there are training days in Sheffield (13th Sept) and Newcastle (14th Sept) to find out more about how to use Space for Cycling to improve conditions for cycling in your area.

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More top stories

New Forest bike hire binned
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The New Forest National Park Authority found itself on the wrong side of cyclists this week, when it decided to ditch a scheme to open a bike hire network, with some suggesting the decision reflected fears that it would be sabotaged by locals. The money could be reallocated to schemes elsewhere, such as the rather more cycle-friendly South Downs National Park, so all isn't lost.
Holey roads! Why our roads are falling apart
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Long-term maintenance of the roads is crucial to prevent potholes forming - but local authorities treat less than half the roads that they did 20 years ago, which explains why the number of potholes has spiralled upwards, with over three times the number of hazards filled each year compared with 2007. Report them at Fill That Hole to make sure local authorities know where they are.
Pedalling out of poverty in Rwanda
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The South Africa-based pro-cycling team has donated 200 bicycles to children in Rwanda in an attempt to improve school attendance levels. Two of the 80 girls that received a bike showed such cycling talent that they were chosen to represent their country at the Youth Olympic Games in China
CTC courses
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CTC has a full programme of courses for late summer and autumn, including the Advanced Leader Award, CTC Trainer, First Aid for cyclists and Go-MTB Leader Orientations, among others. CTC courses are oriented around participants’ needs and are exceptional quality. The course fee includes four months free membership or a 10% membership discount for existing members.
WeCycle app will help local authorities plan routes
A new cycling app is designed to crowdsource data on cyclists' routes and speeds and thereby help local authorities provide better routes. Usage data will be supplied to local authorities for free, unlike the other apps which charge. The app is only available on iPhones/iPads at the moment, but Android is coming. Beware that the app will reduce your battery life a bit, but is all in a good cause!
A soft landing in Leicester
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Leicester's Humberstone Gate was the location for some urban mountain bike skills, with an AirBag providing a bit of support for the airborne riders. It's all part of the 8-day Ride Leicester festival culminating on Sunday with Sky Ride, centred on Bede Park
Tour of Britain 7-14th Sept: volunteers wanted!
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This year's Tour of Britain - setting off from Liverpool on September 7th - is set to be the biggest yet! CTC is offering cyclists the opportunity to be part of this amazing event by volunteering at the Shoretrax track activity in Hemel Hempstead on September 12th. Marshals are also needed throughout the duration of the tour.
Mildenhall Rally for your Bank Holiday weekend
Five audax events, led rides, Grass track racing, cycle jumbles, children's duathlon. One of the best family events of the cycling calendar kicks off this weekend at Mildenhall, Suffolk. Site camping is sold out, but other campsites and accommodation are available nearby.

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


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