Dear Julie,

 
CTC Scotland plays an active role in bringing together representatives of CTC Member Groups, and other organisations, in the country to discuss and deal with matters relating to cycling in Scotland. There are many local cycling clubs and several cycle campaigning groups in Scotland and the rest of the UK, but CTC is the one body which embraces all kinds of cycle use and interests.
 

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

 
 
 
 
 
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Nice one Sybil!
 
Congratulations to CTC member Sybil Williams, who was recently awarded an MBE for services to cycling and disabled people. Now you have the chance to join Sybil on a four-day ride from Cardiff to collect her medal at Buckingham Palace. Sybil, who started Pedal Power Cardiff – a CTC affiliate group - 16 years ago, has seen it grow from a cyclists’ café to a successful inclusive cycling project. Pedal Power to the Palace starts on Friday 10 October and will head to London via Bristol, Devizes and Reading. Contact CTC Councillor for Wales Gwenda Owen if you would like to take part. Crowns optional!
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More top stories

 
 
 
Driver who hit John Radford faces jail
 
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It’s over a year since CTC Councillor John Radford, a former CTC Volunteer of the Year, was knocked off his bike by a car near his home in West Yorkshire. Now, a local man has been found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and faces up to five years in jail. He will be sentenced next month. Road Justice Campaigner Rhia Weston examines the background to the case.
 
Wheelie good in Japan
 
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Your editor normally tries to resist cliché titles such as the above. But in this case, it’s actually very appropriate! Mamoru Kanai (aka @mamotoraman) uses photo-sharing website Instagram to record extraordinary images of himself performing ‘wheelies’ and ‘stoppies’ against various backgrounds around Tokyo - on a shopping bike! The results are stunning.
 
Le tour d'amour
 
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Equally stunning is the 3D film that has just been released of the route of next year’s Tour de France. But even better is ‘Le Tour Utrecht – Bon Voyage’, an imaginary look at the Grand Départ in Belgium in 2015. What will happen if two lovers are separated whilst watching the race? It’s worth watching right through to see if there is a happy end!
 
Freewheeling to success
 
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Can you remember the moment you rode without stabilisers for the first time and learned to pedal unaided? It’s a defining moment in childhood for many people, but today’s children can learn to cycle more easily than previous generations. In today’s Guardian, CTC’s Victoria Hazael describes how her son is using a balance bike to pick up the basics, rather than using training wheels.
 
Parliamentary talks
 
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Carlton Reid certainly knows more than just the basics of cycling. His recent tome ‘Roads Were Not Built For Cars’ is a comprehensive history of the road network from a cyclist's perspective. Carlton is giving a talk to Parliament on the subject on 19 November at the first joint event of the All-Party Parliamentary Motor and Cycling Groups.
 
Ride on time
 
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With the clocks going back this weekend, you might be feeling stuck for something to do in the evenings, unless you enjoy night riding of course. How about using the extra time to build your own clock out of spare bicycle parts? Or you could always order a bike sprocket wheel clock. Meanwhile, Stevenage and N. Herts CTC's Emitremmus ride takes place on Sunday - in daylight.
 
Campaigning roadshow in N. Wales
 
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We can’t promise romance, but they’ll be plenty of opportunities for networking at the next CTC Campaigns training day in Llandudno, North Wales on Saturday 1 November. Participants can learn about the Active Travel (Wales) Act, as well as pick up media skills, learn how to influence local authorities, meet CTC staff and much more. No previous experience required.
 
Cycle Campaign News - out now
 
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October’s edition of Cycle Campaign News has a round-up of all the latest happenings in Parliament, including the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement; the Cycling Delivery Plan; Changing Gear in Northern Ireland; Sam Jones’s view of Cycletopia; the Near Miss project; Cycle-rail fund guidance; publication reviews and more.
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 

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