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

 
 
 
 
 
For your information, your CTC membership is due to expire in 11 days. Please find out about the many ways to renew. If you have paid in the last couple of days please ignore this message. Additionally if you pay by Direct Debit, you do not need to do anything as your renewal will happen automatically.
 
 
 
 
 
Not following the centre line
 
A study funded by CTC has revealed that removing the centre line from roads, combined with 20mph limits, may be the most effective way of reducing the speed at which motorists overtake cyclists. The authors of the study observed a reduction in the speed of vehicles passing cyclists on roads with no centre line as its absence may cause the driver to consider their speed and road position more carefully. Meanwhile, in New York, planners have found that adding cycle lanes has actually speeded up the flow of motorised traffic.
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More top stories

 
 
 
Post modernising
 
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As the Royal Mail continues to phase out bicycles in favour of trolleys, its rival TNT Post – renamed ‘whistl’ – is now carrying out trials of an electric ‘unicycle’. The machines are apparently legal on city pavements and can even zoom in and out of buildings whilst the rider is still mounted. It remains to be seen whether they will be as efficient as the humble bicycle in delivering the post, though.
 
The highest ride on Earth
 
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To see how far things have come since those early days, new mountain biking film 'Gone Tomorrow' shows Rob Heran's escape to the remote terrain of Nepal. It shows him negotiating the streets of mountain villages, meeting the locals and shredding some of the incredible Himalayan trails. The kit and the bike may be a bit more high tech but the feeling of flying downhill is no doubt much the same as the Repack riders'.
 
A flare for downhilling
 
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Emma Metcalfe was a relatively new cyclist when she got involved with Space for Cycling, a campaign co-ordinated by CTC. After just six months, however, she has joined the committee of campaign organisation Cycle Sheffield. CTC is organising Space for Cycling rides at both the Labour Party conference on 22 September and the Conservative Party one on 29 September.
 
Now count to...six thousand!
 
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Cyclists already know that you feel good when you’re riding a bike but a recent report confirms that riding to work also gives you a better sense of wellbeing - off the bike. The study, from the University of East Anglia, analysed the habits of 18,000 adult commuters in the UK over 18 years, and concluded that those who walked and cycled rather than drove felt better overall.
 
An inspiring space
 
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There’ll be a different kind of party in Oxfordshire this Sunday 21 September as CTC Oxfordshire celebrates its ninetieth anniversary with a series of rides and a birthday tea. There will be rides of either 15, 33 or 56 miles starting from Standlake Village Hall followed by refreshments. Entry is free but if you are attending the tea, please complete a Doodle poll.
 
A ride a day helps you work, rest and play
 
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It’s just one week until the Cycle Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 26-28 September. CTC members can save up to £4.50 on entry with adult online tickets costing just £11.50 and children £1. To find the discount code, just log in to the Member Benefits section of the CTC website. Don’t forget to come and visit us on the CTC stand!
 
Ninety not out
 
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The pioneers of mountain biking back in the late 1970s were extremely daredevil. Forgoing body armour and full-face helmets of modern-day riders in favour of tight flared jeans, flowing locks and even sandals, they invented a sport known as Repack racing. You can read all about them in a fascinating article by Collectors’ Weekly.
 
CTC member discount for the Cycle Show
 
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Congratulations to the teams of anaesthetists who rode to Harrogate last weekend from London and Bristol to their annual conference, in aid of CTC and another charity. 'Cycle for Guy' was in memory of colleague Dr Guy Jordan, who died in a tragic collision while cycling. So far, the medics have raised nearly £6,000 to support CTC's work for safer cycling. Many thanks from all of us.
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 

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