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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How to guarantee Space for Cycling
 
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Perhaps a quicker way to ensure real space for cycling is to follow the example of Latvian campaigners? As part of International Car Free Day on 22 September, they used car-sized ‘shells’ to ride to work to demonstrate how much more room motorised vehicles take up. 'The Arrogance of Space' recently examined the difference in the amount of space given to various groups in Tokyo, Paris and Calgary.
 
Sophia's story
 
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Eleven-year-old Sophia has a learning and physical disability. Until recently, her parents had struggled to ­find activities that they could do as a family. But after finding You Can Bike Too, one of over 40 CTC-accredited clubs in the UK that are part of the National Inclusive Cycling Network, Sophia has learnt to pedal a trike all by herself and the family now enjoy cycling together.
 
Missing the point
 
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Do you ever experience near misses while cycling? Participants are needed for a new study by Dr Rachel Aldred into the frequency of such non-injury incidents in the UK, with a view to preventing them in the future. The Near Miss project will look at all the near misses that occur to cyclists on a particular day between 20 October and 2 November. Register now if you would like to take part.
 
Thunder road
 
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The weather may be rather unpredictable at the moment but ‘Summer Lightning’ in the Surrey Hills is guaranteed. A dedicated new section of mountain bike trail has been opened from Leith Hill Tower near Dorking and aims to reduce conflict between mountain bikers and others. CTC was involved in the initial negotiations, and the subsequent design and build of the trail.
 
Silver cyclists shoot the breeze
 
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Possibly going at a more sedate pace, but with no less enjoyment, were the ten bicycle rickshaws and 20 elderly passengers from Cycling Without Age, who rode 300km from Odense in Denmark to Hamburg in Germany. Founder of the project Ole Kassow recently gave an inspirational TED talk about how older people benefit too from cycling and the feeling of ‘the wind in their hair’.
 
Where the Devil will you be next Sunday?
 
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With Hallowe’en approaching, it’s time to dig out your ‘devilish attire’ and take part in a beast of a ride. CTC Devon’s 104km Dartmoor Devil takes place on 26 October; it has a fearsome reputation for the challenging terrain, unpredictable weather and exposed moorland conditions. But you’ll also find great camaraderie and warm fireside in the inn at the finish, so don't be too scared!
 
Not so wonderful in Copenhagen
 
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Cycling in Denmark is not usually a fearsome experience, as we all know. But parking a bicycle there is a different matter. BBC News reported this week on the nightmare situation for the 50% of city dwellers who commute by bike, with large stacks of machines left outside stations and shops. The report also shows how cities in the Netherlands have successfully tackled the problem.
 
Mull it over
 
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There’ll be no such problems, we’re sure, on the beautiful and sparsely-populated islands of Mull, Skye, Iona, Jura and Islay. They are the destination for Scotland, Western Isles, a CTC Holidays tour next year from 14-23 May. Accommodation will be in hotels, hostels and B&Bs, and the tour will cover 40-60 miles per day and costs £420.
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 

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