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

 
 
 
Safety bicycles
 
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The Government’s response to the Transport Select Committee’s cycle safety inquiry was published this morning. What does it means for cyclists? CTC has put out its initial response to the report, whilst an indepth analysis will be on the website soon. Also, BBC Breakfast is running a week-long insight into cycling - watch on Tuesday for CTC's Roger Geffen on a tandem!
 
In grave circumstances
 
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As today is Hallowe’en, CycleClips brings you the sad and strange story of 22-year-old Thomas Morris, Secretary of Liverpool and District CTC. Tragically, Thomas died in the Lake District in 1929 under mysterious circumstances whilst riding to work, the day after sending a postcard to book accommodation for a tour. His headstone bears an engraving of CTC’s famous Winged Wheel.
 
Apocalypse now? Get on your bike!
 
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What is the best way to outrun any ghouls and ghosties? By bike, of course! Apparently, there are at least 13 reasons why bicycles are the perfect machines to escape the 'zombie apocolapyse'. But they are pretty good at coping with more immediate disasters, according to organisers of San Francisco's first Disaster Relief Trials. And escaping from Ebola quarantine as well...
 
Lancaster Youth Challenge - Project of the Year
 
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Congratulations to the Lancaster Youth Challenge, who were presented with the Project of the Year Award at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament last week. They beat more than 140 other schemes from across the UK. The CTC partnership project received the award in recognition of a ride it organised last year cycling from Lancaster to Edinburgh. In 2015, they'll ride Coast to Coast.
 
The Big Bike Revival
 
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Many people don’t cycle because their bikes are not in a roadworthy condition. But this week, over a 1,000 people fixed their bikes, thanks to the Big Bike Revival, CTC’s trial project supported by the Department for Transport. As well as repairs, the CTC team was on hand to provide advice about cycle safety, cycle training and offer help with local routes, groups, training and rides.
 
Ghost riders
 
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Meanwhile, spooks of a different kind abound on the highways and byways of the UK. According to Ghost World, a mysterious ghost cyclist has been seen twice on the Coast Road between Whitburn and South Shields, whilst two police officers in a marked police car BOTH saw a lady rider in her mid-thirties in WW2 dress on an old-fashioned bike disappear without trace.
 
The race of spies
 
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Cycling was used as a means of escape in a very different way by rider Dieter Wiedeman. A hero of the East German cycling team, he defected to the West to follow true love and pursue his dream of riding in the Tour de France. His story is told in 'The Race Against the Stasi'. CTC members can buy the book at the special discount price of £14.99 by logging in to our website.
 
Go West for a day of campaigns training
 
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Join CTC in Bristol for a day of workshops and training in the latest in our series of national Space for Cycling and Road Justice workshops on Saturday 15 November. Find out how to influence your local authority; work with the police; gain media coverage; follow and attend court cases; and much more. There will also be the chance to meet CTC staff and fellow campaigners.
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 

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