Dear Julie,

For your information, your CTC membership is due to expire in 4 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.

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

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.
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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Moving news
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As a member of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), CTC is proud to support MOVE week, which runs from 29 September to 5 October 2014. The initiative aims to get 100 million more Europeans physically active by 2020. If you are a ride organiser, register your events on the MOVE website by emailing the details to StreetGames and get some free publicity for your rides.
Sheer heart attack
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One European who definitely needs no encouragement to keep moving is Johannes Pistrol, who rode the Goinger Halt in Austria recently. Watching him descend the breathtakingly steep mountain path is nearly as nerve-wracking as actually doing it! Maybe ‘Keep Calm and Pedal On’, a book of quotes about cycling from some of the world’s most famous people, will help soothe you?
Conference calls
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Following the success of this week’s CTC ride at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, which attracted over 300 riders - including two MPs - Monday 29 September will see more riders taking part in a similar ride at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. Meanwhile, our Space for Cycling Campaign is celebrating the 500th councillor to pledge their support. 
Cycle Campaign News - September issue out now
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CTC’s round-up of all the latest activity in the cycle campaigning world has more news of Space for Cycling and: lorries and new research on cab design; how you can help Barts NHS Health Trust improve London for cyclists; and reviews of lots of new publications covering all sorts of subjects - from cycle facilities to happy cycle commuters - plus a range of dates for your diary.
Super Hooper
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CTC’s bike park at Tidworth in Wiltshire is holding its second annual Hooper Hooner downhill race on 22 November. With support from DMR and others, there will be prizes for both riders and spectators. Add in great food and beer on the day, it is an event not to be missed! Entries are £25 for CTC members, £30 for non-members. This video from 2013 will show you what to expect.
Pedal Pushers
Road racing has been struggling to clean up its image over the last few years, in the wake of the doping scandals. ‘Pedal Pusher’ is a play that examines the personal histories of some of the Tour de France’s most controversial personalities - including Lance Armstrong, Marco Pantani and Jan Ullrich - through docu-drama and physical performance. It runs until 11 October 2014.
‘The File’ is a collection of 170,000 images documenting life in the United States during the Great Depression and World War II. Amongst them are pictures by famous photojournalists showing ordinary people and their bikes taken between 1935 and 1941. The enchanting shots show how much bicycles were an essential  part of everyday life – as well as the source of freedom and joy.
Time to winterproof yourself
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With the weather turning more autumnal, it’s time to start adding extra warmth to your cycling wardrobe. CTC members can buy everything they need from base layers to windproof jackets and cosy gloves from Cotswold Outdoor - and enjoy a 15% discount. Just log in to our Member Benefits page and find the discount code.
Julie Rand

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

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