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Video: How to teach your child to ride a balance bike

A balance bike is a great way to get a toddler cycling. Our video shows in simple steps how and why a pedal-less bike is an ideal introduction to cycling. Learning to cycle the CTC way is easy and fun and teaches skills that will last a lifetime.
2 year old girl on a balance bike

What is a balance bike?

A balance bike is a small bike for toddlers. It has no pedals and rather fat pneumatic tyres. Most bikes come with one brake, although most toddlers will slow down using their feet at first so choose their shoes wisely (no Crocs or flip-flops).

If your child is a bit bigger, you can just remove the pedals on a bike and transform it into a balance bike. 

 

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Great Rides: Cycling in South Holland

CTC member Nigel Bell’s wife and son hadn’t been on a cycle tour before, so they went where the bicycle is king: the intensively cycle-networked Netherlands
The Bell family on their first cycle tour together

Deciding on a destination for our first family cycling holiday was easy. My wife and 12-year-old son aren’t experienced cyclists, and they prefer to avoid busy roads and steep hills. The Netherlands, famous for cheese, tulips, being flat, and having one of the best cycle networks in the world, was an obvious choice. The plan was simple: leave the car at Harwich, take the overnight ferry to Hook of Holland, and then ride up the South Holland coast on the North Sea Cycle Route to The Hague (Den Haag), which would be our base for the next five days.

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Book now for the Big Bike Bash 2015

The Big Bike Bash is back again this August for a weekend of mountain bike family fun at UK Youth's Avon Tyrell Centre in the New Forest.
Mountain biking in the New Forest

The Big Bike Bash takes place at the charity UK Youth’s Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in the New Forest on 28 - 31 August.

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CTC's award-winning volunteers 2014

CTC is made up of thousands of volunteers, who give their time to organise rides, campaign to make our roads and trails better and encourage more people to experience the joys of cycling. Every year CTC honours those to make us who we are. Find out more about the 2015 Volunteer of the Year winners.
Doreen Lindsey, CTC Volunteer of the Year for Wales

Volunteers are the beating hearts of the charity world. For CTC, they offer great support, much needed capacity and an infectious enthusiasm that overflows to create a warm, friendly and vibrant charity. That's why we like to take time out every year to shine the spotlight on volunteering, and on volunteers who our members have nominated for CTC Volunteer of the Year awards.

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A guide to going on a bike ride with children

Family bike rides are the perfect way to spend time together. CTC's Victoria Hazael and 'Cycle' magazine editor Dan Joyce share their advice on how to cycle with children.
Cyclists in the New Forest

Whether your children are tiny tots or tall teenagers, you can all have fun cycling together as a family. It is a fantastic and healthy way to do something where everyone is involved and at the end there is a great sense of achievement, too. 

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Bikes, belles and babies - new family cycling groups

Two years ago, Suzanne Forup, CTC’s Assistant Head of Development, wrote about the challenges of getting ‘back on her bike’ with her son, a toddler at the time. Now she is helping to set up family cycling groups and even more Bike Belles groups to encourage more people in Scotland to cycle.
Trying out a cargo bike

Back in 2013 I was wondering if I would ever cycle again, after two years off the bike following pregnancy and the premature birth of my son. I'm not sure it would have happened without the support of my local cycling group and their family rides that summer. Riding in a group with experienced parents gave me the confidence and the impetus to try. It was a really  friendly and encouraging environment and I started cycling again.

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Women on Wheels at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

CTC's Assistant Head of Development, Suzanne Forup, likes a challenge, particularly if it involves organising part of a cycling festival, cake and books.
Women on Wheels

Back in the depths of winter, when I started to plan with partners the proposed events for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, I must have forgotten the stress of the year before. Rather like childbirth I only remembered the glorious success of the two events, rather than the pain and anxiety brought on by fear that no-one would turn up to either.

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Free Bikeability courses at Thrive events across England

26 June 2015
CTC has teamed up with the Crown Estates as part of a series of summer events called Thrive, designed to make healthy living fun.
A girl riding a bike

Thrive is coming to a retail park near you, offering shoppers a chance to have fun getting fit this summer. The free one-day events are taking place in ten towns and cities across England from 4 July through to 5 September and will be followed by Bikeability training sessions run by local cycle instructors. 

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Eroica Britannia: a ride for heroes

This weekend 20-21 June, Bakewell in the Peak District will step back in time as thousands of cyclists with a love for steel and wool take to the hills for the three-day festival of cycling Eroica Britannia. CTC staff and volunteers will be on hand to help out.
Eroica Britannia

The original L’Eroica sprang from the Tuscan hills of the Chianti region back in 1997 as local Italian cyclists sought to preserve the strade bianche (literally the 'white streets', which in reality are chalky white gravel roads) from being tarmacked over. This ride saw 92 riders set off on steel steeds (pre-1987) in woollen vintage outfits, and from these humble beginnings a legend in the amateur international cycling calendar was born.

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Women on Wheels roars back for a second year

29 May 2015
After a successful launch at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling last year, the trailblazing Women on Wheels programme - a series of women-led cycling events - is back for 2015 and is bigger than ever.
CTC Celebrates Women on Wheels in Scotland (credit Gerry Lauzon)

As last year's Women's Cycle Forum inspired roundtable events to take place in London and Manchester, and helped to shape the first UK national Women and Cycling convention in York, it's no surprise that Women on Wheels - a programme of women-led cycling events in Scotland, is shaping up to be an even bigger bike bonanza in its second year. Meanwhile, 'Bike Curious' family workshops are set to go nationwide across Scotland, giving mums - and dads - the chance to try out any number of family cycling solutions from Copenhagen-style cargo bikes to t

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