Filling a hole; The amazing sprocket man; the extraordinary Ice maiden; CTC's poster boy; The onion-selling PBP rider; Pie in the SkyCycle?; New Year's revolutions; No justice for London cyclists; Come to Cymru.
Happy New Year! 2014 promises to be another fantastic year for cycling, and for CTC. With the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and numerous other events throughout the UK, it will be a great time to be out on a bike - and to be a CTC member. We'll be with you all the way!
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
Filling a hole in the budget
With the terrible weather over the last week or so, there is more need than ever for CTC’s ‘Fill That Hole’. So the news that the Department for Transport has pledged £30,000 to enable us to revamp our pothole reporting website, and also develop a new app compatible with Android smartphones is very welcome. Announcing the funding, Cycling and Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said: “We want people to tell councils where to find them so they can be filled in. This app means more people are going to be able to report potholes more easily."
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The amazing sprocket man...
Luckily there were no potholes on Pendine Sands in Wales where adventurer Guy Martin attempted to break the British record for the fastest person on a bicycle. His series ‘Speed’ on Channel 4 showed how, with tips and assistance from top racer Laura Trott, and riding a specially adapted fixed wheel bike, he finally achieved an astonishing 110mph!
....and the extraordinary ice maiden
Another Briton to achieve greatness is Maria Leijerstam, who became the first person to cycle to the South Pole. She beat two fellow male riders from the USA and Spain to the record. Riding a customised recumbent, she battled through terrible conditions and frozen boots to complete the 500-mile ride in an astonishing 10 days. Makes our current weather seem not so bad after all!
CTC's poster boy
CTC member Jonathan Billington has also been on an exciting journey, although a very different one to Maria's. As a youngster, Jonathan featured on road safety posters as a result of his dad’s job with Sandwell Council. This interest led to him becoming a cycling instructor at the age of sixteen. Now, the student combines this with being Communications Officer for Reading CTC.
'e knows his oignons
With the Grand Départ of the Tour de France taking place in Yorkshire later this year, you might think Drew Buck from Somerset was getting in the swing of things a little early. But the onion-carrying 65-year-old regularly dresses in traditional French garb and rides a 100-year-old bike to take part in the gruelling Paris-Brest-Paris event!
Pie in the SkyCycle?
Sir Norman Foster's firm of architects has hit the news headlines with plans for aerial ‘Skycycles’ following rail lines in London. Should we take them seriously - or is this simply a publicity stunt on a post-Xmas quiet news day? CTC’s Roger Geffen examines their pros and cons and questions whether the enormous cost justifies the end, saying reducing motor traffic is key to safer cycling.
New Year's revolutions
This is the time of the year when resolutions are easily made – and just as easily broken. But if you are a mountain biker, the ideas in the brilliant ‘10 Things Every Mountain Biker Should Have Done’ are so tempting, it won’t be hard to resolve to put them into action. From nightriding to climbing a mountain to riding abroad, why not see how many you can already tick off the list?
No justice for London cyclists
The London Evening Standard reported this week that drivers in the capital have only a one in 10 chance of going to jail if they are involved in the death of a cyclist, and many are not even prosecuted. CTC Campaigner Rhia Weston explains how our Road Justice campaign is working to change this. If you haven't signed the petition demanding better roads policing already, please do so.
Come to Cymru
All CTC members are welcome to attend regional group CTC Cymru’s AGM on Saturday 11 January at the Llanerch Inn, Llandrindod Wells. This is your chance to find out what’s been going on in Wales over the last year and influence future development. Contact Secretary Emrys Jones if you wish to attend.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.