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Launch of Rhyl Cycle Bridge: The official opening of the Rhyl estuary Pont y Draig shared use cycle bridge will take place on Tuesday 22nd October 2013 at 2pm.

Mark Colbourne MBE, winner of one gold and two silver medals at the London 2012 Paralympics, and Leon Jones from Ysgol Maes Owen will be the guests of honour.

There was a local schools' competition to suggest a name for the bridge. Leon  won with Pont y Draig (The Dragon Bridge). (041013)

Rhyl Rotary Bikeathon will be held on 15th September 2013 in aid of the three north Wales hospices. There are 3 rides of different levels to choose from - inexperienced, intermediate and experienced. For details click here.
Burton Marshes - New Cycle Route 568 links North Wales and England.

After long delay, this symbolic cycle route linking England and Wales across the Burton Marshes was officially launched on Thursday 18th July 2013.

See the CycleSmiles production of the event at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5N7CiBQx2c&feature=em-share_video_user

Also our pre- launch webpage at http://www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk/pages/burton_m.htm 

For additional details of the route see Chester Cycling Campaign at http://www.chestercyclecity.org/?p=859  (270713)

Cycle Round Snowdon on Sunday, 26th May and help raise money for the children's hospice Ty Gobaith. Click Ffestiniog 360 for details.
Bike Right Instructor Course - From June 4th to 7th BikeRight! will be staging a National Standard Cycle Instructor Course at Eirias Park Sports Centre, LL29 7SP. Details at


Clwb Beicio Menai: The world is alive with the chuckling of cycle gears.

See what’s happening in Caernarfon.

Thanks to sponsor Alan Jones of Beics Menai for enabling this to happen (201012)

Cycle Hubs on Holy Island: Some of Wales's finest coastal scenery is to be found on Holy Island which is linked to Anglesey by Four Mile Bridge and the Stanley Embankment.

Cybi Bikes now offer the opportunity of exploring the delights of Holy Island by providing 5 new cycle hubs where bikes can be hired and dropped off together with four recommended routes of varying length. For details click here and here. Elsewhere on this site we have photos of Holy Island.

A Great New Cycling Initiative in Gwynedd and Ynys Mon http://www.lovetoride.net/gwyneddmon  (250612)
Welsh Government’s White Paper on Cycling Walking Routes.

See how the Guardian reports on this praiseworthy attempt to encourage people out of their cars and on to their bikes http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/may/09/wales-gets-tough-green-travel?newsfeed=true  (100512)

Llandudno Town Council attempts to block safe cycle routing between its hotels and the Conwy Estuary Cycle Route (NCR5) Click here
Cycleway News CONNECT2 Penmaenbach - Conwy Morfa

Latest news from Sustrans is that this much awaited project to bypass the unpleasant section of the A55 between Penmaennbach and the eastbound Conwy Morfa slip road is now likely to be completed around the 3rd August 2012. This will remove a major obstacle to a much greater use of the North Wales Coastal cycle route by young families and inexperienced riders generally. Work on the ground is expected to start shortly. We will report the first sign of activity. (010512)

Deeside Cycleway Crossing via Burton Marshes

There is news for cyclists on the Wirral wishing to use as little as possible of the hazardous Hoylake–Chester high road (A540) on their way to North Wales.

The long awaited Project for the Neston – Deeside Cycleway has received funding. This is to replace the old route, used many years ago, across Burton Marshes to Deeside and RAF Sealand, which was closed down by the MOD several years ago for safety reasons (the old route used to go through the Firing Range).

Sustrans has received £8 million to fund 5 Cycling/Walking projects in the North West. £250K of this is for the Neston to Deeside Cycleway/Walkway.

However, early indications suggest there may be an objection from the RSPB, as the route crosses its reserve. CTC and Chester Cycling Campaign are following this closely. (010512)

Helping Cancer Research: On Sunday, 6th May 2012 there is a charity cycle ride in aid of cancer research at Clatterbridge hospital.

The ride has three routes of 15, 50 and 100 miles starting in Hope near Wrexham, with the longer rides taking in some amazing scenery in North East Wales and Cheshire.

 Full details can be found at the Circle of Hope website.

Llandudno Promenade Breakthrough

On Thursday, 16th February 2012, the Conwy Cabinet agreed that desegregated cycle access to the promenade be permitted for a trial period of one year. This followed a unanimous recommendation by a Task and Finish group appointed by the council’s Community Scrutiny Committee. The vote in cabinet was 6-2 in favour of the trial with Cllrs Philip Evans and Graham Rees voting against, as did Cllrs Linda Groom and Ken Stevens in the Scrutiny Committee, which otherwise voted overwhelmingly in favour.

For CTC, Roy Spilsbury commended the decision, and said with the possible exception of one voting against, the others were predictable. He said there were several puzzling aspects which needed closer examination.

To see the Task and Finish group’s unanimous report click here      (220212)

Challenge Your Boundaries at Coed y Brenin: Saturday 22nd October 2011 (11am - 2pm)

A new initiative to encourage people with disabilities to extend their horizons and have a go at a variety of outdoor exploits. During the launch of the blue graded (moderate) MinorTaur Trail, which has been designed for riders with disabilities, two adapted mountain bikes will be handed over to the project by the Snowdonia National Park Authority. There will be demonstrations of adaptive mountain biking, and the opportunity to have a go on one of the bikes. For further information click here. (081011)

Welsh Festival of Cycling 2012

This popular annual event is making a first appearance in Denbighshire between the 26th - 31st July 2012. Camping facilities will be available at Ruthin Rugby Club, and residential accommodation at Llysfasi Agriculture College. CTC Cymru is the organising body. Further details to follow. (081011)

Bikeability: CTC helps bring bikeability to North Wales and so gets more youngsters cycling. Click for press release.
CTC Cycle Digest (Autumn 2010): The latest edition of this prestigious quarterly nugget of information on campaigning for cycling, is now out with a mention of a successful introduction of cycling on Worthing promenade, and the continuing battle for cycle access at Llandudno. For this and more, click http://www.ctc.org.uk/resources/Campaigns/CycleDigest63(2010).pdf  (040910)
Llandudno promenade: A Sustrans press release has highlighted the loss to the economy of Llandudno through cycle acces to the town centre and holiday accomodation along its promenade being denied. Based on examples elsewhere it argues the loss to local businesses could be running into millions of pounds. (130810)
Llandudno Promenade Cycling Ban - CTC Protests: CTC has lodged a strong protest with Conwy CBC against the cycling ban on Llandudno's promenade. It cites systemic anomalies and a failure to take account of the hazardous road conditions for cycling on the adjacent Parade. The promenade is over twice as wide as the Parade - use Google Earth to take a closer look at this travesty.

Press Release and photos (060810)

Barnardo's & Father's Day, Sunday, 20th June 2010: On your bike ride and barbecue from Pensarn car park - click for poster.
Penmaenmawr Promenade Cycleway Ramp Opened:

Construction work is now completed on the concrete ramp between the western end of this promenade and the Bangor Road above. The ramp runs under the A55 carriageway and links with the Pen Clip cycle bridge. This provides a continuous cycling route along the coast. Advisory CYCLISTS DISMOUNT signs have been erected on the promenade. These are universally ignored and unnecessary if cyclists exercise elementary care when the promenade is busy. If you are travelling west towards Llanfairfechan and have no wish to visit Penmaenmawr town centre, ignore the promenade signage pointing to the town and continue westerly along the promenade. (210510)

National Cycle Route 5 (North Wales) - Upgrading Work Imminent: Work will commence in early January 2010 to provide a link for cyclists and pedestrians from the eastern end of the Penmaenmawr promenade to the Pen-y-Clip bridges. The scheme is expected to be completed by the end of March. This will be useful for both commuters and long distance riders following NCN 5 along the coastline. Those living locally may still prefer to use the parking congested, yet relatively quiet, Old Bangor Road. Hopefully in the near future consideration will be given to making this part of Penmaenmawr a 20mph zone.

Also, in mid February the first phase of the Penmaenbach - Conwy Morfa route is to be constructed to the east of the Penmaenbach headland. This first phase is only 200m long but it will take users away from the current route that is adjacent to the A55 with no safety barriers. Further phases in the pipeline will take the route over the railway (Phase 2) and through the sand dunes (Phase 3) to the Conwy Morfa car park. (201209)

Help us find the descendents of Walter Dutton(1862-1909), Liverpool:   Click to see the wonderful collection of Walt's cycling sketches from 1887. And have a peep at the sort of cycling he was getting up to at the time http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=14668 .

Walt's sketches include his brother Arthur Dutton. Arthur remained a prominent figure in the cycling world, and was still active in Liverpool until at least the late 1930s.

If your name is either Dutton or Moffat and your early twentieth century family roots are from the West Derby or Everton areas of Liverpool, you may be able to assist us in discovering more about the life of this intriguing artist. If you think you are able to help, do please contact us through the Contact button on the navigation bar above.  (271109)

Right to Cycle on Weymouth Promenade:
What cycle activists have done in Weymouth, Llandudno will do when it is encouraged to wake up to the shame on its own doorstep. At last cycling will be allowed on Weymouth’s Preston Beach Promenade.
On 13 December, for the first time in almost ten years, cyclists will be able to enjoy the sea breezes and sunshine. Local cyclists are delighted by their victory, though cyclists going into or out of town, however, are still faced with the choice of braving a dangerous one-way system or being prosecuted for continuing to cycle on the prom. Right to Ride Rep Ken Reed is continuing to lobby an entrenched council to correct this anomaly, which dates back to 1923 (Extract from CTC's weekly email newsletter sent free to members).
...and another pearl from the CTC Newsletter

Barrister Martin Porter, who blogs as The Cycling Lawyer, certainly thinks it is. In a recent post entitled Cycling Against Car Culture, Porter argues that our justice system is biased against cyclists. He draws on his legal experience to compare how the police, prosecutors and courts have dealt with both driving and cycling causing death. It seems that bad cycling is regarded as similarly dangerous as bad driving, though the latter causes many tragic accidents, whereas the number of pedestrians killed by cyclists is in fact only similar to the number killed by golfballs.

If want to report bad driving or if you’ve ever been in a collision with a motor vehicle, you can report it on our Stop SMIDSY website. (271109)

Llandudno Promenade Cycling Ban.

And so this farce rumbles on. A spirited attempt by a young Llandudno Town Councillor to seek a rethink on the prom cycling ban failed last night. Conwy County Cllr Phillip Evans as usual led the opposition, even saying some people thought too much was being spent on cycle paths and that the money would be better spent elsewhere. Clearly he remains convinced he knows what is best for cycling - even though he repeatedly fails to heed its voice.

When will the insider wheeler and dealers grasp that people's journeys are determined by destination - not signposts and painted white lines heading in another direction - such as the proposed route following the perimeter of the town along some of its nastiest roads? As Llandudno businesses head into recession, when will the guesthouses and hotels wake up to being suffocated by parked cars and traffic wardens, and being denied access to the burgeoning cycling market? (251109)

Llandudno promenade on Facebook:

If you want to have your say on the attempts to steer cycling away from what makes Llandudno tick - the Great Orme, the hotels, guest houses, and the Mostyn Street shops, why not have your bleat on http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/group.php?gid=172879257123 (201109)


Can you ride THE BICKERTON CHALLENGE in support of HELP 4 HEROES? It’s hard. Are you up to it?  Click for details and entry forms.

A Helmet story - Sue’s day in court: Australian cyclist Sue Abbott was fined for not wearing a helmet. She recently took the matter to court and not surprisingly lost given the law in that country. To find out more about the case you can watch this great 10 minute documentary. Sue emailed CTC to tell us she plans to appeal. We may assume this won’t be the last you hear of her. (CTC Newsnet 061109)
Cycle Training:

See how Deganwy Primary School trains the youngsters. (301009)

Welsh Resort Bans Sea-front Cycling

Llandudno, self-styled Queen of Welsh resorts, has delivered a slap in the face to cycling every bit as foot-stampingly spiteful as Blackadder's Queenie.  Click for press report.

Dismissing advice from cycling bodies who demand safe access along the town's north shore, Conwy CBC is proposing to direct National Cycle Route 5 around the perimeter of the town through some of its most unpleasant and dangerous roads, avoiding shops, hotels, guest houses and the magnificent Great Orme in the process - but, by way of consolation, providing a wonderful view of a breaker's yard.

Anyone with a view on this blatant attempt to exclude cyclists from the heart of Llandudno is urged to write to highways@conwy.gov.uk (291009)

News Flash: The long-awaited cycle bridge at Conwy Cob and the underpass under the flyover and the cycle path to the RSPB reserve were opened on Friday 15th October 2009. See photo of your editor as the first cyclist to cross the bridge. Within the first couple of hours of this unannounced opening there were plenty of people exploring this delightful new route. We are certain it will be popular.

(See description how to approach the new path.)

The Conwy Estuary 'rumble strip' has been re-surfaced and is also now open.

The original bumpy concrete section of the cycle path between Conwy Cob and Deganwy has been given a new surface that is fine for cycling and walking. It was re-opened 9th October 2009. (151009)

Welsh Right to Ride victory: Sheila Jones, CTC’s Right to Ride representative for North Ceredigion, has won her campaign to improve conditions for cyclists on the A470, the Cardiff to Glan Conwy trunk road. The project director has agreed to provide a gateway feature that will define the 30mph limit in Newbridge-on-Wye, and that alternative routes for cyclists will be made of bituminous material. This represents a significant victory in improving conditions for cyclists along what is the main North-South road for Wales. Congratulations to Sheila!

There are four CTC Right to Ride rep's in North Wales. They are based in Gwynedd, Ynys Mon, Conwy and Denbighshire. If you are a CTC member and feel you have the knowledge and experience to make a difference, why not make contact here. (070809)

Justice protest in Reading: Exactly one year after CTC member Anthony Maynard was killed, family, friends and cyclists from Reading CC came together to protest outside the Crown Prosecution Service’s offices. Anthony died after he was hit by a van while out cycling. Despite pressure from CTC’s legal team, the CPS decided not to prosecute the driver. Anthony’s father David told Get Reading: “Anthony suffered an injustice and justice was not done. Someone drove straight into the back of him.” In the light of this case and others like it, in the autumn, CTC’s Campaigns team will be launching Stop SMIDSY (Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You) which aims to make drivers more accountable for their actions. (This item has been extracted from CTC's Weekly email Newsletter) (100709)
Wanted - archive material on CTC's pre-1939 North Wales DA: In 2009 the CTC Chester & North Wales District Association celebrates its 70th anniversary. As the clouds of war gathered over Europe in 1939, a very active Chester Section separated from the Liverpool DA to amalgamate with the North Wales DA. The latter had become inactive after a vigorous social calendar earlier in that decade. Our knowledge of the North Wales DA is limited. We would like to know more. Are there any photographs or written accounts amongst family archives? If so, we'd like to hear from you. And perhaps you'd like to share a treasure or two with our website visitors. (100709)
You cycle in heavy traffic?

Here are a few hints from the London Cycling Campaign and the Metropolitan Police on how to negotiate space in the presence of high sided lorries http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPkbNFt5NuY  (070709)

Pen-y-Clip Open: The new cycle bridges are now open for walking and cycling. A formal opening ceremony will be performed by Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, Welsh Minister of Transport and Deputy First Minister, at 12.45 pm on Friday 3rd July 2009. The ceremony will take place on the Llanfairfechan side of the pass. An open invitation cycle ride to the ceremony from the Penmaenmawr central car park (at the rear of Spar) is planned. Riders are requested to muster at this location at 11.00am. For enquiries, please use the CONTACT button above. (220609)  
Cycle Campaigners: An informal meeting of North Wales Right-to-Ride reps and cycle campaigners will be held on: Wednesday 24th June, 7pm, in the Black Bull (Wetherspoons), Bangor (map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=LL57%201NS  )

The aim is simply to get to know other cycle campaigners in the region and share ideas etc. Anybody who might be interested in becoming a CTC Right-to-Ride rep in North Wales would be particularly welcome! But really everyone with an interest in promoting cycling in any way is warmly welcome,

Hopefully this will become a regular thing, so if you can't make this one, but would like to know about future meetings, let Neal Hockley know at <n.hockley@bangor.ac.uk> and likewise if you have any queries.

Cycle Instructor Forum: Cycle Instructors in Wales are to have the opportunity to establish a Forum that meets their needs, through a series of meetings across Wales. The first meeting will be held on 18th June in Colwyn Bay at the Interchange. Tea and coffee will be provided from 1 pm with a view to starting by 1.15 pm. Details of a South Wales meeting will be circulated shortly.

The meetings are open to anyone who is delivering or hoping to deliver National Standards Cycle Training. If you would like more information or are not able to attend this meeting but feel that you would like to contribute please contact Gwenda Owen gwenda.owen@ctc.org.uk  Direct line: 029 20750301 Mobile : 07825081097 Website: www.ctc.org.uk/wales  

Great News on Pen-y-Clip Cycle Route! Subject to confirmation on detail, Friday, 3rd July 2009 is likely to be the date for the formal opening of this cycle and pedestrian route around the rocky headland between Llanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr in North Wales. (See http://www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk/pages/pe_y_cl_brs.htm

Members and friends of CTC will have the opportunity of sharing this special occasion together. But those planning to attend will no doubt appreciate that the route is likely to be crowded, and management is likely to include riders pushing their bikes on foot. We will provide further information as it comes to hand. (210509)

Snowdonia Gets Another Car Park at Pen-y-Gwryd: Instead of defending Snowdonia against motor traffic over-load, it seems it's more convenient for the National Park Authority to give the nod to yet another car park - even though it happens to be in one of the Park's most environmentally sensitive locations

If you are considering a gift for a country loving friend, why not buy a membership of the Society for them? You'll be doing them and yourself a huge favour.

For more of this story, and the Snowdonia Society Newsletter, CLICK http://www.snowdonia-society.org.uk/   (200509)

CTC DEMANDS IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF CYCLE PATH POSTS: Many cyclists have complained about the irresponsible placing of heavy wooden posts within the boundary lines of the coastal cycle path near Pensarn (NCN Route 5). On Wednesday 13th May 2009 an experienced cyclist, familiar with this route, collided with one of the posts in very windy conditions. He sustained extensive injuries requiring surgery. It will be interesting to see how long the local authority, Conwy CBC, takes to respond to the CTC demand. To see the posts click here.    

REPORT THAT HAZARD: If you come across a hazard, such as a pothole, obstruction, or dangerous infrastructure, don't just forget it and risk someone else being injured, click onto the following website and report it officially: http://www.fillthathole.org.uk/report . It's simple. You'll be doing your bit to make the roads and cycle paths safer for all. (160509)

Cycling as a Solution: If you are a lay person wanting to see more bikes on our town streets and country lanes or a professional in a field where cycling and its benefits plays a part, why not keep abreast of the latest innovative thinking by booking into the CTC/CCN conference in Manchester, Saturday 30th May 2009. For further information CLICK here  (290409)
CTC Cycle Digest: For the latest edition of this superb quarterly distillation of cycle campaigning wide and far , CLICK here (290509)
Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides: SUNDAY 14th JUNE 2009. Click for Details .

For more about Bob and his cycling family, click here.  (100409)

Yet another child cyclist dies in North Wales: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_east/7958041.stm 

It is the same everywhere. Lessons aren't being learnt on how to get drivers to be more careful in the presence of pedestrians and cyclists . One method is to reduce speed in selected residential areas to 20mph. Click http://20splentyforus.org.uk/

Why not get your highway authority to adopt 20's Plenty in your neighbourhood? (220409)

Why cyclists like to keep rolling once they've got momentum:

See what Chris Juden had to say in THE TIMES, on CTC's new twitter at http://twitter.com/CTC_Cyclists  (60309)

Wanted! Cycle Instructors in Wales: If you want to become a Cycle Instructor in Wales, the first bursaries to cover the cost of National Standards Cycle Instructor Training are now available. To qualify for a bursary, you need to sign up for a 4 day Instructor Training course. The courses will run in:

Cardiff 16-19 March,16-17, April and 23-24 April 2009;

Llandudno 24-27 March;

Carmarthenshire 26-27 March and 2-3 April.

If you are interested in applying or would like further information please contact Gwenda Owen, CTC’s Cycle Training Development Officer in Wales or call 029 20750301.  (280209)

The Future of the Snowdonia Sherpa Bus Service in the balance: The Welsh Assembly Government is to withdraw its subsidy of this important green initiative. Not only is it popular with walkers wishing to avoid using cars, but also with cyclists seeking easier access to certain parts of the national park - full story and video (170209)
Welsh Emergency Contact Number: The Welsh Ambulance Service is advising mobile telephone owners to keep a contact number on ICE. For the full story, click http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4746789.stm  (180109)
Calling all Chester Cyclists: If you have a little time on your hands mid-week, and fancy superb company pedalling at an easy pace, why not click into the Chester Easy Riders website.  It could be your route to new friends and discovering on two wheels lanes and byways you didn't even know existed.  (020109)
CTC Cymru AGM 08/09 - Your chance to help cycling in Wales: The CTC Cymru Annual General Meeting is to be held at 11am on Saturday 10th January 09 at the National Cycle Museum, Llandrindod Wells. All members of CTC are invited to attend. Present will be the new Training Officer for Wales, Gwenda Owens, who will be reporting on her first few months in post.

The agenda will include the 2009 Welsh Festival of Cycling which is again planned for Rhayader, If you have time to assist with this or aspects of CTC Cymru's work in Wales, do come along to the AGM - you'll find a most cordial welcome amongst friends. As a special bonus for the day, your CTC membership will entitle you to free access to one of the finest collections of cycles and cycling memorabilia in the world.

Please feel free to contact this website if you have a query about any aspect of CTC Cymru's work. (221208)

Flintshire Fails Key Cycle Path Link:

Flintshire County Council is returning to the Welsh Assembly Government £1.4m that should have been spent on a coastal path between Prestatyn and Connah's Quay. This would have completed a very important link in Route 5 of the National Cycle Network. CTC Cymru will be seeking an explanation and considering a protest. See report in Flintshire Chronicle  (171208)

Walt's Sketchbook Diary:

If you've been as enchanted as us at the antics of Walt and his pals in 1887, here's a fantastic breakthrough on 'Old Billy Slade' and 'Young Slade'. Click here

But this still prompts the question - what stories are out there about the Duttons and the rest of their pals pushing the pedals in 1887? (051208)

STREETS AHEAD Conference, Warrington (November 2008):

'Cyclists and Pedestrians - Campaigning Together - Succeeding Together' ,was the theme of a day well spent by those who attended to hear the latest ideas on people-friendly town and city streets.

If you weren't able to attend yourself, and would like to view the papers click, 'Presentations' at www.streets-ahead.org   (221108 )

The Pedal Cycle - the ultimate sustainable transport:

Who said cycling isn't cheap? Here's someone who went around the world on a Penny Farthing http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/joff1  (141108)

The Al Gore of the Bike Trade in the USA?

John Burke speaks on cycling from an American perspective. His message is universal.

Make a pot of tea and nibble at this slice of common sense on a plate http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=OfRiFylmiS0&feature=channel  (131108)

Cycling and Thorns: CTC has called upon the support of Ann Jones AM and Chris Ruane MP to request Denbighshire County Council set up a telephone hotline for cyclists encountering road obstructions. Uncleared hedge cuttings are a particular problem in the autumn and there have been many puncture reports this year. CTC has protested at the attempt by Denbighshire to deny responsibility for enforcement when a landowner disregards the duty to leave the highway unobstructed as required under the Highway Act 1980. See here.  (121108)
North Wales Chief Constable, Richard Brunstrom, speaks in support of greater cycle access to Snowdonia.

Why is it that some newspapers seem so fond of the term 'controversial'? Readers are quite capable of judging for themselves the merits of a news item - whatever its source. Whatever his views, Brunstrom should be valued for his plain speaking. Mind you, there are cycle paths all over Snowdonia: they're called roads upon which cyclists should be able to travel in safety and comfort. (121108)

Cycling in our towns: Hot off the presses - the latest guidance from the UK's Department for Transport. Click

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/tpm/ltnotes/ltn208.pdf   (311008)

New urban cycle path for Prestatyn: In a £1.4m scheme involving a rail crossing and link to the new Ysgol Clawdd Offa, Prestatyn will be adding to its urban cycling infrastructure. See the story here   Note the open meetings at the school on Thursday, 6th November.

May the town visionaries now start looking at a cross country cycle link to Rhyl, following the line of the nearby water courses? This would benefit both towns, and Rhyl visitors and residents would have a superbly scenic route to the Prestatyn Morfa, the Dyserth cycle path and the network of country lanes beyond (241008)

Beics Betws: Due to market conditions, which are no doubt influenced by the growth of internet purchasing, Sion Parry has decided to shut up his Betws-y-Coed bike shop in order to concentrate on cycle hire. We wish Sion good luck for the future. See story here. (231008)
Do you take the necessary steps to secure your bike? Recently a correspondent had a GENTS HARRY QUINN lightweight road bike stolen whilst the owner was attending an evening choir practice at Llanfair Talhaiarn near Abergele. The bike is red and has a modern hub dynamo. If you see it around, do contact the police or this website without delay (111008)
Controversial Cycle Awareness Youtube video now given the all-clear: 'Sorry Mate I didn't see you!' is usually the first word cyclists hear after they have bounced off a car bonnet. It's now gained its own anagram - SMIDSY (see the internet for more).

Have a peep at this fascinating video illustrating the selective functioning of the mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4 . And the controversy following its release by London Transport http://www.bikebiz.com/news/29436/TfLs-viral-ad-is-a-rip-off  But fortunately it seems all's now well between the parties to this copyright spat.   (051008)

Chester Cycling Campaign: Want to see cycling playing a central role in the life of this historic city? Why not meet up with those of a like mind. The Chester Cycling Campaign now meets at the Custom House pub. You'll need more details, so visit website http://www.steeland.myzen.co.uk/  (041008)
UK's Top Cycle Routes: Nicholas Roe in the Telegraph newspaper lists the top 10 UK cycle routes in five categories. Wales features high in the listing for mountain, day, and family rides. Note that the Mawddach Estuary route featured on this site is included in the best day rides and Lon Eifion, which we describe in our cycleways section, in the family rides. (280908)
Be Accident Aware on Your Bike: An Observer article well worth reading  (070808)
Conwy Estuary Cycle Route: Work is about to start on the link to the Conwy RSPB nature reserve via the estuary foreshore. This will involve using an existing service tunnel under the flyover on the cob and a cycle bridge over the main rail line.

The entire Conwy route from Llandudno West Shore to Conwy has been dogged by unbelievable obstacles - largely people-related. It is only due to the determination and vision of some Conwy Borough councillors and officers, proactively supported by CTC Cymru and Sustrans, that this route has progressed.. Although there are still issues to be resolved, such as providing a Safe Route to School from Glan Conwy to Ysbyty Aberconwy, all credit to Glan Conwy Cllr Graham Rees and Cllr Mike Priestley, Conwy cabinet member for the environment, for their fortitude. We agree with an insider's comment - 'It was probably easier to build the Great Wall of China'. (06/088)

Different Worlds: Elsewhere on this site we have a page about the unfavourable comparisons a Dutch touring cyclist makes between cycling back home and here in the UK.

David Hembrow, a Briton who now lives in Holland, where he organises cycle tours, has a fascinating blog in which he spells out just how and why Holland has become a vastly more cycle friendly country than the UK.   (290808)

Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn, receives Real Ale award

This country inn, overlooking the wide expanse of the Dee estuary, welcomes cyclists, walkers and horse riders. Built about 250 years ago at the crossing of two old coach routes, the Blue Bell Inn has been declared 'Pub of the Year 2008' by the Vale of Clwyd CAMRA Branch. Its website provides for cycling events - and it has a photo of a 'back to back' tandem at http://www.bluebell.uk.eu.org/  (250808)

Flintshire Plan for Mold to Saltney Greenway

The decision to order a feasibility study into developing the former 10 mile rail line will be widely welcomed..

It is to be hoped the county is well prepared for opposition from NIMBY groups. The rejection, some years ago, of Denbighshire's 18 mile Lon Clwyd between Rhyl and Ruthin serves as a salutary warning of a commendable initiative brought down by landed self interests.  (250808)

CTC CYCLE DIGEST - August 2008: Look here for he latest PDF version of CTC's informative Cycle Digest http://www.ctc.org.uk/resources/Campaigns/CycleDigest55(2008).pdf   (210808)
If you are one of those countless people whose life is contaminated by speeding traffic, why not join an egroup dedicated to tackling this problem. For further information see website http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/  and contact Rod at rodk@rodking.co.uk  (210808)
CTC's Super New Breakdown Policy with Pluses Galore - click for further information  (130808)
One Hundred and Thirty Candles for CTC:  For an uplifting message from Harrogate on CTC's 130th anniversary, click here.  (100808)
Irresponsible Driving: Frustrated with the irresponsible driving of that half-wit behind the wheel? Why not report the matter to the police - and have a look at this website http://betterdrivingplease.com/  (020808)
Bike Parking:  for the latest practical tips click http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7534963.stm  (010808)
Snowdonia Green Key - Cycle Access

CTC Cymru wishes to explore the options for developing cycle access to the Snowdonia National Park through integration with public transport.

If you have a little voluntary time on your hands, and the skills to communicate with other parties, please contact the editor of this website by using the Home Page facility (300708)

Cycle Theft - A story of our time:

As more Labour supporters urge Prime Minister Gordon Brown to get on his bike, so Conservative Leader David Cameron wishes he had his to get on. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article4407515.ece   (270708)

Llandudno North Shore Promenade Cycling Ban - We need Your Help -

CTC Cymru is receiving a steady stream of reports from irate cyclists who have been prevented by local authority beach patrols from using Llandudno's North Shore promenade as an alternative to the traffic congested Parade.

We would appreciate further information on such encounters, particularly if they involve elderly cyclists, families with young children, or companions where one has a mobility scooter and the other is cycling.

If you have information, please use the 'Contact' facility on our Home Page (230708)

Plaid Cymru calls for 20mph speed limits in residential areas - and 10mph outside schools,

Don't delay. Let the Denbighshire Free Press know what you think at http://www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk/news/Plaid-speed-limit-call-.4303772.jp  (190708)

Change your World:

Swap just one car trip between 30 June-5 July and Change Your World. Walk, cycle, use public transport, or stay home instead. Join in and help reduce car traffic by 10%. For a chance to win great family prizes take your first step now at www.changeyourworld.org.uk  Change Your World is run by Sustrans. To find out more visit www.sustrans.org.uk.  (010708)

National Cycle Route 5 - Pen y Clip cycle/walking bridges underway:

One week in and work has started on the A55 central reservation bridge footings at Llanfairfechan. It's a case of thumbs up all round for the local communities directly benefiting - and cycling and walking in general (010708)

Best Wishes to Ian:

After over a decade working on cycle-infrastructure for Denbighshire County Council, Ian Bradfield, Principal Transportation and Environment Engineer for the county, is moving to Welsh Highways. He will be missed by all for his commitment to sustainable transport, and by those who had the benefit of his courtesy and professionalism. His last project was the Afon Clwyd cycleway between Rhuddlan and Rhyl. A fitting tribute indeed. (210608)

Bid to Cut Vehicle Speeds to 20mph near Welsh Schools: If you have yet to be convinced that it pays to reduce vehicle speeds, here's a couple of news items worth reading: Move to cut speed limit to 20mph  

How to save £500 a year - even if it does mean driving at 20 mph

The bonus is that slower traffic also encourages more cyclists on to the road. (110608)

Lon Las Cymru (Welsh National Cycle Route)

Travelling by bike, and looking for a lightweight camping pitch?

Lynn and Brian will be pleased to see you at Lynn's Nursery, Pant Glas, Gwynedd: it's bang on Lon Eifion at Grid Reference 469472, and barely a dozen miles from Caernarfon. (190508) See also Lon Eifion

Cycling through Grief: Cycling can be therapeutic for so many human ills. Bernie Friend lost both his parents over a short period. He took to his bike and has written of his experiences along the North Sea Cycle Route. Sounds a good read and  will help to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

We also like Bernie's philosophy on life - 'Don't let your biggest fears stand in the way of your dreams. even if your biggest dreams are your biggest fears' (070508)

Driver mobile phone penalties rise in North Wales: Lack of driver concentration on the road ahead is one of the greatest dangers faced by cyclists. In North Wales fixed penalties for mobile phone use is up 627% in one year. Some might be amazed that only 3083 offenders were observed.  (010508)
Cycling - A Hot Potato in a town of Couch Potatoes: In a debate that has been described as the 'hot potato of cycling in Llandudno', Conwy County Cllr Philip Evans has admonished pro-cycling town councillors and local cycle activists, who are seeking to create the conditions in which cycling in the town will thrive. Cllr Evans is well known for back pedalling on cycling.

In an attempt to circumvent entrenched vested interests opposed to promenade cycling, a working group has suggested allowing cycling on part of the prom, but then diverting cycle routing to a mixture of heavy traffic and back streets - just to avoid using a few hundred yards of promenade that is virtually empty for over 90% of the year.

CTC Cymru has made it clear it does not subscribe to the view that cycling is a threat to promenading pedestrians (there is over twenty miles of adjacent successful coastline shared-use). It insists that either cycling is allowed on the full length of the prom, with cautionary signage where appropriate, or the Highway Authority removes all car parking in front of the hotels in order to provide two-way cycle lanes of adequate width.

This website is aware that many folk do cycle on Llandudno promenade already, and their number is expected to increase substantially as traffic conditions on the highway deteriorate. We would welcome news of cyclists' experiences. (250408)

Llandudno Cycling: If you are one of the many cyclists and non-cyclists alike bewildered by Conwy CBC's indifference to the safety of cyclists in Llandudno, why not have your say at http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/actionnetwork/G2248
Calling all Anglesey supporters of cycling: A local CTC member asks if there any other local cyclists interested in joining him in helping to raise the profile of cycling on the island. He is particularly keen to help local government at all levels understand the needs of cyclists.

If you feel you can help present cyclists' case, please contact Richard at dr.richard@keatinge.net  (150408)

Sustrans Active Travel Newsletter:  Be admired for the car you don't drive. Download here    (070408)
20s Plenty For Us:This new and highly recommended website is for anyone sick to death of living at the side of a rat run. or fearful for the safety of their children walking or cycling to school http://www.20splentyforus.co.uk/.   Don't just complain about the speed of the traffic - gather your friends together and do something about it. (260308)
Launch of new North Wales magazine: We wish publisher Don Hale OBE and his colleagues every success with their new lifestyle magazine, 'Coast & Country Living' . Don is always keen to promote cycling. This story appeared in its first issue.  (210308)
Wrexham Cafe Hoppers

Saucers may not fly, but a lot finish up in the sink after Alun Jones and his friends have passed by.

For the latest news and photos http://cafehoppers.fotopic.net/     (130308)

Designing Space for the Bicycle - the intellectual abyss?

Cycling provides some of the best views in the world - but also a close-up of the rear cleft of planners' minds.

Have a peep at this and this    (030308)

Llandudno North Shore Promenade Cycling Ban: With their myopic policy of giving higher priority to elderly/sedentary visitors than to those who wish to take gentle cycling exercise on Llandudno North Shore promenade, could it be there is a 'bottom line' compromise for Conwy CBC and the landowners, Mostyn Estates?

As one wag unkindly put it - 'Folkestone for the continent - Llandudno for the *********** ' (210208)

Switch that mobile OFF:

Despite legislation it is still common to see drivers using a mobile phone. Lives are placed at risk when drivers have less than 100% attention to the road ahead. This could happen to someone close to you - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7222690.stm  02/01/08

2 Audax Rides are being organised in 2008 by Chester & North Wales CTC: for details click here .

CTC Cymru's Welsh Cycling Forum:

Whether a cyclist or not, if you have a view on cycling in Wales, why not cast an  eye on the CTC Cymru Cycling Forum.

You don't have to be a member of CTC - just someone who sees the immense personal benefits of cycling.

You can make new friends, or keep in touch with riding pals of old. You can also get the latest news on the annual Welsh Festival of Cycling. Or you can let us know what you think about Welsh Transport Policy and its obscure strategy on cycling.

Whatever you think, let the forum have your views.  (210108)

British Cycling Champion, Jason MacIntyre - another death of a cyclist in collision with a motor vehicle. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/article3195870.ece


Irresponsible Road Minister - CTC Protests:

In a debate in the House of Lords on the 10th January 2008, Baroness Sharples told of an encounter with a cyclist as she was using a pedestrian crossing. She said she swiped the cyclist with a bag, and asked Road Minister Lord Bassam of Brighton whether she did wrong. He considered she acted correctly. See debate

In a considered response to these remarkably provocative statements in favour of vigilante action that could result in serious injury or death, CTC's Campaign Manager Roger Geffen responded:

“Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable whoever it comes from, and jumping red lights is against the law whether you do it on a bike or in a car. However, given that most cyclists’ injuries are due to drivers crashing into them at junctions, is it any wonder that some cyclists would rather have a brush with the law than put their own safety at risk?” He added: “A Government Minister advocating vigilante action is extremely disturbing and can only increase the levels of violence on our roads. He would doubtless be quick to condemn cyclists who showed the slighted display of aggression towards drivers who cut them up, use mobile phones or break the speed limit. Yet these are the sorts of threats which cyclists’ face every day.”

CTC Winged Wheels:

The history and surviving examples of these remnants of the earlier days of cycling, may be found on a new website at http://www.wingedwheels.info/   See also their history on our own page   (130108)

Will Matthew Parris of THE TIMES face the music on piano wire?

What does it take to bring some newspaper columnists to their senses on road safety? A few months ago the Chief Constable of North Wales, Richard Brunstrom, at a private meeting with the press showed an image of the decapitated head of a motor cyclist killed riding at high speed. He sought to engage those present with the reality of what is a part of the job of traffic police officers, firemen, hospital and mortuary staff - and even clerks in the coroners' and solicitors' offices. But for those present there was a far better story to be had -  finding yet another opportunity to roast Brunstrom himself because he had failed to obtain the consent of the family involved. The national press had a field day and two MPs recently called for Brunstrom's resignation - the purpose for which his original meeting had been convened being completely forgotten.

All this seems to have made little impression on Matthew Parris writing in THE TIMES. He is calling for the decapitation of cyclists by stringing piano wire across country lanes as a novel way of celebrating Yuletide. It is a tune he may live to regret as the world of cycling protests at this man's crass stupidity less than two years after the world mourned the loss of four members of the Rhyl Cycling Club in just the sort of circumstances Brunstrom had in mind when he called his meeting in the first place - motorists driving too fast in prevailing conditions

See Parris's piece at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/matthew_parris/article3097464.ece   (010108)

Cycling saviours on the streets of Cardiff. See the picture. Read the story
Llandudno Promenade - With over 60 UK promenades providing access for cycling, Conwy CBC is one of the few local authorities to still have a byelaw banning cycling on its vast and usually vacant North Shore promenade. CTC Cymru has called upon the authority to cease immediately intimidating cyclists who choose to use the promenade as an alternative to the traffic congested highway. CTC Cymru has called upon both Conwy CBC and the landowner Mostyn Estates to issue a statement welcoming commuting cyclists and those exercising responsibly during the approaching winter of 2007/8. It is then hoped that the mounting threats of climate change and obesity will cause these parties to realise that the ban on cycling is not only against the public interest, but also the growing public awareness that cycling is key to any sensible local transport policy. (161107)
Obesity - A fat price to pay: A gloomy message from the UK governments chief scientific advisor, Sir David King. Over half adults will be clinical obese in 40 years time, costing the NHS £45.5 billion each year. He blames 'the abundance of energy dense food, motorised transport and sedentary lifestyles'. He calls for an increase in cycling, and a redesign of the built environment to tackle both climate change and obesity.  Click here (161107)
Llandudno and cycling: See what one resident thinks about cycling in Llandudno - the same town in which your webmaster was recently seriously injured while cycling. Click here   
New Llandudno residents group formed to fight for cycling: For details see press report in the Pioneer and also here (101107)
New Book 'Crap Cycle Lanes'

Just published by the Warrington Cycle Campaign. An expose of the sort of crazy cycle lanes we have to cope with in the UK. .

As a hardback it's a darned good buy at £4.99p All royalties go to CTC's Cyclists Defence Fund

For the price a bottle wine lasting an hour, this'll keep you gurgling for months! To get your copy/s click here

Public wants 20mph residential speed limits:
Denbighshire recently installed an innovative system of 20mph speed warnings and surveillance cameras in the vicinity of Rhyl High School.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6981319.stm
There is reason to believe there is popular support for a blanket restriction in all residential areas throughout the UK.
Warrington Cycling Campaign set up stalls at two recent traditional fairs at Lymm in Cheshire, and the inner city Warrington Ward of Orford. Of those polled for their views on a 20mph default speed limit in residential areas, over 80% were in favour. (280907)
Climate Change - why not be a Cycle Hero? 

As cycling has an important role to play in helping to reduce vehicle emissions, CTC has been granted funding to raise public awareness of how cycling can help combat climate change. See its promotional video to be shown at all cinemas in the UK.  (010707)

A news story of high drama with a happy ending. If only.......!
North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom's Blog for the 7th June 2007 records, 'While in the Netherlands I was as usual struck by the excellence of their public transport infrastructure. I used train and tram - all were exceptionally easy to use (and consequently very well used), and startlingly cheap by UK standards. They understand travelling by bike, and do much better than we do in making it an attractive (and therefore popular) option. Why on earth can’t we do all this as well as they? It is humiliating.' (230607)
Cycling Myths Busted (Guardian article):

Member of Parliament, Emily Thornberry, destroys on the fingers (and thumbs) of two hands, myths surrounding cycling as a congenial part of a busy woman's life. CLICK here.  (180607)

The Flying Scotsman - a true sporting hero:

See the story, and wait for the film of Graeme Obree's remarkable conquering of the One Hour World Cycling record. CLICK HERE. 

North Wales Police - in touch with the community pulse by bike: Politics apart, there is some regret in the world of cycling at the loss of Alun Pugh from the Welsh Assembly Government. A cyclist himself, Alun knows what it's like to handle a bike in traffic, and has always been sympathetic to its problems and enthusiastic for cycling's social aspirations.

Alun lost his West Clwyd seat by a small majority to Darren Millar (Con) who has yet to prove any understanding of life in the saddle and the need to promote cycling for all manner of reasons.

But it looks as if Darren may be pushing off on the wrong foot. Asked what he thinks about the proposal to issue North Wales police with electric assisted pedal bikes, he is reported to have said, 'I'm not convinced people are asking bobbies to be on bikes - they're asking them to be on the beat'. Has Mr Millar not realised that being on a bike is 'being on the beat'? Cyclists are part of the community like everyone else. Not to be discriminated against and socially excluded.

As any cyclist will tell him, a constable using a bike will intuitively survey far more ground while on the lookout for trouble makers - and also be more readily available to the public at the hailing of a voice - than ever he would be driving a car or plodding the slabs.

Is West Clwyd entering a cycling ice-age reflecting Mr Millar's political apprenticeship in Conwy CBC? We sincerely hope we are wrong. (270507)

London's Critical Mass - cyclists lose the latest round

By two votes to one, the Appeal Court has overruled an earlier High Court judgement which had previously found in favour of London's Critical Mass. 

This gives the police greater powers of control - but how effective this will be remains to be seen. Jenny Jones, a Green Party member of the London Assembly, said: "This decision is bad news for everyone. It will end up with the police wasting time arresting innocent cyclists. It will be like arresting a group of passengers for gathering at Westminster tube station during the rush hour." Jenny is urging as many people as possible to join her on the ride this Friday (25th May 2007), which sets off at 6.30 from under Waterloo Bridge, by the National Film Theatre.

Click here for the London Critical Mass website.

And Click here to see how one TV station in the USA explains this worldwide phenomenon.   (240507)

Cycling for Health around Chester & North Wales: Keen to do something positive about the serious threat to the nation's health caused by lack of exercise, Craig Steeland, with the support of fellow members of the Chester Cycling Campaign and the NHS, has produced a series of attractive leaflets describing cycle rides round Chester that would be especially suitable for families with children. The first 7000 leaflets have gone like hot cakes and another 10,000 are being produced. Click to see pdf files of the rides.  (240507)
Highway Code - Cycle Routes Designed by Bogeymen: Take a peep at Warrington Cycling Campaign's 'Cycling Facility of the Month', if you want to know what it will mean in practice if changes to the wording of the Highway Code are agreed by Parliament 

     The proposed revision of the Highway Code says cyclists should "use cycle facilities where provided". If this is approved cyclists will face unprecedented harassment from drivers. They will effectively lose the right to ride on the road where there are alternative cycle route facilities, no matter for how short a distance or how inadequate the design.   (120507)

New Bangor Bike Shop: Correspondent Robin, Gwynedd Clarion, tell us of the opening of "Revolution Bikes", Kyffin Square, Bangor. tel. 01248 355770. They sell road & ATB cycles, and offer a repair service as well. We wish them every success.  (080507)
Cyclists' Right to Use the Road - CTC urgently needs your help: 

The cycling world in the UK is deeply concerned about a draft change to the Highway Code. This would reduce protection for cyclists using a section of road with a cycle path in the vicinity, even when the use of the road assists the nature and purpose of their journey.

For press comment see TIMES ON LINE

In gathering evidence on this most important issue, CTC wishes to hear about incidents where a cyclist has been injured while using a cycle facility; or has suffered verbal or physical abuse from someone or hassle from the police as a result of using the road rather than a nearby cycle facility. If you've had an unpleasant incident, please email adam.coffman@ctc.org.uk   (080507)

A Cycling Message of Peace pedalling out of Iran: Read about the married couple setting out on a journey around the world bearing the Qur'an and bible and spreading the message of goodwill. Click here.       (070507)
Speed on Country Lanes

Do you think it's outrageous that the law enables vehicles to be driven at 60 mph on most country lanes in this country? If so, consider signing the following 'Number Ten' petition. http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/countrylanes/ (050507)

Sustrans and Global Warming:

Many of us are starting to ask whether ALL our petrol driven journeys are really necessary. What about cycling or walking? With growing doubts about whether western governments have the guts to tackle Global Warming, Sustrans is amongst the growing number of voices raising the alarm. Click for Press Release    (030507)

Motoring & Traffic Offences - can the press be trusted to report responsibly?

     The cycling world has for almost a century complained of the way the press trivialises drivers' misconduct on the road. This leads to 45,000 serious injuries or deaths each year in the UK .

     Richard Brunstrom, Chief Constable North Wales, agrees. In aiming to explain why the Arrive Alive scheme is so important for the safety of all road users, he invited the press and media to a private conference. In demonstrating what emergency workers have to face on a daily basis, he showed graphic photographic images of a decapitated motor cyclist. He stressed there were no plans for the pictures to be released to the public, but indicated that the permission of the relatives had not been sought for their use on the day.

     At least one conference member released the story for publication. As a result calls are now being made for Brunstrom to be dismissed. For further details see the report in THE TIMES  and the response from Brunstrom himself.

    The Chief Constable has never been afraid to state publicly his views on the need for everyone to exercise restraint and take greater responsibility for their actions on the road. Will the editor responsible for breaking ground with this circulation boosting story now display the same courage of his/her convictions and go public with an explanation? We await with interest. (300407)

Cycling England: See how they do things in England! Interviews with Matt Seaton, cycling correspondent of the Guardian, and Personality of the Month Cllr Gina Dowding of Lancaster County Council, where cycling is being accommodated on Morecambe promenade. http://www.cyclingengland.co.uk/engineering.php  (130307)
Cycling in the Welsh capital, Cardiff (Guardian story):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,2027972,00.html  (080307)

The Threat from Below: Relevant to the previous item, Llandudno's 'Save Our Prom' Campaign (endorsed unanimously by Conwy CBC Cabinet) regards cycling as a threat to the users of its North Shore promenade. At the same time the local authority is covering ever more acres with tarmac and concrete, as it pursues its 'urban commercial regeneration'. In view of the warnings of the Royal Commission, one wonders how soon will it discover it's not bikes we need to worry about, but what lies beneath our drain covers? A few thoughts on coastal area conservation and enhancement can be found here.   (080307)
Cars and the Urban Environment - Floods of Tears? The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution has come out with its latest critique on how our lifestyles are insidiously undermining the very quality of life to which we all aspire. Increased car use leads to more roads and demand for parking space - and a growing likelihood of urban flooding. Yet more evidence for encouraging cycling which demands much less space - and is far more people-friendly Click here(080307)
Cycle Theft in Wales (April 05 - March 06): If you've ever had your bike stolen, you'll agree it's no joke. And it'll be no consolation to know that in Wales we have less cycle theft than the UK national average. Click if you want to see the latest statistics.  (030307)
New Snowdonia website: It is predicted that Snowdonia could be free of ice and snow within the next 15 years due to global temperature rise - click here 

In helping us all minimize our impact on this unique part of North Wales, the Snowdonia Society has launched its new green website 

A substantial contribution to reducing the impact of motor travel would be made if it were safer and more pleasant to cycle on the roads. This would open up a far more socially inclusive dimension to countryside access, as an alternative to viewing the scenery from the inside of a car.

Illustrated is an example of a specially adapted bus for carrying bikes. It was used in the 1950s to access Dartford Tunnel, Kent. It accommodated 23 bikes in racks and 33 passengers with light luggage. In addition to standard racks there was space provided at the rear for tandems, tricycles etc. CTC believes there is a strong case for promoting bike buses as an alternative to using cars for accessing some of the most popular recreational cycling destinations.


Specially adapted 1950s bus 

Special Health Care terms for CTC Members can be seen here.   (280207)
Wirral attraction tops a UK visitor chart: Like many urban areas, if you know your way around, you find quiet and pleasant places to delight the eye and ear. 

Such an area is the Wirral Peninsula. And such an oasis of peace and tranquillity, the village of Port Sunlight, home to Lifebuoy and Lux Toilet soap. Its magnificent Lady Lever Art Gallery has just been polled by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva) as having, at 71%, the highest increase in visitors during 2006. 

For anyone thinking of taking a spin around the Wirral, why not check out its cycling webpage(240207)

Caught in the wind: A correspondent reports she was cycling along and heard a dog walker call to his mutt, 'Come on, here's another meal on wheels'. (150207)
Denbighshire County Council - Coastal Cycle - infrastructure: Cllr Eryl Williams, Denbighshire Cabinet Member for the Environment, has announced that a Welsh Assembly Transport Grant of £2m has been used to upgrade paths for cycling and walking in Rhyl, Prestatyn, Dyserth, Rhuddlan and Bodelwyddan areas. With transport representing 22% of carbon energy emissions, it is clearly the responsibility of all levels of government to encourage carbon neutral travel - and that's the bottom line with cycling.

The next step? What about a traffic-free community route linking Rhyl to Ruthin, with the tantalising prospect of linking Bala and Dolgellau Ever heard of Lon Clwyd?

If you are proposing to form a campaign group to raise the issue again, do let us know, we'll be happy to give you a mention on this website (140207)

Cartoon of cyclists in a flood holding their bikes above their headsOur 'Frivolous Travel' is Destroying the Planet: The founders of Lonely Planet have condemned as "frivolous" British travellers who fly to European cities with no real sense of purpose. Tony and Maureen Wheeler, who started the global guidebook company after a pioneering trip across Asia 35 years ago, have been speaking at an annual travel industry event. Little did they know that one day their enthusiasm for global travel would threaten the very planet itself. Cycle tourism makes least impact, but even then, if air transport is used for long hauls, its contribution to the degradation of the environment and rising sea levels cannot be discounted. For further on 'frivolous travel', click here.  
Llandudno seafront hotels with a motor caravan parked with bikes attached to rearCycle Access to Llandudno North Shore: Many will be wondering whether there is any news to report of the complaint lodged by CTC Cymru against Conwy CBC. This alleged social exclusion of cycling in the North Shore area of Llandudno. That so few cycles are seen in this most popular part of town is a clear indication of the intimidating traffic conditions that discourages cycle-use.

Exactly one month later (8th Feb 07), there has yet to be an acknowledgement of receipt of the complaint. Some may say, 'not surprising', given that the allegation is one of social exclusion. Watch this space

Heavy traffic on the A55An Inconvenient Truth - Climate Chaos: Al Gore's Oscar nominated documentary on Global Warming 'An Inconvenient Truth' is to be shown in all Secondary Schools in England. 

What about Wales ? We have already questioned on this site whether the right generation is in charge of their future.

With new road building in Wales pressing ahead as if we don't want a future for our grandchildren, (Drome Corner, Queensferry et al), and 'honey pot' planning sending traffic volumes through the roof, the Welsh Assembly must declare without delay how it aims to reduce both traffic and carbon emissions. Which is where cycling can play a crucial role in persuading people out of their cars (60% of journeys are 5 miles or under).

Jeremy Paxman riding a bike

Jeremy Paxman, BBC TV interviewer of true grit fame, accuses the corporation of hypocrisy in regard to its carbon footprint policy. Well known for leaving a footprint about one and half inches wide as he cycles around London on his business, Paxman is one of the latest high profile figures to challenge society's laissez faire approach to carbon emissions. For story CLICK HERE

Bus with cycle rackCycles on Buses: Where journeys are undertaken in the mountainous and less populated parts of Wales, using a cycle in conjunction with public transport is important for some users. We would like to hear of your experiences, good and less good. Your attention is drawn to Traveline Cymru web page  and the section dealing with cycles.

Cycle Carriage Buses operating on services X32 and X94 are equipped with racks which can carry a maximum of two bikes. The facility is available on a first come, first served basis. Bikes can only be loaded or unloaded at certain points - these loading/ unloading points can be found here . Please, let's hear from you.

Zak Carr Sentence: Top UK cyclist Zak Carr (30) was killed when a car driven by a publican Donald Pearce ploughed into him as he was cycling to work. The driver was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. It was said in evidence that Pearce had not slept since leaving Turkey the previous day, and it's believed he fell asleep. The incident occurred in October 2005 near Wymondham on the A11.
Racing tandem

Zak Carr pilots a paralympic athlete, John Gribbin, at the National Track Championships

In a statement, CTC Campaign & Policy Manager Roger Geffen said, 'Although this sentence is reasonable within current sentencing guidelines, it is still only a fraction of the maximum sentence available - the reason isn't too hard to spot. Despite the new Road Safety Act 2006 the sentencing framework for bad driving offences is still riddled with inconsistencies. If the driver had done exactly the same thing but by chance Zak Carr had 'merely' been maimed rather than killed, the maximum sentence the judge could have given him would have been just 2 years. So it is hardly surprising that judges never go anywhere near the maximum of 14 years open to them in cases such as this when someone is killed. The government must sort out these anomalies if sentences for dangerous drivers are to reflect the gravity of threatening other road users lives'.

Wearing a Helmet puts cyclists at risk, research suggests. See the interesting study undertaken by the University of Bath. Click here
David Higman'Our David' awarded an MBE:  Mentioned in the 2007 Queen's New Years Honours List, is David Higman, curator of the National Cycle Collection at Llandrindod Well. David has been awarded an MBE for services to tourism. He currently has c.250 machines on display, some dating from 1818. Well worth a visit. David's enthusiasm for his subject is deliciously infectious - and he doesn't mind spreading it around. Well done David! For a story about a particularly interesting and unusual artefact click here
Everything Cycling: You have a question about cycling, and are seeking an authoritative answer? Why not start by checking out http://www.bikeforall.net/
Pavement Cycling: Daily the roads of the UK are becoming more congested. As the frustration and agitation of motorists increases, so many parents will be wondering where they stand legally by instructing their children to cycle only on the pavement. For a considered view CLICK here. 
How right GBS was about cycling and public prejudice: 1925 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), observed that newspapers were unable to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation. If anyone should have known, he should. Aged 94, and in his final year, he renewed his membership of the Cyclists Touring Club!

But this inexplicable hostility to cycling remains as true now as it did then. It's institutional and runs through our society. Hard hitting journalist David Banks reminds us of this piece of GBS wisdom in his blog entry for the 12th September 06 

You may not agree with everything David says, but he's smack on target with the ludicrous Llandudno promenade cycle ban.

For the second time running, Conwy CBC's Cabinet committee has 'kicked into touch' cycle access along the North Shore promenade as an alternative to the white knuckle ride between the prom paddling pool and Prince Edward Square. The antique promenade byelaw bans cycling, but seemingly permits every other activity under the sun - including a recently observed 4X4 towing a boat at 20mph.

Make no mistake about it - the battle for Route 5 of the National Cycle Network running along the prom is not over yet. But common sense might prevail even sooner if you wrote to the North Wales Pioneer or North Wales Weekly News. Or let your local councillor know your views in no uncertain terms.

Richard Brunstrom, Chief Constable of North Wales's new blog: The following is an extract from Richard's entry for the 17/7/06:  'On Sunday I cycled with my son from Rhos on Sea to Llanfairfechan over the hills on the bridle paths, again in fabulous weather. Hard work, but boy do I need the exercise. We came back along the coast track alongside the A55 - the first time I have done so. The new bits are great (if a little close to the road), but where a segregated track is not available it is a death trap. My least favourite is the section from Penmaenbach to Conwy Morfa, where you have to cycle on a very narrow pavement right next to the main road, with no protection at all. Horrible. This is part of the UK’s national cycle network and it is a disgrace. I’m going to try to get something done about it - watch this space.'

     To keep in touch with his life as a leading supporter of all road users taking responsibility for their behaviour on the road CLICK http://www.north-wales.police.uk/nwp/public/en/blogs/ . Note for anyone who writes to support Richard's comments through the North Wales Police web link: don't forget to mention nearby Pen y Clip, which is arguably even more horrible than the section of NCN to which he refers. A reminder of what that's about may be seen by clicking here. 

Wikipedia - Cycle Helmets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_helmet

No doubt the debate on the value of the cycle helmet will continue to rumble on amongst a largely ill-informed public. For a interestingly balanced view we recommend you have a look at the above site. A case of helmets being more froth than foam ?

THE NATIONAL TRUST & GREEN TRANSPORT: The National Trust wants to promote the use of public transport, cycling, and walking; not just on a daily basis, but also when visiting Trust properties. Did you know there are 230 Trust properties within 2km of the National Cycle Network? Many of these offer incentives to encourage car-free visits. Bus and ferry services and cycle routes provide alternative ways of arriving. At many properties discounts are offered if you choose these methods of access.
New caterer at Aber: Meeting a need for good grub, the Caffi Yr Hen Felin fills the gap on Route 5 NCN between Llanfairfechan and Bangor. It will be useful for mountain bikers, ramblers, and tourists exploring the North Wales coast. A community regeneration project serving fresh home baking and good coffee, this must be well worth supporting. You are assured of a warm welcome from Debbie Waymen and her staff. Tele 01248 689454 if you require further information.
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Bikes on Trains: If you fancy taking your solo or tandem by rail and would like some useful tips, CLICK http://www.atob.org.uk/Bike_Rail.html
Insurance company backs down:  When cyclist, Mr Green, died of head injuries following a collision with a car, the motorist was found solely at fault for driving without due care and attention and was fined £200. Subsequently the driver's insurance company, Direct Line, wrote to Mr Green's widow saying that because her late husband was not wearing a helmet, it would reduce her compensation by 15-20%. Faced with the prospect of having the case reviewed on a recent edition of BBC Radio’s Money Box programme, Direct Line has backed down in its efforts to reduce Gill Green's compensation.

     In order that cyclists involved in claims for compensation are not intimidated by insurance companies, it is absolutely vital that they have access to good legal advice. All CTC individual members can get free cycling-related legal advise by calling 0870 873 0062.

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Tax Breaks for Bikes: Buy Bike & Gear half price: A recently introduced and still little known tax break means that if you can persuade your employer to participate in the scheme it is possible to buy a bike plus accessories (waterproofs, helmet etc.) for little more than half price. The bike should be used for cycling to work, although on occasions such as bad weather or during the winter you can still travel by car or public transport. The bike can of course also be used for leisure purposes. Your firm buys the bike and recovers the cost from your monthly pay packet - typically over a year or year and a half. But the various tax concessions mean that you will pay little more than half the original shop price. Click here to see article in the Guardian or here for the official leaflet. Your editor and webmaster almost wish they were back at work. (NB We did say 'almost')
Successful Cycle Promotion at modest expense: The Warrington Cycle Campaign's website has a fascinating illustrated report on how Hilden, Warrington's twinned town in Germany, has successfully popularised cycling in recent years without spending large sums of money. 
A Welsh First for Cyclists:  The first UK Traveline website to cater for cyclists combining their journey with bus and rail services. The site lists all-year and seasonal services and conditions for carriage, and includes links to CTC and Sustrans websites for additional route information.

     Thanks to Heledd Jones of PTi Cymru for this first attempt at delivering cyclist information. Note – for timetables you go to Timetables page and type in the numbers given – no direct link from Bikes web page … yet.

URL: www.traveline-cymru.org.uk/Bike.htm

Fancy a 'Back to Nature' cycling holiday on the Scottish Borders? At theAlbert Watson memorial hut Albert Watson Memorial Hut (beside A701, 10k south of Broughton) for £3 a night you can stay beside the Quilt Burn near Tweedsmuir with a friendly pub about half-a-mile away. Self-catering, gas cooking, coal heating, basic sanitation, newly-installed running water supply (shared with adjacent cottage) – boil before drinking. Duvets provided, sheet sleeping bags needed. Twelve beds in two rooms, plus small ‘leader's room’, living-room and Scullery.

    There must be at least one adult CTC member in the party.

    Phone Ashley Watt (0131 440 1495) for more details and to book.

    For a Scotland CTC Cycletalk download click www.CTCScotland.org.uk/ctalk/ctalk31.html