Get Britain Cycling

On 24 April, the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group published the findings of their inquiry on how to Get Britian Cycling. Copies of the summary and main report can be accessed via the links below:

The report suggests that the UK should aim for 10% of all journeys to be undertaken by bicycle by 2025. In order to achieve this, it recommends that spending should be increased initially to £10 per head of population.

It advocates more segregated cycling facilities and lower speed limits in line with the successful Dutch model. It also suggests that all children should be offered cycle training.

A petition campaigning for the report’s recommendations to be implemented can be found below – we’re urging all our members to sign it:

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Dr Bike

Spokes are running another Dr Bike session at Newbury Farmers Market on Sunday 5th May, where we will be doing bike checks and carrying out routine maintenance FREE OF CHARGE.

Our bike doctors can check and sort a variety of minor problems such as: punctures; noisy chains; slipping gears; squeaky brakes; and frayed cables.

If we can’t fix it on the spot, then we will tell you what needs doing and point you in the direction of your local bike shop. Remember that Spokes members get 10% discount on parts.

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Bike Loan Scheme

This week, we collected the first three bikes for deployment on our new bike loan scheme. These will go on long-term loan to children in West Berkshire who otherwise would not have access to a bike. We are also providing helmets and locks to make sure that they have everything that they need.

Big thanks to Paul Black at the Community Furniture Project for his hard work and to Ian McDonald for the donation that made it all possible. We hope to loan out more bikes in the coming weeks and months.

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Dr Bike

We will be holding our first Dr Bike session of the year at Newbury Farmer’s Market on Sunday 3 March between 9am and 1pm. We’ve got several members qualified to National Standards for bike adjustment and bike fitting who will be on hand to help with routine maintenance and advice.

So if you’ve got a bike with flat tyres, dodgy brakes, or slipping gears then come and see us. If we can, we’ll fix it for FREE. If we can’t fix it, we can at least tell you what needs doing and point you in the direction of your local bike shop, where Spokes members should get a 10% discount on parts.

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Wheels for Rotary – Sponsored Ride

The Rotary Club of Hungerford are looking for people to take part in their 2013 cycle challenge. Starting on 7 July, participants will cycle from Hungerford to its twin town of Ligueil in France and back – a distance of approximately 550 miles over 7 days.

This event offers you the opportunity to take in some stunning countryside in England and France, whilst raising money for two worthy charities: End Polio Now and Bruce Trust Barges.

The organisers are looking for 30+ volunteers, including 2-3 support vehicles to carry luggage and look after the riders.

For further information check out the Hungerford Rotary Club website.

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