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Graham Liver of Radio Lancashire and the CTC

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This morning there was quite a lot on Radio Lancashire Breakfast Program about a proposed ride by the presenter Graham Liver from The Eifel Tower to Blackpool Tower in aid of the BBC Children in Need Appeal. They had Ken Hartley (80) from Blackburn CTC on talking to Graham and giving him advice. Graham will be riding about 60 miles per day and presenting the three hour breakbast program each morning from a different place.

You can hear the talk on the BBC listen again until next Monday at this link.

It is a three hour show but the cycling part starts about 2 hours 23 minutes in to the show and continues with short interruptions for news items right up to the end. Do listen to all of it as some of the best bits are right at the end.

The above was e-mail to me by RSF member Matt Hodges


Voting Bike

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If wondering who to vote for on Thursday 6th May in the UK General Election there a useful list of cycling politics of each of three big political parties in current issue Cycling plus magzine these being:

Conservaties Party

  • Change the culture of highways, planning to push concerns of cyclists up the agenda.
  • Encourage Department for Transport officials to ‘think cyclist’, creating a culture that permeates to councillors.
  • Reform the current model of transport appraisal to reflect the benefits of low-carbon schemes like cycling.
  • Introduce a moratorium on building on any disused rail lines in public ownership, keeping open the possibility of re-opening them for cycling use.
  • Reform the Transport Innovation Fund to create a Transport Carbon Reduction Fund, supporting sustainable travel so that local authorities can use funds for green transport schemes.

Labour Party

  • Intention to create an urban transort fund – targeted investment to encourage more people to get riding.
  • Providing significant investment in cycle training enabling an extra 500,000 children to take part in Bikeability training by 2012.
  • £5 million of new investment for improving faclities for cyclists at rail stations, such as more secure bicycle storage space and on-site repair shops.

Liberal Democrats Party

  • Promote a transport hierarchy, with the least polluting forms at the top, so that we can invest in the most enviromently friendly forms whenever possible.
  • Work with boroughs to create a cycle recycling scheme.
  • Introduce legislation, requiring new office blocks and other major places of employment to have proper facilities for cycling.
  • Promote expansion of the National Cycle Network.
  • Ensure cycling is built into all local transpot plans and signage is improved.
  • Improve faclities for parking and cycle storage at stations and introducing a cycling ‘Gold Standard’ award for all rail and bus stations meeting minimun cycle faclitiy standards.
  • Improve road safety and quality, and reduce traffic to make cycling easier, safer and more accessible to all.
  • Promote cycling competency schemes.
  • Support the adoption of large bike rental programes.
  • Make 20mph the default, but not mandatory, speed limit in residential areas.

The CTC has set up Vote Bike page on there website which worth looking at and think its good ideal to read responses to CTC’s Vote Bike Manifesto from each of political parties at these links The Conservatives Party, The Labour Party, The Liberal Democrat Party and The Green Party. Who ever you decide to vote for think bike before casting your vote.

I also should point out that Rough-Stuff Fellowship does not have position in support of any party or candidate.


Keswick Mountain Biking Evidence Needed!

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Have you cycled over Cat Bells Hill to the west of Derwentwater? The Lake National Park is keen to upgrade 200m section of footpath to provide legal access to the current cul-de-sac to the local bridleway network. The Local Access Forum knows this short section of footpath is used by cyclists but needs evidence of cycle or equestrian use. The path can be found at map reference 251187 on Ordnance Survey Landranger 90. If you or know someone who has cycled this path please e-mail with approximate dates and please copy of your e-mail to


18,000 potholes have be reported on the fill that hole website

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There be around 18,000 potholes reports to the CTC’s fill that hole website, I see from the Authority League Table about 34 percent of the potholes have been fill in with Cumbria County Council managing to fix 60 of the 138 potholes report to the website and Lancashire County Council managing to fix 256 of the 454 potholes to the website.


RSF Members in this month’s CTC Cycle Magazine

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Did you see photo of Fred and Pat Lloyd on page 45, also did read the comments made by Sharon Clifford the RSF Assistant Secretary on traveling to France by European Bike Express and also sad read about death another RSF member Sheila King who had been member of the RSF for many years.


Lancaster CTC Section – 2007 Tourist Trials

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North Lancashire Cycleway & Bowland Forest Populaire

On the first weekend of July Lancaster CTC Section will once again be organising the North Lancashire Way & Bowland Forest Audax event from Bull Beck car park, near Caton. Starting at 9.00am the route will be same as that used last year: Bull Beck – Millennium Way to Halton, the Kellets, Capernway, Docker Park, Arkholme, Gressingham, Hornby, Wray, Low Gill, Slaiburn, Dunsop Bridge, Chipping, Oakenclough, Harrisend Fell, Quermore and back to Caton.

Total distance 109km (68 miles) with generous time limits allowing riders to finish between 14:27 and 17:43 – requiring an average speed of between 12.5 kph and 20 kph overall.

Free Lancashire Cycleway teeshirts to all who finish this event!

Also this year’s Northern Dales tourist trails [202km & 110km] from Arnside will be held on Sunday 2nd September

This will be 15th year that these events have been held and last year there was total of over 100 entries for these events. Last year’s weather was poor but this year Mike Hutchinson hope for little less rain!

Entries for any of these three tourist trails should be sent to: Mike Hutchinson, Heatherdene, 9 Whinfell Drive, Lancaster LA1 4NY Phone (01524) 36061 E-mail:

Further details and entry forms * available from Mike or from the Audax website at


Lancaster CTC Section Club Evening Tomorrow!

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Hi, REMINDER Tomorrow evening – Tuesday 6th March – will be the Lancaster CTC’s final event in the Hala Centre this winter. Starting at 7.30pm this will be an illustrated talk on the Settle to Carlisle Railway given by David Allison. Those who have heard him speak on the subject before will know that this event is well worth attending. Best wishes, I hope to see you there, Mike Secretary: Lancaster CTC


New sites from the CTC will make tracks ‘hole’ lot better

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A new online tools, which will help get off-road trails cleared of obstructions, has been launched by the CTC.

It takes no longer than 2 minutes to use CTC’s new web pages at to report problems to the local authority, which then has duty to take action. The system allows cyclists to mark the position of the obstruction by entering an OS reference or zooming in on a map and then attach a description or photo.

CTC Director Kevin Mayne said: ” Locked gates, fallen trees and other off-road obstructions aren’t just a nuisance; they can be a danger to cyclists. Reporting problems like this can be a chore, but our online facility has made it quick and easy”

The websites also allow other cyclists to see what has been reported, and if a problem is ignored and someone subsequently crashes, it will be possible to show that the council knew about it. Meanwhile, CTC will be working with local authorities to help them meet their duty to keep the roads and trails well maintained.

For road users the new system at cyclists (and other road users) can zoom into any road in the UK, mark the location of the defect, and let the authority know about it, which then has a duty to take action.

The above is press release from the CTC’s mountain bike website.