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Getting Children Cycling – On Roads!

Maybe you’ve noticed an increase in groups of children in high visibility jackets cycling on a range of roads around your local area during the school day since the summer? You might have recollections of ‘cycling proficiency’ from your own or children’s times with all its signalling and going round cones and wondered why they’re […]

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Chance for New School Routines Scuppered

The first week in September, like many other parents, was the first time I had to brave the school run as my first-born started her school life at Farley Hill near Arborfield. We were extremely happy that she got into the school, but I had been told about the utter chaos around school drop offs; […]

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Meeting with Matt Rodda MP

Matt Rodda MP took time out of his busy schedule on Friday 2nd November to meet Adrian Lawson, John Lee and Brian Morley to discuss what he could do for the Reading Cycle Campaign. He introduced himself as being a Reading Councillor in 2011 before he became MP for Reading East. He walks across Christchurch […]

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Chairman’s Letter, December 2018

Dear RCC members, With all that we know about the impact of travel on our town, country, planet, environment, economy and health, schools should be right there in the business of preparing people for the future. So we discussed doing some research into how schools deal with it. There are seven schools inside 1.5km from […]

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Comparing Cambridge and Reading

Following on from my article in the last newsletter (June 2018) highlighting bike infrastructure in Utrecht in the Netherlands, in this newsletter we take a trip to somewhere known for its cycling that is a little closer to home: Cambridge. Having been born and brought up in the city and now being a frequent visitor […]

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Pothole Reporting Comparison

The current condition of the roads has created quite a lot of discussion of late. Indeed the June 2018 newsletter reported on the state of the main Cycle Routes through Reading. As a result I have researched four ways to report a pothole online: Via www.gov.uk/report-pothole where you enter your postcode to find out the […]

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Why We Cycle Film Review

As you may be aware from my article on cycle infrastructure in Utrecht, the Netherlands, I have lived in the Netherlands in the past. While I lived there, it was easy for me to take for granted the ease of cycling to and from university lectures, friends’ places, the railway station, etc., thanks to comprehensive […]

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AGM Round Up

On 20th June we had our Annual General Meeting to elect the committee for 2018/19. Well, not an election as such; the Reading Cycle Campaign is run by a small group of volunteers and there is always space and a warm welcome to anyone who wants to contribute their time and efforts in helping us […]

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Chairman’s Letter, September 2018

Dear RCC members, I cycle into and out of and across town all the time, and I’ve been doing that for years. There are many times when I have to try and pass through heavy traffic. Castle Hill going west is a nightmare. The road goes from one lane to three and gets choked with […]

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Comparison Between UK And Netherlands

One of the classic comparisons between places with ‘bad’ and ‘good’ policy and attitude towards riding a bike is between the UK and the Netherlands. Riding a bike in the UK while going about every-day tasks, despite bright spots in places such as Cambridge and London, is woefully misunderstood, underfunded, and in some quarters, arguably […]

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