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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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Reading Station Cycle Parking

Cycle parking at Reading station is now reasonably well provided for although most parking is at the north side, which has poor cycle links to the town centre and most of the town. There are two general areas for cycle parking at both north and south. Note that in the following text an inverted U […]

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A Chat With The Police

At our last open meeting in April we had two PCSOs from the local police station pop in. We were a bit surprised when they walked in, as we hadn’t expected them. However, it was an overdue meeting with them, as we have been trying for a long time to get them along, and it […]

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Chairman’s Letter, June 2018

Dear RCC members, I missed the Environmental hustings organised by GREN just before the May elections. I wanted to go, but as the deputy leader of the Council was going I lost interest. He’s been before, he isn’t a candidate this time round (it was supposed to be for candidates), and his track record is […]

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GREN – Environmental Hustings

On Friday 27th April we attended the Environmental Hustings for the council election on May 3rd organised by GREN (Greater Reading Environmental Network). The aim of the Hustings was to grill the main political parties about their environmental policies. To improve the local environment transport policy is key. This is an area where councils can […]

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Getting Your Bike Summer-Ready

Check your bike to make sure it is in good running order and safe to go on the road • Check the brake blocks. Make sure there is still plenty of braking compound left on them. If not, the metal stud which the compound is bonded to will protrude and damage the rim. Also adjust […]

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Chairman’s Letter, March 2018

Dear RCC members, It took many months of emails, phone calls and Twitter messages before I finally got to speak to a member of the Thames Valley Police road safety team to explore working together on a close pass project in Reading. Close pass was an initiative from West Midlands police. One of their cops […]

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Bike Kitchen Update

Many local cyclists miss the Bike Kitchen that took over Jacksons in 2014. There was no such thing as a quiet time when the doors were opened, and there was a lot going on behind the scenes when the doors were closed too. From the moment we tentatively opened the doors one Saturday in June […]

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Chairman’s Letter, December 2017

Dear RCC members, Right. I am going to start jumping red lights when riding my bike*. I have patiently sat at traffic lights waiting for them to turn green for many years. It wasn’t always so, as a younger man I certainly used to jump them, but not at the moment though. I now enjoy […]

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Cycling with a club

Never Say Never! Most of us who use our bikes to go from A to B regard the weekend club cyclists as ‘lycra clad loonies’ and a different species! The perception is of a large pack of super fit (mainly men) kitted out on expensive bikes, but couldn’t be more different from my experience of […]

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