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What stops you from cycling regularly?

As a very nervous cyclist, I am not inclined to get on my bike, even to do a simple journey into town or to visit the doctor’s surgery. This isn’t due to laziness (well, yes, this could play a part), but due to the state of the roads. My husband managed to persuade me to […]

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Other Autumn 2021 Campaign News

Christchurch Bridge – Berkeley Appeal Planning Rejection Berkeley Homes’ proposed redevelopment of the former SSE site off Vastern Road was seen as a ‘missed opportunity’ to provide a quality southern connection from Christchurch Bridge to Vastern Road. In March this year RBC refused the planning application as it did not meet the requirements set out […]

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Chairman’s Letter, Autumn 2021

Dear RCC members, At our AGM on 18 August, Reading Cycle Campaign invited Councillors from each of the four political party groupings on Reading Borough Council to discuss questions about improving cycling provision in the town. We were pleased to welcome: Jane Stanford-Beale – Conservative, Peppard Ward Ricky Duveen – Liberal Democrat, Tilehurst Ward Paul […]

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Why do cyclists so often get criticised?

Is it our behaviours, or attitudes? Is it others’ green guilt or what? Whatever, it affects our pleasure or otherwise on the road, and often spoils conversations. Jumping red lights and riding on footways are frequently mentioned as reasons to target bad feelings towards cyclists. These misdemeanours can then ‘justify’ their (motorists’) speeding etc. Criticism of […]

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Cyclists’ collisions update

The website www.crashmap.co.uk is always a useful source of good but unwelcome information. The latest 2020 injuries are now shown, with Vastern Road Roundabout still taking top spot, albeit with only two injured cyclists, one serious, the other slight. Still two too many. The only death was the unfortunate accident in Addington Road. Other injuries […]

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Other Summer 2021 Campaign News

Christchurch Bridge – Southern Extension Design Rejected The cycle and pedestrian bridge over the Thames near Reading Station, or Christchurch Bridge to give it its official title, was opened in 2015. On its southern side the bridge ramps down at right angles to the span, with access to Vastern Road then provided by a narrow […]

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School Streets Helps Promote Children Cycling

Anyone who has a child in school will have suffered the misery of traffic outside the school gates. In fact, the school run accounts for an extra 25% of motorised traffic at specific times of day, usually between 8-9am and 3-4pm. The environment outside school gates becomes congested with cars, making it quite hazardous for […]

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Chairman’s Letter, Summer 2021

Dear RCC members, Your committee have asked me to take over as the Chair of RCC and I am most happy to do so. I would like to introduce myself to all of you members and sketch out some of the things that I would like to help to happen. I thought that if I […]

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Q-Park Offer Secure Bicycle Storage

Q-Park have launched a new solution to help local businesses offer safe and secure bike parking services to their employees. Businesses can now take space in a Q-Park parking facility to use as their very own bike storage area in their car park, where Q-Park will create a secure branded reserved area. The company will be issued with door access […]

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Green Bike Food Company

Do you remember seeing food delivery cyclists zipping around city centres 10 years ago? I certainly don’t. In recent years we have seen a huge swing from independent eateries delivering takeaways on motorised vehicles to now, where app delivery platforms have amassed armies of cyclists completing orders in a more sustainable fashion. However, has this […]

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