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Caroline Cann

We are very sad to hear of the passing of our former committee member and cycle campaigner Caroline Cann. Caroline was a much-loved member of the team noted for her helpfulness and was always ready to spread the cycling message and volunteer for the Cycle Campaign when needed. We will remember her for her kindness. […]

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Other Winter 2021 Campaign News

Active Travel for 2021 At the end of 2020 Reading Borough Council was awarded £1.179million through the Department for Travel’s Active Travel Fund (ATF) to support the implementation of walking and cycling schemes in the borough. This award is the second tranche of funding from the ATF; the first tranche funded the ‘pop-up’ schemes that […]

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Working For A Reading Bike Hub

Ethical Reading (ER) has identified bike theft as one of the main deterrents to people cycling into central Reading and has been working on plans to improve bike parking in the centre of town. Reading has one of the highest rates of bike theft in the country, with 421 reported bike thefts between October 2019 […]

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CAST: Cleaner Air Safer Transport

An RBC Cleaner Air and Safer Transport meeting took place on 3 December. A number of subjects were covered, and the following are the RCC notes of the meeting. There was interesting feedback on the School Streets by the Headteacher of Park Lane School in Tilehurst.  The scheme to close the adjacent road to through […]

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Old Bikes Given A New Life

For hundreds of Lockdown cyclists!!! And Reading Bicycle Kitchen gets a new home I’m hoping all RCC members have heard about, visited or even volunteered with this fantastic community facility; Reading Bicycle Kitchen (RBK) – who have helped repair, recycle and reuse hundreds of bikes during the challenging COVID Lockdowns, meaning lots more people across […]

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Interview with Cllr Paul Gittings

Cllr Paul Gittings recently took over from Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward as the Chair for the SEPT (Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport) Committee. Paul kindly provided answers to a few questions we put to him on transport matters: RCC: Doing things quickly is always a challenge for local government given procedures that need to be followed. […]

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Global Refills at RISC

On 1 October last year the newly installed dispensers at Global Refills were brimming with nuts, pulses, pastas, rice and dried fruit. Fresh produce was heaped upon a repurposed table, bread bins were full of freshly baked loaves from Aston’s, and an array of Fairtrade, organic, and local beers and wines lined up neatly. We […]

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Bike Rack for Sale

Robust bike rack for tow-hook mounting (one owner). Note: suitable for flange-type but not swan-neck tow-hooks. This bike rack is simplicity itself. It consists of an alloy mounting block, into which fit two steel arms, held in place by a removable pin. The bikes (two fit comfortably) simply hang on the arms. Also provided is […]

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Let’s Start By Getting It Right

During the summer Lockdown the Government released an important policy statement. With news focused on other things it probably went unnoticed by most. The policy, released by the Department for Transport in July, is called ‘Gear Change: a bold vision for cycling and walking’ and can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/cycling-and-walking-plan-for-england. The policy statement really is […]

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Other Autumn Campaign News

Target for Cycle Journeys in 2036 In August we submitted our comments on Reading’s draft Local Transport Strategy to 2036. The draft strategy included the target to increase the number of people who regularly cycle from 5.1% now to 10% in 2036. The Green Party raised a petition calling for a more ambitious target for […]

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