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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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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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