Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Ethan Cycles To School (video from LSTF partner Sustrans.

Free Adult commuter Cycle Training

Cycle Stoke, through its Cycle Smart programme are able to offer free one to one cycle training including route planning and accompanied instructor rides to your place of work.

The offer is open to anyone working at one of five employment centres in and around the City of Stoke on Trent and is being made available to all employers and employees working in the Sustainable travel zones and can include cycle and helmet loan.

The cycle commuter  training is provided through Sustrans and Cyclist Training Ltd who will be working with Stoke City council Stoke's business community and city residents over the next 15 months making cycle transport more available. including bike loans, cycle maintenance sessions open training and advice sessions as well as tailored business solutions.

The Sustainable travel zones

Chatterley Valley,
Eturia Valley
Trentham Lakes
Keele Science and Business Parks
North Staffs Hospital

Business's of any size wishing to part in the project can now register an interest to see if they fall into to one of the eligible zones.

Anyone wishing to take part in the initial phase of training should e-mail

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Were back on Singletrack ;-) and you need a note from your mum to miss tonights ride.

SingleTrack are running The Velo Store as part of their Tuesday Treat. Theres some great prize's on offer too.

Dave Johnson wants some sort of copy right payment for the Williams sisters gag, Erm just speak to Tom or Simon and they will sort you straight out Dave.

And whilst were on the Tuesday theme Im wandering how many excuses were gonna for not being able to make our first minus temp night ride of this season especially with England Germany on. Im riding and so is Simon, we've had tow feeble and one kind of reasonable excuse. Anyone else got a note from their mum ??

More Children riding, More Safely and More often in Staffordshire.

Since April this year 5024 children have taken part in Cyclist Training's  National Standard Bikeability Level 2 Training in Staffordshire. Of these 462 children rode to school before. During our two day training course 2157 children rode to school and 2276 children said they would probably ride to school at some point over the school term. An increase of some 367 %. Not bad really this means:

  1. A less congested school run during morning rush hour, and in the afternoon. 
  2. A reduction in Staffordshire carbon footprint
  3. Improved health through exercise for children
  4. A reduction in nuisance riding (riding on pavements)
  5. Children taking part in bikeability are far less likely to be involved in Walking and cycling road traffic accidents than those that don't take part. 

If your school is based in Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, or East Cheshire then check with your child's school to see if they have booked in Bikeability for year five and six. If you live in Staffordshire East Cheshire or Stoke on Trent  & want your child to receive either level 2 (11+,  or level 3 training  13 years   +), during the school holidays then give us a call and we will book you onto one of shared  lessons.   

Phone Cyclist Training on 01785 818193.

Friday, 15 November 2013

courier ride

I needed to drop presents off on tonights ride home, but it was well worth it.great night time views of staffordshire country side,

it was home, quick shower and then out to the old Bramshall Inn

Thursday, 14 November 2013

SIx Cyclists die on Britains roads in the last nine days

Its not nice to have to post this but what awful news. Please take care on your way around & make sure you are being seen (light up, high vis) and ride were everyone can see you. It might just make the difference for us.

I only hope that it gets the government both local and nationally to continue to make improvements for cyclists.

The Times Six Die in Nine Days

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Ive just lost a kilo and my fingers are cold !

Great sunrise on my first ride in since before half term and on the new wheels from Tom at Velo  and Marathon plus tyres.

The wheels are so much better than what came with Genesis Day 1 (Alfine 8 speed) and saved a full kilo in weight this matched with better rolling of the marathons defiantly made this mornings ride in better.

It felt warm as I set off and I decided I couldn't be bothered going back in the house for gloves, last time I do that this winter (I hope I can find some round the office before going home).

I was passed by Nick in the CTL van going in the opposite direction  off to do some instructor appraisals and then Graham this time going the same way I almost beat him in, passing him at the rail way crossing and receiving some abuse from his rolled down window but the traffic lights helped him and he got in just before me.

So the bikes locked up outside on our make shift bike rack ready for tonights journey back. Ive got a meeting tray with Tom from Sandon Sawmill who coming down to show me the drawings for the new shelter and seating area outside the store.

Friday, 8 November 2013

how do we get here ...

Ive followed the copenhagenzine bike blog and scene for a number of years and at the same time I've watched cycling initiatives come and go both across the UK and locally. And whilst we can claim some success (cycling has certainly increased) there is a very long way to go.

This is a video showing Copenhagens unique bicycle culture as it looks in the beginning of the early 21st century.
A monumental motion of everyday people transporting themselves from A to B by pure pedal power.
-Each day 37% of everybody in Copenhagen arrives at work or education by bicycle.
-25% of all families with two kids in the city own a cargo bike.
-And the 519,000 inner city copenhageners own 560,000 bicycles!

The one thing that seems to make success easier to get to is a political will with in local authorities or councils. And I don't just mean a few in a department tasked to do it. but right the top lord mayor, head of councils and others actually living and making cycling in their area easier, safer and more accessible for all. Forcing cycling to the top of the agenda in planning development health leisure and education.

How do we get there ?

Well I suppose by me and you taking us their, role model and political pressure.

Maybe it's time we started to ask some questions of Local authorities and land owners like St. Modwens, who this year whilst supporting cycling in many ways still have staff that frown on any group turning up at Trentham Gardens and have no cycle provision's for moving between the Monkey Forest and the retail park.

And where are cyclist meant to go at the end of the cycle path along the A34 Stone to to Stafford ? Do the really want us to ride against traffic or filter into the dual carriage way or was that the cheapest solution.

Do the crash barriers along the one way network in stone encourage a race track mentality amongst drivers, surely they should be removed and a shared space mentality adopted with a 20MPH enforced speed zone.

maybe we need an local action group made up of people who want to see the change and are ready to ask the questions and influence the future.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Something for the Weekend Sir ? and Finally ......

So as the weekend draws nearer the store starts to gear up getting new bikes built up and ready for display. For those brave enough to rock up back home with a new bike after just nipping out for nothing important really why not one of the Trail bikes of the Year the Whyte T129 s. This one being built up by Tom is  the T129 works.

The forecast for the Saturday Breakfast club ride is looking pretty good also, so if you fancy a 30 mile jaunt out on Staffordshires lanes then why not join us at The Velo Store at 9.00. Don't forget though you will need to have mudguards fitted. Im not riding this weekend as I am off to watch Jimmy Car in Birmingham so its drop kids and dogs off at parents and Kennels and then check in at the bar before a night out in Brum.

That will mean a week of commuting for me as I try and catch up on my miles for the year and  pick up  on the fittness levels.

Toms just built me a new wheel for the Day one.  Its still on the Alfine hub but with some much lighter rims and Im fitting some  Marathon's ready for winter miles and long days in the saddle, so Ive no excuses now.

And Finally .......
finally note keep your fingers crossed for CTL tonight who are up for an award for our scooterbility scheme for Sustainable Travel.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Post Christmas, New year learn to ride camps

The dates and venues for the New Year "Learn to Ride" camps have been set. So for those looking to move from stabilisers to two wheels book now !!  This is by far our most popular learn to ride course.

For children looking to build their skills prior to riding on the road book level 1 bikeability and  for those starting to venture on the road book the level 2 taster.

Sessions Times and Venue
Stoke On Trent          Northwood Stadium           Thursday 2nd January
9am -12noon             Learn to Ride
10am - 12noon          Bikeability level 1 (7 - 9 years)
12.45pm - 4pm          Bikeability level 2 (10 - 16 years)

To book your place on our Stoke course call
01785 818193

Crewe                       Victoria Community Centre Friday 3rd January
9am -10am                New Christmas bikes assembly checks ( get your new bike checked by
                                  one of our Mechanics)
10 -12                        Learn to ride
12.45 2.45                 Bikeability Level 1 ( 7 - 9 years)

To Book your place on Our Crewe course call
01625 295220

Wellies, journalist's, an lobby ?

All three were out last night on our Velo Store Tuesday night ride,
for the first time we had a rider out in wellies, Pete (not me) had just finished walking the dog and thought it might be a good idea to keep the wellies on as it was a tad damp. It was truly a site to behold as he rode away from me on Beech caves, in the group standing up on the pedals. Im not sure if it will catch on though.

Better equipped to tell us would be Dave Smith of presently of, Ive wasted a whole morning watching it and laughing, absolutely brilliant.

Those slimmer ones amongst us and Dave Johnson finished the ride in the Star with beer and  ......

 See you Tuesday !!

Velo and CTL teams up with Sustrans to win Business contract

Following a multi stage three month Tender process, CTL and Velo (from Stone in Staffordshire) have been selected as the winners of £100,000 pound LSTF contract to improve Cycling for business and workers in the city of Stoke on Trent.

As part of the tender CTL and Velo partnered up with Sustrans (a national cycling and Sustainable travel Charity) to beat off competition from across the country. Sustrans has a proven track record not only in capital engineering project's such as the national cycle network but also in business engagement.

Full details of the tender and how companies / workers can be involved will be released soon, but we are interested in hearing from any business situated in Stoke on Trent that would like to increase cycling to work.

Below is an extract from the Sustrans website giving reasons as to why employers should encourage their staff to cycle.

1. More productive staff:

Employees who cycle to work are fitter, healthier and happier and as a result are less likely to take sick days.
  • our survey of people who cycle on the National Cycle Network found they take nearly half as many sick days as the average UK worker
  • Absenteeism is costing UK businesses £32 billion each year. [1]

2. More space:

Fewer cars travelling into a workplace means reduced costs for car parking spaces and more room for visitors or freight vehicles
  • Transport for London has estimated that removing one car parking space could save up to £2,000 per year in high-density urban areas.[2]

3. Reduced costs:

Having a cycle friendly workplace can reduce the costs associated with business travel. By providing pool bikes, or allowing employees to use their own bikes to travel to meetings, businesses can make substantial savings.
  • Employers involved in the Bikes for Business scheme estimated the average savings to the organisation at £25-80 per month per bike.[3]

Monday, 4 November 2013

Hannah's First ride out on her new Road bike.

Took My eldest daughter out for the first time today on her new road bike. First time on drop bars and toe clips. Brilliant ride cant wait till next week when we go again.