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November 2017 news

This month we talk to Jacqui Stone who represented Britain in the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in France this August, just three years after getting her first proper road bike.

If you found last month’s article about e-bikes interesting read more about how e-bikes represent the most fastest growing segments of the transport market.

With Christmas coming up are you thinking about buying a bike for your ever growing child? If so find out more about The Bike Club plus Black Friday deals from ATW cycles and has anyone got an unwanted bike they would be happy to donate to a 15 year old Syrian refugee living in Colchester?

We update on the government’s cycle safety review.

Finally if your transport interests extend to buses and trains, check out a talk on the 30 November in Colchester themed 'The Politics of Buses and Trains'.

Following on from last month, more on e-bikes…
Following our interview last month with e-bike advocate Wolf Simpson, here’s a bulletin from Dr Adrian Davis who says that e-bikes represent one of the fastest growing segments of the transport market. His Essential Evidence On A Page bulletins are based on peer-reviewed literature to strengthen the case for current transport policies and practice. E-bike use has grown dramatically over the past decade and there is little evidence to suggest this growth will slow in the coming decade, as market penetration is low across much of Europe.
Thinking about buying a bike for a child this Christmas?
Thinking of buying a bike for a child this Christmas, and worrying about how soon they’ll outgrow it? Worry no more, have a look at The Bike Club who say “Kids grow, so should bikes. We deliver; they grow; we exchange”. Order by midnight on 10 December for guaranteed Christmas delivery.
Do you have an unwanted bike that would suit a tall 15 year old?
And if you have an unwanted bike that would suit a tall 15 year old Syrian refugee, we’d love to hear from you. Colchester Bike Kitchen ran a successful campaign earlier this year and over 30 bikes were donated to members of the Syrian community in Colchester. This means they can get into town independently without worrying about the cost of bus fares, and the bikes have made a huge difference to their lives. This young man is still without wheels and needs a bike to cycle to school, into town and to football on Mondays. Could you help him gain independence and make his Christmas a merry one? Email pam.nelson@colchester.gov.uk if you can help.
Black Friday deals at ATW Cycles
Here are some Black Friday Deals from Andy Woolf at ATW Cycles
Treat yourself to a year’s worth of services at these low prices, or if there are three or four bikes in your household, each one gets a Christmas treat:
Deal One – four full services for £150 (normally priced at £60 each)
Deal Two – three general services for £70  (normally priced at £35 each)
Or stock up on Mavic tubes:
Deal Three – three 3 Mavic tubes (700x21-25 60mm) for £10 while stocks last (normally priced at £5.90)
Update on Government cycle safety review
If you are interested in the forthcoming cycle safety review that the government recently announced in the wake of the Charlie Alliston case, Cycling UK update on whether the issue of compulsory helmets and high viz is going to be considered.
‘The Times today pointed out that the Government’s forthcoming cycle safety review could consider mandatory helmets. Fortunately, the Cycling Minister Jesse Norman has made it clear that there are no current plans for this and the forthcoming review will be evidence led. At Cycling UK, while we’re not anti-helmet, we are anti-compulsion (see our briefing), and believe that the best way to make cycling safer is to tackle the real issues of dangerous roads, dangerous vehicles and dangerous drivers. ‘
Finally if you are also interested in Buses and Trains….A diary date for the campaigners among you - The Politics of Buses and Trains.
Colchester Fabians' next meeting will be at the Friends Meeting House at 7.30pm on Thursday 30 November.  The speaker will be Lianna Etkind, of the Campaign for Better Transport, on the politics of buses and trains.  All are welcome.  Come early for tea, coffee and biscuits. http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/

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