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Contact Name: Ray Donaldson
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A new family cycling club called Cycling Circles has started. This club will be recreational based and not competitive. This is a great time to join.
Print, sign and return the membership form here

Cycling News

To pledge support for the cities safe for cycling campaign click on this link

The Scottish Bike Show will take place at the SECC in Glasgow over 13th, 14th and 15th April. There will be something for everyone including bikes, brands, clothing, displays, competitions and loads more

Bike space on Edinburgh-Inverness trains is increasing to 4 spaces during the winter and to 6 spaces during the summer

Local Cycling news

A Cycling Circles facebook group has been created to help communicate to members

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An Active traval plan for Doune Primary School is being proposed and will take approx year to complete.


A free cycle strategy event is planned for Thursday March 8th 6 pm - 10 pm,  hosted by CycleStirling. it will include a buffet.  see cyclestirling for more details


Sustrans Scotland

A report from the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee gave Sustrans Scotland a welcome boost in our campaign to re-instate the budget for active travel. The Committee is concerned about the ability of the Draft Budget to deliver on the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS)

New work by researchers from two London universities, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, is very welcome. They studied the behaviour of 8-13 year-olds, to look at whether children compensate for participating in physically active behaviours by reducing activity at other times or alternatively become more active at other times. The researchers found no evidence of activity compensation, indicating that “interventions increasing activity in specific behaviours may increase activity overall”. Better still they further report that non-school active travel showed increased activity with children visiting friends and playing more.

The evidence is growing that active children do better academically. It has been thought that a healthy body makes a healthy mind and that an active lifestyle supports learning. More recently, evidence has begun to appear showing that an active lifestyle can also contribute to improved cognition. A study in Texas, in 2010, looked at academic and fitness test records for over 250,000 students found their academic performance was related to cardiovascular fitness, independent of other socio-demographic and fitness variables. It showed a dose-response association – the more active they were, the better the students performed. The researchers concluded that fitness was strongly and significantly related to academic performance.

Summer is a good time to go outdoors for the sunshine and fresh air. Cycling is the perfect activity for people of all ages and abilities. If you are thinking of getting back on your bike then join Cycling Circles and start by picking flat short routes to build up your confidence and fitness first.

We have recently obtained the statistics for the Doune to Argaty Cycle path , part of NCN 765.Between March 2007 and December 2010 over twenty three thousand journeys have been completed on this path. That’s about 500 journeys a month. Wow! Lots of local people are cycling around Doune then

Three good reasons to cycle

  1. Riding your bike is fun and you makes you feel fabulous. Cycling is one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to be healthy. It can increase your balance and co ordination, strengthen muscles, joints and relieve stress. It does not have the impact issues on your body that running may create.
  2. Recently Stirling council finished the Dunblane to Doune cycle route NCN 765 and also improved other parts of the National cycle network in Stirling as well as starting to signpost the Stirling city routes.
  3. As petrol prices keep rising, driving is costing us all more while cycling is free! Reduce your car use and create less carbon and pollution. Why not take your bike for a short trip into the shops instead of using the car? This will make you healthier and ease the local parking issues.

Three great motives to join

  1. The Cycling Circles club will allow members to share the knowledge of the best and safest routes with its members. It may bring some structure to the informal groups that cycle at the moment
  2. It enables like minded people to connect with each other to find similar ability buddies to cycle with.
  3. It will encourage more people to cycle by giving them more confidence and reducing fears around safety. We could organise regular get-together events which may range from a few hours long cycle at a leisurely pace followed by lunch in a local pub to a weekend away cycling on interesting routes,  Its up to you.
In 2011 British Cycling surveyed over 1,000 women to find out what was discouraging them from cycling. Results showed that safety concerns, lack of knowledge of routes and having no-one to cycle with were the key barriers. Joining Cycling Circles will help solve these issues.
Join Cycling Circles  club . Print, sign and return the membership form here. Handprints

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