ACLs at Corbridge to run for six more months

Well done to Northumberland County Council for making improvements to the Advisory Cycle Lanes at Corbridge and continuing the 'experiment' for another 6 months. Tyne Valley MTB Cycling has campaigned for this result.

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A great night in Newcastle with Mark Beaumont

Great night in Newcastle with Mark Beaumont and the warm up act 'a man with a plan'. 180 attendees were gripped by Mark's adventures and at times riveted in their seats by the real time scenarios he shared with us. Everyone was excited by the club's plans to improve and develop adventure cycle routes in the North of England over the next 3 years and £200 was raised to share between two deserving charities.

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Cycling UK and OpenMTB launch biggest ever UK MTB survey

This is a unique opportunity to share where and how you ride bikes so that campaigning effort is directed where it will bring the greatest benefit.

The survey is quite detailed so we’d recommend putting the kettle on and setting aside 15 minutes to complete it. All completed responses will go into a draw to win an iPad Mini. Here’s the link www.cyclinguk.org/offroad-survey- please pass on widely.

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Funding Bid for Dozen Dales Cycle Routes

Is been a mad busy 3 weeks. TVMTBC has been assisting the North Pennines AONB to submit a bid for a significant lump of funding to implement the Dozen Dales Cycle Routes which club members have been working on for a long time. 

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Keswick - Threlkeld rail path to re-open

We've just found out the plans to re-open the rail path between Keswick and Threlkeld are now taking shape. It's not going to be quick but its going to happen so well done to the LDNPA.

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Ever wondered how new promoted MTB routes are researched?

Ever wondered when new promoted MTB routes are researched and how they are assembled?

Well, its not always on a bike or in the summer. On 23/01, it took 141 miles of driving plus 5 hours of walking in wellies to check out possible route sections for a new Sandstone Way variant in 4 different parts of the northern Cheviots. Some 'paths' were blocked, some have gone AWOL, one had had its gate removed, many were badly water-logged and all those without a stone base were a mud-fest.

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Researching new Sandstone Way options

On 20/01 TVMTB's lead route researcher spent the day checking out some route options for the Sandstone way reprint map. Pics show a BrW that will be used and a BrW that won't. Note the old style signpost and also the opening hours of the Star pub at Netherton. No use for a lunch stop.

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ACLs at Corbridge

The ACLs at Corbridge rumble on mainly because some vehicle drivers have taken it upon themselves to drive down the middle of the road for some reason known only to themselves having never encountered cycle lanes before.  They blame the cycle lanes for their driving (and lack of knowledge of the Highway Code?) and accuse them of being dangerous.

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