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CTC Cambridge

National lockdown: Stay at Home

National lockdown rules were introduced in England on 5th January. As with the Tier 4 restrictions that they replace, they mean we cannot operate any group rides.

We can all continue to cycle, though we can only do so with the people we live with, our support bubble or, when on our own, with one person from another household. Remember that any informal groups you ride with are also subject to the new restrictions.

The updated government guidance now says that leaving your home for exercise "should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area" and also adds "stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live."

Government guidance: National lockdown: Stay at Home.
See also Coronavirus Q&A: cycling guidance from Cycling UK.

iSpysolation round 4

Yasmin writes: Happy new year! Our next round of ispysolation challenges come to you courtesy of Eva and Jim, who hope you will have a bit of fun searching for them:

  1. A road sign featuring an animal.
  2. A red post box in a wall.
  3. A cycle/pedestrian underpass.
  4. A straw bird/animal on a thatched roof (bonus point for more than one bird or animal).
  5. The name of a town or village beginning with "H".
  6. A statue of a famous person.
  7. A National Trust site.
  8. A converted chapel.
  9. A red telephone box (bonus point if it contains a telephone).
  10. A Water Mill (converted or not).
  11. A pub with a royal name e.g. "The Queen Vic"
  12. A hand water pump.

Here's a summary of the rules. You've got until the evening of Sunday 17 January to find as many of the above as you can. Email your photos, including a selfie, to quiz@ctccambridge.org.uk.

Team Emerson are staying on as judges. If you'd like to set a future round, please do let me know! Yasmin

iSpysolation 3 results

Yasmin writes: Eva and Jim won the third round of iSpysolation, with so many great photos that it was hard to choose between them. A highlight of this round was looking for Dinky Doors - they're intriguing and worth looking up. If you're looking for a reason to have a mooch about town: www.dinkydoors.co.uk

We have decided to have an iSpysolation break, and will restart in January.

Would you like to set a future round? Send an email to quiz@ctccambridge.org.uk

Bye-bye busway. It's flooded again!

The busway cycle path is now flooded at the usual spot west of Swavesey. It is already quite deep and impassable unless you are cycling with a snorkel. And it is likely to get worse as the river levels continue to rise. With saturated fields it is likely to stay underwater for several weeks.

This is a good time to write to your local councillor and ask for their support in dealing with this issue. Ask them to contact the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP). Or you can contact GCP directly. Here's some text you can use.

There's a full index of news items in the News archive

Our next rides

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Latest ride reports

10 Dec: Thursday booked ride to Balsham and Chippenham
John J writes: So, as I waited for Michael S at Swavesey the Sun raised its head above the Busway! At Brookside we were joined under grey sky by Peter, John E, Alex and Mike CC. The mood was bright and we were all happy to get back to 'group' riding and the first 'two-stopper' for many months... (full report)

We have many more ride reports in the Ride reports index