Happy birthday to 11 English cycling towns

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Happy Birthday to the 11 new Cycling Towns! You're one year old this summer. The cycling town concept is the brainchild of Cycling England and funded by the Department for Transport to promote good practice in cycle planning.

The new towns can expect to learn much from achievements of the six original Cycling Demonstration Towns created five years ago. All are doing good work improving conditions for cycling and sustainable transport and hopefully providing a focus for wider UK cycling development.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.