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Carlisle's Ellie Dickinson named in Commonwealth Games cycling team

Ellie wins the Elite Championship Women Scratch Race at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester Credit: PA

19-year-old Ellie Dickinson has been selected to ride for England at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

It's her first Commonwealth Games and she is one of 27 British cyclists to take part.

Ellie will ride in track endurance and road events.

The games begin on 4 April 2018.

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British Cycling searching for local ride leaders

British Cycling are looking for local cyclists to train as British Cycling Ride Leaders. Credit: PA

British Cycling are looking for local cyclists to train as British Cycling Ride Leaders.

As part of their new led ride programme, entrants only need to be confident in riding in a group and have a good level of cycling fitness.

Anyone interested can sign up for the Ride Leadership Award Level 1 Guided Rides Courses, which is taking place on Saturday, 3rd June at Penrith's Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

The assessed one-day course will qualify applicants to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate-level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths.

D&G Council to consult public on town's walking & cycling network

Credit: D&G Council

Dumfries & Galloway council are inviting people to take part in their initiative to gain public opinion on Dumfries's travel network, including walking and cycling.

The Active Travel Strategy for Dumfries Learning Town, includes an online survey and a public consultation exhibition.

The council says it aims to engage with schools, the local community and local interest groups for feedback.

The online survey is available now until 5pm on Friday, 26th May. A public consultation exhibition will be held on Tuesday, 23rd May from 12-7pm in the Oasis Youth Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries.

Olympic champion inspires Cumbrian cyclists

Philip Hindes. Credit: ITV Border

Olympic Champion Philip Hindes has been raising money for the NSPCC in Cumbria.

The double gold medal-winning cyclist went along to the Watchtree Nature Reserve to meet budding young riders, and even joined them on the circuit of the track.

The event was organised to support the NSPCC, and also inspire people to take up the sport at Watchtree, which provides accessible cycling for people of all abilities.

The charity is currently bidding for £50,000 of funding to resurface one of its tracks.

You don't really get to meet the pro cyclists, and when I've met my heroes in the past it was really inspiring for me and that actually got me pursuing my professional cycling career.

So I think this kind of thing is really inspiring for children.

– Philip Hindes MBE

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WATCH: £600,000 funding for cycle safety classes

Thousands of children in Cumbria will receive cycle safety training over the next three years.

Cumbria County Council has secured £600,000 of government funding to deliver the Bikeability sessions until 2020.

Greg Hoare has this report:

Work to improve A590 for cyclists

The A590 will be closed overnight Credit: PA

The A590 will be closed overnight for up to two nights next week, as work takes place to improve cyclist crossing points.

The £30,000 Highways England project will get underway at Canny Hill Junction, at Newby Bridge near Ulverston.

New signs and road markings will be provided, in part to raise driver awareness of cyclists crossing the single carriageway section of the A590.

It's part of £100 million of funding from Highways England to improve facilities and safety for cyclists over the next five years.

This is important work to improve safety along the A590 at Newby Bridge which will particularly benefit cyclists.

We’ll need to close the carriageway for a night or 2 to deliver the safety improvements and, as that involves quite a lengthy diversion, we’re advising drivers to plan their journeys and leave an extra 25 minutes or so to take the diversion.”

– Highways England project manager Peter Gee

The project is due to start on Monday (19 October) and be finished by Friday 30 October.

An overnight closure – between 8pm and 6am – will take place on Tuesday night (20 October) with a second on Thursday night (22 October) if needed.

Overnight working will also involve temporary traffic lights and a 40mph speed limit past the road works.

When the A590 is closed, a diversion – via Windermere - will operate between the Newby Bridge and Brettargh Hold roundabouts along the A592 and A591.

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