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Jon Snow New CTC President

Posted by chdot on September 25, 2006

http://www.flarefilms.co.uk/film/documentary/fullsize/jon_snow_cycles_italy_3.jpg Photo from Jon Snow Cycles Italy (2003) – Channel 4 directed by Judith Burrows of flarefilms. Copyright Judith Burrows.

Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow takes over from sports journalist and commentator (best known for Tour de France TV coverage) Phil Liggett as President of the CTC in January 2007.

The CTC, self-styled as “the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation”, used to be known as The Cyclists’ Touring Club. It has been “protecting and promoting the rights of cyclists since 1878″.

Jon Snow said “I am hugely enthusiastic about cycling, there is hardly a day when I don’t ride. In particular I want to play a part in making cycling safer, more accessible and getting more young people riding so I am honoured to accept the position of President of CTC where I can help make that a reality.”

Jon Snow has been a Patron of Sustrans and also a judge of Transport for London’s Cyclesafer Challenge for the past three years.

The Sustrans connection is particularly interesting as the CTC and Sustrans have had ‘differences of opinion’ on occasions. Disagreements have been about things such as whether promoting ‘cycle paths’ encourages cycling or takes away from the need to make cycling on the road safer.

Jon Snow is well known for cycling around London during his working day. He is clearly a good communicator and will make sure that more is done to make things better for cyclists – whether they choose to join the CTC or not.

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