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As a commuter is CTC worth joining?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by iacula, 23 Apr 2008.

  1. iacula

    iacula Senior Member

    Location:
    Southampton
    I was considering joining CTC, But I'm not sure if it'd be worth it. Currently commuting 40 miles a week two days building to 60 Miles a week on three days. What are the benefits?
     
  2. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Insurance cover was my main reason for joining.
     
  3. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    1) Third Party Insurance
    2) Legal Advice & Accident Helpline
    3) Campaigns for your right to use the road, for a highway code and legislation that reflects and reinforces that right, for true multimodal travel etc
    4) Pretty decent magazine every two months.
    5) Discounts at their own shop (online) and at many other shops (I got 10% off list on my SCR2 from my LBS by virtue of the CTC membership).

    Have a look at their website at member benefits, and at the things they do.
     
  4. I hope I never need to use it but the main reason I joined too was for the insurance cover too. I'm also told they do quite good legal advice, touch wood I never have to use that.
     
  5. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    I joined recently for the insurance. Depends how much of the Cycling scene you want to be a part. The magazine and news emails are not bad, but I don't have any great need to go to Birthday rides or rallies.

    I like the idea of the access to the holidays though, if cycle touring is your thing that might be an incentive.

    Plus you get a discount in the CTC shop and other shops around the country.

    BTW I'm a commuter too, although I have toured and raced in the past.
     
  6. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    +1

    Join them, they are one of the main organisations keeping the wolf from the doors of cyclists.
     
  7. Pecan

    Pecan New Member

    The insurance was my main reason for joining as well, a couple of years ago. Plus I wanted to help swell the numbers of a cycling organisation that was doing campaigning, and they seemed to fit the bill. Those are my reasons for renewing each year as well. As a commuting cyclist rather than tourer, I don't find their magazine particularly relevant to me, although it has the odd interesting article. Website is ok, but I find myself checking it out less often these days.
     
  8. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    Insurance and legal advice were my reasons also.
     
  9. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Definitely worth joining. My main reasons are the insurance, the legal advice and the magazine. Also from a campaigning point of view it helps to say you are a member.

    Out of interest (and slightly OT) but is anyone on here a CTC accredited campaigner?
     
  10. Wolf04

    Wolf04 New Member

    Location:
    Wallsend on Tyne
    They do a good job keeping me from the cyclists door too! Seriously though I agree with all of the reasons given in favour of membership.
     
  11. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    ditto to all the above.
    joined for the 1st time this year, I'll be renewing
     
  12. Bollo

    Bollo Gas Giant Staff Member

    Location:
    Winch
    Yes. I joined for the personal injury and third party cover and a year later they're doing/done a top job getting some compo from my accident last year.

    On a less selfish note, they generally do a good job of cycling advocacy and the magazine is a good toilet read. There's no compulsion to be active in the sense of club rides and social events.

    I think there's still a rump of bearded, 'steel is real' tourists of a certain age that occupy some of the regional groups, but I they seem to be on the wane as more commuter/utility cycles join. You can find them on the CTC forum, which is a little staid for my tastes.
     
  13. jonesy

    jonesy Legendary Member

  14. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Location:
    Meanwood ,Leeds
    Yes i had our entire works team on it for 10 years.We did charity bike rides a great weight off my mind.And we were allowed to insure non team members for the rides .Now the family are all in aswell.Join .
     
  15. historyman

    historyman New Member

    Amazing phrase - what does it mean? and is there fake multimodal travel?