Well, Fancy That! No 3: Riding a Bicycle Doesn’t Always Have to be ‘FUN!’

Here’s a challenge for you – go to any shop selling newspapers and magazines and try to find anything of substance regarding bicycles as transport. Sure, you’ll find lots on the subject of cycle sport from time trialling to triathlon to mountain biking to leisure riding but nothing on just riding to the shops. That’sContinue reading “Well, Fancy That! No 3: Riding a Bicycle Doesn’t Always Have to be ‘FUN!’”

Well, Fancy That! No 2: Children will be Children

Just before I set off for David Hembrow’s Study Tour in The Netherlands late last year, people jokingly said to me, ‘don’t forget to put aero bars on your Dutch Bike’. I thought these were quasi-hilarious jibes about the aerodynamic qualities of my Dutch Bike or lack thereof. It wasn’t until I was enjoying aContinue reading “Well, Fancy That! No 2: Children will be Children”

Well, Fancy That! No 1: Nice Things Cost Money

It is a wonderful time for sports cycling in Great Britain; Bradley Wiggins has become the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France with Chris Froome enjoying an equally unprecedented second place. The hard-working men and women of Team GB are no strangers to success in Olympic events and so it has provedContinue reading “Well, Fancy That! No 1: Nice Things Cost Money”

Seaside Safaris with Transport Titilation

If you aren’t doing anything on Saturday 18th August, why not pop down to the South Coast of England as I’ve decided to lead a Seaside infrastructure Safari and you’re all welcome. Yes, even you. It will be a very leisurely run between Worthing and Brighton, stopping frequently for chats about infrastructure of different qualitiesContinue reading “Seaside Safaris with Transport Titilation”

Old Shoreham Road

Well, the construction work has finally come to a close on Old Shoreham Road. Firstly, to remind you of the scheme, here are the consultation plans for the eastern end (BHASVIC means Brighton & Hove Sixth Form College) ..and the western end …and the two posts I wrote during the construction period are here andContinue reading “Old Shoreham Road”

Localism for Dummies

Last Tuesday morning, I put on my Cycling Embassy of Great Britain approved attire (just a regular suit for a regular activity) and attended the Annual All-Party Parliamentary Bike Ride, which is now in its twelfth year and is a prelude to Bike Week. Despite the wretched weather, there was a respectable turn out ofContinue reading “Localism for Dummies”

West Sussex County Council Gets It Kind of Right. Accidentally.

A little while ago, I wrote this post on the National Cycle Network Route 2 between Worthing & Brighton. More specifically, this point where the approach to a junction opens out to 3 lanes heading westbound into Worthing on a 30mph road, perfect for putting your foot down, sticking your finger up to ‘the man’ (or ‘society’ as IContinue reading “West Sussex County Council Gets It Kind of Right. Accidentally.”

Scenes From My Commute

I was cycling my merry way home this evening as I usually do along the seafront from Brighton to Worthing. The Sturmey Archer 3 speed was ticking away like a pacemaker made for Bez from Happy Mondays and the sea breeze was slowly caressing my slowly dwindling hair. Just outside Worthing on the edge of LancingContinue reading “Scenes From My Commute”

Why People in the UK Don’t Cycle No 6 – British Cycle Infrastructure

According to Wikipedia, ‘Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur…’ ‘As they [Surrealists] developed their philosophy, they believed that Surrealism would advocate the idea that ordinary and depictive expressions are vital and important, but that the sense of their arrangement must be open to the full range of imagination…’ AlthoughContinue reading “Why People in the UK Don’t Cycle No 6 – British Cycle Infrastructure”

Why People In the UK Don’t Cycle No 5 – Bicycle Maintenance

Last Monday night I was sat on the floor in my Kitchen putting a new inner tube and front tyre on my Brompton. I set a new personal best by only swearing twice as I put all my ‘manly’ effort into levering the tyre over the rim – which felt like my attempt to push overContinue reading “Why People In the UK Don’t Cycle No 5 – Bicycle Maintenance”