Can Cycling Be Funny?

  Last year I completed a stand up comedy course organised by the very knowledgeable and lovely Jill Edwards who, through no fault of her own, has also ended up living in Worthing. The course was a real eye-opener and went so well, I graduated by performing at a New Act gig at Komedia, Brighton in front of a sellContinue reading “Can Cycling Be Funny?”

The Highway Code (Rules for Cyclists) – The Lo Fidelity Bicycle Club Version

Please find below the ‘Rules for Cyclists’ as outlined in The Highway Code adapted by me to give more accuracy (in my humble opinion). 59 Clothing. You should wear • a cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations, is the correct size and securely fastened. It won’t necessarily help, but will make motorists think theyContinue reading “The Highway Code (Rules for Cyclists) – The Lo Fidelity Bicycle Club Version”

Middle Age Men In Lycra – So What?

    In July, the Government published its National Travel Survey data. It confirmed that cycle use has increased to the highest level in decades. What was greeted with surprise was that the key area for growth was the highest income bracket. What I personally found surprising was that people found this surprising. The highestContinue reading “Middle Age Men In Lycra – So What?”

Last Tango in Parris

Journalist Carlton Reid has brought this to everyone’s attention on his brilliant website. The title of this post refers to Matthew Parris, an ex-MP and columnist. In 2007 he wrote a column in the Times ranting against cyclists. ‘A festive custom we could do worse than foster would be stringing piano wire across country lanesContinue reading “Last Tango in Parris”

Bicycle Repair Man

As it’s Friday, here is a wonderful gem from Monty Pythons Flying Circus about Mr F G Superman and his secret identity. I sometimes wish he were real. Incidentally the star of this sketch, the ever wonderful Michael Palin, is President of the Campaign for Better Transport

Cyclists Special

I know that this has featured elsewhere but it’s a wonderful film from a more civilised age. On May 8th 1955, British Transport Films recorded an excursion organised by CTC. Please note the integration of bicycle and train network. To be fair, since the Royal Mail stopped using the rail network, the guards van was alwaysContinue reading “Cyclists Special”

London Cycle Superhighways

Two of the London Cycle Superhighways opened at the beginning of the week to a guarded response. Obviously a scheme like this (which cost £23million in total) is going to invoke a broad spectrum of emotions. For the purposes of this blog post, any reference to these new routes will focus on CS7 which runsContinue reading “London Cycle Superhighways”

Consultation

The barriers have gone up along a section of Worthing seafront. Splash Point is being redeveloped to a design by Craft:Pegg Landscape Architects. It could have been a bone of contention for cyclists and pedestrians as it links the point where the Brighton – Worthing stretch of National Cycle Route 2 meets the promenade whereContinue reading “Consultation”

Crap Cycle Lane III

Yes, Crap Facilities Fans, welcome to the next instalment which is a real saucy seaside shocker!  You may have noticed a common theme running through the crapness you have seen so far here and here. Pavements are being converted bringing all the non-motorised forms of transport into direct conflict.  Yet nothing is done to theContinue reading “Crap Cycle Lane III”

Cycling to School

School days are the happiest days of your life apparently. I remember being at First School when we were given cycling proficiency training. Some fire hose was laid out on the playground to recreate a T Junction and we learned how to cycle on the road. I did so well I received a copy ofContinue reading “Cycling to School”