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”

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”

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”

The Winds of Change

I was cycling to work this morning through very thick sea mist. The ‘March winds’ have not really materialised here on the South Coast. The winds of change are definitely picking up however. At the beginning of March, I went to Portcullis House to represent the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain at the Labour CyclingContinue reading “The Winds of Change”

A Spoonful of Sugar

It appears that Lord Sugar is a bit bored now that he doesn’t have any apprentices to bully in the board room. This from the nicely redesigned road.cc “Lord Sugar has ignited a debate over whether cyclists in the UK, like those in some parts of the US, should be required to carry identification withContinue reading “A Spoonful of Sugar”

The Most Green/Greening/Greenery Government Ever?

These are fascinating times we are living in if you’re into Greening issues. I think the Government actually meant to say it is ‘the most Greening ever’ as, in a sense it has delivered 100% more Greening than the previous administration. However, Wikipedia defines ‘Greening’ thus; ‘Greening is the process of transforming artifacts such as aContinue reading “The Most Green/Greening/Greenery Government Ever?”