Crap Cycle Lane VI

…it even has shade.   Welcome crap fans and what have we here? Is this the portal to another sublime cycling dimension? A Velocipede Valhalla, if you will. ..the idea being that the Patient Transport vehicle knocks you over and then takes you and your bicycle to hospital. Which is nice.   Don’t be stupid!Continue reading “Crap Cycle Lane VI”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 4 – Highways Departments & Cycling Officers

WARNING: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS AN OFFENSIVE ACRONYM In the same way that the Department for Transport had Cycling England to keep at arms length at national level, so it holds with Highways Departments and Cycling Officers at County Council level. From a cycle campaigning perspective, Highways Officers are often like Mrs Mainwaring in Dad’sContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 4 – Highways Departments & Cycling Officers”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 3 – The Cycling Action Travel Plan Strategy Solution

Sometimes a dog will gnaw away at something it shouldn’t. I’ve found that the best way to distract the dog is to find a nice stick and throw it, instantly releasing the thing that you don’t want gnawed. This is basically the same attitude that the Government & Local Authorities take with cycle campaigners. TheContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 3 – The Cycling Action Travel Plan Strategy Solution”

So Long, And Thanks For All The Pish

  Last Friday, road.cc reported that Cycling England now looks certain to be abolished as part of a Government cull on quangos (or ‘quasi autonomous non-governmental organisations’ to give them their full snappy title). Christian Wolmar, writer, broadcaster and member of the board of Cycling England anticipated this by writing a very strong open letterContinue reading “So Long, And Thanks For All The Pish”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No. 2 – ‘Road Safety’

A curious one this. You probably thought road safety meant safety to all road users. You may have given a lot of thought to your local area and how difficult it looks to get around by bicycle and how dangerous it seems just to get to work or the shops. Being a nice, sane person,Continue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No. 2 – ‘Road Safety’”

Crap Cycle Lane IV

Yes, crap fans, here is the next exciting installment of Crap Cycle Lane II where we take you from the Magic Roundabout down to the sea! As a postscript to the roundabout, West Sussex County Council completely resurfaced it a couple of months ago. This beautiful new surface is coupled with the fact that they didn’tContinue reading “Crap Cycle Lane IV”

Smokescreen

Road.cc reports this week on ‘crackdowns on so-called anti-social cycling, with initiatives targeting bike riders who commit transgressions such as ignoring red traffic lights and cycling on the pavement under way in cities such as Chester and Bath, while councillors in Middlesbrough are calling for police there to tackle the problem’. As a cycle campaigner I certainlyContinue reading “Smokescreen”

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”

I Have A Dream…

25 years ago, some friends and I, aged between 13 & 15 decided to go for a bike ride. We packed sandwiches and flasks of squash into bags and cycled from our home village of Elstead, Surrey to Bury Hill, West Sussex. We had intended to cycle further to Arundel or the sea but weContinue reading “I Have A Dream…”

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”