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”

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”

The Local Transport White Paper – Soft and Very, Very Long

So the Department for Transport has released a Local Transport White Paper entitled ‘Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon – Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen’ This 99 page document mentions the word ‘cycling’ a stonking 88 times. It’s filled with nice stuff. Here is the Introduction; ‘Two-thirds of all journeys are under five miles – many ofContinue reading “The Local Transport White Paper – Soft and Very, Very Long”

The Anti-Cycle Campaigning Cycling Campaign

Believe it or not, there is no link between this and riding your bike to the library Firstly, I hope that all Lo Fidelity Readers had a delightful Christmas and New Year. My first one as a parent involved a lot of personal admin, particularly at the nappy changing mat so apologies that this is my first post inContinue reading “The Anti-Cycle Campaigning Cycling Campaign”

Living the Dream

Firstly, I would like to thank all those who messaged me on this blog or emailed me privately expressing their support for the idea of an independent Cycling ‘Embassy’ for Great Britain. Whatever happens, it will be based upon the Cycling Embassy of Denmark as I believe we need the same model here in the UK. The ball has alreadyContinue reading “Living the Dream”

The Sound of Silence

  Being an only child, I was fairly used to quiet and solitude; the purr of a chain combined with birdsong whilst cycling along local bridleways or the wind through the trees where I used to occasionally sit and read anything by Enid Blyton or Roald Dahl. Now I’m older I seem to get increasinglyContinue reading “The Sound of Silence”

So What Do We Do Now?

A wonderfully apt sign in Blackheath, Surrey WARNING: CONTAINS STRANGE SEXY TALK (Strange in that it came from an Englishman) Had the Lo Fidelity Bicycle Club started 25 years ago, it would have been quite a quiet, pleasing and delightfully tatty newsletter with articles about such exotic things as that new Mountain Bike fad orContinue reading “So What Do We Do Now?”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 5 – ’20’s Plenty’

Before we get started, The Lo Fidelity Bicycle Club would like to make the following announcement: IF YOU START A ‘20’s PLENTY’ CAMPAIGN IN YOUR AREA, FOR THE SWEET LOVE OF VICTORIA PENDLETON DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES MAKE IT A CYCLING CAMPAIGN. A little while ago, my local paper (Worthing Herald) launched an online pollContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 5 – ’20’s Plenty’”

Stay on Target

    EDITED – THANKS MR BLOGS 🙂 In previous posts I put across an argument that the demise of Cycling England could be a good thing.  It could mean the reintegration of cycling within the Department for Transport, making it publically accountable and receiving a deserving share of the transport budget. Like the HighwaysContinue reading “Stay on Target”

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”