Onwards and Upwards

Yet again, thanks for the support and goodwill. In particular Lazy Bicycle Blog, Manchester Cycling, Biking Brits, i b i k e l o n d o n and everyone else in the blogosphere, twitterverse and email..er…globe. A special thank you must go to Anthony Cartmell for setting up the website and continual assistance. UnfortunatelyContinue reading “Onwards and Upwards”

Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hammond?

As the chilly Autumnal mists clear, the World of British cycle campaigning finds that not only have the goalposts been moved, but the playing field has been sold off as well. Road.cc report can be found here Yesterday I posted the initial DfT Press Release regarding the Spending Review. However, further detail seemed to emerge in the form ofContinue reading “Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hammond?”

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”

Cycling – Pleasure or Pain?

I cycle to work. I cycle 12 miles to work to be precise. My route takes me from the seaside town of Worthing to metropolis of Brighton & Hove (a ‘Cycling Demonstration Town’ would you believe?) I cycle along the A259 coast road amongst the huge Lorries bound for Shoreham Port and the cars onContinue reading “Cycling – Pleasure or Pain?”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Crap Cycle Lane II

Goodness! What’s this? A cycle path to the centre of Worthing AND the Seaside AND all for another eye-watering sum of money! I bet it’s wide and continuous and paved with gold! I’m focusing on this roundabout because I think it best illustrates where UK cycling infrastructure differs from best practice examples in the NetherlandsContinue reading “Crap Cycle Lane II”

Cycling in the UK

Copenhagenize has written a blog post highlighting, or should I say sneering at, Vehicular Cyclists. For those not in the know, this is a style best illustrated [because I’m in the UK] by John Franklin in his book, Cyclecraft, whereby a bicycle holds a more prominent position in traffic to be seen – in effectContinue reading “Cycling in the UK”