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”

Somewhere, Beyond The Screen…

According to Wikipedia… ‘Hazards are sometimes classified into three modes:[1] Dormant – The situation has the potential to be hazardous, but no people, property, or environment is currently affected by this. For instance, a hillside may be unstable, with the potential for a landslide, but there is nothing below or on the hillside that couldContinue reading “Somewhere, Beyond The Screen…”

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”

London to Glasgow

Well, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?! I know it’s a month since my last confession to you, dear reader, but every time I sit down to compose a blog post of great intellect, mirth and wit about bicycles or a bicycle related subject, something momentous happens in the World of cycle campaigning. AsContinue reading “London to Glasgow”

and then you go and spoil it all, by saying something stupid like….

I was sitting at home last night minding my own business when I got sent this nugget by the good folk of Spokes – The Lothian Cycle Campaign via Twitter. It is from FACTS, The Transport Professional’s Magazine (issue 65, 2011). Now, I know there are many within the haulage industry that are doing their best to alleviate theContinue reading “and then you go and spoil it all, by saying something stupid like….”

Remembrance

Today is Armistice Day in the United Kingdom. On Sunday it will be marked, as always, with a march past the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London and at Memorial services across the land remembering those that have gallantly given their lives in serving their countries. My Grandfather served in the Royal Corps of Signals andContinue reading “Remembrance”

Cycling Embassy of Great Britain: A Personal 6 Month Audit

It is six months to the day since the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain started on a cold, cloudy day in Central London. Personally I believe that, at the very least, it has provoked debate about the future of cycling and cycle campaigning in the UK which can only be a good thing. For thatContinue reading “Cycling Embassy of Great Britain: A Personal 6 Month Audit”

If TfL’s Feats Create Unpleasant Streets, Then That’s More Lame.

From London Se1 ‘Mayor of London Boris Johnson has ruled out making the current temporary 20 mph speed limit on Blackfriars Bridge a permanent measure despite a vigorous campaign by cyclists. Mr Johnson was questioned at City Hall on Wednesday by Green Party London Assembly member Jenny Jones who put to the Mayor the findingsContinue reading “If TfL’s Feats Create Unpleasant Streets, Then That’s More Lame.”

Words and Pictures

Last Wednesday, I caught the train up to London for the Annual Parliamentary Bike Ride which is the promotional prelude to Bike Week. As I was taking my Dutch Bike along, I had to catch the first train out of Worthing to beat Southern Rail’s [non-folding] bike ban which operates between 7-10am. I then cycled alongContinue reading “Words and Pictures”

Dispatches from the Edge

Well, spring is definitely in the air and a young mans thoughts turn to…cycling. Well, a slightly older man anyway. This week has seen perfect weather for riding a Dutch Bike through the Third World of Cycling that is the UK. A gentle cooling breeze and gorgeous sunshine tempered slightly by the exhaust fumes. ThisContinue reading “Dispatches from the Edge”