Taking Stupidity to Extremes

War on the Motorist! According to Wikipedia, War is a phenomenon of organized violent conflict,[1][2] typified by extreme aggression, societal disruption and adaptation, and high mortality.[1] There is some debate about other characteristics, but in general there is agreement that war involves at least two organized groups, is a premeditated activity at least on theContinue reading “Taking Stupidity to Extremes”

Riding a First World Bike through the Third World [of Cycling]

As you are probably aware, I recently decided to put my money where my mouth is and purchased a Dutch bike (Batavus Old Dutch) for my daily commute between Worthing & Brighton. Here are some initial thoughts from my notepad into riding a utility bike for utility purposes; One of the first things a BritonContinue reading “Riding a First World Bike through the Third World [of Cycling]”

Update

Firstly, yet again a very big thank you for all the messages, debate and this wonderful blog post from Mark at IBikeLondon. This is where we’re at so far as you deserve to be kept up to date; Website & Forum: Under construction and the domain will be http://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk . This is obviously taking timeContinue reading “Update”

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”

Make Hammond History

Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond MP announced big plans for transport infrastructure spending. Along with the eight schemes announced by the Chancellor last week, work will therefore begin on a total of 24 schemes as a result of the Department for Transport’s spending review settlement. The schemes given the green light today, subject to statutory processes,Continue reading “Make Hammond History”

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”

Did Philip Hammond MP Watch Too Much Thunderbirds As A Child?

  Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for ‘Transport’, gave a speech this morning to the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. In it he outlines very big plans. Very big plans indeed. I used to love Thunderbirds when I was a child and I’m now positive Philip Hammond did too as it‘s the only way to explain his childishContinue reading “Did Philip Hammond MP Watch Too Much Thunderbirds As A Child?”

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 War on the Motorist

Consider the plight of the poor beleaguered motorist. For years they have had to put up with ever bigger roads; dual carriageways, road widening, ring roads, inner relief roads, orbital roads & bypasses. Some motorists have interests such as gardening or archaeology yet found themselves having to drive ever increasing distances to see nice prettyContinue reading “The War on the Motorist”