Local News

From Worthing Herald (10 April 2012) ‘DESPITE a no parking sign and a small picket fence, gardeners are still having their hard work ruined by cars. The New Growth Garden Team is a voluntary group working under the Worthing charity – Storm, and it has recently started work on a small garden in Union Place.Continue reading “Local News”

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….”

Communication

It appears that a Devonian villager has decided to get straight to the nub of the Road Safety issue with some paint and a wall of his house. This from the BBC Website….. “Large 30mph speed sign painted on house in Bow, Devon A man has painted a 30mph sign the height of a double deckerContinue reading “Communication”

A Caring, Sharing Britain

We Britons love the idea of sharing space. Well, other people’s space. We love to come up with holistic transport solutions through these shared spaces, sometimes incorporating an architects sketched vision of roads reduced to near emptiness, an extra tree or two and everyone walking and driving with a sense of equality and good cheer toward theirContinue reading “A Caring, Sharing Britain”

When Cyclists Matter

I believe this has featured on other blogs but everyone needs to see this. Another marvellous film from Markenlei (Mark Wagenbuur), this time focussing on public and media attention after an incident involving a large pick up and 4 teenage cyclists in the Netherlands. I would advise that British (and I would suggest North American) LoContinue reading “When Cyclists Matter”

That it has come to this

At half past one this morning, I finally finished the rough draft minutes for the start-up meeting for the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain. Please feel free to peruse/comment/laugh at them. When you’ve had your fill and informed me of any additions or omissions, I shall be turning it into a formal document (maybe withContinue reading “That it has come to this”

Why People In The UK Don’t Cycle No 3 – DANGER!

According to Wikipedia, a ‘Parallel universe or alternative reality is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with one’s own….Fantasy has long borrowed the idea of “another world” from myth, legend and religion. Heaven, Hell, Olympus, Valhalla are all “alternative universes” different from the familiar material realm’. I would also like to tentatively add cycling. To seasoned cyclists,Continue reading “Why People In The UK Don’t Cycle No 3 – DANGER!”

Heads In The Sand

According to Wikipedia, ‘Contrary to popular belief, Ostriches do not bury their heads in sand. This myth likely began with Pliny the Elder(A.D. 23-79), who wrote that Ostriches “imagine, when they have thrust their head and neck into a bush, that the whole of their body is concealed.” It may not be true about Ostriches, but i’ve comeContinue reading “Heads In The Sand”

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’”

Dunkirk Spirit

‘Dunkirk Spirit’ dates back to the Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940. It’s a phrase used to describe the British public’s ability to pull together and overcome times of adversity. It’s a dogged, backs-to-the-wall phrase requiring Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ to be played whenever it is invoked. It is a phrase that I believe accurately describes British cycle campaigning over the last 30Continue reading “Dunkirk Spirit”