A Very British Revolution

It is now over a month since I returned from the Cycling Embassy Study Tour to The Netherlands. It has taken this long for it all to really sink in and I advise any of you who have any interest in cycling, transport policy, planning, or you just want to see what a country canContinue reading “A Very British Revolution”

Step Into The Unknown

My Wife and I are still fortunate enough to be invited to parties that don’t involve Jelly, cakes with pictures of Postman Pat and tantrums if the participants get tired (but enough about me! ha, ha, ha, ha, ha etc). Although it’s always nice mixing in adult company, inevitably conversations at such affairs will turn to childrenContinue reading “Step Into The Unknown”

Crap Cycle Lane VI

…it even has shade.   Welcome crap fans and what have we here? Is this the portal to another sublime cycling dimension? A Velocipede Valhalla, if you will. ..the idea being that the Patient Transport vehicle knocks you over and then takes you and your bicycle to hospital. Which is nice.   Don’t be stupid!Continue reading “Crap Cycle Lane VI”

Trading Standards

The advert above was made in Copenhagen by car manufacturer Citroen and I think it portrays quite a positive message for bicycle riding and motoring. The person wearing the anti-pollution mask at the beginning is showing the problem that the product we are about to see is going to solve – quite poignant in view of our recentContinue reading “Trading Standards”

West Sussex County Council – So 1980’s

West Sussex County Council has just published its Transport Plan 2011-2026 (or LTP3). ‘[It] sets the strategy for guiding future investment in West Sussex highways and transport infrastructure, and sets a framework for considering transport infrastructure requirements associated with future development across the county’. This supersedes their LTP2 document, ‘which had the key aims ofContinue reading “West Sussex County Council – So 1980’s”

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”

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”

Why People In The UK Don’t Cycle No 4 – Driving is Easier

  ‘Driving a car is simpler than riding a bike, why that’s ridiculous!’ I hear you say dear reader. You’re right of course, but in the UK we persistently go out of our way to make the more complicated mode of transport simpler, and the simpler mode of transport more complicated. I received a thoughtContinue reading “Why People In The UK Don’t Cycle No 4 – Driving is Easier”

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!”