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7 September 2017 0 Comments

Spare your outrage!

The huge media interest in the Charlie Alliston case (even the Guardian couldn’t help itself and used emotive language in its headline on the conviction) is providing a completely skewed and anti cycling bias. Internet trolls have been given free rein to let loose their views on blogs, twitter and newspaper articles. Even Mrs May […]

16 September 2016 0 Comments

Like a moth to the flame

Like a moth to the flame I am drawn to any blog, newspaper article concerning cycle safety. I often can’t help myself and try to engage with the more ignorant and hateful comments in the inevitable bile that follows such posts. It’s rarely worth it. For the record, as part of my job I drive […]

23 May 2016 0 Comments

Is it possible to be a cyclist and not be a little bit angry?

A few weeks ago I was riding with a friend up a big hill on the Wrynose or Bust sportive. As we were on a quiet, wide main road with excellent visibility and it was 10 o’clock on a Sunday morning we judged it safe to be riding 2 abreast (as we had been doing […]

6 February 2015 0 Comments

Steve McNamara and the London Taxi Drivers’ Association

So the leader of London’s Taxi Driver’s says that cyclists are London’s equivalent of ISIS. I’ll skate over the grossly offensive nature of this comment and point out to him that cyclists don’t kill people, aggressive and dangerous driving does. I don’t condone running red lights on a bicycle any more than I do in […]

15 July 2014 0 Comments

Defining Shared Space

Last week I came across a very interesting blog post?on the ?”As Easy As Riding a Bike” blog about the redevelopment of the centre of Poynton on Cheshire as a “shared space” scheme. I was particularly interested in this post because I used to live very near to the town in question and practically every […]

20 March 2014 0 Comments

Cycling to School in Caton

Living in a small village, as we do, means that on most days, weather and work schedule permitting we are able to cycle to school. Me being dad, and Hannah, almost 10 on her bike, and Luke (6) on the tagalong behind me. We have to cross a main road (this morning it took almost […]

4 February 2014 0 Comments

Perception of Risk

If you have read any media in the last few months you will have been struck by the huge attention given to the rash of deaths of cyclists on London’s roads this winter. It doesn’t really help to point out that cycling on roads (and driving) have become progressively safer over the years (see this […]

28 August 2012 3 Comments

#sharetheroaduk A classic social media car crash

Last week, with much fanfare, a car insurance company called Ingenie launched a social media campaign called #sharetheroaduk. The campaign was led by Ingenie ambassador, Gary Lineker. What followed was a very public and painful lesson in the way social media works. To be fair, a cursory glance at the manifesto which emphasised mutual respect […]

2 August 2012 0 Comments

What if?

What if… It was shown that by wearing a bike helmet you are increasing your risk of colliding with a motor vehicle? If it was shown that the largest number of deaths inside a motor vehicle were caused by head trauma and could be significantly reduced by the compulsory wearing of helmets? The quarter of […]

14 May 2012 0 Comments

Feeding the Trolls

The Institute of Advanced Motorists are exactly the sort of people you expect to be treating cyclists with respect out on the road. Or so I thought. In today’s Guardian Peter Walker published a damning critique of a survey conducted by the IAM about cyclists and red light jumping. Here is the IAM’s story on […]

4 April 2012 1 Comment

Infographic on cycle injury claims

Infographics are a modern and cool way of displaying data. They’ve been around for a long time but have gained new popularity in the internet age through crowd sourcing projects and information designers like David McCandless. So, when a twitter colleague alerted me to this graphic I thought I’d share it. Note, it’s promoting a […]

5 March 2012 3 Comments

Eric Ollerenshaw MP

My local MP is Eric Ollerenshaw (Con) and I wrote to him recently to ask him to do 2 things. Firstly I wanted him to sign a non-party political Early Day Motion on promoting the Times cycle safety campaign. Secondly I wanted him to attend the Backbench debate held in Westminster Hall on cycle safety […]

25 February 2012 1 Comment

Car Drivers Are All Morons

photo credit: tranchis via photopin cc Sorry, it’s true. This week saw the much vaunted Back Bench debate on cycling safety attended by 71 MPs which apparently is a very decent turnout for such events. I wrote to my MP, Eric Ollerenshaw requesting him to attend the debate and sign Early Day Motion 2689 supporting […]

22 February 2012 0 Comments

Write to your MP

MP for Cambridge, Julian Huppert, has tabled an Early Day Motion to demonstrate Parliament’s support for the Times #cyclesafe campaign which I wrote about earlier this month.?Please use to write to your MP to ask them to sign the Early Day Motion and to attend the important depate on cycle safety on Thursday afternoon […]

2 February 2012 0 Comments

Times publishes manifesto to prevent cycling deaths

After a spate of recent accidents involving death and critical injury to cyclists The Times has launched a manifesto for cycling safety. In part this was prompted by the critical injury to one of their own staff: Mary Bowers. Nevertheless, whatever the motive it’s a welcome change to the usual cyclist bashing nonsense that appears […]