Archive for the ‘Urban Cycling’ Category

South Yorkshire Police – encouraging dangerous driving

16 February 2014

Two scenes on the Sheaf Valley Cycleway, Sunday 16 February 2014

Coach parking 16-2-14 2

This is a visiting supporters bus in Sheffield for a football match. It’s parked here on Bramhall Lane because the driver was instructed to do so by South Yorkshire Police. (more…)

Why cycling is important to all of us

7 December 2013

Here’s a great post in the “Cycling in the Peak District” blog explaining why cycling could be an answer to a lot of health problems in older age, including dementia. Even people who have not cycled before will get great benefits if they start to ride a bike regularly. Cycling is particularly useful since it can be much easier for people with creaky joints than walking.


There are plenty of places where everybody feels safe on their bikes, just not in Britain.
Image thanks to Situp Cycling

Of course the big problem is that (more…)

It’s Not About Cyclists

3 December 2013


When six cyclists were killed on the roads in London in a two week period the national press treated it as a big story, there was a passionate debate including contributions from the head of the Metropolitan Police and the Mayor of London and 1000 cyclists took part in a demonstration calling for action.

During that same period another sad death occurred. A young man, 19 years old, was in a car crash near my home and died three days later. (more…)

Nether Edge Bikebus

19 November 2013

I thought it was time to mention the project I’ve been working on for most of this year since my retirement. It’s a way of combining my interests in design, cycling and social action.

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Everybody Needs an Active Childhood.

18 November 2013

Image from Get Cycling Disability

So why did these inspiring stories make me depressed?

Last Friday I watched part of the BBC’s “Children in Need” charity marathon. One of the many great stories was about a seriously disabled boy who had been helped by a specially adapted tricycle and there was a happy video of him out cycling with his pals. His family were thrilled that he was being physically active and enjoying the outdoors with other children. (more…)

Take These Chains…

3 November 2013

Worried about leaving your bike on the street?
image thanks to Dustin Quasar

Here’s a brilliant article by Eric Hansen who started his research by talking to professional bike thieves in New York. A great read, lots of insight and he ends up with some very simple practical advice. Mainly that there are some very good affordable U locks available, cables don’t work at all, any lock can be broken and understanding the thieves is the best starting point to planning your own security.

Thanks to Andrew Richards who told the CycleSheffield members forum about Eric’s article.

(this post also appears in EdgeCyclists, the Nether Edge Bikebus blog)

Companies that Endanger Cyclists – Central Travel of Sheffield

23 October 2013


Central Travel of Sheffield Broke the Law and Put Cyclists in Danger

This bus is parked on the cycleway on Asline Road in Sheffield, it’s part of the Sheaf Valley Cycleway, a route used by a lot of cyclists between the city centre and Southwest of the city, it’s also useful for local people and runs past a school very close to this point. (more…)

Aggressive direct action against barriers?

7 April 2013

A little while ago I posted my thoughts about unreasonable barriers on cycletrails and why I thought Sustrans were not confronting the issue as squarely as they should.

photo of angle grinder vigilante

Angle Grinder Warrior or Anti-Social Vandal?

I’ve just had a comment on that post from somebody who calls themself F***Off (I’ve masked the offensive word) who says their email address is f*** (you have to give an address to post a comment)

I’ve deleted it of course since I believe in being open about yourself and somebody who hides their identity in such an aggressively rude way should not have a platform but the comment was interesting so I thought it was worth discussing. (more…)

Great advice for motorists

12 November 2011

Most cyclists also drive cars so it’s great to see a drivers’ website taking a positive approach to the relationship between motorists and cyclists, with some very good advice thrown in.

Well done

With some cool pictures of sports cars and sporting cyclists, not quite the cyclechic image that many of us subscribe to but it helps to promote an idea of stylish equality.

postscript (2013). Is that Bradley Wiggins in the last photo, taken before he was a national hero?

Creating Conflict in Sheffield

16 October 2011

Planners set up conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians

I’ve been very critical about some of the very poor investments that my city, Sheffield, has made in cycle facilities so you might think that when they create a long section of wide, well-surfaced separate cycle track alongside the city’s inner ring road, giving access to important buildings including the railway station I would be very pleased.

Sadly it’s a mixed blessing and while the cycle track has done some good, weak insensitive design has created new problems and put cyclists into conflict with pedestrians, just the thing that a separate cycle track should avoid. (more…)