Bamboo frames and bunting to enforce Rule 163

Inspired by the Latvian riders who demonstrated last year just how much more road space a car takes than a bike, two Bradford artists have teamed up with their local inclusive cycling group to demonstrate how much room a cyclist needs, according to the Highway Code.

Rule 163 says: "Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so. You should … give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car.

Cycling 4 All, which provides adaptive bikes for riders with disabilities, teamed up with artists Tim Curtis and Luke Owens.

Curtis and Owens built colourful bamboo frames for the bikes so they occupied roughly as much road space as a small car.

They then headed out into the streets of Bradford to see what reception they got.

Mr Curtis, who volunteers at C4A, where his daughter is a member, told Rob Lowson, of the Telegraph & Argus: "We found that some members had a fear of riding on the road, particularly being in traffic while on adapted bikes.

"We saw that as an opportunity to work together and get the safety message across.

"The frames really give a visual impact of how much space cyclists need on the road."

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.