Green Party Assembly Member Caroline Russell has tweeted about how she was abused by the driver of a Range Rover as she cycled round the Highbury Corner gyratory in North London, which is due for an overhaul under Transport for London's Safer Junctions scheme to make it less dangerous for vulnerable road users.
Her tweet has seen her receive a lot of support from other Twitter users, some of whom recounted their own experiences of being abused by motorists.
Just been yelled at to “get out the way you bleedin stupid woman” by a man in a Range Rover on Highbury Corner. I was riding correctly, arm out, round the gyratory. So much anger. Shaking.
— Caroline Russell (@CarolineRussell) January 8, 2019
I dug my bicycle out of the shed. I have only ever ridden it once before because roads terrify me and I'm nervous and skittish. I got on it and cycled for an hour. To the sea, to the boundaries, to the horizon, and home. I wasn't afraid, today. #DayEleven #ODAAT pic.twitter.com/IbzbLQIZJI
— Jack Monroe (@BootstrapCook) January 8, 2019
The popular food writer and journalist, who last year went up in everyone's estimations even more by suing and almost bankrupting far-right sh*t stirrer Katie Hopkins for libel, has been impressing the cycling community too by going out for a spin in the countryside. Monroe is "looking into local Bikeability courses" and admitted to being nervous and skittish on the bike previously, but all went well this time around.
USA Cycling has announced that Rob DeMartini, who has served as CEO of shoe brand New Balance for the past 12 years, has been appointed as their new CEO. USA Cycling's last two bosses were both former elite cyclists, and although DeMartini describes himself as a keen recreational rider according to the Denver Post, the new appointment was mostly due to his many contacts in the business world.
DeMartini presided over a turbulent time for New Balance in 2016, when it emerged that their owner Jim Davis had personally donated $400,000 to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and a New Balance staff member appeared to offer support for Trump's planned Trans-Pacific Partnership; however the company said the comments were blown out of proportion and only related to trade, and that New Balance "does not support Trump" or "tolerate bigotry or hate in any form”. It didn't stop democrat supporters from burning their trainers en masse and promise lifetime boycotts of the company, and the comments also impressed Neo-Nazis who dubbed New Balance "the official shoes of white people"; but two years on it appears little lasting damage has been done to their image.
Will DeMartini make USA Cycling great again? He starts work in February 2019.
Remember those Back to the Future and Star Wars ride simulators that were popular in 90's theme parks? Well here's that but on a spin bike. No thanks...
There's plenty of weird and wonderful cycling-related inventions on display at the world's biggest consumer technology show this week... and firmly in the weird camp is this penny farthing-inspired e-cycle named the JackRabbit.
...also at the show is the world's first bike powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, the Pragma Industries' Alpha bicycle.
...and the rather fetching R-Pur Nano anti-pollution mask, that lights up to indicate poor air quality.
We'll be keeping an eye out for more interesting stuff from the show this week, watch this space.
We're looking out for bike-related gear from the world's biggest consumer electronics show, CES, and here's something that caught our eye - a self-inflating airbag gilet.
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) January 7, 2019
There's a more extensive video about it here from the BBC, including an interview with one of the people behind the company that produces it, Helite..
Wait for it ...
The Eureka Cyclists' Cafe in Woodbank on the Wirral is something of an institution in that part of the world - after all, it's been trading for 90 years. Now the current owners, who have run it for 17 years, are looking to sell up and are seeking someone to take it on. Interested? Contact them via Facebook.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.