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Live blog: Ex -transport secretary swaps car for bike and wins bet, Sky's new owners Comcast to continue to finance Team Sky till 2021?, campaign to let school run parents use bus lanes, BBC Bristol commuter race highlights cycling infra need + more

Putney MP Justine Greening's colleagues didn't think she'd stick to two wheels through Christmas - she proved them wrong...
09 January 2019, 17:38
Former transport secretary wins bet after giving up car for bicycle

Justine Greening, who served as transport secretary under David Cameron in 2011-12, has won a bet with her colleagues after ditching her car for a bicycle last year and making good on her pledge to keep riding through to beyond Christmas.

The Conservative MP for Putney tweeted about her change in mode of transport back in September.

On New Year’s Eve, she was back on Twitter to confirm she had won the bet – and encouraged others to follow her example.

09 January 2019, 15:43
FSA's new ACR system is coming soon

FSA/Vision's new ACR System is a fully integrated aero cable routing
solution that houses all cables, wires and hoses internally for a super clean look. The core of the system is built around the headset and an integrated cockpit, and by using standard headset dimensions, FSA say the system maintains strength. By routing cables through the headset, it also safely preserves a round steering column that is free of drilling, and brands can utilise a single frame design at a variety of spec levels just by adjusting cockpit and headset selection. We've got it on a brand spanking new Bianchi Oltre XR4 Disc that will be reviewed on the site soon, so stay tuned...

09 January 2019, 15:14
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Gore launch Gore-Tex Infinum Stretch Gloves, made using 3D technology

Gore say these new gloves imitate the natural shape of the hand due to the manufacturing process, being shapep by placing them over artificial hands and exposing them to heat in a special oven. They say the process uses 30% fewer seams and less material while producing a substantially improved grip. the Infinium material is windproof and water repellent, and are described as "the ideal multifunctional gloves for outdoor activities as well as sports like running and cycling." The price is £39.99 and they're available to buy on Gore's website now. 

09 January 2019, 12:47
Team Sky could continue until 2021 with funding from Comcast, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport

The Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reported in their newspaper today that Comcast, who recently paid £30 billion for Sky, will continue funding the cycling team that bears its name through 2020-21. It's thought that they've guaranteed up to 70% of the financing to Dave Brailsford, and the rest of the money would need to be raised from other sponsors. 

Last month Sky announced they will end sponsorship of the cycling team at the end of the 2019 season, piling pressure on Brailsford and co to find new financial backers to keep the team going - we'll be following this to see if the reports are true over the coming days. 

09 January 2019, 12:42
Keynsham to Bristol quickest by bike but "no victory", says BBC radio reporter

Some of us in the office have rode this route and agree it's terrifying. 

09 January 2019, 10:12
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School run bus lanegate... poll 90% against

The Plymouth Live poll is currently dead against the novel idea of letting parents use/clog up bus lanes to take their kids to school... and you lot appear to agree. 


09 January 2019, 08:59
Racing Belgian Cyclocross in the Dark...

If you thought that a top-level cyclocross race in Belgium was hard enough, why not take away the natural light?

Follow British under 23 racer Cameron Mason through the elite race.

09 January 2019, 07:24
Plymouth (Image cc licensed from Flickr user bobchin1941)
"Let parents on the school run use the bus lane", says Plymouth campaign

There are so many things wrong here we don't know where to begin, but we'll attempt to summarise - an article on the Plymouth Herald's website Plymouth Live is 'reporting' that a car leasing company, fittingly called LeaseCar, have started a campaign calling for parents on the school run to be allowed to use bus lanes. They say it could ease congestion and "save hours" for mums and dads by allowing them to skip the morning rush hour: "families who must promptly arrive at school before work often get held up on congested British roads and need help to avoid lateness. Allowing parents to make use of quiet bus lanes would save them valuable time and help sleep deprived pupils cope with annually increasing educational pressure. A quicker journey to school should mean children have more time at home to spend on homework and extracurricular activities, with the family and resting."

If you live in a city or have common sense, you may also be thinking that allowing parents on to bus lanes may simply... clog up bus lanes, thus making it slower for buses carrying lots of people more efficiently to make their journeys, and also make it more dangerous for cyclists who are legally permitted to use bus lanes in the UK. 

While local news website comment sections aren’t usually renowned for being favourable towards cycling and sustainable transport, the 26 comments and counting on Plymouth Live so far appear to be overwhelmingly against the campaign as well. The idea of safer streets so kids can cycle to school instead is suggested, and it's also mentioned that it would be extremely difficult to police. 

What's all the more odd is how the article appears on Plymouth Live (link here ICYMI) - author Max Channon hasn't used quotation marks after the brief intro outlining LeaseCar's cunning plan, so the text reads like a piece of Plymouth Live's own editorial... is this a strange misguided advert that Plymouth Live have failed to label as such? Do Plymouth Live actually just think this is a good idea? Would you share a bus lane with lots of people carriers taking their little cherubs to school?? We're confused, it's all confusing, we don't know what's going on! 

*We can't find an original source of the campaign and there's nothing about it on LeaseCar's website... however Plymouth Live are currently running a poll asking if we think parents should be able to use bus lanes, which is probably the best way to voice your displeasure at the moment.

09 January 2019, 07:18
This is how the Danes attend a sustainable transport summit

The pair in the photo are from the Danish embassy in Vienna, and are on their way to a meeting with Austrian federal president Alexander Van der Bellen about climate protection and sustainable transport. Of course like most Copenhageners they go by bike which shouldn't be surprising, but it's quite an ironic juxtaposition that the Portuguese contingent behind them have chosen to arrive in a pretty sizeable wagon...

09 January 2019, 07:16
Answers on a virtual postcard...

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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ktache | 5 years ago

Well done Justine Greening.  

brooksby | 5 years ago

On the tweet about planning consultations/planning for cycle parking vs e-car chargers, I like the twittery reply that says:


Because a cycle hanger takes valuable road space from cars and charging points take cheap pedestrian space from people.

Kind of sums our government's real attitude toward allocation of road space correctly, I think.

simonmb | 5 years ago

How about the novel idea of putting the kids on the buses instead?

jamesfifield | 5 years ago

Reading the replies below the Danish Embassy's tweet, it looks like one of the cyclists is Leigh Turner, the British Ambassador to Austria. This would also partly explain the kilt!

hylozoist replied to jamesfifield | 5 years ago
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jamesfifield wrote:

Reading the replies below the Danish Embassy's tweet, it looks like one of the cyclists is Leigh Turner, the British Ambassador to Austria. This would also partly explain the kilt!

Yep.  The British Embassy in Vienna also has a small pool of bikes for staff to borrow to get to meetings.  But those bar ends though....

Kendalred | 5 years ago

As if the average motorist doesn't already have an overblown sense of entitlement, we now have a sub-section of motorists who have an even greater sense of entitlement!

They'll be wanting flashing lights and sirens next.

John Smith | 5 years ago

What a brilliant idea. Come up with something batshit mental which is clearly nonsense, but you can claim is well intentioned, but will get the red tops talking in some way. Claim it as a brilliant idea. Talk to a local journalist under your company’s name. Free advertising on national news!

PRSboy | 5 years ago

Great idea.  Even better, what is needed is a number of large multi-occupancy vehicles that could travel in the bus lanes, for which users would be charged a modest fee.  If only there were such a thing, people could be encouraged to use these, then there would be less congestion.

Hirsute | 5 years ago

I'm going to move to Plymouth where there is a bus lane outside every house and school.

burtthebike | 5 years ago

Wow!  In this day and age, it is quite sobering to find that dinosaurs really do exist.

Some good news though, as the poll is currently 91% against.

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