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Live blog: Geraint Thomas insists cycling among "cleanest sports", Confused Tory MSP says "bicyclists ride at 30 to 40mph" when there's a 20mph speed limit, Chris Hoy's new Flying Fergus children's book is out this month + more

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07 February 2019, 16:43
Extra places released for Vélo Birmingham & Midlands 100-mile sportive

Vélo Birmingham sold out in the first instance, but if you missed out first time you can now apply for one of a small batch of extra tickets released ahead of the event on the 12th May. You can also enter the new 42 mile route announced if you fancy a shorter day in the saddle. Link to the 100 mile waiting list is here and 42 mile entries here

07 February 2019, 15:58
Some positive bike-related news from Scotland

This is a great idea. Wonder if they rode there at 40mph in a 20 zone the swines? (see earlier post) 

07 February 2019, 15:49
Cycling "one of the cleanest sports around", claims Geraint Thomas

While there's hopefully some truth in what the Tour de France champ says in that it's much cleaner than it was, you can imagine it didn't go down so well with sceptics on social media... 

07 February 2019, 15:43
Valverde plans to defend world title in Yorkshire

The veteran wants to attempt a defence of his crown on the tough course... although we reckon a certain Slovakian might have some say in it. 

07 February 2019, 13:44
"Bicyclists doing 30mph or 40mph" in 20mph speed limits, claims Conservative MSP

These excerpts from the Rural Economy and connectivity committee are at best frustrating and at worst downright infuriating, perfectly demonstrating the problems we face when trying to promote and implement active travel measures in the UK. This quote from Edward Mountain MSP is arguably the killer quote that will make you want to tear your hair out. 

07 February 2019, 13:48
London politicians out in force to condemn decision to block CS11

Will Norman expressed his disappointment at the decision to block work to build the cycle route from Swiss Cottage to the West End, as did Sadiq Khan. CS11 was originally blocked by High Court judge Sir Ross Cranston in September, saying work can't start until “the cost benefit/analysis is premised on the whole scheme being implemented.” Westminster Council said that its residents were “overwhelmingly opposed” to proposals for some parts of CS11 but argued that despite multiple requests it had not received necessary traffic modelling and mitigation measures from TfL such that it could make an informed decision about its installation. Following this appeal, CS11 won't be happening as it stands. 

07 February 2019, 13:27
Chris Hoy's latest Flying Fergus children's book is out later this month

Written by Hoy and illustrated by Joanna Nadin, the latest instalment about the adventures of Flying Fergus is called The Photo Finish. 

07 February 2019, 13:25
Cycling in the Netherlands vs everywhere else

This heatmap is pretty telling. 

07 February 2019, 13:20
Sustrans raising awareness of car overload on our roads during the school run ahead of The Big Pedal

The cycling and walking charity are organising the event that takes place between 25th March - 5th April, with the aim being to get schools competing for who can get as many of their pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking or scooting to school as possible. Find out more here.  

07 February 2019, 12:20
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Dorset community nurses now riding to appointments on e-bikes, inspired by a group trip to Holland

The Nursing Times reports that after shadowing Dutch nurses during a trip to Holland last year, Dorset community nurses have now been given e-bikes to travel to appointments to make them more visible in the community and help to change the public perception of what they do. 

Hattie Taylor, from Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, told the Nursing Times about the trip to Holland, which involved six nurses shadowing six Dutch counterparts: “We followed colleagues that do similar to what we do here, but here we go out and about in our cars and there, because it’s quite flat, they all go out on bikes. 

"They realised that it was a lot quicker sometimes on a bike than in a car, because you don’t have to wait in traffic and you don’t have to find a parking space, you just arrive. And it felt like you were doing something that was helping you keep fit as well and it helped you to get a bit of fresh air and get a different perspective than you do when you’re just sitting down in a car." 

On their return to the UK the Trust partnered with Fizz bikes who rented them bikes at £35 a month, and the scheme is now fully up an running for nurses in Dorset. Taylor said they'd had a positive response from nurses and patients since the ebikes have been deployed, with the electronic assistance meaning staff don't turn up sweaty to appointments to boot. 


07 February 2019, 09:58
This letter to a local newspaper in British Columbia speaks volumes about irrational opposition to cycle lanes

As the writer points out, one felled tree due to a cycle lane being built provokes outrage; 800 chopped down for a road junction, and no-one bats an eyelid.

07 February 2019, 09:45
Tributes to Paul Sherwen as hundreds attend Manchester Cathedral memorial service

The memorial service took place in Manchester yesterday of Paul Sherwen, with family, friends and former colleagues joined by hundreds of members of the public to pay tribute to the pro cyclist turned commentator who died in December at the age of 62.

Among those who attended yesterday and paid tribute to Sherwen was Ned Boulting, who worked alongside him when he and Liggett provided ITV’s commentary on the Tour de France.

ITV Cycling also produced the following video as a tribute to Sherwen, covering his career both in the saddle and behind the microphone.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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