Re Regent's Park...
Big news! The Royal Parks, which is responsible for 8 of London’s largest and most iconic green spaces (including Regent's Park) have a bold new transport strategy up for consultation.
— London Cycling Campaign (@london_cycling) June 11, 2019
Incidents like the one in the clip below could actually become a thing of the past thanks to a consultation that wants to close the Parks' roads to motor traffic, as we reported at the weekend. You can show your support by filling out the form here.
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"I'm going to take a photo of you to show my patients why I'm late". Doctors drive up wrong side of the road and are blocked by cyclist, and an angry exchange ensues for over five minutes
It's happened before and it will happen again, but the latest attempt by a driver to head down the wrong side of the road to turn right at this junction in Regent's Park has been foiled by a very determined cyclist, who stood in the way for five minutes before the driver and unrepentant passenger eventually back up. What ensued in between is an oscar-worthy few minutes of sarcasm, name-calling and excuses.
This video shows how vulnerable road users are starting to assert themselves over lawbreakers in cars. The passenger has no concept whatsoever that you can't go the wrong way down the road. Watch — fascinating.
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) June 12, 2019
While the driver honks his horn, the passenger claims they are doctors who are late to see patients, which is why they wanted to cut the traffic queue. The passenger admits to the offence, and even takes a photo of the cyclist to "tell cancer patients why they are late."
The footage was retweeted by Jeremy Vine, who commended the cyclist going by the name Cycling Mikey on Twitter.
Bizarrely, a taxi driver towards the end of the video berates the cyclist for holding up the traffic - even though for him the blockage would have been exactly the same whether the cyclist was there or not.
Do we need more Cycling Mikeys, or would a camera snap and a quick call to the authorities been enough in this case? Do let us know your thoughts.
Breaking news: Froome taken to hospital after crash at the Dauphiné, putting his Tour de France hopes in jeopardy...
Not good news for Froome or Team Ineos. Full story here.
Man who missed the Fred Whitton thanks to Virgin Trains bike booking blunder demanding hotel and race entry refund
.@VirginTrains You offer me only a £66 refund for my ticket and a standard class ticket but not the refund for my @fred_whitton entry or my hotel? Are you kidding? If you can send me a £66 cheque, you can refund me for EVERYTHING. This is not good enough. @richardbranson
— NW6Cyclist (@Cycle_Whamp) June 12, 2019
The disgruntled cyclist received £66 compensation from Virgin Trains for his ticket - but wants the full race entry and hotel cost off them too. Virgin asked for the matter to be handled via private message, to which the man insisted it be handled publicly to show them up. How do you think this will go? We'll be following in earnest with (hopefully) a full story coming later today...
Flying mount perfection?
A race-saving moment?
— The Women's Tour (@thewomenstour) June 12, 2019
Cyclocrossers and triathletes take note... Marianne Vos shows us how to nail the flying mount, and manages to roll smoothly back into the peloton like nowt happened.
Cyclist captures numerous blockages along new Cycle Superhighway in Birmingham
68-71 Kent Street 13.41 on 9 June. pic.twitter.com/eRuQT6H9M0
— Karen Canner (@kazhardwick) June 9, 2019
The second city's first dedicated 'Cycling Superhighways' on the A38 and A34 were officially opened by Shanaze Reade and Jason Kenny last week, but some commuters are already complaining of blockages along the route from council bins, joggers and cars parked along it, according to the Birmingham Mail and several cyclists on Twitter.
— Ryan Stait (@ryan_stait) June 9, 2019
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, PC Mark Hodson of West Midlands Police Road Harm Reduction Team said: “We will be patrolling the new cycle routes on police bicycles to ensure that the infrastructure is being used in a lawful manner by all road users.
"When we witness any misuse or offences then we will deal with this through our usual combination of education and enforcement.”
Of all the things...
Some bizarre scenes captured here, where a helicopter blew multiple riders off their bikes mid-race. It looks like none were hurt as they battle to re-mount against the huge winds generated by the chopper.
Bloody cyclists, never stopping at crossings or red lights...
Since I started cycling to work I'd like to think my awareness of my surroundings whilst cycling and driving has improved vastly, this morning being a prime example. Approaching a pedestrian crossing, I could see in the distance someone walking towards it.... pic.twitter.com/mBAXYwpVg6
— Duncan Milne (@DM_No5) June 11, 2019
A small consolation
Just received excellent news. Yes it is actually possible to get a conviction for close passing. This driver received €250 fine, 3 points and a conviction after pleading guilty. @SafeCyclingEire @roadcc @Cyclistie @IrishCycle @CorkCyclingCrew @sticky_bottle @CitizenW0lf pic.twitter.com/TJejqV7fIX
— Righttobikeit (@righttobikeit) June 11, 2019
This Irish cyclist managed to get a conviction from submitting evidence of a nasty close pass, with the driver getting three points and a 250 euro fine. Look out for our guide to submitting camera evidence in the coming weeks to make sure you know how to go about reporting dodgy driving like the above.