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Live blog: Tom Pidcock to plant four grand’s worth of trees; Government admits it needs to double cycle funding; BBC's Watchdog accused of fuelling anti-cyclist rhetoric; Former Paralympic cyclist identified as man who climbed on plane + more

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11 October 2019, 16:18
11 October 2019, 15:48
Grayson Perry talks cycling
11 October 2019, 16:06
Tom Pidcock celebrates winning 2019 senior national cyclo-cross championship (picture credit 5311 Media)
Tom Pidcock to plant four grand’s worth of trees

British Cyclo-cross champion Tom Pidcock recently sold a load of his old kit with the intention of giving the money raised to charity.

It went pretty well and he raised over £4,000.

“Thanks to you guys I have now got no kit cluttering up the Xbox room,” he wrote in an Instagram story.

“I know I said I’d give the money raised to charity but the most important charity is the environment. So my plan is to get trees planted to offset my carbon emissions. I’m yet to figure out how but will keep you guys updated.

“We’re aiming for 2,000 trees. My mum wants to plant them all.”

He has since planted his first tree.

11 October 2019, 15:44
Temple Newsam Golf Club (via StreetView)
(Another) Leeds golf course to be turned into cycling facility

Cycling is the new golf (again).

Full story here.

11 October 2019, 13:59
Near miss
Near Miss of the Day 314: So what is “the minimum threshold of the offence”?

Pete sent this video and a statement off to Cheshire police, “hoping that something, anything, might be done to educate the driver.” He was told that the force would not be taking action because the incident “doesn’t meet the minimum threshold of the offence.”


11 October 2019, 13:33
Jetse Bol's racing the Tour of Taihu Lake in China
11 October 2019, 11:22
We love a bike bus

A large proportion of the replies question whether the hi-vis is necessary.

11 October 2019, 11:39
Better Cycle infrastructure in Bristol (CC licenced by tejvanphotos:Flickr)
Government admits it needs to double cycle funding

The Government has admitted that funding per head in England will have to double if it is to reach its 2025 target of doubling cycling from 800 million travel ‘stages’ to 1.6 billion.

Transport Network reports that in response to a Transport Select Committee report on its Cycling and Walking Investment strategy, the Department for Transport said: “Interim results from the investment models indicate that annual investment per head in England is likely to need to at least double if the cycling aim is to be achieved in 2025.”

Elsewhere the DfT said it would shortly be updating its guidance to local authorities on cycling infrastructure design.

11 October 2019, 11:10
Justice (Lonpicman, Wikimedia Commons)
Cyclists on Sunday training ride 'left for dead' by Usk driver who’d ‘topped up’ after eight-hour drinking session the day before

“Restarting the heart of my own sister is something I should never have had to do”.

Full story here.

11 October 2019, 08:29
BBC Watchdog invite public to share experiences of dangers with Deliveroo cycle couriers and go undercover

Watchdog's segment focussed on individual experiences members of the public have had with cycle couriers for one of Britain's biggest food delivery companies, and with the hashtag #putthebreakson the argument mostly descended into a debate about 'taxing' and insuring all cyclists on social media. 

Deliveroo insisted their riders are given 'advice' before hitting the road and have a zero tolerance policy to dangerous riding, despite allegations put forward by those featuring in the programme who claimed to have been injured by a cycle courier. When the BBC went undercover, they also reveal their man wasn't asked if his bike was in working order, or if he had passed a cycling proficiency test of any kind. 

Should cycle couriers be subject to a greater level of scrutiny, or are the BBC fuelling an unnecessary fire? 

11 October 2019, 08:18
11 October 2019, 08:10
Get up offa that thing: former Paralympic cyclist James Brown identified as Extinction Rebellion protester who climbed on plane at London City Airport

James Brown, a Paralympic bronze medallist, climbed on the BA plane bound for Amsterdam yesterday morning, saying: "The average salary of people who fly out of here (the airport) is over £100,000 a year. The people who live locally only benefit through the pollution, and of course that's an irony in itself."

The flight was cancelled and Brown was eventually removed from the plane. 

11 October 2019, 08:06
Does it come in a gravel version?

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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