Grayson Perry talks cycling
Join me at @ShoreditchTH on 24 October where I’ll be talking about my almost spiritual relationship to #cycling, in aid of @sustrans - the wonderful #charity making it easier for people to #walk and #cycle. Get your tickets now and I’ll see you there! https://t.co/8A6RFqM4lb
— Grayson Perry (@Alan_Measles) October 11, 2019
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.
(Another) Leeds golf course to be turned into cycling facility
Cycling is the new golf (again).
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.”
Jetse Bol's racing the Tour of Taihu Lake in China
We love a bike bus
A large proportion of the replies question whether the hi-vis is necessary.
So amazing to see 20 children and their parents enjoying cycling to school on Warwickshire's first school cycle bus. Thanks to everyone who helped @Aurel1e and I make it happen! Incl. @StAugustinesKen + parents, @BritishCycling @WeAreCyclingUK @chrishoy @HOYbikes pic.twitter.com/vJCrVtR3bv
— Adam Tranter (@adamtranter) October 11, 2019
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.
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”.
BBC Watchdog invite public to share experiences of dangers with Deliveroo cycle couriers and go undercover
We head undercover in one of the largest food delivery companies after you’ve been telling us about near misses and accidents. Tonight 8pm on @BBCOne #PutTheBrakesOn #watchdog @FoxNikkiFox @stephbreakfast @Mattallwright pic.twitter.com/Q9ydIqPCXM
— BBC Watchdog (@BBCWatchdog) October 10, 2019
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.
You actually are having a go at individual riders @BBCWatchdog. Reading out unsubstantiated allegations of bad behaviour from people which perpetuates this anti-cycling narrative and creates a terrible environment on the roads for anybody that rides a bicycle. #PutTheBrakesOn
— Elisabeth Anderson (@velobetty) October 10, 2019
&mdaThe_Scourger (@The_IGR) October 10, 2019
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?
Get up offa that thing: former Paralympic cyclist James Brown identified as Extinction Rebellion protester who climbed on plane at London City Airport
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 10, 2019
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.