The lawyer best known for getting famous motorists off speeding fines using obscure loopholes is going, erm, 'highbrow' following his appearance on Good Morning Britain alongside Cycling UK's Duncan Dollimore last week. Freeman will be talking to Mike Graham on Talkradio about "cyclists who jump red lights and why we need robust legislation to make the roads safer for all of us." The 'discussion' will air at 11:30am tomorrow.
We're confident that Mr Graham, who recently said on his show that cyclists are "an absolute eyesore on the entire country” and described cycle commuting in London as the preserve of "Lycra-clad, new tech start-up types", will table a fair and balanced debate on the topic...
“Have you been in an accident that wasn’t your fault?” pic.twitter.com/yhwznkWuYg
— Matt Becker (@MattBecker82) August 10, 2020
"Hi Dave. Can you come back and give me a lift?"
— Colin Lynch (@FormerTTchamp) August 10, 2020
OK lads, send in the air strike. Target is about 1min ahead, head bobbing, elbows out.
— Matt Becker (@MattBecker82) August 10, 2020
The Welshman appears to be on the phone with a helicopter in the background, and social media hasn't disappointed with the replies.
The Evening Express reports that 28-year-old Dean Wells pleaded guilty to the unusual crime, after stealing a pigeon from a pigeon loft in Elgin, Scotland and also stealing a bicycle from a different address on the same street. He also admitted to a domestically aggravated charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.
After Wells attempted to take off on the bike he had stolen from a rear garden, the residents decided to go out in an attempt to get the bike back. Wells was reportedly “lying on the ground in an attempt to hide himself”, and the bike was retrieved by the owners, who took photos and called the police.
On the same day, officers were called to another address after a witness found that one of his 17 pigeons was missing from his pigeon loft, which was eventually traced back to Wells. Giving his own plea in mitigation, Wells told the court via video link: “I’d just like to take this opportunity to apologise.
“The theft of the pigeon, that was just a big mistake.
“I’ve got an addiction, and my addiction is to valium and opium. For the bike I was out my face.
“My life has never been so good since I left Elgin. I left to get away from all that trouble. This is just a blip in my recovery.”
Wells asked to be released on bail because “there’s some serious guys in prison looking for me just now"; however he was remanded in custody until later this month, with Sheriff William Summer citing Wells' "raft of previous convictions.”
Thanks to "time off through furlough", Chris Canham set off with Vinnie the Jack Russell on the 28th July, and has completed around 500 miles so far. They will also stop off at all of the three peaks and climb them on route, and are pressing ahead despite numerous mishaps along the way. His friend Craig Hudson said: Chris' bike, now named Lazarus, has broken on a number of occasions, always being rescued by Chris and a group of good Samaritans along the way. Halfords in particular have been vital in keeping Chris, Vinnie & especially Lazarus on the road, managing to provide work on the more extensive breakages. Some concerns were raised at first about Vinnie, referred to as “The Wonderdog” by the Facebook community, but Chris has won over the Great British public by showing just how much he spoils the pup and how much Vinnie is loving the adventure too."
Posting on a local Facebook group before sending this image to road.cc, the cyclist spotted the oil along the popular Two Tunnels Greenway path in Bath, speculating that it is likely the deliberate work of a saboteur who is attempting to make a warped point about cyclists' speed on the route. He also claimed to have spotted a similar oil patch last week, adding:
“What they need to remember is that this path is used by everyone, including kids and the elderly. It’s now very slippery, potentially very dangerous, and will also be polluting the area once the rain comes.
“Some humans really suck.”
Numerous people replied to say they have reported the issue to the council and to Sustrans, who maintain the route. Another commented: "It's not just a danger to the cyclists, it's an environmental problem as well. As soon as it rains it's going to flow into the surrounding area. This is so pointless and dangerous to a lot of people including children, I'm not a cyclist but I would never dream of doing such a malicious, deliberate act. I hope the police do something."
Although it's not clear exactly what type of bike Cowell was riding when he broke his back, Pure Electric are keen to remind the British public that e-bikes in the UK are subject to much stricter regulations. Their public affairs director Tom McPhail commented: “Some American e-bikes are more like motorcycles and it’s not clear what Simon Cowell was riding when he had his accident.
"By contrast, e-bikes in the UK are well-regulated. E-bikes are an incredible transport solution that can help millions of people get fit, move around cities easily and have fun while they’re doing it; it would be a tragedy if this one isolated accident in Los Angeles deters people from riding them here in the UK, particularly given the way the streets are filling up with cars again since lockdown ended.”
In the US there are three classes of e-bikes, with most capable of a 20mph assisted speed from a motor that could be up to 750 watts. In the UK, motor power is limited to 250 watts and the assisted speed cuts out at 15.5mph (25km/h). Check out eBikeTips' comprehensive guide to e-bikes and the law in the UK here.
Mellow Johnny's of Austin, Texas say they will "no longer purchase, re-sell, and service police-issue Trek bikes and accessories" amid the continuing controversy surrounding police brutality against the black community. They also clarified: "We are not anti-police. We do believe our local police force will protect us from the very threats we are receiving right now.
"We wish this entire community peace and progress and togetherness at the conclusion of these trying times. And we intend to be a part of the discourse, struggle, and growth for Austin, as we have since we opened our doors in 2008."
Back in June, Fuji Bikes suspended sales to US police forces after seeing evidence of their bikes being used against protestors following the killing of George Floyd. Trek rejected calls to take the same action, saying that “bikes can play positive role by continuing to get officers out of cars", and instead outlined a company diversity programme that included the creation of “1,000 cycling industry jobs for people of colour”.
And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met.
Stay safe everyone
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) August 10, 2020
So sorry to hear this.
Sounds a very nasty accident.
I wish Simon a successful operation and a full & speedy recovery. https://t.co/RqBwIzVeqR
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 9, 2020
The music mogul fell of his electric bike near his Malibu home on Saturday, and thanked the doctors and nurses who treated him after undergoing surgery on a broken back. He also said: "Some good advice... If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time."
According to a spokesperson, the 60-year-old had "broken his back in a number of places", and the surgery involved a number of procedures including the installation of a metal rod in his back. The BBC report that Cowell's six-year-old son Eric was with him at the time of the accident.
— AG2RLM Pro Cycling Team (@AG2RLMCyclisme) August 10, 2020
The 35-year-old Belgian and his current teammate Michael Schär will both move over from CCC Team on three-year deals starting from January 2021. AG2R La Mondiale will also begin using their new name, AG2R Citroën Team, at the beginning of the new year.
This week's ride is a 'C', so expect to be getting a bit more of a sweat on if you've only previously joined us on a 'D' week. At least one sock giveaway will take place at some point as always, awarded to the rider who is directly behind the ride leader when we take a screen grab.
Click here to get full details and sign up, and we hope to see your avatar on the start line at 7!
Speaking to Sporza, Yvan Vanmol said that he couldn't give a time frame at this stage, but expects the 23-year-old will race a bike professionally again.
He continued: "Given the seriousness of the accident, Fabio Jakobsen is doing very well.
"Fabio is fully conscious. You can't talk yet, but communicating via text messages is fine.
"At the end of next week he will be ready to be transferred to the Netherlands.
"What we are still concerned about is the aesthetic damage and possibly the muscle group around his mouth. Since no vital organs have been affected, we hope for the best."
Vanmol said he is in communication with a doctor in the Polish hospital Jakobsen is currently recovering in, saying that he "performed his job perfectly."
Jolly bad luck. Was the traffic light red? Like the time I saw you on Brentford High Street cycling through a red light?
— Joanna Biddolph (@JoannaBiddolph) August 7, 2020
Biddolph - who represents Turnham Green ward - sent the reply to Councillor Guy Lambert, questioning if his accident happened when the traffic light was on red because she allegedly saw him cycling through a red light once, apparently. It's safe to say people weren't on her side, with almost a hundred replies accusing her of being "petty", "nasty" and "spiteful" amongst other things...
Even for you Joanna this is particularly odious. You may disagree with him on various issues but he’s in hospital! Try and display some empathy.
— Philip Schroeder (@phil_schroeder) August 8, 2020
What a petty and mean spritted sentiment from an elected official. There should be no space in politics in all mainstream parties for attitudes like this.
— Gareth Fiford (@FifordGareth) August 8, 2020
A dreadful comment of the kind you might expect from a child, not an elected official
— Bike Party (@bike__party) August 8, 2020
Wow, fellow councillor in A&E and you're gloating. What a spiteful response.
— Karen Liebreich (@kareninagarden) August 8, 2020
Biddolph has anti-cycling form, including the time in March 2019 when she asked Twitter: "What's it called when someone on a bicycle whizzes past moving cars in moving traffic on a busy road, squeezing between the car and the pavement or the car and parked cars, almost touching the cars it was whizzing beside?"
Surrey Police replied "filtering", as did the West Midlands Police Traffic Investigations Unit, who said: "Joanna, what you are describing is called "filtering" actively encouraged by @transportgovuk for both motorcycles & cycles, actually taught in bikeability level 3. If done correctly it is risk free and enables those on two wheels to be the most efficient form of transport."
— Team Sunweb (@TeamSunweb) August 10, 2020
During these financially troubling times, simply post the team WhatsApp chat to announce your new flagship signing and hey presto! According to an accompanying press release the 29-year-old Frenchman has signed a two-year deal, and will join up with Sunweb from AG2R La Mondiale for the start of the 2021 season.
— Brighton Argus (@brightonargus) August 10, 2020
The Argus reports that the unofficial cycle lanes in Lewes, East Sussex have been painted around the town centre, including some bike signs and space for bikes to stop at junctions.
The local council are currently discussing whether they should bid for cash from the government's Active Travel Fund, but have condemned the 'graffiti'. A spokesperson commented: “We would never condone the use of graffiti on the roads, it is illegal and potentially dangerous.
“We are currently working on emergency active travel measures to improve social distancing in the centre of Lewes. This has been the subject of local consultation in recent weeks with those directly affected by the proposal.
“This is an extremely challenging time for businesses trying to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. As a county council, our priority is to support those businesses in their recovery.
“The Government has instructed us that Emergency Active Travel Fund measures must be in place by early September, which has limited the amount of time we have to consult.
“We have written to businesses and residents where are proposing temporary measures and asked them to let us know if the measures will have an effect on them.”
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Arriving at road.cc 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 road.cc 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.