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"Motorists obey the law... Cyclists don't": Adam Boulton at it again; Some parts of London set for 'largest car-free zones in the world; New bright Shimano commuter pedals; Calls for NHS bike sheds; Cops issue nail trap warning + more on the live blog

It's Friday! Jack Sexty is here to provide your lead live blog coverage today with other members of the team chipping in intermittently.....
15 May 2020, 16:18
Sam Coates latest Sky presenter to be answered over bike scepticism

In reaction to the news that Sadiq Khan plans to transform parts of London into "one of the largest car free zones in the world", Adam Boulton's colleague got plenty of useful suggestions when he asked how he was supposed to around around... 

15 May 2020, 16:39
Sadiq Khan promises some of the world's largest urban car-free zones in London

The full extent of London's Streetspace plans have been announced, with London's Mayor saying TfL will "make central London one of the largest car-free zones in any capital city in the world, increasing walking and cycling and improving our air quality."

Areas set for car-free zones include streets between London Bridge and Shoreditch,
Euston and Waterloo and Old Street and Holborn. More streets will see space repurposed for cyclists and pedestrians, while London's cycling network is also set to be added to. 

"London's road to recovery cannot be clogged with cars", reiterated Khan. 

15 May 2020, 15:07
Shimano launch new flat pedals for commuters in an array of bright colours
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Hipsters with those bright-coloured fixies will be glad to know that they might now be able to match their steed with a pair of Shimano's new PD-EF202 or PD-EF205 flat pedals. Available in black, silver, gold, red or blue, both are designed for trekking, commuting and mtb'ing. The PD-EF205 has a closed aluminium body with a resin plate to create a stable platform even if you're wearing formal shoes, while the open design of the PD-EF202 is more aimed at shedding away much on trails.

Prices are yet to be announced, but Shimano say the PD-EF202 will be available in stores from July and the PD-EF205 should land in August. 

15 May 2020, 13:18
Adam Boulton is at it again, claiming motorists "obey the law" while "cyclists don't but should"

The sweeping statement from the Sky News Editor-at-large has provoked a strong and baffled reaction online - as did his interview with Sadiq Khan - with many pointing him to numerous statistics related to traffic incidents in the UK. 

Boulton claims his points were about 'enforcement' and not incidents, although others have noted that many drivers don't "obey the law", and a large proportion of motoring offences don't face sanctions that would be deemed strong enough in the eyes of many. 

Boulton has form for being anti-cycling - in 2017 he penned a rant in the Sunday Times, claiming "a backlash could be stirring against cyclophilia" and accusing the UK of having "a senseless worship of bicycles”. 

Boulton is yet to back up his claims with evidence or statistics, which awaits with great anticipation. 

15 May 2020, 15:10
Giant and ConnectBike unveil the 'Giant Deliver E' cargo bike, that will soon be delivering Domino's Pizza
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The world's largest food delivery chain Domino's were involved in the specialist e-cargo bike's development, and they're set to be rolled out for delivery couriers to use from this July - full story over on eBikeTips

15 May 2020, 13:48
Cars are clogging up roads near beauty spots, as drivers remove cones to park on roadside in Dovestones

It could be argued that these people are just plain selfish, but the government's lockdown guidance that allows driving to beauty spots while many car parks remain closed hasn't helped matters - the Oldham Chronicle reports that after drivers ignored no parking signs and removed cones to do so, car parks around Dovestone Resovoir have now been reopened today. 

15 May 2020, 13:14
Movistar rumoured to be one of the teams interested in signing Chris Froome, while Ineos dismiss transfer rumours

Although according to Gazzetta dello Sport an Ineos source has claimed any talk of a transfer is fake news, while reportedly admitting that there's a chance he won't be the team's leader when racing resumes.

15 May 2020, 13:03
Nadine Dorries takes break from retweeting doctored videos... to say something half-sensible about cycling

The Tory minister received widespread condemnation for sharing a video from a far-right source making false allegations about Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer; and in her first tweet since, she's said it's time for Britain to "get on our bikes". Cue the inevitable responses... 

15 May 2020, 11:01
Calls for mandatory hospital bike sheds to help prevent thefts
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After growing instances of theft outside hospital entrances across the UK - described as "disturbing" by Spokes Lothian Cycling Campaign spokesperson David French - his fellow Spokes member Professor Chris Oliver has called for 24-hour secure bike sheds to be made mandatory on all NHS Lothian sites. 

The former surgeon told The Edinburgh Evening News: "It’s very upsetting for doctors and nurses to come back to their bike to discover it’s been systematically vandalised for parts or completely stolen. It should be mandatory that NHS Lothian and Edinburgh University provide secure safe bike parking for staff that need to travel to work by cycle.

"It’s no excuse that poor cycling infrastructure persists, especially with the recent move to more active travel with the pandemic."

A 29-year-old doctor who had her bike stolen by a thief who was shown on CCTV spending 10 minutes to snap her lock in half believes that some criminals are turning to bike theft beause shops are closed. 

Police in Lothian say they are reviewng CCTV of the thefts. 

15 May 2020, 11:18
Anything missing from our list? We're just updating it now after some suggestions from the team, but do let us know about other pop-up schemes in your locale
15 May 2020, 10:04
Bafflement at Cleveland Police saying nail trap thugs could 'potentially' be left with a criminal record
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A number of the comments on the Cleveland Police Facebook page have took issue with the warning that offenders could be 'potentially' be left with a criminal record for planting nail traps in wooded areas. Hopefully it will be considerably more than a slap on the wrist for those responsible if they are caught...

15 May 2020, 10:15
Fizik's new Les Classiques Tempo Overcurve R4 pays homage to the cobbled classics
fizik TEMPO OVERCURVE R4 cobbles edition 2020

Not that any of them happened this year, but if you want to honour Paris-Roubaix et al with a pair of 200 quid shoes then you can do so with Fizik's new Les Classiques Tempo Overcurve R4. 

Built around the 'moderately stiff' R4 outsole, they're optimised for tough terrain and the splatter-effect artwork is inspired by the mud, dust, sweat and tears that is  emblematic of cycling’s toughest single-day races. We can't see that they've landed on the Fizik website yet, but when they do they will be priced at £209.99. 

15 May 2020, 09:42
Chris Froome's top indoor training tips

In an interview on Eurosport's 'Lockdown Lowdown' show, Froome says that decent fans, musical or visual distractions and some food within easy reach are the three top things he'd recommend for a better home training experience. Interesting that the four-time Tour champ chose to wear a plain black hoody rather than Team Ineos kit in this video... anything in those rumours, we wonder? 

15 May 2020, 09:33
Jess Varnish appeal hearing set for next week
Jess Varnish at the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London (picture credit

The retired GB track cyclist's appeal hearing against a decision made in January 2019 that determined she had not been an employee of British Cycling is set to take place via webinar on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.  

The BBC report that the decision could take ten weeks, and that the three possible outcomes are the original decision is upheld, it's overturned or it's decided another tribunal needs to take place with three judges. If it is overturned, Varnish could then take action against British Cycling for unfair dismissal, based on the allegations of bullying she said took place within the team set-up. 

15 May 2020, 08:23
Cleveland police warn the public to be "cautious" as reports of more nail traps being planted in woods circulate on social media
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Earlier this month, images of these shocking traps buried in the woods went viral after a cyclist was forced to call for a lift home when the traps punctured both of his tyres; and it's now reached the sad state of affairs where police are asking the public to be "cautious", because it's believed more have been planted, and will continue to be planted over the weekend. People are also still posting more pictures of traps across social media. 

Cleveland Police also added that anyone caught planting traps will be arrested. The Independent spoke to Mary Lanigan, leader of Redcar and Cleveland District Council, who believes the campaign is most likely the work of warped self-styled 'vigilantes' who take issue with people exercising in rural areas during the pandemic. She said: “This isn’t the work of kids. They started appearing not long after the lockdown so I’m not sure it’s a coincidence but … whoever it is, it is shocking. It is stupid. What they’re doing, it could cause unimaginable injury to someone. It has to stop.”

“People have a right to exercise here. If the people putting these horrific traps think they may be helping in some way, all they will do is add to the pressures on our hospitals.”

Yesterday, police in North Yorkshire said they were interviewing two women who admitted on camera to planting traps when they were confronted by a 17-year-old cyclist. 

15 May 2020, 08:20
Geoff Kabush possibly not a fan of new Lance Armstrong documentary

The XC racer clearly doesn't have much time for the new doc on cycling's most famous fraud... will you be watching it?

15 May 2020, 10:14

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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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BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP | 3 years ago
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Well done to Sadiq Khan for holding steady against that provocation by the Sky News person. Many, many years ago I was instrumental in getting the first Bikeability training delivered in London schools. On the launch date, in a junior school, in Central London we had local politicians, the Minister of Transport, people from Cycling Uk and TfL, the Head Teacher, the children and their bikes etc at the school.  I was asked to do a live interview with BBC radio. The first question I was asked (and remember i was in a school with junior children, launching a scheme to help them learn how to ride safely and responsibly on road) was 'why do cyclist go though red lights?" I was so thrown by the line of questioning that I froze and then became defensive. It was a terrible interview after that and I was deeply angry. I didn't have the experience and media training politicians have and i am still so pissed off that the launch of Bikeability training for children in London (and all the years of work that went into it)  was hijacked by some little twit from the BBC. 

PRSboy | 3 years ago

I see Matthew Briggs is weighing into the cycling safety debate again, in a letter to The Times asking what, given the push to increase cycling, is being done about getting new laws passed to punish dangerous cyclists. 

Gus T replied to PRSboy | 3 years ago

PRSboy wrote:

I see Matthew Briggs is weighing into the cycling safety debate again, in a letter to The Times asking what, given the push to increase cycling, is being done about getting new laws passed to punish dangerous cyclists. 

Yes but he's only doing it for our own safety

pockstone replied to PRSboy | 3 years ago

Serves me right for looking.

I didn't get beyond the top left corner of the front page before being confronted by... 'let's decapitate random cyclists for Christmas'...Matthew Parris's smiling mug.

What a filthy rag the Times has become.

nickW1 | 3 years ago

A little bit of sympathy for Mr Boulton please,  A man just over 60 years of age, obviously has weight issues , clearly an at risk for covid and now joins the ranks of Hopkins , littlejohn, and Clarkson in saying stuff to get attention, bless his little cotton socks be kind to those with problems 

eburtthebike | 3 years ago

Adam Boulton; perhaps I'm being naive, but I would have expected some degree of factuality from someone reporting the news, not made up drivel.  He's so biased he could work for the BBC.

crazy-legs | 3 years ago

Related to the Dovestones parking story, I rode out past Ladybower & Derwent Res today (Yorkshire Bridge area). Plenty of cars parking up already - God knows what it'll be like over the weekend - but great to see parking tickets on all the cars that were outside the marked bays (and there were LOTS).

Suspect that as lockdown gradually lifts, people will suddenly find how difficult it is to actually stay 2m apart when walking on pavements and trails or queuing at shops.

WDG | 3 years ago

If Movistar are serious about signing Froome then I wonder who else they will be signing in order to support their 'three leader, no strategy' approach?

brooksby | 3 years ago


pick pocket my flapjack

Is that a euphemism?

If not, it really should be...  3

Sriracha | 3 years ago

Priceless. Could someone who uses Twitter post that 'van driver ploughs into cyclist on roundabout' video to this guy:

Peter Hedley @PWH683
Replying to @adamboultonSKY
Cyclists should pay road tax have an ID plate on their bikes and follow the rules of the road such as a red traffic light means stop and at roundabouts give way to traffic on your right

Hirsute | 3 years ago

Boulton - do you have a point ?

handlebarcam | 3 years ago

Podgy, middle-aged, right-wing bloke hates it when he is occasionally inconvenienced by fitter and/or younger cyclists. Therefore he overestimates any negative effects they might have, ignores all positives, and consistently ignores all evidence to the contrary. News at 11.

brooksby | 3 years ago


Calls for mandatory hospital bike sheds to help prevent thefts

I'm sorry, but if the NHS trusts gave a monkey's about bike theft then they would already have put secure (properly secure) bike storage in place.

Sriracha replied to brooksby | 3 years ago

Indeed, they spent taxpayer money on cctv, but only to give a false sense of security since clearly no one monitors it:
"a thief who was shown on CCTV spending 10 minutes to snap her lock"

David9694 replied to brooksby | 3 years ago

The sort of measure that could be cross-funded from car parking charges if the SNP and the Conservatives weren't more interested in making political capital out of abolishing these.  

Awavey replied to David9694 | 3 years ago

Dont go there,people get surprisingly passionate about their demands to park for free at hospitals,our politicians arent brave enough to make that decision as it no doubt becomes labelled 'Politicians force NHS staff to ride bikes as government raids motorist taxes to fund bike sheds for them' in some publications

ktache replied to Awavey | 3 years ago

The payment system went proper wrong at The Royal Berks, within days, staff, patients and visitors couldn't find anywhere to park.  Was a BIG story on South Today.  Free parking will have the Great British driving public taking advantage.

David9694 replied to Awavey | 3 years ago

Ah, the "hard-pressed" motorist.
"Give me stuff for free - swathes of tarmac cost nowt. But what's this I see you've built  - a secure cycle facility - how much did that cost??"

Legin | 3 years ago

Good luck to Jess Varnish, she deserves justice after the absolute white wash of the investigations findings and the disgraceful bahaviour of some of the BC Coaches. I'm still waiting to see the performance data that led to her dismissal........ is that he wind I hear blowing?

Captain Badger | 3 years ago
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Why the word vigilantes in scare quotes? These thugs are taking the law into their own hands and using violence to further their agenda

No scare quotes for the woman reported yesterday who was challenging cyclists on the pavement. She most definitely wasn't a vigilante (she might be wrong, but not a vigiante)

Some folk might consider it semantics, but vigilanteism is illegal to my knowledge, challenging folk with your opinion, however misinformed, is not.

mdavidford replied to Captain Badger | 3 years ago

Vigilante kind of implies that although your methods may be illegal, they are in pursuit of some kind of just cause. In this case, they have no just cause, so the use of scare quotes seems reasonable, to indicate 'they might call themselves this, but it's not actually an appropriate description'.

Captain Badger replied to mdavidford | 3 years ago
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OK, I'll accept that, well presented.

 Still very wary about applying the term to the woman from yesterday though

Rick_Rude replied to Captain Badger | 3 years ago

Maybe terrorist is a better word? Surely the seek to terrorise cyclists?

Dao replied to Rick_Rude | 3 years ago

terrorist is appropriate. But brings up far too negative and extreme a sentiment. Plus we don't need such a serious term to be wasted on these lowlives compared to the very real acts of terrorism that occur.

eburtthebike replied to Captain Badger | 3 years ago

Captain Badger wrote:

Why the word vigilantes in scare quotes? These thugs are taking the law into their own hands and using violence to further their agenda.

The government's agenda is now to get us to blame each other rather than them

mdavidford | 3 years ago

To be fair to Cleveland Police, they cannot guarantee a conviction - once they pass it to the CPS it's in the hands of them, the courts, and the lawyers, and they can't know what might happen at that point.

eburtthebike replied to mdavidford | 3 years ago

mdavidford wrote:

To be fair to Cleveland Police, they cannot guarantee a conviction - once they pass it to the CPS it's in the hands of them, the courts, and the lawyers, and they can't know what might happen at that point.

In the same way that if I kill someone, I could potentially end up with a criminal conviction, but I suspect that level of retribution probably won't deter too many murderers.

jasecd | 3 years ago
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Geoff should probably reserve judgement until he's seen the film and it's content and perspective.

I'm no fan of Armstrong but even if this is a fawning attempt at rebuilding his reputation then we all know the true story. A variety of sources will give always give a clearer picture.

MTB Refugee replied to jasecd | 3 years ago

I think that the point he is making about clean riders not having a platform it's valid. Lance had and is making a fortune by telling his story his way. This seems very wrong that a cheat makes additional fortunes when those that ride clean don't get the chance. You don't need to watch the documentary to know this is a fact.

jasecd replied to MTB Refugee | 3 years ago

But is the documentary just a platform for a cheat or is it a searching examination of the whole story? As I said, you don't know until you watch it.

As it is I doubt Armstrong will be making an "additional fortune" from appearing in a film about him. 


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