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"This is a bike path, YOU go back!" Cyclist has no time for driver in cycle lane; Evans Cycles slammed over order delays; Sarah Storey "shocked" at police response to dangerous driving report; Hinault steps in to help ailing Mavic + more on the live blog

Welcome to Tuesday's live blog, with Jack Sexty at the controls and Simon MacMichael taking over later this evening...
16 June 2020, 15:11
"This is a bike path, YOU go back!" Brisbane cyclist has no time for driver blocking the bike lane

[OC][AU] get off the damn path from r/CyclistsWithCameras

In the clip, the cyclist filming is faced with the driver of a Hyundai van who has somehow managed to find himself driving down a segregated bike lane. While we can't quite hear what the driver is saying, the cyclist claims he was arguing that he couldn't go back and had to go forward to get off. 

Standing his ground, the cyclist says: "No, you go back! I'm not going anywhere, you go back!", before the driver sheepishly reverses to a crossing point: "When he was turning into the road, the people in the back of the van were calling me an assortment of crude names", he added. 

To add icing on the cake, as a traffic light turns green on the main carriageway the van looks to be inching out, so the cyclist then has to warn the driver to watch for the cars before re-joining. 

16 June 2020, 15:18
South Yorkshire Police camera footage controversy: force confirm they are now looking to identify the driver
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Following replies on Twitter from Inspector Kevin Smith (see further down the page), South Yorkshire Police also sent road.cc this statement:

"Enquiries are underway into reports of dangerous driving on Manchester Road in Crosspool, following reports of a cyclist being overtaken by a car on a double white line on Sunday 14 June. 

"Officers are in contact with the rider and enquiries are on-going to identify the driver of the car. "

16 June 2020, 13:38
Wiggle update: retailer promises all customers affected will be refunded in full, and details were accessed externally
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road.cc have now received a statement from Wiggle regarding a number of their customers who were targeted by scammers - full story here

16 June 2020, 13:34
London Congestion Charge rises to £15, with extended charging hours

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling & Walking say the rise could cut car journeys by a third and "make walking and cycling safer" in the capital. 

16 June 2020, 12:25
Backlash continues on Evans Cycles social media pages, with customers complaining about order delays
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Since posting a statement on the 1st June, Evans Cycles now have over 1,000 comments on their Facebook page and hundreds on their Twitter account, mostly from customers complaining about delays to orders and being unable to contact Evans staff. 

Evans say they can't respond to order queries on Twitter and have advised customers to contact them via email or Facebook messenger; but a number of customers claimed they have been waiting weeks for a response. Like many other bike retailers, Evans have seen sales increase hugely during the lockdown cycling boom citing "unprecedented demand", and say they are "doing everything we can" to get orders fulfilled in good time. 

It's not the first time Evans have been in hot water since the lockdown began, with the Sports Direct-owned retailer accused of taking advantage of an increased demand for turbo trainers back in March by inflating prices. They're also not the only cycling retail business who are frustrating customers due to order delays, with Winstanleys Bikes receiving a flurry of negative reviews on TrustPilot due to missing orders, and delays; some also claimed their bikes were poorly set up and/or damaged when they did receive them. 

16 June 2020, 11:40
Bernard Hinault steps in to help save troubled Mavic
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The legendary cycling brand went into receivership last month, and now the five-time Tour de France winner has joined a 'recovery team' that also includes a banking CEO and a lawyer.   

Hinault told L'Equipe: "I'm very happy to support a French project to rescue Mavic, a brand that has accompanied me throughout my career and which is inseparable from cycling. 

"As a technical partner, Mavic has always been at the service of cyclists in difficulty on the roads around France. It's my turn to put myself at the service of the men and women of Mavic at a time when their business is in difficulty. It only fair to return the favour."

16 June 2020, 10:23
"My attempts to engage haven’t resulted in much action yet": Dame Sarah Storey "shocked" at South Yorkshire Police response to dangerous driving footage

The record-breaking Paralympic champion - who is now Sheffield's Active Travel Commissioner - said yesterday that she was "shocked" by the initial response from South Yorkshire Police on the incident we reported on yesterday. Dame Storey says that while she is disappointed with the lack of action after her attempts to engage with SYP, it is "good to hear" that Inspector Kevin Smith has promised to look into the way police handle reports of dangerous driving. 

16 June 2020, 09:19
Suspected Wiggle cyber attack: retailer responds on social media, and some victims are unhappy
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After we reported yesterday that a number of Wiggle customers claim to have had orders made on their accounts without their knowledge, the retailer have been accused of a lack of transparency and urgency in their responses. 

Beyond their reply to our tweet above, Wiggle are also yet to respond to our request for a statement via email. 

16 June 2020, 10:07
ITV reliving Geraint Thomas' Tour de France victory

You'll be able to watch highlights of each stage on ITV4 starting from next Saturday, reliving G's memorable Tour win; plus there will be 'lockdown inserts' from the man himself. 

16 June 2020, 08:36
Sheffield police inspector promises to look into "wrong advice" given over cyclist who was told his camera footage couldn't be accepted

Our live blog yesterday reported that a cyclist who captured a dangerous overtake on his head cam was told the footage couldn't be accepted because he filmed it while riding a bike; but it appears after some news coverage and an intervention by Superintendent Andy Cox, the incident is going to be looked at again by Sheffield's North West Police team, after Inspector Kevin Smith said that the "wrong advice" was given.

After it was found that an online portal for submitting camera footage of dangerous driving is still yet to be implemented by South Yorkshire Police, Superintendent Cox also offered to help them set it up, with Inspector Smith saying that his team would "love to learn" from Superintendent Cox's experience. 

16 June 2020, 08:29
London pop-up infra still on the rise

Cycling Commissioner Will Norman shows us the new lane on Hampsted road, and the photo on the right in the second tweet shows a planter installed on a road that was previously a rat run for drivers heading to Kew Bridge from Chiswick, according to our news editor Simon. 

16 June 2020, 08:59
Tenuous cycling-related dig at TV army guy

SAS Who Dares Wins presenter Ant Middleton is in hot water over some ill-judged comments he made about Black Lives Matter protestors - perhaps a switch from shouting at celebrities to Le Tour is on the cards?

16 June 2020, 08:22
road.cc Dave is on the final push to Barnard Castle in fundraising mission
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Our own Dave Atkinson and his friend Dan Jones are undertaking a mammoth virtual ride that is the equivalent distance from Big Ben to Barnard Castle, in tribute to some little thing that happened a couple of weeks ago. If you want to chuck them a few quid in support of Genesis Trust, the fundraising page is here....

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.  

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