I have today written to the Labour administration to say that it is quite wrong to use this period of national crisis to promote Labour's anti car and anti motorist dogma. Birmingham is a motor trade city; many hardworking people rely upon the motor trade to make their living.
— Cllr Meirion Jenkins (@meirionj) May 21, 2020
Councillor Meirion Jenkins, of the Sutton Mere Green ward in Birmingham, is receiving much criticism for claiming that "Labour's anti car and anti motorist dogma" is impacting on Birmingham negatively during the pandemic. Councillor Jenkins says that Birmingham is "a motor trade city", with numerous replies slamming his views.
Dinosaur view. If you put marbles in a funnel along with sand, which will move through faster? Cities must change or nothing will move, the air will stagnate and health will worsen. More active travel + pub transport means more people out of cars leaving functional roads for all.
— marksuttonbike (@marksuttonbike) May 22, 2020
It’s not anti-car or anti-motorist. It’s pro-public transport & pro-city. Are you against reducing air pollution & tackling climate change? It’s not incompatible to support an industry with global customers while also maintaining that cars are inappropriate in the city centre.
— Jordan (@jordanbhx) May 21, 2020
As my city councillor for Mere Green I am very disappointed with your views on cycling as a means of transport. You are at odds with the majority and certainly with your own PM and Transport Secretary.
— John Kirk (@OwlFiftyEight) May 21, 2020
It's also pointed out that the Conservative government themselves have been making huge promises for sustainable transport as of late, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps recently announcing a £2 billion active travel plan with £250 million set aside for emergency infrastructure; Boris Johnson also said he hoped to herald a "new golden age of cycling" during Prime Minister's Questions earlier in May.
Black Mountain - who make a range of adjustable kids' bikes - surveyed 2,000 people with children aged 3-14, revealing that 35% said cycling was the outdoor activity they felt most confident doing with the family during the lockdown. This was followed by walking (29%), wildlife trails (25%), jogging (20%) and climbing (16%). 82% also said they felt comfortable taking their children outside for activities such as cycling during the pandemic.
The questionnaire was part of a wider study by One Poll into how the coronavirus lockdown is impacting outdoor exercise and activities for families, with 89% of parents saying their children are currently eager to do outdoor activities such as cycling. They say this contrasts with a study published by Bristol University prior to lockdown in November 2019, which found children of primary school age were becoming more inactive. Perhaps the best way to get kids outside is to tell them to stay in...
According to Sporza, the Colombian Transport Minister has extended the travel ban in the country until 31st August, with all flights out of Colombia banned until after this date. With Le Tour set to begin on the 29th August, that could pose serious problems for Egan Bernal's plans to defend his Tour de France yellow jersey. Other big names who could be affected unless exceptions are made include Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Uran.
An amazing story about family and love. This girl in India carried her injured father 1,200km on the back of her bicycle, to bring him home. ♥️https://t.co/ajEV9N6B0T
— Jeffrey Peterson🇺🇸 (@realJeffreyP) May 22, 2020
According to various Indian news outlets, 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari has been offered a trial by The Cycling Federation of India (CFI) after they heard about her superhuman efforts to cycle her father from Gurugram to the state of Bihar.
Her father suffered an injury that meant he couldn't work, and with no income Jyoti decided their best option was to make the journey back to their home town. The autorickshaw he used for work had to be returned to the owner, so Jyoti's best option was to sit her father on the rear side of her bike's carrier and cycle. The journey reportedly took seven days.
Speaking to PTI, CFI chairman Onkar Singh said that if Jyoti passes the trial, she will be invited to train at India's National Cycling Academy in Dehli. He said yesterday: "We spoke to the girl this morning and we have told her that she will be called to Delhi next month as soon as the lockdown is lifted. All the expenses of her travel, lodging and other will be borne by us."
"If she needs to accompany somebody from home, we will also allow that. We will see in consultation with our Bihar state unit on how she can be brought to Delhi for a trial."
Keep 2 metres apart when you go outside. That’s:
🔴 1 bed
🔴 2 benches
🔴 3 fridges
🔴 4 chairs#StayAlert
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) May 22, 2020
Yep, that is official government advice and not a parody account. So basically like this guy but with two more fridges if you're out for a ride this weekend...
— The Challenge of Stars (@stars_challenge) May 22, 2020
Among the 16 pros to have signed up for the tournament are Chris Froome, Jakob Fuglsang, Warren Barguil and Nacer Bouhanni. Eight top climbers and eight sprinters will do virtual battle using Bkool's software, and after numerous knock-out rounds there will be a winner for both categories. It's reportedly to be the first virtual pro cycling tournament of its kind, and the courses will be based on Italian terrain influenced by the gradients of the Stelvio and Tuscan hills. The sprinter's course is 1.2km with an average gradient of 0.97%, while the climbers will race over a 2.9km 'climb' with an average gradient of 8.69%.
The races will be broadcast live on Facebook and Youtube at 4.30pm CET on Saturday 23th and Sunday 24th May. The first round match-ups are below...
— The Challenge of Stars (@stars_challenge) May 20, 2020
You have have missed this (we did) but on Wednesday what we think was the first professional race since the lockdown began in Norway. Among the entrants to the race that was broadcast live on Norwegian TV were Edvald Boasson Hagen, and the first stage of three - a 4.1km hill climb time trial - was won by Uno-X rider Andreas Leknessund.
— Richard Plugge (@RichardPlugge) May 20, 2020
The event is reportedly not part of the UCI calendar and was organised in secret to ensure social distancing is maintained and no crowds are attracted.
Seriously... Get OUTTA here, Billy Gibbons - ZZ Tops RIDES the Vegas strip! https://t.co/8JmdLdNR1E
— Stephen Hodge (@stephenhodgeaus) May 22, 2020
He's got legs and he knows how to use them etc etc... the lead singer of the legendary rock band took to the Las Vegas Strip to talk about his love of cycling. Accompanied by his wife, Gibbons was riding a Giant electric mountain bike with a ZZ Top-themed paint job, and wearing what we hope were suitably cheap sunglasses.
He said: "Its amazing what you see on a bike, everything. You've got this 360 panorama. Things that you don't see in the car."
Unfortunately technical issues appear to have prevented us from embedding the video, but head over to the Las Vegas Review Journal to see the on-bike interview.
We have the opportunity to pave the way for a healthier future. 🌿
But time to act is running out. ⏱️
Councils must make #SpaceForDistancing before lockdown is lifted and things go back to normal. 🚴↔️ 🚶♂️
Take action! https://t.co/HEmbAQhIwQ
— Cycling UK (@WeAreCyclingUK) May 22, 2020
Cycling UK are urging the public to continue lobbying councils to make extra cycling and walking space when the lockdown lifts, to avoid going back to our previous car-clogged cities. Temporary 'pop-up' cycling infrastructure has been going up quickly across the UK, but Cycling UK say more needs to be done - yesterday we also reported that Simon Monk of London Cycling Campaign says the capital is "in real trouble" if emergency bike lanes are not built soon.
You can check out our round-up of major towns and cities that have already installed pop-up cycling infrastructure here, and Cycling UK's form to ask councils for cycle space can be found here. Hopefully the plans for your area won't end up looking like this...
Here is a map of the temporary walking and cycling infrastructure my local authority has announced. Very similar to their permanent plans. pic.twitter.com/eW0kA4cECv
— The Ranty Highwayman #SpacesToBreathe (@RantyHighwayman) May 22, 2020
Photos are being shared across social media after a woman allegedly fled the scene after knocking over a Deliveroo cyclist near London's Olympic Park.
The witness above wrote: "Today I witnessed a woman fleeing a scene after knocking down a cyclist.
"I was just skating to the Olympic park so just instinctively chased her, she drove off to "a safe distance" where she decided to check the damage made to her car...
I just took a picture of her car and her doing her "important checks", I mean must have been a big deal to her that she didn't blink over a life she had just violated..."
This, on bookface, but you know... Cyclists n'all that. pic.twitter.com/v4rR5IU2QA
— Ramos (@SezRamos) May 22, 2020
What a repulsive human being 😡
— Tankslapper (@tankslapper) May 22, 2020
The post has ben shared widely across Facebook and Twitter. It's not clear if the incident has been reported to the police yet.
Sussex Police say the 36-year-old male cyclist suffered serious head injuries after the collision in St Leonards-on-Sea, at around 3pm on Thursday. After initially being taken to Conquest Hospital in Hastings he was later transferred to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with a fractured skull.
Police are looking for witnesses, and anyone with information has been urged to call 101 quoting Operation Danson or email collision.appeal [at] sussex.pnn.police.uk
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.