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Broken 'Banksy bike' WASN'T stolen after all; Incredible Belgian bike path in the trees; Nigel Havers complains of cycle lanes 'causing gridlock every day'; Tao's Route; 'Example No.465 of how not to do cycle infrastructure' + more on the live blog

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23 November 2020, 17:56
The famous broken 'Banksy bike' wasn't stolen after all and is "safe and well", according to Nottingham Project

The Nottingham Project, who are behind plans to rejuvenate Nottingham city centre, have responded to earlier reports of the bike that appears in front of a Banksy mural being stolen as false. 

Their statement reads: "Over the weekend it was reported that the Raleight bicycle that formed part of the Banksy artwork that appeared in our city last month had disappeared. 

"Well we have some good news. 

"The bike has been moved and is in very safe keeping. The action was taken to remove any risk to it remaining in its original location. 

"We are working with Nottingham City Council and the property owner to safeguard the future of the artwork, including the bicycle, as an important asset for Nottingham's cultural and creative future. 

"We will be releasing more details of the work to protect the artwork in coming weeks." 

Meanwhile, it appears a Good Samaritan has replace the original bike with a new one in the last few hours (above), so the piece as a whole still makes sense. 

23 November 2020, 16:28
Incredible 700m bike path takes you into the canopy
Belgian cycle path

This is pretty cool. A bike path in Limburg has been shortlisted for infrastructure project of the year at the Deezen Awards 2020. Aptly named 'Cycling Through The Trees', the bike path stands ten metres above the ground and is almost 700 metres long. Deezen say that the structure was built using a single crane to reduce the impact on the forest and no concrete was used in the construction.

Landscape architechture company BuroLandschap's founder, Pieter Daenen, said: "The most important thing for us was to build a structure with the lowest possible impact on the environment and the sensitive nature present.

"The nice thing about the construction is the round spiral shape. Cycling around in combination with cycling in height has something magical. It seems as if visitors are becoming children again. You often see visitors who drive around several times. Moreover, the ride of 600 meters is quite pleasant and not too hard, even if your condition is not too good."

Belgian cycle path

 

Belgian cycle path
23 November 2020, 15:55
Behind the scenes with EF Pro Cycling at the Giro d'Italia

These behind the scenes videos from Grand Tours are becoming more popular with Jumbo-Visma, Team Sunweb and Deceuninck-Quickstep all releasing in-house videos doucmenting their time at the Giro and Vuelta in the past few weeks. Now it's EF Pro Cycling's turn. The film captures the riders' reactions to their special one-off Palace kits and both the team's stage wins from another succesful Grand Tour for the men in pink. 

23 November 2020, 15:27
Wout van Aert looking forward to renewing rivalry with Mathieu van der Poel
Wout Van Aert and his Bianchi Aquila CV at the ITT Belgian National Championships (Credits- Cor Vos) - 1.jpeg

 

Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel have taken cycling to the next level since migrating onto the road from cyclocross. Van Aert won two stages of the Tour de France, Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo in 2020 but it was Van der Poel who got the final laugh, winning the Tour of Flanders in a head-to-head sprint.

The pair are set to renew their ongoing competitive rivalry on the familiar muddy tracks of cyclocross. Van Aert's Strava account shows the 26-year-old is training hard for the season ahead. The Belgian went on a four hour training ride yesterday morning followed by an 11-mile run in the afternoon.

Speaking to his sponsor Red Bull, Van Aert said: "I'm definitely looking forward to taking on Mathieu in the mud. I don't think it is any easier for me in cyclo-cross, everyone also knows Mathieu's ability on the bike. Even if I have very good legs, it's still difficult to get close to him, but that doesn't mean that I'll give up trying.

"I haven't been able to show myself in cyclo-cross very much in recent years due to injuries or just a lesser form but I still want to get back at my best. This year I've come out of the road season very well and there is really nothing to indicate that it would go less in the field.

"I hope to get back to my old level and be at my best in January, especially at the World Championships, so I can compete again with Mathieu and the other riders."

Van Aert and Van der Poel are due to renew acquaintances on December 23 at the X2O Trophy round in Herentals.

23 November 2020, 14:58
Low turnout for anti-LTN group

An anti-LTN Facebook group were left pretty disappointed by this response to a post asking for help handing out flyers... In October Ealing council won a vote that could have seen LTN's implementation suspended across the borough. 

23 November 2020, 14:22
'Scenes of utter havoc': Nigel Havers rants about cycle lanes 'causing gridlock every day' in front of empty Kensington High Street

In an article for MailOnline, actor Nigel Havers complains about the empty cycle lanes on Kensington High Street and blames them for "causing gridlock everyday". Havers is pictured above, by the Mail, in front of an empty Kensington High Street, bar one Range Rover... and with his feet angrily planted in the wheels of the painted bicycle (we're not sure what the significance of that is really). 

Havers wrote: "As my wife and I strolled down our local high street with our dog Charlie early one morning last week, the November air was clogged with fumes. The smell of pollution wafted from hundreds of cars, vans, lorries and buses which were stuck nose-to-tail in a horrendous traffic jam.

"It never used to be like this. We used to relish our brisk morning walks down Kensington High Street where we have lived on and off for the past 40 years. It was one of life’s simple pleasures. But that all changed almost overnight after my local council – without any notice – installed these dreaded new cycle lanes which have caused havoc across the country."

Havers's article goes on to complain about cyclists riding "like they are in the Tour de France peloton", red light jumping and empty cycle lanes. Some people on social media suggested it was hypocritical for Havers, a convicted drink driver, to be commenting on road safety issues.

On the other side of the pond, Kevin Smith expressed his 'love' for cycling this weekend...

23 November 2020, 12:56
MP who suggested a referendum was the only way to settle LTN debate hits back at 'Lycra brigade'

Labour MP Rupa Huq has hit back at the "Lycra brigade" who she described as "surprisingly vicious". In a column for The Telegraph, the MP for Ealing Central and Acton explained that she has received abuse and death threats and that she's "found the Lycra brigade surprisingly vicious".

Huq said: "I've been vigorously lobbied on Syria bombing and Brexit in my time but nothing has inflamed like this."

Having outlined her own history of commuting by bike as a child and at university, Huq continued: "Post-LTN, however, I've been labelled a petrolhead by the Lycra brigade, and warned that I am going to hell for passing on the concerns of my constituents."

The column was branded "embarrassing" and "riddled with inaccuracies and clichés" by pro-cycling councillor Jon Burke. Last week Huq suggested that a referendum would be the only way to settle the debate over LTNs.

23 November 2020, 10:26
Tao's Route and Beryl Burton Way: The London cycle routes to be renamed after Britain's famous cyclists
tao geoghegan hart held aloft giro 2020 - via RCS Sport.PNG

Possible and Brompton have teamed up to launch a campaign to rename London's cycle routes and some of the UK's great cyclists have been nominated. After thousands of people submitted suggestions the public are now being asked to vote for their favourites.

The CS1 could soon be renamed 'Tao's Route' in honour of Tao Geoghegan Hart's recent Giro d'Italia win. The route which connects Liverpool Street with Tottenham via Tao's home borough of Hackney is one of three cycleways that could soon have familiar names.

Legendary British cyclist Beryl Burton, who missed out on competing at the Olympics because women's cycling wasn't added until 1984, could appropriately have the CS2 from Aldgate to the Olympic Park in Stratford named 'The Beryl Burton Way'.

While Maurice Burton, Britain's first black cycling champion, has been nominated for the CS7 with the proposal reading: 'In recent interviews, he has said that his career might have been limited by prejudice. Including his name on the route and emphasising his achievements might start to counter that prejudice and encourage more inclusive participation in cycling - from commuting to sprint racing - in the capital.'

While the proposals have generally been welcomed, some cyclists have questioned whether naming routes after professional riders will help encourage non-cyclists to use bikes more often.

23 November 2020, 11:29
Bike goes missing from Banksy's latest artwork
banksy artwork next to broken bike october 2020 - via Banksy on Instagram.PNG

The bike from Banksy's hula-hooping girl artwork went missing before being replaced by a different bike hours later. The graffiti artist's latest piece, on a wall in Rothesday Avenue in Nottingham, features a girl hula-hooping with a bike wheel behind a bike missing it's rear wheel. But yesterday the rest of the bike disappeared too.

A local resident Tracy Jane found the bike was gone on Sunday morning. She told the BBC: "The artwork records an important part of Nottingham's history, Raleigh bikes. My late husband worked for Raleigh until it closed in 2002. He died at age 48 in 2017. It's such a shame if someone has stolen the bike. It's sheer disrespect and saddens me very much."

However, in another twist, it appears to have been replaced this morning by a different Raleigh bike...

23 November 2020, 09:47
The Grand Fondo that climbs the height of Everest
Tour des Stations Ultrafondo profile

At 242km long with an elevation gain of 8,848m, Tour des Stations is one tough day in the saddle. The new route for the event's fourth year challenges those brave enough to climb the height of Everest in one ride on August 6 next year. Surrounded by the backdrop of the Swiss Alps and taking in the vineyards and high mountains of Valais, the mountain bike Ultrafondo route ascends nine major climbs finishing at Mayens-de-la-Zour. 

There are three shorter courses, as well as an e-bike route, however even the shortest 34km option takes in 1,950m of climbing.

23 November 2020, 08:39
'Example No.465 of how not to do cycle infrastructure': Is this Britain's most dangerous cycle lane?

 A high-speed dual carriageway isn't the safest place to ride your bike, however this cycle lane in Bedfordshire leaves you little choice. It's well surfaced at least, but that's where the positives end. The so-called cycleway abruptly forces cyclists onto the Dunstable Bypass with just a very narrow white line for protection. We're not entirely sure where pedestrians are meant to go either.

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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RoubaixCube | 598 posts | 2 years ago
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Hmmm.... In the past, whenever a Banksy artwork has "gone missing" its usually popped up at an auction somewhere a few million miles away from its original location. 

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Captain Badger replied to RoubaixCube | 4046 posts | 2 years ago
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RoubaixCube wrote:

Hmmm.... In the past, whenever a Banksy artwork has "gone missing" its usually popped up at an auction somewhere a few million miles away from its original location. 

You mean... on Venus?

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eburtthebike replied to Captain Badger | 4678 posts | 2 years ago
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Captain Badger wrote:

RoubaixCube wrote:

Hmmm.... In the past, whenever a Banksy artwork has "gone missing" its usually popped up at an auction somewhere a few million miles away from its original location. 

You mean... on Venus?

Only the female ones.  The males go to mars.

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RoubaixCube replied to Captain Badger | 598 posts | 2 years ago
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Captain Badger wrote:

RoubaixCube wrote:

Hmmm.... In the past, whenever a Banksy artwork has "gone missing" its usually popped up at an auction somewhere a few million miles away from its original location. 

You mean... on Venus?

More a case of it ended up in the USA somewhere... I think it was last year (or the year before) where a local council cleaved a Banksy out of the wall it was painted on and sold it in the U.S for a few million dollars.

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wycombewheeler | 4065 posts | 2 years ago
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The belgians have been inspired by UK cycle infrastructure and built their own cycle path that goes nowhere.

 

Still better than ours

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Podc | 250 posts | 2 years ago
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The right wing press is having a propaganda drive to influence any proposed consultations. 

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NZ Vegan Rider replied to Podc | 354 posts | 2 years ago
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The Left Wing press (i.e. all large media outlets) is not allowing any alternative views.

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HarrogateSpa replied to NZ Vegan Rider | 1501 posts | 2 years ago
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Yeah, those pinkos at the Daily Mail, Daily Express, Murdoch Times, Barclay brothers' Telegraph, Sun. Right on. Keep telling like it is NZVR. Don't let the facts put you off...

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markieteeee replied to NZ Vegan Rider | 334 posts | 2 years ago
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Where do you live where all large media outlets are left-wing?

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Simon E replied to NZ Vegan Rider | 5253 posts | 2 years ago
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NZ Vegan Rider wrote:

The Left Wing press (i.e. all large media outlets) is not allowing any alternative views.

You're obviously not talking about the UK press.

The Guardian is the only MSM outlet talking up the benefits of LTNs and cycling infrastructure. It's very mildly 'left wing' in the UK spectrum but may appear more extreme because most other outlets are the mouthpiece of increasingly flag-waving, pro-Tory, pro-Brexit extremists terrified by the possible erosion of their monopolistic power that the provision of cycling infrastructure represents.

People like Farage, Liddle, Havers and Huq are paid to provide clickbait 'opinion'. They are typical of the self-important 'columnists' who have no responsibility to be factual and know they can get away with maligning an out-group with impunity. After all, "it's just a joke, like on Top Gear".

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TheBillder replied to Simon E | 1420 posts | 2 years ago
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They're playing to their dead tree audience, which is dying off.

Personally I'm sick of MPs who haven't the decency nor the guts to stick up for the truth, thinking that it will lose them the next election or see them deselected by the enthusiasts in their local party. Frankly in most constituencies you could put up a gerbil named Norman and the same party would win as last time, +/- national swing.

So Ms Huq, you can make as many lazy assumptions about people as you like, write shite for the Hellograph daily, turn every park into an airport or every road into a flowerbed, and still about 55% of your electorate will vote against you or abstain, and you'll still get in. It won't matter except to your conscience and the planet.

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Captain Badger replied to NZ Vegan Rider | 4046 posts | 2 years ago
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NZ Vegan Rider wrote:

The Left Wing press (i.e. all large media outlets) is not allowing any alternative views.

You mean the Guardian and the Mirror? combined circulation of less than 3/4m

  • Sun circulation - 1.2m
  • Mail circulation - 1.1m
  • Times circulation 0.4m
  • Telgraph circulation - 0.3m
  • Express - 0.25m

What exact planet are you on?

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Simon E replied to Captain Badger | 5253 posts | 2 years ago
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Captain Badger wrote:

You mean the Guardian and the Mirror? combined circulation of less than 3/4m

  • Sun circulation - 1.2m
  • Mail circulation - 1.1m
  • Times circulation 0.4m
  • Telgraph circulation - 0.3m
  • Express - 0.25m

What exact planet are you on?

Nowadays page impressions, interaction on social media (especially Faceache) and no. of shares are far more relevant statistics.

The Guardian and Mail websites each gets around 60 to 70 million unique users per month. On Facebook the Guardian has 8.4 million likes and 8.5 million followers while the Daily Mail has 16.5 million likes and 19.9 million followers. It would be interesting to see their social interaction stats and online advertising/promotion spending figures.

Paywalls on much of the content produced by the Times and Telegraph may have had an impact on each site's online readership figures (and possibly advertising).

Dead tree numbers don't count for much any more.  2

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Nick T | 1971 posts | 2 years ago
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Not sure if I'd fancy doing Tour des Stations on a MTB as the post title suggests

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peted76 | 2533 posts | 2 years ago
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Well I must say the whole LTN thing really has brought out the cock womble in people.. 

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Fatmore | 1 post | 2 years ago
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I'm increasingly seeing Road CC posting Daily Mail articles.    This simply drives traffic (no pun intended) to their website.  Their web analytic tools will pick up on where the visitors originated from and they will continue to search for similiar rubbish (in our case anti cycling) articles to generate more web traffic.

Web visitors may also click on adverts which will generate income for this racist, hate funding publication, funding them to digitally print more rubbish.

Please stop quoting their articles and just ignore them.

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HarrogateSpa | 1501 posts | 2 years ago
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Anyway they can't have Beryl Burton Cycleway, that name is already taken.

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eburtthebike | 4678 posts | 2 years ago
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I wonder if Nigel has given up acting and changed career to comedian?

I suspect most of the people on the anti-LTN group are either bots or live hundreds of miles away.  Still, it does rather demonstrate the recent reports of anti-car, anti-cycling measures people being few but loud.  Empty vessels we called them in my day.

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pauld replied to eburtthebike | 37 posts | 2 years ago
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Thing is, he's standing in the middle of the cycle lane. If a cyclist hit him, you know full well he'd blame them. Man's a tool..

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Secret_squirrel replied to eburtthebike | 3195 posts | 2 years ago
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I wonder if Nigel is trying to raise his profile for a quick cash boost for his flagging career.   I suspect he had a "lucrative" panto appearance scheduled pre-Covid.

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eburtthebike replied to Secret_squirrel | 4678 posts | 2 years ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

I wonder if Nigel is trying to raise his profile for a quick cash boost for his flagging career.   I suspect he had a "lucrative" panto appearance scheduled pre-Covid.

I wonder how much the DM/Torygraph pay for a good anti-cycling rant?

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HarrogateSpa replied to Secret_squirrel | 1501 posts | 2 years ago
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Where's that chuffing cyclist...he's behind you, and he's not dinging his bell.

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TheBillder replied to Secret_squirrel | 1420 posts | 2 years ago
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From Wikipedia:

In Scottish English, haver (from the Scots havers (oats)) means "to maunder; to talk foolishly; to chatter," as heard in the song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers.

Nominative determinism at its finest.

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markieteeee replied to Lance ꜱtrongarm | 334 posts | 2 years ago
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Why a national referendum?  This would include people who don't live in them and/or people who have zero experience of them.  It would also include motorists who want to race through residential areas in the hope of shaving a few seconds off their journeys because their satnav has found them a route away from main roads.

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markieteeee replied to Lance ꜱtrongarm | 334 posts | 2 years ago
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Practically all surveys state that they are, but it's kind of irrelevant who's in favour nationally anyway. They are local solutions to local issues, they aren't even on most people's radar. People who live in them are overwhelmingly in favour. So, your theory is that a national referendum will get them voted out by people who they are an irrelevance to; at the expense of those who benefit from them. 

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Tom_77 | 563 posts | 2 years ago
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Plenty of roads are named after people, don't see why cycle ways shouldn't be. Maybe they could name one after Nigel Havers.

Near me there's the Dani King cycleway, although it's not much more than a few blue signs on the pavement.

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Secret_squirrel replied to Tom_77 | 3195 posts | 2 years ago
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Tom_77 wrote:

Plenty of roads are named after people, don't see why cycle ways shouldn't be. Maybe they could name one after Nigel Havers.

I doubt the residents along the way will want to live on Cockwomble Avenue.

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brooksby | 12219 posts | 2 years ago
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When Nigel Havers was going for a stroll down his local high street, was he walking in the cycle lane?

I don't get the complaints about pop-up protected cycle lanes at all - most of them seem to have already been there and the wands or other protection is the pop-up element.

If a motorist is therefore complaining about it, they're admitting that they drove in the "unprotected" cycle lanes...

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Rod Marton replied to brooksby | 178 posts | 2 years ago
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Come off it, Nigel. Forty years ago I used to commute to college along Kensington High Street. It was clogged then.

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eburtthebike replied to Rod Marton | 4678 posts | 2 years ago
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Rod Marton wrote:

Come off it, Nigel. Forty years ago I used to commute to college along Kensington High Street. It was clogged then.

You have to wonder how old he is and how long ago he wandered down that street when it wasn't clogged.  My guess is 1925.

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