This morning, local activists did what Manchester City Council failed to do in 12 weeks, in 20minutes! #SafeStreetsSaveLives#BuildBackBetter@ClimateEmergMcr @GlobalJustManc @McrClimate @RisingUpMcr pic.twitter.com/voPaFCUaVs
— Extinction Rebellion Manchester (@XR_MCR) June 24, 2020
XR Manchester have followed up a press release on their installing of a 300 metre stretch of pop-up cycle lane in central Manchester by releasing a short video showing how they did it.
They also added: "Safe cycling provisions is about social justice as much as anything. The majority of Manchester residents do not have access to a car and should be able to feel safe cycling through the city."
Our 'Missing the Point of the Day Award' goes to the writer of a letter to the Yorkshire Post, who says she lives within six miles of Harrogate town centre, but is not happy about new cycle lanes and pedestrianisation that is designed to make the place less polluted and more pleasant to live in.
"I have been fortunate to have lived within a six-mile radius of Harrogate all my life", writes Patricia Perry. "The motorist seems to have become alienated in favour of plans for pedestrianisation, cycle lanes, complex traffic flows and elimination of town-centre parking.
"Surely now is the time for our political leaders from all parties to meet and comprehensively discuss putting alternative schemes in place? They all know how vitally important it is to protect businesses in our lovely town, which is the envy of visitors from the UK and abroad."
Harrogate has previous with ill feeling towards cycling, having turned down the chance to host a stage of next year's Tour de Yorkshire following a huge fallout over the effect of the 2019 Road World Championships on the town’s residents and businesses. One of the main areas of controversy was the condition that parts of The Stray, a 200-acre public park, was left in after the event, much of which took place under severe weather conditions including torrential rain on the final day which forced organisers to close the Fan Zone there on safety grounds.
Today we have moved the A56 pop-up cycle lane back from Ashfield Road in Sale to the junction of Dane Road to help traffic flow.
— Trafford Council (@TraffordCouncil) June 24, 2020
After announcing the removal of a section of cycle lane on the A56 yesterday due to complaints about traffic, today Trafford Council have pushed back another part from the Ashfield Road junction to the Dane Road junction in Sale, which they say is to "help traffic flow."
Trafford Council Leader Andrew Western insisting that the decision was made because traffic in Sale had become "unmanageable", adding: "We had followed Government advice to re-designate road space for walking and cycling and the scheme progressed with only minimal disruption to traffic in the initial stages. This has now changed so we have listened to people’s opinions and acted accordingly.”
Clearly they haven't listened to everyone, as many of the comments under Trafford Council's posts on Twitter and Facebook have been furious.
'people's opinions' is not data, there is no evidence to back up the decision you have made.
This is not acceptable.
This is putting people's lives in danger on the basis of 'opinions'.
— Caroline 🚲🎧🐈🎬🔭🇪🇺🐝 (@caroline_MCR_) June 24, 2020
Just to reiterate. You are absolutely pathetic. We know where you stand when it comes to the health and well-being of the people who live in your council.
— Mike (@mikeinmcr) June 24, 2020
Such a poor decision.
It’s almost guaranteed to result in both lanes now being full of polluting motor vehicles.
— Brewtopia 🌎☕️ (@buildbrewtopia) June 24, 2020
84-year-old John Johnstone was warned by an optometrist he must not drive because he had cataracts in both eyes; but months later, he killed Hanno Garbe, 57, while driving home from a vehicle body repair shop on the B9152 near to Loch Alvie, reports STV News.
Johnstone failed a roadside eye test after hitting Mr Garbe, and was only able to read a registration plate at a distance of 4.8 metres; the minimum requirement is 20 metres.
Johnstone admitted admitted causing the death of Mr Garbe, and he will be sentenced next month.
MISSING PERSON – TRACED
We are pleased to confirm that John Glynn has been traced safe and well. We would like to thank the public for their assistance.
— EdinburghPolice (@EdinPolNE) June 23, 2020
John Glynn was last seen on 12th June before he was found, and extra concerns were raised because his bike was also missing from his flat. The police have now thanked members of the public who assisted them in tracing the 38-year-old.
The South Wales Argus reports that 38-year-old Craig Howick has pleaded guilty to causing the death of 47-year-old Alex Roberts by careless driving at Cardiff Crown Court.
After the incident on a country road in Gwent, police arrested one man on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle dangerously and failing to stop after a collision, and one man of causing causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop after a collision. They were both released under investigation, before Howick was charged. Mr Roberts died in hospital on 21st September 2019, six weeks after the incident.
Howick will be remanded in custody until his trial on 4th January 2021.
Alex Waddington of Stockport will ride armed with a folding litter picker, plastic gloves and a stash of rubbish bags, riding across the Peaks and bagging as much litter as he can. He'll take in the brutal Holme Moss climb to start his day, and will ride over 100 miles in total while making plenty of stops to bag trash.
Mr Waddington hopes to raise £2,500 for the Peak District National Park Foundation - the fundraising link for his 'Spin and Bin' can be found here.
As Scotland moves into phase two of its route map through the pandemic, the guidance is still tighter than England but more people can now take part in non-contact sport outdoors. While Scots are still advised to stay within 5 miles of their homes for leisure purposes, it's now possible to meet up with people from a maximum of two other households per day, with a maximum group size of eight people.
More people are now able to take part in outdoor non-contact sport as Scottish sport moves into phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s route map through the COVID-19 pandemic.
— sportscotland (@sportscotland) June 22, 2020
All children will be able to access #Bikeability (formerly known as Cycling Proficiency) says @grantshapps but would like to extend this to all adults who might not have been on a bike for a while, and "is actively looking at this to achieve"
— Cycling UK (@WeAreCyclingUK) June 24, 2020
We reported earlier this month that experts were calling for Bikeability - which is currently the name for the free cycle training scheme delivered in schools - to be extended to adults; and this morning the Transport Secretary has said he is "actively looking" to make this happen. We'll have more on all of Shapps' announcements on cycling made to the Transport Committee later today.
A press release from XR Manchester shared with road.cc has confirmed that the group were responsible for the new section of cycle lane that links up Trafford's pop-up infrastructure with the city centre. They said:
"MCC’s unwillingness is perverse given that other boroughs in the region have already put in place their pop up lanes.
"Trafford's pop up scheme along the A56 finishes at the MCC border just 300m from the end of Deansgate. People using this lane are being put at risk by the lack of provision in this last stretch. Millions of pounds of funding is on the table from the Central Government to enable councils to fund their schemes.
"Their inaction is also potentially illegal, as it ignores statutory guidance from the government to prioritise cycling infrastructure causing Lord Berkeley in the House of Lords to say that Greater Manchester's plan "has one big hole in the middle, because Manchester City Council will not cooperate."
The A56 popup cycle lanes are now extended from the trafford border to the deansgate Interchange Cycleways, so you can now get to the city centre in safety from Sale, 5 miles away! pic.twitter.com/suFNMJCvCp
— bicycles, beans, beer 🚴🌱🍻Ⓥ (@MCRCycleSam) June 24, 2020
After we reported that yesterday that Trafford Council had removed a section of pop-up cycle lane installed on the A56 following complaints from drivers about 'congestion', it seems that the environmental group's Manchester branch have took matters into their own hands by linking up a section on the border between Trafford and Manchester City Centre. According to the tweet above, it now means there's a fully segregated cycle route into the city from Sale, which is five miles southwest of Manchester.
This morning a group of local residents from @XR_MCR took matters into their own hands to create a lane to link the A56 pop-up lane from Trafford over the border into Manchester and on to safety. Just 300 yards or so - but bizarrely ignored for last 3 weeks by @ManCityCouncil https://t.co/0Dg3jOOvlZ pic.twitter.com/PwYkd8PIZJ
— Claire Stocks (@stocksyatlarge) June 24, 2020
The company behind the Segway PT will stop producing the two-wheeler next month, after the company revealed that it now accounts for just 1.5% of revenue. Prone to crashes and proving rather awkward to ride, with the pilot needing to tilt it forward to make it move, the Segway PT was sadly never the mobility revolution its inventor Dean Kamen envisioned, and the company will now focus on their e-scooters, one-wheelers, e-skates and robotics products going forward.
We reported earlier this week that Go Outdoors were looking to appoint administrators; and less than 24 hours after Deloitte were called in, Go Outdoors' owners JD Sports have took it back for £56.5 million, off.road.cc reports.
The move will involve restructuring to make the business viable, although JD Sports say they will look to save most of the 2,400 jobs and 67 stores as staff are transferred over to the new company. The JD Sports Fashion CEO Peter Cowgill said: "As a consequence of Covid-19, Go Outdoors was no longer viable as previously structured and would have absorbed capital at an unsustainable rate for the foreseeable future.
"Having investigated all available options for the business, we firmly believe that this restructuring will provide Go Outdoors with a platform from which it can progress whilst remaining a member of the group. Most importantly, we are pleased that it will protect the maximum number of jobs possible.
"We look forward to having positive conversations with landlords and agreeing new flexible lease contracts which reflect the widely reported challenges of reduced consumer footfall."
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.