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"Perfectly safe environment": Queue-jumping drivers spotted racing along bike lanes and pavements; Gaudu apologises for comments about teammate Arnaud Démare; Zwift exit from virtual race; Cyclist orders brake blocks... gets a wig + more on the live blog

Dan Alexander is in the hot seat for all your live blog needs this Thursday
26 January 2023, 10:26
"Perfectly safe environment": Queue-jumping drivers spotted racing along bike lanes and pavements

Sorry what? Quite the montage...

Prompting another video submission from elsewhere in the city...

"Pedestrians? Nah never heard of them mate..."

We've been here before unfortunately...

In November, a Dublin bus company confirmed that a “full investigation” is being carried out after one of its employees was filmed driving a double-decker bus on both the cycle lane and footpath in order to undertake a queue of traffic.

Bus driver undertakes up cycle lane and pavement (Kevin Gorman, Twitter)

> Bus company investigates employee filmed driving on cycle lane and pavement

Oh, and then there was that time the irony police were called...

Driver mounts pavement and chastises child for riding on same footpath (Greg N, Twitter)

> Driver – in untaxed car with expired MOT – mounts pavement on wrong side of the road… then chastises six-year-old for cycling on same footpath

26 January 2023, 16:38
"Make Trafford a green and connected borough where more people choose active travel every day": Council urges residents to pick non-car transport
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Trafford Council hopes to get more people "walking, wheeling and cycling" and has launched a consultation with residents, businesses and visitors until 12 February.

Ultimatly the goal is, the council says, to get 90 per cent of journeys under one mile to be taken by foot, bike or scooter and 80 per cent of journeys under five miles within the next 10 years to be active travel or public transport.

"We love Trafford and we want to encourage as many people as possible to leave their cars at home and to walk, cycle and scooter across our borough. This would not only improve our air quality but would be a massive boost to our physical and mental health as well," Cllr Aidan Williams said.

The consultation is live on Trafford Council's website...

26 January 2023, 16:14
"What's the matter Danny? Never done a wheelie before?"
26 January 2023, 15:51
Here comes the s̶u̶n̶ Toyota Prius
26 January 2023, 15:35
Devon and Cornwall dashcam footage sent to police surges to record highs
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Devon and Cornwall Police said a surge in dashcam and helmet camera footage sent to them has resulted in 2022 being a record year for submissions. The force said there were 4,736 submissions last year, up 151 per cent on 2021.

> Here's what to do if you capture a near miss, close pass or collision on camera while cycling

The force told the BBC it had taken action against 3,400 motorists in 2022, also a record, and a 135 per cent increase on 2021. Force road safety lead Supt Adrian Leisk said he was "incredibly grateful" for public support to reduce road harm.

26 January 2023, 12:39 editor Jack manages the incredible feat of crashing on the turbo

Not even G's managed this one yet...


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Turns out the axle on the back wheel wasn't quite as compatible with the trainer as we first thought. Regardless, made for a great clip...

Anyone want to make Jack feel better and admit to falling foul of this trap too?

26 January 2023, 12:10
RideLondon déjà vu
26 January 2023, 12:02
WD-40 cologne

Fortunately for you and everyone you might bump into while wearing this, it's sold out (but there is a mailing list if you want urgent updates next time it's back in stock)...

26 January 2023, 09:20
Gaudu apologises for leaked comments about teammate Arnaud Démare

Quel drame... two of France's biggest racing names have been involved in a groupchat scandal (how very 2023).

Gaudu this morning apologised to Arnaud Démare after screenshots of his less than complimentary thoughts about his teammate were leaked from Discord...

From what we can tell, assisted by a certain online translation generator, Gaudu wrote about not wanting his team's fastest sprinter on their Tour de France team... "The fact that we don't talk and don't race together much is an advantage. If he wants, I can say it to his face again. I'm not afraid of him. He knows I don't want him in the Tour. I already told him"...

Yeah, maybe best not to stick that in a groupchat with loads of people on the internet, David...

Come this morning, Gaudu's line had changed... "Problems that can occur in a team must remain internal. I would therefore like to apologise to the team and Arnaud. I should never have vented these statements in public. My apologies to the team and Arnaud."

26 January 2023, 10:05
Talk about rubbing it in

Hmmm as I look out my window at the grey, damp nothingness of 4°C I feel like I've got a decent answer to that question, Toms...

26 January 2023, 09:45
When you order brake blocks... but get a wig

Oh look, it's Wiggo...

26 January 2023, 09:01
Strangest reason to get kicked out a Zwift race?

Any Zwifters got a similar tale to live blog favourite Harry?

Poor Brian was just enjoying a cuppa tea and a biscuit, next thing he knows his heart rate is at the centre of an international cheating scandal...  

Dan joined 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, 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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