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MIDNIGHT DEADLINE to reply to Highway Code consultation; "Nobody who lives in London needs an SUV" - Twitter debate rages as Keir Starmer hits cyclist; Council accused of hypocrisy over cycleway + more on the live blog

Tuesday's live blog with Dan Alexander during the day and Simon MacMichael taking over in the evening...
27 October 2020, 16:53
Final chance to support Cycling UK's proposed Highway Code changes

Midnight tonight is the deadline for you to have your say and support Cycling UK's campaign to help the Highway Code better protect cyclists.

Cycling UK have been involved in pre-consultation with the Department for Transport and have suggested 10 key changes to the Highway Code.

These changes include better protection for cyclists in cases of close passes and giving priority to road users travelling straight at unsignalled left turns.

More than 15,000 people have already contributed to the campaign with suggestions and comments about the current Highway Code and the deadline for any further input is midnight tonight.

27 October 2020, 16:29
Michael Woods wins stage 7 of La Vuelta a Espana
27 October 2020, 16:11
"Nobody who lives in London needs an SUV"

The news that Keir Starmer was involved in a collision with a cyclist on Sunday has sparked much debate on social media.

Top of the pile was Ash Sarkar, who recieved hundreds of replies to her tweet stating that SUVs should be outlawed for being "obnoxious".

27 October 2020, 15:37
Decisive moments at La Vuelta
Vuelta stage 7

We're on the final climb of the day in Spain... Dorian Gaodon (AG2R) is about to be caught by the the breakaway.

Ineos are raising the pace back in the peloton.

27 October 2020, 15:28
First Japanese cyclist arrested for reckless riding and road rage

A Japanese man has become the first cyclist to be arrested under the revised  'Road Traffic Law' for reckless riding and road rage.

Akihiko Narushima was arrested after interfering with drivers as seen in the video above. 

Narushima can be seen deliberately swerving towards cars up to four times.

The 33-year-old was then arrested later in the day after allegedly grabbing a car driver’s relative who cautioned him about his reckless riding.

27 October 2020, 15:00
Dangerous break at La Vuelta

It's stage seven in Spain and seemingly half the race is in the breakaway.

Alejandro Valverde is the best-placed rider on GC up the road, three minutes behind race leader Richard Carapaz.

The Movistar veteran is joined by around 35 riders including Jumbo-Visma duo Sepp Kuss and George Bennett.

27 October 2020, 14:36
Sussex Police aim to educate cyclists instead of issuing fines
2020 XLC Comp Light Set - rear 2.jpg

Sussex Police have announced a scheme to improve safety by educating cyclists about bike lights.

The operation will run from1 November to 31 January and will involve police officers educating cyclists rather than issuing fixed penalty notices.

PCSO Richard Moorey explained the scheme: "If a member of public is seen riding a cycle during the hours of darkness whilst the operation is on, they will been given the opportunity to purchase a set of bike lights, and bring their bike into the police station to show the lights have been purchased and fitted."

"This will mean no further action will be taken and no fixed penalty notice will be issued.”

27 October 2020, 11:11
Sussex Police worker hits pedestrian while cycling on pavement

Incidents between pedestrians and cyclists remain thankfully very rare with just 2% of cases in which pedestrians sustained serious injuries involving cyclists, compared to 81% that involved drivers of cars.

The police worker in this video collided with a 73-year-old man while cycling on the pavement in Worthing leaving John Wilson with facial injuries.

Sussex Police confirmed the cyclist worked for their force and their 'Professional Standards Department' would investigate the case to determine if there was any need for disciplinary action.

Speaking to The Argus, Wilson believes he is "lucky to be alive."

"I was whacked straight in the face, I hit the ground. I’m very annoyed at watching the video as I’m a human being with a terminal illness and I think he thought of me like a piece of dirt.

“It’s his attitude. I hit the floor and he did not ring an ambulance – a neighbour had to ring an ambulance.”

Of collisions with pedestrians that resulted in death, just 1% were involved with cyclists. Incidents between car drivers and pedestrians were the leading cause of pedestrian deaths, accounting for 68% of cases.

27 October 2020, 12:39
North Tyneside Council face backlash over plans to remove 'Sunrise Cycleway'

North Tyneside Council faced criticism on Twitter for promoting their new fleet of electric cargo bikes in a video shot on the segregated 'Sunrise Cycleway' that runs from Whitley Bay to Tynemouth.

Local residents and cyclists pointed out the hypocrisy of the council celebrating the infrastructure to promote the cargo bikes while also having no plan to keep the segregated cycleway beyond a temporary measure.

Dozens of local doctors and other NHS staff have backed the campaign to keep the segregated cycleway permanently and the petition currently has more than 5,000 signatures. 

Councillor Sarah Day said: “It is great news that we have secured this funding for a fleet of new e-Cargo bikes – we are leading by example in shifting towards greener and more sustainable forms of transport."

Cycleway users have been left disappointed that the council's commitment to more sustainable forms of transport will not stretch to keeping the segregated lane open permanently.

27 October 2020, 12:16
Behind the scenes of Giro third week

Team Sunweb have released this behind the scenes look at their third week at the Giro d'Italia.

It would ultimately end in disappointment for the team with Jai Hindley losing the Maglia Rosa to Tao Geoghegen Hart on the final stage.

Wilco Kelderman rounded out the podium with Sunweb in second and third.

27 October 2020, 10:42
Zero positive COVID-19 tests at the Vuelta

All 684 COVID-19 tests at La Vuelta a Espana were negative during the first week of the race.

The riders and staff were tested on Monday's rest day with the action resuming this afternoon on stage seven from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia.

27 October 2020, 10:14
£162 frame pump

Rapha are no strangers to expensive cycling products and their latest release is no exception. 

The collaboration with SILCA will set you back an eye-watering £162 with the smaller IMPERO mini-pump costing £115.

27 October 2020, 09:36
Reaction to Keir Starmer collision with cyclist

Thankfully the cyclist involved in the collision with Keir Starmer on Sunday suffered just a minor injury to his arm and was taken to hospital as a "precaution".

The incident has prompted some to speculate about Jeremy Corbyn's movements on Sunday lunchtime...

27 October 2020, 10:02
Questionable kit choices

Probably not one for your Sunday cafe ride...

Questionable cycling kit
27 October 2020, 09:49
If you missed Chris Boardman on Desert Island Discs
chris boardman at boardman performance centre

Chris Boardman received plenty of praise for his appearance on Desert Island Discs and his music choices which include a Freddie Mercury song about the city he won Olympic gold in.

27 October 2020, 09:22
OneWandsworth deny condoning moving the pedestrian
27 October 2020, 08:57
Anti-LTN group in hot water for condoning moving injured pedestrian to improve 'traffic flow'

OneWandsworth, an anti-LTN group, have faced widespread criticism for suggesting it was necessary to move an injured pedestrian to improve 'traffic flow'.

Many have pointed out that the injured pedestrian should not have been moved in any case to prioritise traffic flow.

Jessica Nilsson replied: "This post is extremely distasteful for so many reasons - please consider taking it down. Moved with potential spine or other injuries and what you mention is traffic flow (even though the accident was due to motor vehicle traffic in the first place)?"

Another added: "No one had to move anyone. People chose to risk someone's life by moving them to allow traffic to flow."

The controversy over the incident stemmed from OneWandsworth claiming the ambulance and police vehicles attending the scene were slowed down due to the new segregated cycle lane which has been installed on the A24.

In the video the ambulance can be seen reversing to avoid congestion.

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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