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BBC under fire for reporting three children 'hit by car'; Cav back on the track; Want to train as a bike mechanic?; Bid for a slice of signed G memorabilia; Ned Boulting joins cycle path news fan club; Philip Hindes retires + more on the live blog

It's Thursday and Dan Alexander is in the hot seat for all your live blog needs...
28 October 2021, 15:21
This lane fights climate change
28 October 2021, 14:44
Barnsley to get 'Dutch-style' roundabout
Transport Research Laboratory Dutch Roundabout

Dan Jarvis, the Labour MP for Barnsley Central, who is also South Yorkshire's mayor, confirmed that his town would be getting an "innovative Dutch-style roundabout". Speaking after yesterday's budget, Jarvis said: "Barnsley and South Yorkshire needs and deserves a world-class transport network. That’s why I’ve fought hard to secure the transformative investment we need.

"Passengers in Barnsley and South Yorkshire will benefit from faster bus services, upgraded shelters and stops, better rail stations and a massive expansion in high-quality walking and cycle routes - including the creation of an innovative Dutch-style roundabout for Barnsley town centre."

Councillor Chris Lamb, a cabinet spokesperson environment and transport thanked cycle forum members for their support and collaboration and promised to seek the views of Barnsley cyclists on design and location.

28 October 2021, 13:27
Urban space is complex...but the maths is relatively simple...

Having spent all yesterday thinking I had no issue with e-scooters using bike racks I found one at my (now full) favourite bike parking spot, forcing me the extreme inconvenience of walking 20 metres to the next one. Unacceptable... 

28 October 2021, 13:05
Brit watch: Matthew Holmes extends WorldTour stay with Lotto-Soudal

Yesterday we brought you the news that James Shaw had earned another shot at the WorldTour and has signed for EF Education-Nippo. Well today we've got more good news for fans of British racing. Matthew Holmes is staying with Lotto-Soudal for another year, having signed a contract extension until the end of 2022.

Holmes got his breakthrough win at the Tour Down Under last year, when coronavirus was just a headline from a far away land. Since then he's finished third on a stage of the Giro, and sixth at a stage of the Vuelta this year. Holmes says a Grand Tour stage win is his big ambition for next season.

"It feels really nice to go into my third year with Lotto Soudal. I can’t wait for next year. After two seasons of getting to know everyone and making friends, Lotto Soudal really feels like ‘my’ team," he said.

"Maybe this year has not fully gone to plan, but I still won a WorldTour race during my first pro contract. It’s an achievement which I’m still really proud of. On a couple of occasions, I’ve also been close to a Grand Tour stage win, which really gave me confidence to go and try to win one next year. In my head, I know it’s doable."

28 October 2021, 13:03
BBC's headline goes global...
28 October 2021, 11:26
Your regular dose of pleasant Paris pedalling pictures

Paris' cycling transformation is another live blog favourite.

According to a new plan, the city is to become a 100 per cent 'cycling city' within the next four years. The Plan Velo: Act 2 says the French capital will increase the number of protected cycleways and bike parking spaces in the city as the next stage of the existing $174 million cycling plan.

> Paris pop-up bike lanes will be made permanent

New research earlier this year found that new cyclists account for almost six in ten users of pop-up cycle lanes in Paris. The lanes were first installed in response to public transport strikes, but were kept and expanded during the pandemic. Mayor Anne Hidalgo centred much of her successful re-election campaign on reducing car dependency and fighting climate change.

28 October 2021, 10:56
Mark Cavendish to make track cycling return at Six Days of Ghent next month

Mark Cavendish could be forgiven for taking it easy this winter, putting his feet up after a triumphant return to the top of the sport. Instead, he's off to Belgium next month to return to the track scene at the Gent Six Day. He'll be teaming up with Deceuninck-Quick-Step teammate Iljo Keisse during the competition from November 16-21.

He'll be up against his super teammate and reigning Olympic and world madison champion Michael Mørkøv, who pairs up with Lasse Norman Hansen. It'll be Cav's first time at the race since winning it alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2016.

28 October 2021, 09:51
Ned Boulting joins Dutch news from the cycle path's fan club
28 October 2021, 09:36
New stuff from Chrome Industries... just in time for those dark winter nights
2021 Chrome Industries cycling cap

With the clocks switching back on Sunday and the days shortening, it’s certainly time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear once the sun drops down.

Chrome Industries has just launched its new Night Series collection with a fully reflective jacket, merino socks and some cap choices.

The Wind Cobra 2.0 Reflective Jacket (£137) is Chrome’s lightweight windproof and water-resistant layer with 360 degree Hi-Viz reflectivity for visibility in low light conditions. “This shell was made to transcend through all four seasons, day or night, making it ideal for whatever the city streets bring your way,” says the apparel brand. 

Chrome’s new merino crew-length socks feature a wide reflective stripe on the rear upper. The brand also has its new Cycling cap (£26) and 5 Panel Hat (£26) that are built from 360 degree reflective material; the former has a elastic band back, while the latter has an adjustable fit with a buckle closure. 

2021 Chrome Industries merino socks


28 October 2021, 09:12
Bid for a slice of signed G memorabilia
Geraint Thomas - via Ineos Grenadiers

SportInspired has a charity auction where one deep-pocketed cycling fan will walk away with Geraint Thomas' signed name card from his Tokyo Olympics time trial. The card was displayed on the support car while G battled his way to 12th place, carrying the knocks and bruises from a fall in the road race four days earlier.

 I said you'll need deep pockets for a reason, the current bid is £1,000...but it's all for a great cause (and would look great on your wall). All proceeds raised will go towards funding SportInspired's free sports programmes for children living in poverty. If you're interested you can get more details here...

Yesterday, we reported the news that Thomas is close to signing a new contract with Ineos Grenadiers despite "tough" negotiations. The Welshman is also doing his bit, giving back to the next generation by setting up the Geraint Thomas Cycling Trust, a charity that will financially support children wanting to start cycling. 

28 October 2021, 08:57
Want to train as a bike mechanic? New government-backed bike mechanic apprenticeship scheme launches in the UK
Bike mechanic (via Government-backed apprenticeship scheme press release)

Buzzbike's Bike Lab Academy is hoping to fill the demand for bike mechanics during the bike boom by training up talented school leavers who might otherwise find it difficult to find employment. The academy is backed by the government's apprenticeship scheme and trains up new mechanics on all the skills required to service and maintain bikes.

Places for 2021 are full, but applications for next year's January intake are open now. After 18 months of training, apprentices leave with an externally-assessed and internationally-recognised level 3 Cytech accreditation as well as real-world workshop experience. The Bike Lab apprentices are also paid an hourly wage, enabling them to earn as they learn.

Should they wish, Bike Lab Academy graduates will also be able to remain within the company after graduation.

Bike mechanic (via Government-backed apprenticeship scheme press release)

Ede Harrison, Head Bike Professor said: “Our aim with this programme is to not only provide our Bike Lab apprentices with the practical skills for a successful career as a mechanic but also helps to build confidence in themselves and their abilities — a foundation that will serve them far beyond the world of work."

28 October 2021, 08:46
Great Britain track star Philip Hindes retires
Hindes, Kenny and Hoy on London 2012 podium (copyright

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Philip Hindes has announced his retirement after 11 years racing on the track. Hindes won gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016 as part of the GB team sprint line-up, alongside riders such as Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner.

Having represented Germany at youth level, Hindes switched allegiance in 2010 and went on to win one world championship, two Commonwealth Games medals and nine world cup medals, all in the team sprint.

In a statement released by British Cycling, Hindes reflected on his career, "Being a member of the Great Britain Cycling Team for so long has been incredible, and I have really lived and loved my career. My career highlights have to be my Olympic gold medals from London 2012 and Rio 2016, but also I’ve met some of my best friends on the team, and in cycling in general, so this has been the best bit of my cycling career.

"I will now be putting my dedication and drive into a new chapter of my life, starting a new career, and seeing where it takes me.

"I’d like to thank British Cycling for their support over the years and all the people that helped me on my journey, I owe a lot to them, and I can't thank them enough. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. I think there’s plenty more to come from the men’s sprint team, and I’ll be cheering them on all the way to Paris 2024."

28 October 2021, 07:29
BBC under fire for reporting woman and three children 'hit by car' in South Lanarkshire

People are questioning the BBC's reporting of an incident in South Lanarkshire this morning after the news outlet shared a story headlined: 'Woman and three children hit by car in South Lanarkshire'. A mother in her 20s and three children were struck by a driver in Carluke, shortly after 3pm yesterday. The Scottish Ambulance Service dispatched 10 crews to the scene and all four were taken to hospital in Glasgow, no details about their condition have been released.

The BBC has been criticised for referring to a 'car' and not a driver. The recently compiled road collision reporting guidelines, aimed at informing UK media on how to report on road traffic collisions, suggests always referring to a driver, not their vehicle.

At the time the guidelines were published, Professor Rachel Aldred explained its importance: "The research tells us that language matters, as it helps shape how we see and treat others. So for instance referring to drivers rather than only their vehicles helps remind us that behind every vehicle – be it a car, an HGV, a cycle or a motorcycle – is a person making decisions that affect the safety of others."

Steve Maloret responded to the story, making the point: "Imagine saying someone was 'shot by a gun' or 'stabbed by a knife'."

Simon Warren added: "Never anyone behind the wheel."

It wasn't just the BBC either. Sky News, The Independent, The Sun and Evening Standard all referred to the woman and children being hit or struck by a car, not a driver.

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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