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"Please train your drivers better" cyclist tells DPD after tailgating courier traps bike under van (+ DPD promises "further action"); Ineos plot audacious Remco transfer; RideLondon entries open; Marginal games; Ned's PM patter + more on the live blog

Those summer days feel an age ago now... Dan Alexander will be live blogging for you this Wednesday...and trying to find his gloves, thermals and thickest socks presumably somewhere at the back of the wardrobe
28 September 2022, 16:23
28 September 2022, 16:12
Marginal games Pt.2
28 September 2022, 15:59
51-year-old Davide Rebellin set to call it a day

Meanwhile, spring chickens Alejandro Valverde and Vincenzo Nibali have both confirmed they will bow out at Il Lombardia next Saturday. 

28 September 2022, 15:33
Blind people in Sheffield say shared-use routes have "created problems"
Shared use path sign 3x2

Visually impaired people in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield have told the BBC that shared-use paths have "created problems" for them, as they often rely on "kerbs and tactile surfaces to show they are approaching a road", making navigating the city "hard work".

One such shared-use path, on Pinstone Street, in particular has caused issues: "If you're going to the bus stop on Charter Row, you have to cross a cycle lane and if you're getting off the bus, you're not stepping onto a safe pavement you're stepping directly into a cycle lane," Robert McCann, who is partially sighted, said.

"It should never be that hard to walk around your own city. It should be normal, natural and relaxed."

Martin Wing, who is aided by a guide dog, added: "Penistone Road allows cycling on the pavement [has a shared-use path]. There's no tactile [aid] to show you've moved across from the pavement to the cycle lane, or if there is tactile it's not one that a guide dog would recognise."

28 September 2022, 14:00
If you can't beat them... pay them extraordinary amounts of money to join you — Ineos Grenadiers reportedly interested in signing Remco

BIG transfer rumours circulating today suggest Ineos Grenadiers and Jim Ratcliffe are exploring the possibility of an audacious bid to sign newly-crowned world champion Remco Evenepoel.

Remco Evenepoel wins 2022 World Championships in Wollongong (@cauldphoto/Specialized)

 VeloNews is reporting Ratcliffe is "desperate" to bring a potential Tour de France winner to the team, with Remco the number one candidate. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team boss Patrick Lefevere reportedly told the cycling news website that Dave Brailsford sent him a text after the Vuelta win saying to "give me a call" if "you want to sell him".

"Brailsford texted me, and he doesn't text that much," Lefevere said. "He said, 'Congratulations, what a champ, and if one day you want to sell him give me a call.' That was it. No more, no less.

"You can’t tell if someone is joking on WhatsApp. There was no smiley, no emoji. Just a few words. Other colleagues just congratulated me, but if Dave wants Remco then he probably needs a lot of money."

I think Ratcliffe's $10.1billion net worth (yep, there's an obvious joke about what that is in GBP) can handle it...

Any transfer would require a fee as Remco is under contract with the Belgian team until 2026, and Ineos would have to go through the world champ's dad, Patrick, who represents him.

"We've had contact for years with them [Ineos] but there's not been a meeting," Patrick Evenepoel said. "There was no meeting but we had a phone call with them. We've had contacts with them and I know Mr. Brailsford and Mr. Ellingworth. We have known each other for years. It's normal that they call me to say congratulations with the Vuelta and after Liège.

To the question of whether there had been talks about a potential Ineos switch Patrick laughed..."That discussion was already there three years ago."

"I don't know. Remco has a contract for five years with Quick-Step. I don't know. It's not for me to talk. We want to celebrate the Vuelta and the world championships, and what's happening in the future, we will see what's coming."

28 September 2022, 13:52
"Beware of cyclists from the right"

road.cc regular Rendel's got déjà vu...

28 September 2022, 12:48
8 tips to get started with gravel riding

28 September 2022, 11:08
"We will identify the driver in question, carry out a full debrief and take all further action to ensure that there is no repeat": DPD statement

We got in touch with DPD and this is the statement we got back...

At DPD we take the conduct of our people very seriously indeed, including their interaction with all other road users.  We would like to extend our apologies again to the cyclist and reassure readers that we are investigating this incident to find out exactly what did occur.  We will identify the driver in question, carry out a full debrief and take all further action to ensure that there is no repeat of the behaviour described here. 

28 September 2022, 10:40
Giro d'Italia 2023 Grande Partenza — Abruzzo hosts race start with opening day TT

The road racing season may be coming to a familiar autumnal end but the Giro d'Italia has kept the flame alive by announcing a trio of stages for next year's edition...

An 18km ITT with a punchy finish, reminiscent of recent Giro TTs in Budapest and Bologna, is the next Grand Tour stage we'll watch...only 220 days to go...

 Then it's time for the fast men...

The race returns to the Abruzzo region on stage seven for the first mountain summit finish and a return to Gran Sasso where Simon Yates won in 2018...

28 September 2022, 10:13
Cyclists call for proper infra to keep kids safe just hours before teen injured in hit-and-run

Kidical Mass, an organised ride highlighting the need for proper active travel infrastructure to enable children to cycle safely, returned to Portsmouth on Sunday...

 A group of 40 set off from Victoria Park at 11am with many kids on the road too, in trailers or on their own bikes, as part of the wider Kidical Mass weekend which saw more than 200 cities in 15 countries host similar rides. 

One Portsmouth participant, Agata Blazevic told The News: "Our city desperately needs better cycling infrastructure, a network of safe, segregated, connected and direct cycle paths that a five-year-old and a 99-year-old could cycle on."

Sadly, as if to prove the point, just hours later between 6.15pm and 6.30pm, a 13-year-old boy was injured when he was hit by a driver who also failed to stop at the scene. The boy suffered "minor injuries" to his head and face.

28 September 2022, 09:43
Operation Desert Recon: Populating Komoot trail view on the Badlands 2022 route

28 September 2022, 08:55
Marginal games
28 September 2022, 08:50
RideLondon entries open
RideLondon logo 2022

Entries for the 2023 RideLondon-Essex 100 on Sunday 28 May are open. The first 10,000 places are available on a first come, first served basis via the RideLondon website. Once they're gone a ballot, which closes at 17:00 on Friday 28 October 2022, will decide the remaining entries. 

28 September 2022, 07:55
"Please train your drivers better" cyclist tells DPD after tailgating delivery driver traps bike under van

'Your parcel is out for delivery, if you are not in call to rearrange delivery or update your settings to leave it with a neighbour... PS, your parcel may arrive with an unwanted bicycle as our driver tailgates cyclists.' 

Another rider promptly chipped in...

Don't fear though, DPD is on the case...with the universal social media PR message of nothingness...

Some replies quickly suggested the police might want to hear about the incident, while others wondered if DPD, Dynamic Parcel Distribution, if you care, really stands for something more apt...

We've contacted DPD who have asked for a report from the local depot so we'll update our coverage with any updates later in the day... 

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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chrisonabike | 1 year ago
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Visually impaired people in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield have told the BBC that shared-use paths have "created problems" for them, as they often rely on "kerbs and tactile surfaces to show they are approaching a road", making navigating the city "hard work".

I'm sure this is true - and "shared-use" meaning "now fight over scraps with a different mode of transport" as we know.  However there's something we all are missing, disabled or not.  Surely:

"Visually impaired people in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield have told the BBC that motor vehicles permeating the city* have created problems for them."

After all, no motor vehicles, no having to stick to the paths, right?

* Rather than being safely confined to places where they won't run suddenly appear and block people's progress, regularly zip past near to them, beep at them or just run them over.

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Rendel Harris replied to chrisonabike | 1 year ago
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Exactly so, it's like the old one hundred biscuits joke (one hundred biscuits to be shared out, rich man takes ninety-eight, working man gets one, immigrant gets one, rich man tells the worker, "Watch out, if you're not careful that immigrant will have your biscuit"); cars get 85% (more with pavement parking) of street space but most drivers seeing the story would doubtless say bloody cyclists, now they're stealing space off the blind.

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NOtotheEU replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Rendel Harris wrote:

one hundred biscuits to be shared out, rich man takes ninety-eight, working man gets one, immigrant gets one, rich man tells the worker, "Watch out, if you're not careful that immigrant will have your biscuit"..

Not heard that one before but it sums up the world very well. Also works with lots of other X vs Y situations.

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chrisonabike replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Awaiting hawkinspeter with his customary "eat the rich tea".

Some are well-fed millionaires, short bread for the rest.

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hawkinspeter replied to chrisonabike | 1 year ago
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chrisonatrike wrote:

Awaiting hawkinspeter with his customary "eat the rich tea".

Some are well-fed millionaires, short bread for the rest.

//pics.me.me/most-if-not-all-pro-capitalism-anti-socialism-meme-pages-ive-seen-1013784.png)

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Roulereo replied to hawkinspeter | 1 year ago
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Xi Jing Ping, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc. all thank you for your support, and for ignoring the reality that Socialism is essentially dragging everyone back down to your level, for the millions who were killed by Socialist leaders, and live in poverty, gulags, re-education camps under Socialism. Sorry to all you Inner-city Gucci-socialist elites tho. 

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marmotte27 replied to Roulereo | 1 year ago
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Some reading about socialism seems be indicated. This would be as good a start as any:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism

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Rendel Harris replied to Roulereo | 1 year ago
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Roulereo wrote:

Xi Jing Ping, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc. all thank you for your support, and for ignoring the reality that Socialism is essentially dragging everyone back down to your level, for the millions who were killed by Socialist leaders, and live in poverty, gulags, re-education camps under Socialism. Sorry to all you Inner-city Gucci-socialist elites tho. 

Using the same logic, anyone who supports any right-wing policies is also supporting Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Pinochet and Hirohito and ignores the reality of the millions killed, tortured and enslaved by them? No? Bloody stupid comment, even by your frothing standards.

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hawkinspeter replied to Roulereo | 1 year ago
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Roulereo wrote:

Xi Jing Ping, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc. all thank you for your support, and for ignoring the reality that Socialism is essentially dragging everyone back down to your level, for the millions who were killed by Socialist leaders, and live in poverty, gulags, re-education camps under Socialism. Sorry to all you Inner-city Gucci-socialist elites tho. 

Sorry to hear that you're hard of thinking

 

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hawkinspeter replied to hawkinspeter | 1 year ago
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An extra meme for luck

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chrisonabike replied to hawkinspeter | 1 year ago
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A good explanation!  The "Communism" graphic has lost its fence (iron curtain) though. "Red" squirrel to blame I guess.

After reading Jon Sopel's essays on the early Trump-years US I suspect that for many the last few Conservative governments over here would look pretty socialist.  I remind myself of that when reading the opinions of some US folks.  OTOH they could just be wacky conspiracists.

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Hirsute replied to hawkinspeter | 1 year ago
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hawkinspeter replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago
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hirsute wrote:

Glad you mentioned feudalism. https://newsthump.com/2022/09/29/liz-truss-announces-plans-to-return-to-...

"Out of her depth in a puddle" - great line!

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Roulereo replied to hawkinspeter | 1 year ago
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Wow, even your humour is Socialist. As in, being all at the lowest level, drab and boring. Your Meme game is definitely elderly ex Uni professor stuck griping on FB level. 

Come on you cursty old grumpy Inner City Lefties, have a genuine laugh for once. 

Maybe jump on your Socialist bikes, you know the drab boring ones all the same type that everyone has to have...

 

 

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hawkinspeter replied to Roulereo | 1 year ago
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Roulereo wrote:

Wow, even your humour is Socialist. As in, being all at the lowest level, drab and boring. Your Meme game is definitely elderly ex Uni professor stuck griping on FB level. 

Come on you cursty old grumpy Inner City Lefties, have a genuine laugh for once. 

Maybe jump on your Socialist bikes, you know the drab boring ones all the same type that everyone has to have...

I would comment on your memes or humour, but there is no evidence of either

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Hirsute replied to Roulereo | 1 year ago
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It would be easier if you could state what you think socialism is.

Also we don't all want ultegra cranks.

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hawkinspeter replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago
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hirsute wrote:

It would be easier if you could state what you think socialism is.

Also we don't all want ultegra cranks.

At least Ultegra cranks try to seize the means of destruction

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chrisonabike replied to Roulereo | 1 year ago
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Roulereo wrote:

Maybe jump on your Socialist bikes, you know the drab boring ones all the same type that everyone has to have...

I'm confused.  Do you mean one of this boring kind, all the same type, that all the roadies here seem to have?

Something else?  Maybe you're referring to the Boris bike, sponsored by a global bank and championed by the Eton-educated non-socialist (for the UK) Boris Johnson?  Ah - apologies, do you mean a Flying Pigeon?  The one modelled after the English Roadster, product of advanced capitalism (early 20th century version)?

I'll certainly follow your advice though; I won't "do a Trump" (arf) e.g. I will jump on my bike.  The less boring one today as it's sunny!  Do send us a picture of your freedom machine!

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chrisonabike replied to chrisonabike | 1 year ago
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Meanwhile, communists probably - or at least socialists - on their prole-speed bicycles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swqaAIkGtpA

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hawkinspeter replied to chrisonabike | 1 year ago
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We need to demand more cute dog advertising of bikes!

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Hirsute | 1 year ago
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https://twitter.com/StuInNorway/status/1575119380660248576

Happy Days, The anti-bad-parking app "flytt deg" now works in Stavanger. Take photo of illegally parked car blocking cycle routes etc, confirm map location, add some info, sends it straight to the parking office to dispatch the roaming car.

 

Why can't we have this ?

(I think the poster appears on here on occasion).

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brooksby | 1 year ago
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Had a visit from a Man from the Council at work - the local business improvement district wants the council to "withdraw permission to keep commercial bins on the footway" so as to make things better for pedestrians with physical or sensory problems.

We'll have to move our wheelie bin onto the building's own property (a car park, down an alley and round the back of the building) when it is not actually out ready for collection.  Which is fair enough (although the bit of pavement it lives on is never actually used anyway).

However, when I asked whether they'll be making more of an effort to stop cars being parked on the footway (pointing at the white vans parked up just down the road in both directions) or cafe tables blocking narrow pavements, he coughed and said, "Ah, well, that's a different department, I don't know about that...".

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brooksby | 1 year ago
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OT, but interesting (and mildly depressing)

Chatteris: The town to be scrubbed from the bus route map

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-63046348

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Rendel Harris replied to brooksby | 1 year ago
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brooksby wrote:

OT, but interesting (and mildly depressing)

Chatteris: The town to be scrubbed from the bus route map

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-63046348

Half Man Half Biscuit will have to change the lyrics of their splendid song For What is Chatteris, which begins:

One way system, smooth and commendable, 
go by bus, they're highly dependable,

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DoomeFrog replied to brooksby | 1 year ago
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We have a similar issue here in the East of Bedfordshire.

According to Stagecoach only Bedford, St Ives, MK and Hitchin exist as places people want to go to or from.  Our services to/from Bedford (being the main service) are being withdrawn and we don't have many services elsewhere on a regular basis.

Many students go to six form college in Bedford and workers too.  There is now no suitable services so that will put more cars on the roads, increase congestion and make active travel almost impossible.

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The Larger Cyclist replied to brooksby | 1 year ago
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brooksby wrote:

OT, but interesting (and mildly depressing)

Chatteris: The town to be scrubbed from the bus route map

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-63046348

I do wonder about the suitability of current bus fleets - they seem to be mostly large vehicles with only a few people on.  Surely, a minibus type vehicle would be finiancially/ecologically better in a lot of cases?

 

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chrisonabike replied to The Larger Cyclist | 1 year ago
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Would presumably suit rich_cb's autonomous taxi ideas, or maybe a lower-tech Jeepney?  "The minibus departs when we've got enough passengers".

Alternatively we may have to get used to being content with living and working in a town of 10,000 or so.  "But there are no jobs" - well indeed; there were once, but ... Also one traditional - and contemporary - response to that situation (or "there's no food", or artillery bombardments etc.) is "leave".

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Bungle_52 replied to The Larger Cyclist | 1 year ago
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I wondered this too. I suspect it's due to the fact that buses are "rammed" during commuting periods hence needing the bigger buses. Minibuses could be used during the day but then you have to purchase and store extra vehicles. In west Wales there are well used minbuses put on for people walking the Pembrokeshire coast path  (Puffin Shuttle etc.) but they don't have to cater for commuters.

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Rendel Harris replied to Bungle_52 | 1 year ago
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I wonder if anyone has ever invented a "truck and trailer" bus system, where the main unit could be used outside of rush-hour with a hook on extra capacity in a trailer unit for busy times? Probably myriad technical difficulties but it would save on having to have two sets of buses or using large ones when small ones would do.

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Tom_77 replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Rendel Harris wrote:

I wonder if anyone has ever invented a "truck and trailer" bus system, where the main unit could be used outside of rush-hour with a hook on extra capacity in a trailer unit for busy times? Probably myriad technical difficulties but it would save on having to have two sets of buses or using large ones when small ones would do.

Flexible, cost efficient bus trailers adapt to passenger demand:

https://www.itsinternational.com/feature/flexible-cost-efficient-bus-tra...

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