Posting this in the hope that it might get the message out and make at least a few motorists think. I appreciate that a lot of you who follow me are cyclists and may have experienced similar. Thanks for your kind words and messages ❤️ . . My name is Debbie. I am a mum, a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a niece and a friend. . To the car driver who came so close passing me today, brushing my arm sending my bike into a wobble at 25+ mph. . You didn’t look back or slow down to check I was ok so just wanted to let you know that I somehow stayed upright. . But what if I hadn’t? What if I’d been thrown in front of the 3 other cars that were behind you? . I don’t think you saw my back light, bright kit or me at all. I think you just saw another cyclist on the road. . How was your Sunday? I’m trying really hard not to let you ruin mine.
Debbie Bradley took to Instagram "in the hope that it might get the message out and make at least a few motorists think", after claiming to have suffered from a number of frightening close passes on a training ride in the West Midlands.
She said: “I’m trying really hard not to cry.
“I’ve done two hours and ten minutes, and I reckon I’ve nearly been taken about ten times.
“I just don’t understand what’s wrong with drivers. There’s nothing coming the other way, I’m on my own. How can you not pass wide?
“It’s just ridiculous. It just puts me off riding my bike and I’m going home, and I’m bloody going to jump on Zwift for the last couple of hours. It’s ridiculous.
“Yeah so shit day, shit ride. But I suppose at least I’m going to get home in one piece."
Ms Bradley claims one of the close passes she suffered sent her "bike into a wobble" at speeds of over 25mph. Numerous people have supported her for sharing the post, with one saying: "It’s fine for Boris Johnson to claim this is the year of the bicycle, but we need to educate the motorists? Stay safe."
Another tagged in Chris Boardman and British Cycling, saying: "Show this to the powers that be, drivers need educating/punishing now. Why should we be made to feel this way when we are simply trying to ride our bikes?"
A recent survey from Green Flag found that a third of drivers believe they are being more patient with cyclists since lockdown, and 36% of cyclists also said they'd noticed 'increased patience and respect'. Posts such as the one above, though, show there is still a long way to go.
— World Cycling Stats (@wcsbike) July 29, 2020
The Colombian sprinted to victory in the Spanish stage event, arguably the most high profile road race that has gone ahead since the lockdown began; although questions are being asked if it will reach its conclusion on Saturday, after Alex Dowsett and a fellow Israel Start-Up Nation teammate and numerous UAE Team Emirates riders were withdrawn due to coronavirus scares. No one withdrawn from Vuelta Burgos is reported to have returned a positive test so far.
This explainer video explains pretty clearly how the roundabouts are designed to work, ahead of the opening of the first Dutch-style roundabout at Fendon Road/Queen Edith’s Way in Cambridge this Friday.
It has an outer ring for cyclists, in a contrasting red surface, to give them equal
priority with pedestrians over oncoming vehicles. Cambridgeshire County Council said in a press release: "The old roundabout was perceived by many people to be dangerous to cycle around, and residents also reported feeling unsafe when walking in the area due to a lack of pedestrian crossings. Public consultations showed the majority who responded were in favour of improvements.
"The roundabout has been designed to encourage motorists to drive at a slower speed, so it is hoped that by enhancing safety at the roundabout, more people will walk and cycle in the area."
Wow, the ABD now equating the systematic oppression of people based on their skin colour with, that's right, motorists being mildly inconvenienced by cycling and walking infrastructure https://t.co/Sr0lP50OeS
— Laura Laker (@laura_laker) July 29, 2020
In a bizarre battle to see who can have the biggest meltdown over the Department for Transport spending a small fraction of their annual budget on cycling infrastructure (see yesterday's live blog too), we may have a new winner from 'The Alliance of British Drivers'.
Get a bit of perspective guys. Limited restrictions on where you drive your gas guzzlers is not comparable to systemic racism 🤦♂️
— Kevin Clarke (@Kurako76) July 29, 2020
In one of their posts that gives details of a resident protest against low traffic neighbourhoods in Islington, the ABD are reminded that removing any of the new obstacles preventing motor traffic would be against the law; in reply the ABD quote Martin Luther King, appearing to suggest that their crusade to reopen residential streets to traffic congestion again is somewhat akin to the American civil rights movement.
The ABD hit the headlines at the start of lockdown, when their director Paul Biggs said that it was “best to avoid cycling in case you fall off.”
Looks like the Lycra Louts are still going. It’s a new day people. Just try and obey the rules of the road today and move on. 🙄🙄🙄🙄 https://t.co/b0ZYN0BdKc
— Mike Graham 🍾 (@Iromg) July 29, 2020
Meanwhile, Mike Graham is still going on about people going on about him going on about cyclists on his radio show yesterday, in which he claimed people in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle couldn't cycle to work.
The consultation document includes a number of changes that could have a significant effect if they are followed up with legislation. The alterations being proposed are:
- "Introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others."
- "Clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road,
providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead."
"Establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders."
Full story with analysis to follow.
Today's announcement from @10DowningStreet is a great start, but for us to really succeed we need to hear more from people saying yes to better health, cleaner air and safer streets - and less from the NIMBYs standing in the way.
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) July 28, 2020
With his British Cycling Policy Adviser hat on, Boardman explains why public support for low traffic neighbourhoods, cycle lanes and better public transport is going to be so important going forward.
@FartingDan is it people on bikes or people who are walking you think need insurance, helmets and lights? Why? Because you said so? Are you one of those NIMBYs by any chance?
— Sonja harper (@sharper50) July 28, 2020
Unfortunately some inevitable 'road tax', insurance and helmet comments popped up under British Cycling's post; but as Boardman explains in the video, new YouGov research released by the Bike is Best campaign has found that there are 6.5 people in support of local measures to enable cycling for every 1 against, so plenty of people replied with more thoughtful takes.
— ROMYN (@R0MYNUK) July 28, 2020
— Butternut Bikes (@ButternutBikes) July 28, 2020
— Working From Home Harold (@HaroldShand1979) July 29, 2020
Anyone out there who got one, anyone at all? It seems like there was more chance of nabbing one of Willy Wonka's golden tickets by the looks of things...
— Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) July 28, 2020
Dowsett took the precaution after coming into contact with Israel Start-Up Nation teammate Itamar Einhorn at the team hotel, who himself withdrew because he had come into contact with Omer Goldstein, who had returned a positive test on Monday. Dowsett said it was a "big disappointment" that he couldn't start the five-day stage race yesterday, but thanked his team and the UCI for keeping riders safe.
The minority militant cyclists have cycled into influential political advisory positions & media jobs. Please tell me why 37m drivers are not being represented in govt road user planning policies. @Iromg @FairFuelUK @RHADuncanB @TheABD @matt_dathan @lukethejourno @BorisJohnson pic.twitter.com/3ch7QMxsmT
— Howard Cox (@HowardCCox) July 29, 2020
Tagging in our pal Mike Graham, who yesterday said on his Talkradio show that the cycling community was “nothing less than an absolute eyesore on the entire country” amongst other things, Howard Cox of FairFuelUK retweeted this tabloid editorial comment that is critical of the government's investment in cycling. Mr Cox claims he wants people to work with FairFuel UK "for ALL road users", yet endorses comments like this one...
Nice one 🤣🤣🤣
— Howard Cox (@HowardCCox) July 29, 2020
The comment in the tabloid is referring to the part of the government's Gear Change document that promises a 'national e-bike support programme' to incentivise people to buy e-bikes. As reported on our sister site eBikeTips yesterday, there's no guarantee yet the programme will definitely offer electric bike grants; but if it does mirror the existing plug-in grant scheme for electric cars, then it could mean up to a third off e-bike purchases in England. This, as outlined in Gear Change, would act as an incentive for people who are otherwise put off by the physical demands of cycling - such as older people or the disabled - to consider electric bikes as a viable transport solution.
We’re going to make it easier than ever to cycle around, with new cycle routes and vouchers for bike repairs.
Together we can reduce the pollution and noise on our streets, and move towards a cleaner, greener Britain. pic.twitter.com/lcxbYmpt9z
— Boris Johnson #StayAlert (@BorisJohnson) July 28, 2020
The PM headed to the East Midlands to plug the government's £2 billion cycling strategy and £50 bike vouchers (the latter of which is reportedly having a few teething problems), with some obligatory footage of Johnson going for a spin with some local cyclists.
Have the government got this one right, or are there (pot)holes in their plans? Let us know your thoughts as always.
Tried to get a 'fix your bike scheme voucher' available online from 23:45 tonight & the page has been absolutely overwhelmed & been off-line since before then! Go to bed everyone, this one is mine 😉 Good idea but poorly executed#FixYourBikeVoucherScheme https://t.co/xHhiu07YQS pic.twitter.com/izF93XwrqG
— Aaron Bailey Ⓥ 🌿 (@IdoAdventures) July 28, 2020
In shocker, the Fix Your Bike Voucher scheme, launched at 23:45 on Tuesday, promptly crashed. pic.twitter.com/NuCE14cOU3
— Pádraig Belton (@PadraigBelton) July 28, 2020
What a surprise. Stayed up watching shit on Netflix in order to apply for the #fixyourbike scheme which launched at 11:45pm, only for the site to crash at 11:44pm. Literally the only thing I might have been eligible for in this whole miserable shit show.
— Helen Kasparian (@Helliebean) July 28, 2020
According to numerous people on social media, the very scheme that is supposed to help Britain get its bikes fixed with £50 vouchers is in serious need of fixing itself, after fixyourbikevoucherscheme.est.org.uk reportedly crashed before it was even set to go live.
As of this morning, the website displays a message saying: "Thank you for your interest in the Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme. There are no vouchers available right now. Vouchers are being released gradually to reflect the capacity of the bike repairers signed up to the scheme. More vouchers will be made available as soon as possible."
...which suggests that the first 50,000 were already snapped up, but we're yet to hear from anyone who managed to get hold of one. Did you apply for a voucher successfully? If the general testimony is anything to go by it appears you're a rare breed, so do tell us more about your experience in the comments or email us at info [at] road.cc
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.