Several cycling campaign groups, including Cycling UK and the London Cycling Campaign have shared this work by Led By Donkeys on social media, a video projected onto the Houses of Parliament hearing the story of a mother who lost her son Bobby Colleran to a road traffic collision outside a school.
During the video Joanne questions the prime minister and his government, who at this week's Conservative Party Conference further outlined their 'Plan for Motorists' to tackle the "war" against drivers, namely their plan to "update 20mph zone guidance" to prevent blanket measures...
"We are not a nation of motorists, we are a nation of families."
A message to the prime minister. pic.twitter.com/OK5xlYetOl
— Led By Donkeys (@ByDonkeys) October 4, 2023
"For you not to support it... Why? Why?" she asks. "Because our children should be safe and should be here. You're five times more likely to be killed when you're hit by a vehicle travelling at 30mph. Prime minister, we are not a nation of motorists, we are a nation of families."
The London Cycling Campaign shared the video, thanking Joanne and saying "we demand safe streets for our children". Head of campaigns at the LCC, Simon Munk commented, "When politicians pit 'drivers' against families, we all lose".
"The 'Plan for Drivers' is a plan for congestion, collisions, children maimed and killed, a plan for increasing emissions, pollution and inactivity. It's truly horrifying culture war rubbish to shill votes from idiots," he continued.
"My little boy went to school and never came home again... Prime Minister, we are not a nation of motorists, we are a nation of families."
An incredibly moving message projected onto the Houses of Parliament. 💔
20mph zones save lives. https://t.co/HUymNG7lpV
— Cycling UK (@WeAreCyclingUK) October 4, 2023
Cycling UK shared it too, earlier this week the charity accusing the Conservatives of an "ill-fated attempt to win" votes with pro-motoring policies that risk "undermining" active travel success.
Those comments came after transport secretary Mark Harper used his speech at his party's conference to build upon Rishi Sunak's pledge to end the "war on motorists". On Monday, Harper said the Conservatives are "proudly pro-car" and said the Department for Transport would review guidance on 20mph speed limits in England and opposes their blanket use, would continue the review into low-traffic neighbourhoods, and aims "to stop councils implementing 15-minute cities".
Cycling UK's chief executive Sarah Mitchell called on the government to instead come up with a "holistic plan", not one that "zooms in on one particular mode of transport".
She said: "A plan that gives us the freedom to choose how we travel, maximising our ability to opt for healthy, cheap and convenient options.
"Better public transport, and safer ways for people to cycle and walk are entirely compatible with driving. Focusing on one way of travelling is like trying to complete a jigsaw with half the pieces missing.
"No.10 seems intent on undermining some of the government's most successful transport policies of recent years. Ministers should be proud of their achievements on walking and cycling rather than ditching them in an ill-fated attempt to win support in advance of the general election."
Lee Williams of the FTP Racing team has set a new RRA record for the coast-to-coast Pembroke to Great Yarmouth, 350-mile course. From South Wales to Norfolk in 14 hours flat at an average speed of just under 25mph (40km/h), to take more than one hour 20 minutes off the previous best.
The wAr oN mOtORiSts!!!
⚠️ Driver of @MercedesBenz M555STB gets the hat trick of parking on the pavement, and on a cycle lane, and on double yellows on Etherow Street, outside a school.
And of course, there is a “highly dangerous” 4 year old cycling on the pavement... 🤷♀️ pic.twitter.com/2Q2pNn009q
— Dulwich Roads (@DulwichRoads) October 4, 2023
That's a hat-trick. Elsewhere in the United Kingdom...
From Facebook. School road, Moseley.
• 20 mph
• Bright White bollard
• Street lighting
— Brum Bike Cam (@TheBrumBikeCam) October 4, 2023
Bell Helmets has introduced a 100 per cent crash replacement scheme... for all helmets bought during October and November. Sorry September 30th buyers, no replacement for you.
Oh, and you have to replace your helmet within 12 months of purchase. For the rest of you they've got the usual 40 per cent scheme "aimed to provide riders with support if they encounter unfortunate accidents".
In the last hour it's also been officially confirmed that Astana Qazaqstan will be bolstered by leadout king Michael Mørkøv and the coach, Vasilis Anastopoulos, who played a key part in Mark Cavendish's 2021 renaissance to win four Tour de France stage wins and equal Eddy Merckx's record.
Of course you all know by now that Cav is sticking around for another year, another Tour, and another shot at the record...
Speaking about his transfer Mørkøv said "of course, I am happy to reunite with my former teammate Mark Cavendish to chase the new victories for him".
"Besides, the upcoming year is a year of the Olympics and I have a big ambition to fight again for the gold medal in Madison. The team is ready to provide me a good support in chasing this dream and I am really grateful for it. In general, I am happy and ready to provide all my experience in cycling to help the team to reach its biggest goals throughout the next season," he said.
You all better do your homework before next year...
Absolutely superb! The freedom, independence & confidence of cycling to school.
I don’t think I’ve ever visited a school where all the kids don’t put their hands up when I ask, “who would like to cycle to school?”
It’s down to us adults to enable more of this for more children 🚲 https://t.co/8jBJeKktbz
— Dame Sarah Storey (@DameSarahStorey) September 29, 2023
Remember, kids, it doesn't get easier, you just go faster...
One of cycling's most iconic, bucket list events is back in 2024 — the Maratona dles Dolomites. Here's why, in the words of president of the organising committee Michil Costa, he thinks you should make it your goal for next year...
In the nocturnal silence of the Dolomites. Everything is Anatta, as taught by the Buddhist. The lack of a permanent self, of its independence. Nothing is self-sufficient, everything that exists lacks its own autonomy.
The body parts, even the legs that serve to push the pedals, the hands that grip the handlebars, the eyes that gaze at the Dolomites, are a non-self, and we humans can only exist when we are in relation. In relation to others and in relation to the non-human.
This is precisely the principle of 'mutatio', because everything changes continuously. Will the Maratona change? Certainly, it will change. Just as you change now, as you are reading this. Panta rei, everything flows...
Well, that's me sold...
Online pre-registration is open between October 10 and November 6 before the ballot in the second half of November. The 8,000 starting places will be split 50/50 between Italian and foreign cyclists.
'But what about the event's logo?' I hear you ask...
We began with artistic research, drawing on literature and art. Literature immediately makes us dream in the texts of Kafka and Ovid; visual art, on the other hand, is a journey into the world of Henry Matisse, Heronymus Bosch, up to the most modern artists of optical art, above all Victor Vasarely.
From this research, we first of all extrapolated the colour violet, the colour of metamorphosis, transformation and the union of opposites. Thanks to this colour, we developed the first concept we wanted to express, that of creating a lettering that is impalpable, ethereal, incomplete... mutable.
The result is an open form that has no boundaries, almost at the limit of legibility, because it is still alive and mutating.
It's that time of year, with the nights drawing right in, for police force social media teams to earn a kicking by uploading something like this...
The same child is in both photos. The only difference is how they're dressed
As we approach shorter daylight hours, whether you walk, cycle, use public transport or drive, make sure you can be seen
— MPSSpecials (@MPSSpecials) October 3, 2023
That photo in particular has been discredited by many, Fiets.UK doing an at-length run through of all the problems with it, primarily that it appears to have been edited with filter applied to reduce colour, high contrast levels to crush black colours, and is overall "not a realistic view; not what the eye would see in the real world", Fiets.UK concluded.
Then there is the victim-blaming accusations we all signed up for...
Whilst I generally appreciate your efforts, this I can't approve of. It's victim blaming, and this is a fake and edited picture anyway. Please focus on the source of the danger, drivers. Note this safety message: pic.twitter.com/k6aPdSksI4
— CyclingMikey the Unspeakable (@MikeyCycling) October 4, 2023
I think we can say we've all experienced first-hand and heard of enough riders hit by motorists, despite wearing hi-vis and having lights on their bike, to know it's not quite as simple as "be seen" and you'll be fine. Ahem...
Another respondent asked the force to "please don't use this fake image, and please don't blame children for existing when it's the car that poses the deadly threat."
— Olivier (@Nepomucene) October 4, 2023
— Cycling in London (@Cycling_In_LDN) April 21, 2023
Per Strand Hagens of Jumbo-Visma's development team took another pro win yesterday, even if he didn't seem to know he had at the time...
Yes, he stopped.
Yes, he won.
Yes, he celebrated.
Champ. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/wbpAud0uTV
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) October 3, 2023
The 20-year-old, born in... *checks notes*... 2003 (disgusting, I know), did eventually stop to take the rather amused acclaim of his team's staff...
“I thought it was another lap!”
No, Per! You took the win. 😃💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/Z5UzsgELEw
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) October 3, 2023
— Astana Qazaqstan Team (@AstanaQazTeam) October 4, 2023
We'll bring you more as we get it, Cav's team dropping this hardly cryptic video as a way of announcing their star man will be hanging around for another season. Let's be honest, he was never going to go out like that, was he?
A mid-stage crash at the Tour de France was never the Hollywood ending the career of a 35-time stage winner deserved, and it seems we're going to get one final chapter in 2024.
Oh, and did I mention Astana have reportedly already secured the services of leadout extraordinaire Michael Mørkøv and Cav's 2021 coach Vasilis Anastopoulos for next season too? The pair who played major parts in the Manx Missile's quadruple stage haul two years ago. Yep, it's not over yet...
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.