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Must be undercover cyclists...commuter catches five drivers jumping red light; Christ on a bike; Thieves raid storage — 15 bikes stolen; No Van Aert at CX Worlds reaction; Pain cave playlist; Infra plans; Tackling cycle crime + more on the live blog

It's Thursday and Dan Alexander is here for the penultimate live blog of the week...
06 January 2022, 17:31
Lachlan Morton stays with EF Education-Nippo
Lachlan Morton - Photo Credit Oliver Grenaa 01

Alternative calendar racer and all-round long-distance extraordinaire Lachlan Morton has been handed a contract extension with EF Education-Nippo. Morton and Alex Howes had initially not been included on the team's registered rider list submitted to the UCI, but have now been confirmed.

"It’s a dynamic, fun, interesting, and very high potential roster of riders. his has the potential to be the strongest roster we’ve ever had," team boss Jonathan Vaughters said. He also asked for suggestions...

Race around Ireland (with a Guinness every few KMs) and crossing the Atlantic on a pedalo are the early front runners...never trust Twitter with a serious question... 

06 January 2022, 16:34
What happened next? Unexpected sight follows textbook pass...

The last thing Mark expected after this textbook pass was to find the driver...well, I'll let you find spoilers... 

06 January 2022, 15:29
Controversial 'no cycling' signs painted on pavement near Kendal school

 'No cycling' signs have been painted on the Shap Road pavement in Kendal over Christmas, prompting a Green Party activist to call for "better, safer options". The move followed complaints from residents using the pavement which, according to the Westmorland Gazette, is "often boxed in by parked cars".

Local resident and Green Party member Jon Owen spoke to the local paper about the problem of putting in obstacles to sustainable travel without providing safe alternatives. Owen explained using the pavement is the "least worst" option for getting children safely to school. He also shared this informative thread outlining the issue...

06 January 2022, 14:48
Who let the dogs (and their grumpy owners) out? Some classic local paper whataboutery
Tilgate Park Crawley (Google Maps Street View)

Dog(ma) news? No, not a new Pinarello model...just some unhappy dog walkers from Crawley...

The Crawley and Horley Observer was on the front line today in Tilgate Park, talking to punters about the proposed restrictions and fixed penalty notices to owners who haven't got their pooch on a lead. I'm sure some of you will point out it's the lead that often causes those on two wheels the most trouble...but, that's not what we're here for...

Cue the whataboutery...

"If dog owners get fined, so should runners and cyclists," one told the local news site.

"It’s ridiculous to be honest with you. We’ve been coming up here since 1973. I’ve been told to put the dog on the lead when the runners have been coming up here. I refuse to do it. I said I’ve been coming up here for a long time, you’ve only been here for 5 years. They say my dog’s lead will trip them over. My dog’s insured, the runners are insured and it’s their problem if they injure themselves." *Chef's kiss* 10/10 ranting...

06 January 2022, 12:36
Pain cave playlist: which bangers help get you through the turbo tedium?

Do your worst...

Just don't go full Chris Froome...last year the four-time Tour winner shared his playlist on Strava and got a fully justified roasting... Call Me Maybe, Jessie J, The Wanted, Uptown Funk, Olly Murs and the Sugababes...that's one way to make your ears hurt more than your legs...

06 January 2022, 12:22
Major extension to west London cycleway planned — consultation running until mid-February
Cycleway 9 (picture credit Simon MacMichael)

An extension to Cycleway 9 has been put forward by Transport for London. The plans would see the existing segregated infrastructure (seen above) extended between Brentford and Hounslow, including new and improved pedestrian crossings.

A consultation is open until Tuesday 16 February and the plans in full include: 4.1km of protected cycleway along Hounslow High Street, London Road and Brentford High Street.

A new signalised junction and improved pedestrian crossings are also part of the plans.

"We’ve seen a massive increase in people walking and cycling in the past few years," London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman said.

"We are working closely with boroughs like Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham to help transform roads and make sure there is enough space for people to walk and cycle around the capital safely. If TfL secures a long-term financial deal with the Government which allows this cycleway extension to go ahead, pedestrians and cyclists could see huge benefits."

06 January 2022, 11:37
Tom Pidcock, your time has arrived...reaction to Wout van Aert skipping CX Worlds

Now that meme is out the way we can do the serious business...hyping up Tom Pidcock's rainbow jersey chances...

Wout van Aert, as we told you on the blog yesterday, isn't going to Fayetteville, citing the need to be in top shape for the spring Classics on the road. Mathieu van der Poel is out injured and has pulled the plug on his 'cross season. So...Tom P, it's your time to shine...

06 January 2022, 11:24
Major Cardiff partnership established to tackle cycle crime
Nextbike Cardiff (screenshot via BBC News report)

A partnership involving 19 organisations has been set up to tackle cycle crime in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. South Wales Police, Cardiff Council, Welsh Government, Vale of Glamorgan Council and bike hire provider nextbike are all involved.

The Cardiff Cycle Crime Reduction Partnership (CCCRP) will copy the model from nearby Newport where a 29 per cent reduction in cycle theft was seen in the year following the implementation a similar programme.

> Vandalism and theft force suspension of cycle hire schemes in South Wales

Police will use tactics such as trap bikes and marking bikes with Smartwater to catch offenders.

Last year, nextbike removed its fleet of OVO Bikes from the city following staggering levels of theft and vandalism.

06 January 2022, 10:58
Peterborough thieves raid communal shelters — 15 bikes stolen
St Edmunds Walk Peterborough (Google Maps Street View)

The Peterborough Telegraph reports thieves raided shelters outside a block of flats, unscrewing railings to take 15 bikes. The thefts took place at community bike shelters along St Edmunds Walk and Eagles Way.

One resident said neighbours had chased the culprits and recovered as many bikes as they could before the thieves fled the scene.

Another told the local news website: "There’s not even a working light in the car park, so there definitely won’t be any CCTV of it happening. You really can’t have anything, it’s so unfair."

06 January 2022, 10:18
New waterproof gilet from Ridgecrest Clothing
Ridgecrest gilet

Custom-made fitted frame bags and luggage can be added to Cotic’s subtle steel Escapade gravel bike, and the man behind designing and producing these in the UK, David Turner, has now ventured into cycling clothing with his new Ridgecrest Clothing brand. 

Ridgecrest Clothing has recently released its first apparel product, a waterproof gilet (£44.95) which has been handmade in the UK and looks pretty stylish - there’s the choice between Navy, Yellow, Grey and Red, all with a maroon zipper down the middle.

The gilet uses a PU coated polyester to EN343 grade 3 which is the highest level of breathability for a waterproof material and all seams are top stitched with maroon thread. Across the back there’s a 20cm x 50mm reflective strip for visibility in low light conditions. 

The gilet is available from size small to XL as standard, but Ridgecrest also produces an XXL version (for 48” chest) and XXXL (51 in) for an extra £10.

06 January 2022, 09:37
Christ on a bike

He rode for 40 days and 40 nights to complete the Strava challenge, Everesting Mount Sinai each day...

06 January 2022, 08:42
Must be undercover cyclists...commuter catches five drivers jumping red light

It's one of, if not the most common sentence we hear uttered by people bashing cyclists, normally when we're discussing an issue of road safety completely unrelated..."what about all the cyclists who don't stop at red lights?" 

Well, those pesky cyclists have gone undercover. Five drivers, including a London cabbie, and one person on a bike, are seen rushing through this temporary traffic light on red. 

CyclingMikey got involved suggesting Greg reports the video for a likely prosecution.

Others debated whether the lights had been stuck on red for a while...

Now, we're assuming Greg isn't still stood waiting for the lights to change, and eventually got the green light he was waiting for...but here's what the relevant section of the Highway Code says:

 You MUST NOT move forward over the white line when the red light is showing. Only go forward when the traffic lights are green if there is room for you to clear the junction safely or you are taking up a position to turn right. If the traffic lights are not working, treat the situation as you would an unmarked junction and proceed with great care.

> Highway Code changes aimed at protecting cyclists to become law next month

Greg replied to one driver saying they had stuck to the Highway Code's guidance...

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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