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Daily Mail hysterical backlash quelled as tree 'cut down' to make way for cycle lane successfully moved to new location; Zwift Everesting; Santa Claus is cycling to town! Dan Walker spots a famous festive face using a bike lane + more on the live blog

It's the Thursday live blog, Dan Alexander is here all day for your updates on what's happening across the world of cycling...
07 December 2023, 09:48
Daily Mail hysterical backlash quelled as tree 'cut down' to make way for cycle lane successfully moved to new location

Who'd have guessed it?

Versus the way the situation was portrayed by a certain national newspaper's website...

MailOnline story

 

Right, yep. Not the hardest game of spot the difference, not that it stopped Conservative MP Nickie Aiken sharing the Mail's story and urging Transport for London to have a "rethink". Aiken was accused of "spreading lies" and of neglecting her "position of responsibility" by failing to focus on the safety of cyclists in the city, to "score political points".

Thankfully, Will Norman was on hand last week too...

> MP duped by Daily Mail article claiming famous palm tree will be "chopped down" to make way for cycle lanes gets corrected by London's cycling commissioner

Think it might be high time to update our old-favourite, the '10 of the most hysterical anti-cycling Daily Mail headlines' feature...

07 December 2023, 17:35
Campaigners raise £37,000 for a legal challenge to stop Tower Hamlets mayor from ripping out low-traffic neighbourhoods
07 December 2023, 15:59
Ford claims its new van can solve the issue of "cyclists getting doored" by drivers and passengers
07 December 2023, 15:30
Christmas shopping? Exclusive Raleigh gift sets to be sold in Boots

Not necesarily news I expected to be writing today, but here we are... 

Keepsake Tin

Boots and Raleigh have teamed up to sell exclusive gift sets from the iconic British bicycle brand in the run up to Christmas. Because who doesn't want to wake up to Raleigh-branded body wash? Beats Lynx Africa every time...

Raleigh gift set Boots

They're also selling the obligatory mug x socks combo, and a gloves gift set. That poor pedalling Santa we featured earlier is going to be rushed off his feet with all the trips to Boots required when these hit the Christmas lists. In fairness, give me anything Raleigh branded over the generic 'I like cycling' genre of gifts (much of which forms the backbone of inspiration for Jo's now-famous gift guide)...

> Don't buy me this! Gifts not to buy for cyclists this Christmas to avoid a festive faux pas

Raleigh and Boots say the sets have been "meticulously crafted to provide a combination of retro style, and practicality". Oh, but if you want to be a really popular gift giver, skip the Boots trip and just get me one of these... anyone... please... okay, I'll settle for the socks...

Raleigh relaunches Chopper for 2023

> Back to the future: Raleigh relaunches iconic Chopper (again)

07 December 2023, 15:09
"Just wait until the Mail hears how many trees have to be cut down for any road junction 'improvements' let alone any new roads"
Palm tree moved for cycle lane (Will Norman/Twitter)

Comments section time.

ktache makes the point that it's funny which trees being 'cut down' (and those not even being cut down, just relocated) attracts certain sections of the press' attention... "Just wait until the Mail hears how many trees have to be cut down for any road junction 'improvements' let alone any new roads."

Interestingly, as Surreyrider points out, not so much frothing fury "about the number of trees cut down for the Wisley junction 'improvements' in Surrey".

Brooksby might have predicted the next twist in the tale... how long until the 'EXCLUSIVE' suggests it's actually a plastic remake? Don't give them ideas...

Extra kudos to chrisonatrike for the reference to a very good song by a very good band. A fake Chinese rubber plant, perhaps?

07 December 2023, 14:26
Best Christmas gifts for cyclists under £200 — special presents for your special cyclist
07 December 2023, 14:07
"Otherwise he would have already stopped": Cav's coach believes in 35th Tour stage dream
2023 Tour de France Mark Cavendish (ASO/Pauline Ballet)

Vasilis Anastopoulos believes in Mark Cavendish. That much should already be obvious considering the Greek coach oversaw the Manx Missile's return to the top of the sport, four-stage haul at the 2021 Tour, and has since left Soudal Quick-Step to reunite with his star pupil at Astana.

Speaking to Portuguese Cycling Magazine, Anastopoulos responded emphatically to the question of is it realistic to believe Cavendish can win a 35th Tour stage win next year and overtake Eddy Merckx's record? "Yes," the coach replied instantly.

"Mark is a great champion and a real fighter. If he didn't like it anymore, he would have stopped a long time ago. That is also why we have recruited certain riders, in order to build the best sprint train. Mørkøv, Ballerini and Cees Bol are good and experienced riders, who can drop Mark in the last meters of a sprint. Then it is up to Mark to complete it.

"Mark had a very good level last year and we hope to make a little bit of progress so that it is enough. In the Tour stage in which he crossed the line in second place, he suffered a mechanical problem. Without mechanical failure he could have won, I'm sure.

"The stages in the coming Tour are very tough and it is therefore important that Mark is able to survive the longer climbs and days. And then at the end I still have the right freshness and energy to be able to sprint."

07 December 2023, 12:46
Investigation suggests workers at Shimano's supplier subjected to "slavery-like" exploitation
07 December 2023, 11:10
GTA VI: Pro cycling edition

Presumably rated 18+ purely for Mr Lefevere's 'full on' newspaper appraisals...

And the hitman of the rival gang?

07 December 2023, 10:37
Zwift Everesting

Few days late to this, but bloody hell...

And to think I get bored usually around the six-minute mark of riding indoors...

It's not Alec's first live blog appearance, that came after he completed a 340km solo ride at an average speed of 27km/h around Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire (because why not?)... 

07 December 2023, 09:02
Santa Claus is cycling to town! Dan Walker spots a famous festive face using a bike lane

 With the price of looking after nine reindeer it looks like the main man has opted for a simpler, economical mode of transport this Christmas. It helps burn off the mince pies too, I guess...

One commenter hoped he's on more than £38,000 per year, while someone else questioned if the reindeer are striking over pay and conditions. 'We do all the work and just get a few carrots chucked at us while you get drunk, eat all the good scran, and take all the glory for lobbing a few presents down chimneys...'

As a result, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer is out and a HumanForest hire bike is in. Missing a trick not going for a Santa-nder Cycle, but what do I know? 

Dan is the road.cc news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined road.cc in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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kil0ran | 7 months ago
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That Boots gift set is worth it for the tin alone. Maybe use the products on the bike though.
Good to see two fine Nottingham institutions collab on something.

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Paul J | 7 months ago
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To be fair, the move of the tree can not yet said to be successful. You need to wait to see if the tree survives at the new location. Moving a tree can damage it, or it may not take in the new location.

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grumpyoldcyclist | 7 months ago
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On the car culture in Liverpool
We have a similar thing in Wrexham with people trying to queue jump in the NHS

 NewsWrexham Maelor Hospital: One injured as car crashes through doors - BBC News

 

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Patrick9-32 | 7 months ago
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Tabloids don't lose anything by being wrong, they have already got their outrage clicks and the outraged people aren't going to go to another source to find out they were wrong. They are just going to continue to hate the people Rupert Murdoch tells them to hate. 

The damage is done, no matter how many gotchas people post on twitter. 

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Patrick9-32 replied to Patrick9-32 | 7 months ago
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There should be a law that all retractions must be published at the same level of visibility as the original story. i.e. If you lie on the front page headline, you have to retract on the front page headline, if you post a fake story on your website that stays on the main page for 3 days, you have to have a retraction on the main page for 3 days. It would make editors think twice before publishing something which wasn't properly verified!

 

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HoldingOn replied to Patrick9-32 | 7 months ago
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Patrick9-32 wrote:

 It would make editors think twice before publishing something which wasn't properly verified!

Depressingly, I don't think it would.

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Wingguy replied to Patrick9-32 | 7 months ago
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Patrick9-32 wrote:

There should be a law that all retractions must be published at the same level of visibility as the original story. i.e. If you lie on the front page headline, you have to retract on the front page headline...

Good luck with getting that law through when the lawmakers do the same thing. The government lies to the house of commons live on TV, then goes back and 'corrects the record' in Hansard and calls it job done. 

The old Yes Minister sketch of making the minutes of the meeting reflect what should have been said in the meeting is now the official procedure!

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neilmck replied to Patrick9-32 | 7 months ago
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Journalists seem to think that there job is to inform the public. In reality their job is basically the same as everyone else's, it is to make money for someone else. They do this by telling a story that may or may not be linked to reality that people pay to read. When we were children we bought comics for entertainment, as adults we buy newspapers.

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tigersnapper replied to andystow | 7 months ago
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Promote that judge!

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Patrick9-32 replied to andystow | 7 months ago
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I wonder what the rumour was that was spread about the victim to make the killer think he was justified enough in his actions to publicly laugh about it. 

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eburtthebike replied to andystow | 7 months ago
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"Without slowing in any way, he drove straight through the deceased, who was still sitting astride his bicycle. The massive impact propelled Reece onto the bonnet and the windscreen of the car, and then into the road."

Boydell drove away at speed and made no attempt to stop or give any assistance. He later accepted that he intended to cause harm.

Boydell had previous convictions for aggravated vehicle taking, threatening behaviour, assault and possessing drugs.

Mitigating, Peter Moulson KC, said that Boydell did not intend to kill Mr Braithwaite

The laughing emoji was posted when Boydell did not know the extent of the injuries but it was an "isolated" incident of its type and he bitterly regretted it. He had written a letter of apology.

Judge Thackray said that he was satisfied that Boydell did not intend to kill Mr Braithwaite.....

No, the judge shouldn't be promoted, and although I'm generally against long prison sentences, I can't quibble with that one.

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mattw | 7 months ago
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Rendel Harris replied to mattw | 7 months ago
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No, you've got that the wrong way round, I won't link to a Daily Mail article but you can see from road.cc's  article: https://road.cc/content/news/will-norman-hits-back-mp-duped-mail-bike-la... that Aiken shared the DM article and made an attack on Khan with it, the original lie came from the Mail and the story didn't mention Aiken at all.

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mitsky | 7 months ago
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I didn't know that you could get banned from cycling (in public, rather than the sporting side)...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-67639649

But it wasn't for dangerous cycling etc, but assault whilst on the bike.

"This order was given to keep the wider public safe from Carter's actions and limit his ability to cause further distress to the public."

So I'm not sure how the ban would actually prevent it from committing future assaults...

 

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Car Delenda Est replied to mitsky | 7 months ago
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Ok so assault someone from a vehicle and it's assault; assault someone with a vehicle and it's a 'traffic accident?'

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brooksby | 7 months ago
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It's clearly not the same tree - if you zoom in close, it's obviously made of plastic  3

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chrisonabike replied to brooksby | 7 months ago
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ktache replied to brooksby | 7 months ago
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Just wait until the mail hears how many trees have to be cut down for any road junction "improvements" let alone any new roads.

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chrisonabike replied to ktache | 7 months ago
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Ah - but they have to be cut down.  It's the two which need addressing for footway / cycle path (out of say the 5 which are left...) which it's then "insane" to move to make space "for some MAMILs' hobby".

Interesting to see how the other half live.  Much of what happens in NL doesn't seem particularly "green" to me (building on stuff is a feature...) but they're now trying to narrow / remove some roads and partly replace with green space [1] [2] [3].

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Surreyrider replied to ktache | 7 months ago
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I'm shocked that they haven't lost the plot in rage about the number of trees cut down for the Wisley junction 'improvements' in Surrey.

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Hirsute replied to brooksby | 7 months ago
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Don't worry, Susan hall will fix it as long as she doesn't lose it ( I mean as long as it's not stolen).

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hawkinspeter | 7 months ago
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Four bike rides, four years in the life of Black Britain: ‘On the road, we found ourselves again’:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2023/dec/07/four-bike-rides-four-years-in-the-life-of-black-britain-on-the-road-we-found-ourselves-again

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MichaelWinnerRIP replied to hawkinspeter | 7 months ago
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It's great to see more people cycling but I'm not sure why they need their own network. Why not just cycle with others, irrespective of skin colour?

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hawkinspeter replied to MichaelWinnerRIP | 7 months ago
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MichaelWinnerRIP wrote:

It's great to see more people cycling but I'm not sure why they need their own network. Why not just cycle with others, irrespective of skin colour?

Possibly because they want to cycle with their friends and neighbours and they don't want the police continually stopping them for made up reasons.

Ethnic minorities tend to be under-represented amongst cyclists and so there should be extra effort spent to encourage them to cycle.

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Matthew Acton-Varian replied to hawkinspeter | 7 months ago
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Exactly. Road riding is a white male dominated sport so the BCN are an advocacy group to try and change that. There are a number of barriers (and a lack of role models) that prevent ethnic minorities from choosing road cycling and the BCN are a great way to break some of those barriers down. Their founder was regularly stopped on solo rides by police because they didn't think his bike (which was I believe an S-Works model, possibly a Tarmac SL3 which was not that old at the time) was actually his. As top of the range bikes have gotten comparitively more expensive than their budget counterparts in recent years, it's possible such a type of incident could get worse.

There's no denying, it is irksome to think that a POC are all too often randomly stopped for such a reason based on their ethnicity, and there is the concern that the BCN club jersey is the reason that they might not get stopped.

The Black Cyclists Network is not aimed at me and I have no problem with it existing despite that fact, because its existence is not detrimental to anyone else.

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Rendel Harris replied to Matthew Acton-Varian | 7 months ago
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Matthew Acton-Varian wrote:

Their founder was regularly stopped on solo rides by police because they didn't think his bike (which was I believe an S-Works model, possibly a Tarmac SL3 which was not that old at the time) was actually his.

He (Mani Arthur) was also infamously stopped and searched by a pig's bladder on a stick in uniform officer who decided, after Mani refused to put himself in danger by retreating behind a stop line to put himself alongside an HGV, that he smelled of marijuana. Mani was in full cycle race kit and was made to remove his helmet and shoes to prove he had nothing on him... https://road.cc/content/news/268777-metropolitan-police-officer-does-sto...

Matthew Acton-Varian wrote:

The Black Cyclists Network is not aimed at me and I have no problem with it existing despite that fact, because its existence is not detrimental to anyone else.

It's not aimed at me either but they're very welcoming, a black friend gifted me one of their jerseys a couple of years ago (which is a fabulously cool design) but I was a bit uneasy so I got in touch and asked what they felt about a white guy wearing it - "We welcome everyone, the more supporters the better, happy for you to wear our colours" was their attitude.

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brooksby | 7 months ago
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https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/mum-tells-parents-buy-...

Mum tells parents to buy kids a helmet for Christmas after bike crash leaves son in coma

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A mum has urged parents to get their kids a helmet with a bike this Christmas after her five-year-old boy spent nine days in a coma after a horror crash. Nikki Barnes, 28, said her son Marli Barnes suffered two skull fractures and a broken shoulder in the terrifying incident, which left him fighting for his life in hospital.

The lad had been playing yards from his home in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, when he jumped on a friend’s “rust bucket” bike and rode down a steep hill. But the bicycle had no brakes and he then went steaming into a 4ft high garden wall at the bottom, before being flung head-first into the side of a house.

I (really) don't want to start the usual war, but "Buy your kid a helmet" probably isn't the lesson that I would take away from this incident…

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hawkinspeter replied to brooksby | 7 months ago
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brooksby wrote:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/mum-tells-parents-buy-...

Mum tells parents to buy kids a helmet for Christmas after bike crash leaves son in coma

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A mum has urged parents to get their kids a helmet with a bike this Christmas after her five-year-old boy spent nine days in a coma after a horror crash. Nikki Barnes, 28, said her son Marli Barnes suffered two skull fractures and a broken shoulder in the terrifying incident, which left him fighting for his life in hospital.

The lad had been playing yards from his home in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, when he jumped on a friend’s “rust bucket” bike and rode down a steep hill. But the bicycle had no brakes and he then went steaming into a 4ft high garden wall at the bottom, before being flung head-first into the side of a house.

I (really) don't want to start the usual war, but "Buy your kid a helmet" probably isn't the lesson that I would take away from this incident…

Yeah, I'd be more inclined to send a message to maintain kids' bikes and ensure that they have brakes on them. I suppose it takes a bit more care and attention for parents to examine the bike rather than just buying a bit of plastic/polystyrene, but it could be a useful lesson to show kids how to maintain a safe bike.

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brooksby | 7 months ago
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Why is it that when you notice your brakes (rim brakes, V-brakes) are getting a bit sloppy so you tighten up the barrel adjuster to eke through to the weekend when you can replace the pads in daylight, that they dissolve overnight and the brakes are completely unsafe to ride into work the next morning??

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