“Day 42 of self isolation... Stabbed my pillow... cut its heart out as sacrifice... and took over a thousand selfies with my Trek Madone.”
We ran Shio Chuan Quek’s stop motion masterpiece on yesterday’s live blog, but many of you missed it.
There have been a few lockdown-inspired cycling videos in recent weeks, but we reckon this one’s the best.
Feel free to email us more suggestions at info at road.cc or send them via Twitter or Facebook or whatever.
Writing about the impact of coronavirus and the way in which ‘the daily rhythms of life have been turned upside down’, Sadiq Khan says that many more Londoners will walk or cycle when the city begins to emerge from lockdown.
Looking further ahead, he adds: “Quieter roads and fewer jet planes have made for a more pleasant environment. Londoners will rightly demand neighbourhoods that permanently work for walking and cycling, and a renewed drive to address the climate emergency.”
Via the London Evening Standard.
A couple of days ago we reported on a Deliveroo rider who was fined whiile delivering food and medicine to people in York.
A number of York couriers have been fined for riding on pedestrianised streets.
They thought that traffic restrictions had been lifted.
City of York Council says the restrictions were not lifted. It’s just that the bollards to stop traffic entering pedestrian areas were removed at the start of the lockdown.
York Press reports Danny Myers, leader of the Labour group at the council, says the lack of clarity means the fines should be dropped.
— Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) April 30, 2020
We spotted as many as one and now we've lost interest.
We consider spot the difference to be altogether too demanding.
(Update: We just spotted another, but jeez it makes your eyes hurt. Spot the difference is not a game for the digital age.)
Danny Washbrook appears to be taking an old school approach as well with no Zwift or Rouvy or whatever.
Today was supposed to be the start of @letouryorkshire 🙌
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) April 30, 2020
This may explain why he's only doing 10 miles a day.
We think Sutherland's in Spain.
Things I’m looking forward to next week
- riding without looking at a screen
- using real air instead of a fan
- sweating less
- getting a tan line (debating)
- getting out of the saddle
- not being attacked virtually by someone doing 83w/kg
— Rory Sutherland (@rorysutherland1) April 30, 2020
Do you know if there is a Zwift badge for finally shaving your legs after 6 weeks?
— Jetse Bol (@JetseBol) April 30, 2020
Props to the Mendips' own Pete Naylor, who is currently repping the road.cc kit in Zwift as part of Mark Beaumont's virtual peloton: 80 riders aiming to ride 240 miles (385km) each in a day, the equivalent of getting all the way around the world. Pete started at 4am and is currently less than 30km away from his goal, so if you're on Zwift in the next hour or so give him a thumbs up!
Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, from Scotland Yard’s traffic teams, said 2,020 speeders were recorded between April 20-27 this year, compared to just 268 in the same period last year.
He said that wile the number of motorists on London’s roads has dropped during lockdown, the number of people suffering life-changing injuries in road traffic collisions is about the same.
“We’ve seen incredible speeds, incredible risk,” Cox told the London Evening Standard. “Some of the people we’ve stopped have said things like ‘because of Covid-19 we didn’t expect you to be doing enforcement’, but it’s an absolute priority for us — probably more so than ever because of the increase in speed.
“Every one of those extreme speeders is entirely selfish: they’re not considering other road users, the wider impacts. They are frankly disgraceful. We’ve had since the lockdown, nine fatalities, so many people seriously injured.”
He added that NHS workers were “walking and cycling in a lot of these zones” which is kind of weird when you think about it. Obviously he thinks that speeding motorists are more likely to pay attention to that fact.
He's probably right: some speeding motorists will only moderate their behaviour to save the lives of people who are saving people's lives.
The latest Zwift update (see further down the page) also includes a bug fix that will sadly prevent this kind of thing.
It seems that sometimes, when riding an event, a user would cease to be affected by wind resistance.
Brussels is to repurpose a bunch of motor traffic lanes as cycle lanes to take the strain off public transport during the deconfinement process.
Brussels plans new radical and orbital bike tracks to take the strain off public transport during the process of deconfinement. In most places, the news article says, these will be created by converting a motor traffic lane to space for cycling. https://t.co/Ez5Xefq2Vi
— Dr Rachel Aldred (@RachelAldred) April 29, 2020
That's twice I've typed the word 'deconfinement' today. Never used it before. Pretty sure I'm going to be using it again.
The online uproar around @GoZwift having the (alleged) temerity to further gameify what was - at its core - a cycling gaming experience is incredible. Users sign up to a platform that allows you to disappear in game...yet blow up when a different gaming feature is added.#gozwift pic.twitter.com/T6D2ppPOS8
— Nick Squillari (@N_Squillari) April 30, 2020
Announcing it on their forums, Zwift said: "Boost Mode is a new event type that will allow users to charge a boost (with their own watts of course) and then discharge that boost at a time that’s right for them. This mode will be exclusively available in a limited number of FutureWorks Club Jarvis events as we test, tune and tweak the experience."
To go to London, work & keep us safe. Today some idiot decided to trash her bike left at the train station Prestwood, Bucks.They couldn’t steal it so they made it unusable for anyone.Why???? Stop being idiots & be kind 🙏 If anyone saw anything let me know ta 2/2
— Bespoke-M (@Bespoke_M) April 29, 2020
The Road Safety GB North East group is made up of the 12 local highway authorities in the region, three regional police forces and four fire and rescue teams.
Its recent ‘make sure that drivers see you/always wear a helmet’ tweet has not gone down well.
How do I make sure that drivers see me?
By how much does a helmet reduce risk of death and how does it compare with other activities that people don't generally harass other people about, such as getting insufficient sleep?
Show me the facts and I'll make my choices.
— steve abraham (@steve_abraham74) April 30, 2020
.@RSGB_NE It's very simple people.
It's all about looking!
Tell drivers to look. Anything else is secondary. If you look you will see someone regardless
— Real Gaz on a proper bike #fbpe (@gazza_d) April 30, 2020
Drivers, always wear a helmet, it could save your life
— MSeries (@mseriesMMXIV) April 29, 2020
We're gutted that @letouryorkshire won't be starting today & we'll miss seeing unbelievable moments like these.
— Tour de Yorkshire 🚴 (@letouryorkshire) April 30, 2020
Technically, it's still postponed rather than cancelled.
Just signed off further batch of 64 @wfcouncil #wfminiholland #ResidentCycleHangars. #HoeSt- 4 #WilliamMorris-1 #HighSt- 28 #LeaBridge- 21 & #Markhouse- 10. Taking us close to 500 hangars in WF! Cos we’re serious about permanent change! @willnorman @london_cycling @WeSupportWFMH pic.twitter.com/47s3OPCPDk
— Labourstone (@Labourstone) April 29, 2020
The French government will offer a "repair cheque" of 50 euros to anyone who wants to get their old bike back in working order for when lockdown is lifted, reports Le Parisien.
“It is a boost to the bike during the deconfinement period to encourage us to choose this mode of travel,” explained the Minister of Ecological Transition, Elisabeth Borne. “We want this period to see a step forward in cycling culture, and for the bicycle to be the little queen of deconfinement in a way.”
Basically, if you take your bike in for repairs, any work up to 50 euros will be free. Anything beyond that, you’ll have to pay for. The government will then reimburse the bike shop.