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Is this the best cycling lockdown video on the web?; Police report mega increase in speeding drivers; Zwift testing new 'Boost Mode'; "Make sure that drivers see you" says road safety partnership; France to offer everyone 50 euros for bike repairs + more

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30 April 2020, 15:48
Is this the best cycling lockdown video on the internet?

“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 or send them via Twitter or Facebook or whatever.

30 April 2020, 15:38
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Sadiq Khan says Londoners will demand more cycle lanes in wake of coronavirus

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.

30 April 2020, 15:07
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York councillor calls for fines handed to cycle couriers to be dropped

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.

30 April 2020, 14:35
Movistar have been reduced to spot the difference

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.)

30 April 2020, 14:31
Beware of the sheep
30 April 2020, 14:20
Rugby League player doing Tour de Yorkshire distance on his turbo

Danny Washbrook appears to be taking an old school approach as well with no Zwift or Rouvy or whatever.

This may explain why he's only doing 10 miles a day.

30 April 2020, 14:17
The pros are looking forward to riding outdoors again

We think Sutherland's in Spain.

30 April 2020, 14:08
Pete Naylor on Zwift
Reppin' in the virtual peloton

Props to the Mendips' own Pete Naylor, who is currently repping the 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!

> Mark Beaumont looking to recruit “virtual peloton” to ride around the world in a day

> Ride in kit on Zwift


30 April 2020, 12:53
The next Cav
30 April 2020, 12:30
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Met Police report mega increase in speeding drivers

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.

30 April 2020, 11:41
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Chris Boardman on the boom in cycling since lockdown

Boardman's on Radio 4 as I type, talking about bike sales, the French bike repair fund mentioned further down the page and more.

Here's a link if you want to listen from the start.


30 April 2020, 10:55
Zwift fixes 196mph bug

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.

30 April 2020, 10:30
Brussels prepares for deconfinement by adding more cycle lanes

Brussels is to repurpose a bunch of motor traffic lanes as cycle lanes to take the strain off public transport during the deconfinement process.

That's twice I've typed the word 'deconfinement' today. Never used it before. Pretty sure I'm going to be using it again.

30 April 2020, 09:36
Zwift testing new 'Boost Mode'

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."


30 April 2020, 09:21
Frustrated thief trashes key worker's bike
30 April 2020, 08:52
Road safety partnership pilloried for victim-blaming tweet

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.

30 April 2020, 08:38
The Tour de Yorkshire was supposed to start today

Technically, it's still postponed rather than cancelled.

30 April 2020, 08:37
There are now almost 500 bike hangars in Waltham Forest
30 April 2020, 08:31
Paris Velib rider and cycle lane
France to offer 50 euros for repairs so the bike can become ‘the queen of deconfinement’

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.

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