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Gaimon's top 5 common bike/car collisions; Police slammed for “be seen” advice video; Egan Bernal's new skill; Oncoming motorist takes ‘racing line’; How pedestrians react when you pass; Speeding in London; Decath-gone - retailer short of bikes + more

Today's live blog with Alex Bowden (daytime) and Simon MacMichael (evening)...
25 June 2020, 15:35
Cycling investment should be in Government’s top 5 priorities say advisors

Government advisors, the Committee on Climate Change, say that investment in cycling and walking must be one of the top five priorities for the year ahead.

25 June 2020, 15:22
Wands of Westminster: Millbank now has a mandatory cycle lane from Lambeth Bridge to Parliament Square
25 June 2020, 15:19
Crap cycle path

A fine example of the oeuvre has been flagged by Dr Ian Walker.

25 June 2020, 13:53
Hull cycle lane bollards get nod of approval from World Bollard Association

If you don't follow The World Bollard Association on Twitter, it isn't necessarily the most discriminating judge.

25 June 2020, 13:19
The futures of the Tour de Yorkshire and Women’s Tour de Yorkshire are in serious doubt.
25 June 2020, 13:13
Royal Parks Police stop cargo bikes in Kensington Gardens

No vehicles adapted for trade may be used in the Royal Parks unless they're authorised.

25 June 2020, 13:09
Video: Phil Gaimon lists the top 5 most common bike/car collisions and how to (hopefully) avoid them

Advice for both cyclists and motorists here, delivered in Gaimon’s usual dry style. (There's an awful lot of, "also, put your phone down.")

25 June 2020, 12:59

Decathlon UK CEO Eric Mazilier last week apologised for bike shortages and said the firm was hard to find a solution.

They aren't the only cycling retailer struggling to meet demand either.

Evans Cycles have been enduring a bit of a kicking on social media from customers complaining of delays, while Winstanleys Bikes received a flurry of negative reviews on TrustPilot for similar issues.

Around 1.3 million people – five per cent of UK consumers – have bought a bike since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis according to research carried out by GlobalData.

25 June 2020, 12:04
Lizzie Deignan after winning the 2019 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain (picture credit Velofocus via Trek Segafredo)
How does cycling feel when you're pregnant?

Olympic road race silver medallist and 2015 world champion, Lizzie Deignan, will be talking about juggling being a mum and a professional cyclist on Cycling UK’s live women’s cycling panel event this week.

It’ll be live on Facebook at 1pm on Friday. You’ll find it here.

The interview’s part of Cycling UK’s ongoing series, “Bants, Bikes and Being Female,” which has been going out on Facebook and YouTube.

Host, Anna Glowinski, said: “We wanted to create a safe space where women could discuss anything and everything about cycling without fear of being judged or made to feel stupid for asking the ‘wrong question’.

“The series has been hugely popular so far and I’m delighted that Lizzie will be joining us to give her unique perspective on cycling after childbirth and how she incorporates cycling in her family life.”

Other guests appearing alongside Deignan include women’s health physiotherapist, Charlie Stone, mountain biker and new mum, Lucy Follett, and urban cyclewear shop owner and cycling mum, Caz Nicklin. 

25 June 2020, 11:02
Hampshire Police slammed for “be seen” cycling advice video that refers to a cyclist as an “it”

Wear a helmet, get a bell and “be seen” – these are some of the central pillars of advice in a Thames Valley Police video.

Hampshire’s Roads Policing Unit says the video illustrates how, “everyone can play their part in keeping vulnerable road users safe.”

The video goes on to advise drivers to leave 1.5m when passing a cyclist, but even this segment has been slammed by many Twitter users for repeatedly referring to a cyclist as an “it”.

25 June 2020, 10:46
Egan Bernal has all the skills

‘A life of excess’ says the 2019 Tour de France winner – which is presumably a reference to his training more than his downtime.

This is a skill every self-respecting cyclist should have, according to Juliana Buhring, who posted a video of fellow ultracyclist Kristof Allegaert performing the same trick back in 2017.

25 June 2020, 10:19
Should we be talking about 'traffic violence' instead of crashes and collisions?

This was a point made by Sustrans chief executive Xavier Brice earlier in the week.

Chris Boardman, whose mother Carol was killed by a careless driver, certainly feels that the term is justified.

25 June 2020, 10:17
Team GB athletes are riding in facemasks in the velodrome

25 June 2020, 09:31
Video: How different pedestrians react when you pass them

25 June 2020, 09:28
Video: Mobility hierarchy

We also spotted this in the replies.

25 June 2020, 08:35
Met reports more enforcement of 100mph-plus than in the three previous years combined
25 June 2020, 08:31
Close pass operation/everesting attempt?

For a moment this seemed like all our regular stories rolled into one, but not sure Alderman's Hill delivers the necessary elevation gain.

25 June 2020, 08:28
2020 is already London’s highest ever year for speeding enforcement

Speaking of Andy Cox (see the near miss below)…

25 June 2020, 08:24
Video: Cyclist terrified as oncoming motorist takes ‘the racing line’

Warning: Some understandably choice language on this one.

The incident occurred yesterday in Hampstead garden suburbs, Holne chase.

The cyclist involved, Matthew, has been in contact with Andy Cox, the Met’s head of road traffic policing.

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.

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