Thursday, June 30, 2005

Bike Traps Coming to a Road [Not So] Near You

KSL NewsRadio 1160: "Five Utah police agencies will be participating in a state-sponsored crackdown on motorists who aren't sharing the roads with bicycles.

Plainclothes officers will ride bicycles to catch motorists who aren't sharing the road."

What a great idea! What are the chances of it happening in Darlington, do we think?

Monday, June 27, 2005

Sustrans Darlington youngsters connect to the National Cycle Network

I just stumbled across the following story (updated: May 26 2005) on the Sustrans site.

Sustrans Darlington youngsters connect to the National Cycle Network: "Hundreds of young people in Darlington will be able to enjoy a school journey on foot or by bike from today, thanks to a new cycle route developed by Sustrans, the UK's leading sustainable transport charity together with Darlington Borough Council. Cllr Nick Wallis today joined Ryland Jones of sustainable transport charity Sustrans and youngsters from local schools to open a new safe cycling and walking route that will connect schools and local community to the National Cycle Network."

"This link provides a dedicated, mostly traffic-free route between Abbey Infants and Junior School and Hummersknot School and Language College, via the upgrading of an existing footpath to segregated shared use, plus a Toucan crossing of Carmel Road, and associated signage. The new link provides safer access for pupils to both schools from surrounding residential areas, particularly crossing the busy Carmel Road. The route will eventually link to National Cycle Route 14 once additional sections of the cycle route network in Darlington are completed. The scheme has been implemented by Darlington Borough Council with £35,000 from Sustrans' Department for Transport Grant."

Monday, June 13, 2005

Treehugger: Naked Bike Ride shocks London

Treehugger: Naked Bike Ride shocks London: "Naked cyclists took to the streets in more than 50 cities worldwide this weekend to protest against society’s dependency on oil. In London around 200 cyclists and roller skaters braved typically British summer conditions (grey, chilly, threat of rain) to make their point. Departing from Wellington Arch in Hyde Park, the riders passed Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament and Covent Garden, before causing chaos on Oxford Street, Britain’s busiest shopping street."

CAUTION: Photographs of tinkies and boobies...

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Wet But Undeterred Cycling Campaigners

Five brave souls from Darlington Cycling Campaign braved the rain in June to explore the cycle routes of east Darlington. Fair weather cycling it was not! Please leave your comments about the route here, or at the Cycling Campaign flickr page, where you can see more photos of the day.

© Richard Grassick 2005

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Ride this Sunday, 12th June

The group agreed to organise rides on the second Sunday of each summer month meeting at 2pm in the Market Place, starting 12th June. On this date, Anthony Millet will organise/lead rides along the cycle routes in the south east of the town, South Park, Eastbourne etc.

I think we were planning on being out for two hours. It might be good if people can bring digital cameras, and possible paper and pens, so we can document the good, the bad and the ugly.

I'll be the guy on the singlespeed Kona.