Wednesday, December 21, 2005

How to commute by bicycle, all of a sudden

There's a stike of public transport workers in New York at the moment, so this article explains how to commute by bicycle, all of a sudden. And, it's a lot colder in New York than it will get here over the winter.

Once you start commuting by bike, it's awful if you have to stop. I've ridden my bike to and from work (3 miles each way) since February, and I've been doing an extra 8 mile round trip to teach a lesson in Hurworth one afternoon a week since September. But, I was off work with flu for a weekand the following week got the bus to work because I just didn't think I would make it on my bike, and it's awful. I miss the exercise in the morning and the chance to wind down after work, and I hate queueing for buses and sitting in traffic. I can't wait to get back on my bike in the wet and cold in January, it's way better than the alternatives.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

David Cameron MP

An open letter to the Right Honourable David Cameron MP on the Velorution blog.

I think it's great than he cycles to the Commons. But, anyone notice that he must have stopped round the corner to take his helmet off before he rode (across a really busy junction) past the press and into Westminster while holding his helmet. Slightly vain perhaps?

Thursday, December 08, 2005

How Green Thou Art

How Green Thou Art, Bridgestone Bicycles 1994 Catalogue page 13, an article by Maynard Mershon.

Are bikes inherently 'green', or does it depend upon how you use them?

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Critical Mass Cycling

As a cyclist in Darlington, you may sometimes feel isolated as you battle your way round another inner ring road roundabout. Well, try this if you need a lift (you need Quicktime or similar to be able to play the video):

http://ia300136.us.archive.org/0/items/SWRlongTrailermp4/SWRlongTrailer.mp4

As is pointed out on the critical mass web site:

"Critical Mass is not an organization, it's an unorganized coincidence. It's a movement ... of bicycles, in the streets."

But if you think about it, many of our problems stem from the simple fact that we are heavily outnumbered by motorised traffic on the streets of Darlington.

You can get more details about the above film (which unfortunately is currently only available in American NTSC format) at www.stillweridethemovie.com