Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Meeting: Tuesday 6th June, 7.30pm at the Red Lion

From: Mike McTimoney (Secretary, miketually AT gmail DOT com)
To: Everyone

Just to let you know we have a Campaign meeting next Tuesday 6th June, 7.30pm at the Red Lion. Sally did the minutes last time, and these have been sent out in an email to members.

Like anything adding to the agenda? Please let myself or Richard know.

Can't attend? Please let myself or Richard know, we can minute your apologies.

Got any ideas for raising awareness? There have been some suggestions (ranging from turfing Duke Street to parking bikes in Car Parking spaces, to a Critical Mass style ride, to online diaries for regular cyclists (it'd be great to beat the Local Motion team to this one...). Got any more ideas?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Local Motion Club

I received my Local Motion Club card today, after registering a couple of weeks ago at the Do the Local Motion website, where you can register and log travel, find information and more.

It's a pity they've not been a bit more forward thinking with the website, using a blog to give more of a two-way dialogue. One idea I had for the campaign website, was for regular cyclists to keep an online diary of their experiences. Team Local Motion, let me know if you want a hand/advice with this.

A nice glossy leaftlet, containing interesting facts, accompanies the membership card (which entitles holders to discounts in some local businesses). I recognise at least one face from school, and a couple of the bikes (I'm a bike geek). Can someone tell the gentleman with the orange bike on page 6 that he'll have his bike pinched if he only locks it up by the front wheel like that?

The disappointing thing for me is the lack of mention of a car club in the leaflet. In a car club, members pay a small monthly fee and can, in return, rent cars for short times and at short notice at a very reasonable rate. This was mentioned in earlier publicity, and I signed up for more information. If there was a local car club, we'd probably be able to sell our little-used car, since we only really need it for occasional relative visits and holidays and it sits outside our house being expensive the rest of the time.

Anyway, join up and Do The Local Motion!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Safety First

Kent Peterson rides his bike more (lots) than you. You should read his Tips and Techniques for Riding in Traffic.

Kent also has a blog, where you can read about just how much he rides his bike.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Even Mayday Demos Attract Cyclists

1st May 2006 in Bremen, Germany. The annual May Day demonstration attracts trades unionists and socialists from around the city to march to the Town Hall and declare their unity with the workers of Darlington (and everywhere else).

But their unspoken solidarity with Darlington Cycling Campaign is declared by almost every other demonstrator as they wheel their bikes along.

"Workers of the World Unite. You have nothing to lose but your (Bike) Chains".