Thursday, January 31, 2008

Yield to Life

Yield to Life is a new campaign founded and fronted by US Pro Dave Zabriskie. The site has some well-constructed articles on how to act properly on your bike to stay safe, including 10 Safety Tips For Motorists and 10 Safety Tips For Cyclists.

[via BikeHugger]

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Yuba Mundo available this week

Do you need to move a ladder, lumber, solar panels, poles, a kayak, metal sheets, pipes, bicycle boxes, bags of rice, coffee beans, boxes of produce, balls of cotton, tires, stack of clothes, equipment, adult passengers or children? Wnat to do it without a car?

The Yuba Mundo bike is available in the UK this week.

Monday, January 21, 2008

£140million for cycling

The Secretary of State for Transport, has announced that the Government will be investing £140 million over the next three years to boost cycling nationally.

Useful links on the Velorution blog, including this interesting quote:

Every time a car driver converts to cycling, it saves almost £400 a year

That's something to remember next time someone mentions 'Road Tax'!

82 pictures of bicycles taken during 73 minutes in Amsterdam

82 pictures of bicycles taken during 73 minutes on 9/12/06 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Formally dressed bicyclists, multiple riders on one bike, no helmets, dogs on bikes, human powered penerator bicycle lights, Spectacular Gigantic Unbreakable Security Chains, and more...

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Video: Three prominent cycling minds discuss how to get more people on bicycles

A video of a discussion with three prominent figures in the current push to get more people using bikes as their normal mode of transportation:

Tim Parr owner of Swobo has worked together with Sky Yaeger to bring some very unique, fun and useful bike designs to the market. We’ve talked about them in several places here and it was an honor to have him as part of the group.

Brad Quartuccio is one of the founders of the Urban Velo zine that has quickly become popular across the net.

Tim “Masi Guy” Jackson is the brand manager that has brought the famous Masi road bike back from the dead and is now breathing a whole new life into it with a line of bikes designed specifically for the commuter.

It’s a rare thing to find all these guys in one place at the same time, not to mention sit them down for a full thirty minutes and pick their brains on how each of us can change our world one bike at a time.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Truck Blind Spots

There's a really useful post on the forum of Moving Target 'zine explaining the blind spots around a HGV, written by a truck driver. The images take a bit of understanding, but reading the explanation makes it much clearer.

Read it. It might save your life.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dangerous Roads

The top four stories on The Northern Echo website at the moment are all car-related and all negative:

* Four-car collision causes traffic disruption
* Sneezing man rescued from burning car
* Two seriously injured after tanker and cars collide
* 118mph Police driving instructor’s speed shame (also the front page story in today's paper)

Thankfully no-one was killed in any of these incidents.

How come nobody remembers these stories when trying to decide how to get somewhere, yet they remember any story about trains being delayed?

At least when the train is delayed you get to have a chat and are given free papers and drinks.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Best. Traffic. Measure. Ever.

There are bike lanes in both directions, but bicycle congestion makes it tricky riding this route. There is little room for making the bike lanes as wide as on other streets, so removing the motorised traffic is the only way to create safer bike lanes.


The Drastic Measures of Visionaries

I was going to write more, but I'm lost for words.

Take To The Streets

DARLINGTON has become the first town in the country to sign up to a campaign to boost the health of the nation.

Darlington Partnership yesterday pledged to "Take to the Streets" with a revolutionary physical activity initiative led by sporting legend Brendan Foster.

Its board agreed unanimously to support the project, which aims to get two million people involved in regular exercise by 2012, with runners, walkers, dancers and cyclists covering 100 million miles for their health and charity.

Darlington will become a national case study, taking part in a host of mass participation events and be involved in a five- year scientific study to assess the impact of the project.

Lots more information at The Northern Echo: Darlington first to join national health improvement campaign and Nick Wallis announced this yesterday on his blog.

I hope this campaign is a success, however I worry when activity and exercise are linked to sport and to big, annual events, rather than simply to increasing day-to-day activity. I'm sure that we would see much bigger health benefits were cycling and walking to be a greater part of our everyday transportation, rather than increasing the perception that they are wholy separate parts of our lives.

I know that I'd be hopeless at training to ride something like the Hell O' The North or the Great milk Stout Ride, but by cycling to work and back every day I am fit enough to complete occasional big rides like these.

I'd rather see more people cycling in high heels than cycling in lycra.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Positive 2008 with Best Designs from DofT

Let's start 2008 on a positive note, by sharing a document recently passed on to Darlington Cycling Campaign for consultation. It is the Department of Transport's collection of good designs for cycling infrastructure, and contains a remarkable number of examples of the kinds of design we advocate for Darlington.

Until we received this document, we were lead to believe that such things as cycle lane priority at crossings with roads was a dream only possible in Denmark, Holland or Germany. But there it is, on the cover of the document, a junction in Cheltenham.

If you'd like to read the whole document, you can download a PDF version here.

You can also download a Word version of the Cycling Campaign's response here.

We look forward to seeing some of these fine examples in our Cycling Demonstration Town in 2008.

Happy New Year to you all!!