Saturday, June 21, 2008

Cyclist killed on A167

Some very sad news. Our thoughts are with the cyclist's families.

A CYCLIST was killed and another seriously injured in a crash with a car today.

Two men were cycling along the A167 Croft Road outside Darlington at 10am when they were involved in a collision with a passing Citroen C4.


The Northern Echo: Cyclist killed in crash

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cycling round the world: Alastair Humphreys - 19th June, 7pm

Alastair Humphreys
19th June, 7pm Crown Street Library

Round the World cyclist, author and adventurer Alastair Humphreys will be talking about his book 'Thunder and Sunshine' in Crown Street library at 7pm on 19th June.

'Thunder and Sunshine' is the second volume of Alastair's account of his cycle trip around the world. Copies of the book will be available on the night with all profits going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

www.alastairhumphreys.com

There is no charge but places are limited so booking is essential - to book a place contact Greg McDougall on 01325 388721 / greg.mcdougall@darlington.gov.uk

Sunday, June 08, 2008

60 years ago...

The average U.S. citizen completely ignores the regularity with which the automobile kills him, maims him, embroils him with the law and provides mobile shelter for rakes intent on seducing his daughters. He takes it into his garage as fondly as an Arab leading a prize mare into his tent. He woos it with Simoniz, Prestone, Ethyl and rich lubricants -- and goes broke trading it in on something flashier an hour after he has made the last payment on the old one.

By last week, this peculiar state of mind had not only sucked thousands of American oil wells dry, stripped the rubber groves of Malaya, produced the world's most inhuman industry and its most recalcitrant labor union, but had filled U.S. streets with so many automobiles that it was almost impossible to drive one. In some big cities, vast traffic jams never really got untangled from dawn to midnight; the bray of horns, the stink of exhaust fumes, and the crunch of crumpling metal eddied up from them as insistently as the vaporous roar of Niagara.


"The Last Traffic Jam", Time Magazine, Monday, Dec. 15, 1947

[via Kottke.org]

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Darlington Cycle Forum Bike Lane Tour

Tonight's Cycle Forum meeting was a tour of the bike routes in the town, instead of just talking about them. Eight of us braved the rain, and got very lucky staying dry on the ten mile tour of the town.