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Video: Ride Wide shows drivers why cyclists need space

Make room, make room!

The week’s almost done, so here’s a video that will put a smile on your face with a public service announcement on behalf of all cyclists, courtesy of Ride Wide Media.

Ride Wide is blogger @veloevol and blogger and Bikeability instructor @Londonneur, and his son.

There really isn’t much else to say, except that apparently the suit is “ideal winter wear” according to Ride Wide. We think we’ll stick with Roubaix and softshells.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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K Stand Ken | 9 years ago
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I can't see the point of the fat suit, drivers who pass too close may still catch the fabric of the suit's extended width and bring him down.
What is needed (apart from greater awareness and patience by drivers) is something that gives the IMPRESSION of wider width on the road rather than the actuality of width.
But then, I'm living in cloud-cuckoo land, aren't I?

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bambergbike | 9 years ago
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Went on my first ride with a child trailer last week and found the effect similar. I didn't really need more space on the road than usual, but it was definitely easier than usual to claim it.

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notfastenough | 9 years ago
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Camera work by a road.cc user, it would appear.

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levermonkey | 9 years ago
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I have a friend who as just started cycling. He weighs 28st. I sent him the link. His reply is sadly unprintable but his wife is now using it as a screen-saver.

Superb video that has made my day.

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Jack Osbourne snr replied to levermonkey | 9 years ago
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levermonkey wrote:

I have a friend who as just started cycling. He weighs 28st. I sent him the link. His reply is sadly unprintable but his wife is now using it as a screen-saver.

Superb video that has made my day.

TOTAL FOOKIN LOL.

That just made my Friday night.

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kie7077 | 9 years ago
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HE'S NOT WEARING A HELMET, LOOK, NO HELMET.

OMG NO HI-VIS, ARREST HIM.

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Rouboy | 9 years ago
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Not sure the suit will take on.
But the vid makes a good point.

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