Cross Country latest train operator to be criticised for vertical bike storage, accused of ableism and discrimination
Hi @CrossCountryUK, I'd like to reserve a bike space on these two trains tomorrow. I can't hang my bike from the front wheel (it's too heavy/bulky, and I'm not strong enough to lift it) so could you please also confirm that the storage spaces are horizontal? Thank you. pic.twitter.com/5DTwAzmwKn
— Robyn Jankel (@RobynJankel) October 5, 2019
Amidst the latest criticism of Great Western Railway's farcical bike hooks, we missed that Cross Country were also getting a few barrels full on Twitter at the weekend due to their similarly unhelpful vertical bike storage. We've got a feeling they didn't help themselves with this reply either...
You can't put in the the vestibule area, it'll block doorways and fire escapes. You'll need to find a way of hanging it up yourself, or seek help in doing so. Otherwise, it doesn't come onboard. ^RM
— CrossCountry trains (@CrossCountryUK) October 5, 2019
Robyn Jankel replied: "Your empathy is palpable. Is this how you respond to disabled cyclists hoping to get their mobility aids on board? Not even "our staff will do everything they can to assist you"? Why not just come out with it & say "We hate cyclists"? God forbid you support your paying customers."
Others described Cross Country's response as discriminatory and ableist, on the basis that they are essentially saying those not strong enough to life their bikes onto the hooks are not welcome on board.
With many train operators across Europe perfectly capable of providing adequate bike storage in the form of guards vans and cycle-specific carriages (that more often featured on UK trains until more recently), what's going on with British train franchises? It's something we'll be revisiting soon as the complaints continue to pile in from disgruntled rail passengers who dare to travel with a bicycle...
Date for Dr. Richard Freeman's tribunal finally set for 28th October
The tribunal for ex British Cycling & Team Sky medic Dr Freeman will take place on Oct 28.
An initial hearing was due to begin in in February but he did not attend and it was adjourned for several months after being bogged down in legal argument... pic.twitter.com/hkvJMq63RX
— Dan Roan (@danroan) October 8, 2019
The elusive ex-Team Sky and British Cycling doctor will finally face the music on Monday 28th October, after failing to attend the original scheduled hearing back in February citing ill-health.
Freeman was charged with ordering 30 sachets of Testogel (testosterone) in May 2011 to give to an unnamed rider, with the General Medical Council accusing him of lying to conceal evidence - Dr. Freeman has always denied the charges.
The tribunal will run until the 20th December, after which the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service will decide if he is fit to practice medicine.
Thomas Jacquelinet wins inaugural Trans Pyrenees Race
Thomas Jacquelinet has won the inaugural Trans Pyrenees Race in Biarritz this lunchtime, arriving on France's Atlantic coast just 4 days 7 hours 50 minutes after setting off from the resort to head across the mountains to the Mediterranean and back, covering 1,284.2 kilometres.
Sam Thompson came into Biarritz 20 minutes later, having taken the lead overnight but losing it again this morning.
The next rider, Contsantin Schitt, is through the third checkpoint but still has around 220 kilometres to ride.
Sam Thompson #TPRNo1cap45 took the lead during the night while Thomas Jacquelinet #TPRNo1cap54 had a 4 hour stop.
With big climbs still come Thomas had the advantage of fresher legs & regained the lead this morning.#TPRno1
James Robertson @PEdALEDjapan @fizikofficial pic.twitter.com/ySa7BRY4we
— TransPyrenees (@TransPyrenees) October 8, 2019
Fireman turns away 'persistent' young cyclist who just wants to get to school...
— Johnny Briggs (@johnnyrbriggs) October 8, 2019
According to Johnny Briggs who uploaded the footage, the lad just wants to learn... but a fireman on the scene dealing with huge floods in Finsbury Park this morning caused by a burst water pipe said he wasn't allowed to ride through the deluge to continue his journey to school.
Mr. Briggs told road.cc: "He was just kind of begging the fireman to let him through and the fireman was trying to be nice and tell him gently it wasn't safe. But in the end the kid kind of firmly needed telling he had to turn around and go the other way."
That part was captured on film, with the beleaguered fireman saying to the studious young cyclist: "They will not be happy with me if I let you go back into that water."
BBC air pollution test shows travelling by car exposes you to more emissions than walking or cycling
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) October 8, 2019
Measuring exposure to pollution on children going to school, the results shown that cycling exposed them to 28.1% more than the recommended limit, walking was 40.1% over and driving was highest at 44% over; dispelling the myth that cars 'protect' occupants from emissions outside.
'Improvised cycle lane' pops up through Trafalgar Square...
Trafalgar Square is completely closed to traffic.
Extinction Rebellion have set up a stage for speakers and music, first aid tent, improvised cycle lane, and snack stall.
There’s also a “well-being sanctuary” in case you’re feeling down. pic.twitter.com/YE6jhARVgS
— Theo Usherwood (@theousherwood) October 8, 2019
Proviz launch a bike light range
Best known for their super high-vis high-vis cycle clothing, Proviz have launched a range of five quick-release, USB rechargeable bike lights. Named after the brightest stars in the galaxy, they're called the LED360 Sirius Front Bike Light, the LED360 Capella (front), the LED360 Canopus & Vega (set) the LED360 Procyon (rear) and the LED360 Vega (rear). Prices are between £19.99 and £59.99.
Though the run times are around what we'd expect - 4 hours on full beam for the LED360 Capella front light, for example - Proviz make some unusual claims about the battery life: "Samsung technology gives the battery life 2600 mAh, 600 times longer the average bike light."
mAh is 'milliamp hours', and to our knowledge doesn't actually refer to the run time of the lights, so we're not too sure what the deal is here. Check back for a story later if we hear back off Proviz...
More happy cycle commuters in London
— Bethan Nowell (@BethanNowell) October 8, 2019
— Dr Emma B Saxon (@EmmaBSaxon) October 8, 2019
— Neal Romanek (@rabbitandcrow) October 7, 2019
...as many major roads are closed to motor traffic due to Extinction Rebellion protests. Can't it be like this all the time?
Cyclist in confrontation with climate protesters in Novia Scotia, accusing them of "getting out of cars and walking" to demonstrations
There was a not so peaceful exchange between a frustrated cyclist & an angry young protester. Other than that, things have largely been very calm and friendly. #Halifax #Dartmouth @XRNovaScotia @NEWS957 pic.twitter.com/PEF8V9N916
— Dave Heintzman (@HEINTZMANEWS957) October 7, 2019
It appears the cyclist had noticed the protesters in the clip get out of a car to attend an Extinction Rebellion demo, sparking an angry and sometimes baffling response.
Is the cyclist right to call them out? These two certainly don't appear to be helping the XR cause by shouting at cyclists and urging them to "take the bus" in our book...
Meanwhile in London...
Westminster Bridge is closed to vehicles except cycles and emergency vehicles. There are flocks of happy cyclists getting home much faster and safer than usual. #EverybodyNow pic.twitter.com/zS5ffV8Foz
— October Rebellion - Beyond Politics (@october_beyond) October 7, 2019
Extinction Rebellion do appear to have made cycling over Westminster Bridge temporarily pleasant, with only cycles and emergency vehicles being allowed over.