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"Absolutely unacceptable": HGV driver blocks protected cycle lane... at dangerous junction where urgent safety works followed cyclist's death; £1 donation to charity for every photo of bike lane parking; Cancellara sells a PS5 + more on the live blog

Happy Friday! The weekend is just around the corner, Dan Alexander will be bringing it home with your final live blog of the week
25 November 2022, 10:06
"Absolutely unacceptable": HGV driver blocks protected cycle lane... at dangerous junction where urgent safety works followed cyclist's death

A reminder of this week's news, for context...

> Improvements to notorious roundabout will benefit both cyclists and motorists, campaigners say

Those works are underway at The Plain roundabout in Oxford, where cyclist Dr Ling Felce was killed by a lorry driver in March, and are scheduled to be completed this week.

Which brings us to this morning's latest...

An image which has unsurprisingly not gone down well...

25 November 2022, 15:19
Emily Bridges documentary 'Race To Be Mẹ'
25 November 2022, 14:55
You can never be too sure
25 November 2022, 14:12
More on Amazon...

We're told Amazon is investigating the video of a driver taking a cycle lane shortcut before parking on the pavement...

Amazon driver cycle lane (Rob Murray/Twitter)

However, in more positive news...

> Cyclist despairs as Amazon van driver takes cycle lane shortcut before parking on pavement 

25 November 2022, 13:51
If the World Cup was pro cycling... (Ecuador vs Netherlands / England vs USA)

Commiserations to any Welsh with us on today's live blog... thankfully for you my Procyclingstats digging didn't find any evidence of G or Luke Rowe being pipped by an Iranian pro...

At 4pm it's Ecuador vs Netherlands — can the team of Van der Poel and Van Baarle get revenge for Carapaz's third stage win at the Vuelta?

If the World Cup was pro cycling (Procyclingstats)

Then there's the small matter of England vs USA...

Surely US coach Gregg Berhalter will be playing stage two of last year's Tour of Britain to get the lads in the mood...

If the World Cup was pro cycling (Procyclingstats)
25 November 2022, 13:30
British cyclists least likely to get their bikes serviced
Bike mechanic (via Government-backed apprenticeship scheme press release)

Elsewhere in the Shimano State of the Nation report we shared earlier is the finding that UK bike owners are the least likely in Europe to seek a service for their bicycle, with just 10 per cent saying they planned to do so in the next six months.

Just 30 per cent of UK bike owners surveyed said they regularly get their bikes serviced, while 12 per cent only book a mechanic's expertise when something goes wrong.

25 November 2022, 12:06
Cycling in Bristol
25 November 2022, 11:38
Just 27 per cent of people feel cycling infrastructure has improved in last year
oxon travel cycle lane picture 2 - via twitter.PNG

Shimano's State of the Nation report, based on YouGov polling of more than 15,500 people across Europe, showed that — of the UK residents surveyed — just 27 per cent believe infrastructure has improved in their local area in the last year.

Despite mixed attempts to improve cycling infra in the UK, the lack of perceived progress is stark in comparison to other countries such as Poland and France, where 56 per cent and 49 per cent of people respectively feel that infrastructure has improved.

Elsewhere in the report, across Europe, economic reasons such as cost of living (47 per cent) and e-bike subsidies (41per cent), were found to be considerably more likely to be chosen than Covid as a 'push' factor towards increasing e-bike use (18 per cent).

This is in contrast to last year, where 39 per cent of respondents across Europe said they would consider buying or using an e-bike to avoid public transport due to Covid concerns.

25 November 2022, 11:29
Comment of the day...
Live blog comment 25/11/2022

Sadly, Playstation 5 takes up too much headline real estate...

25 November 2022, 10:50
Does your fridge look like a pro cyclist's? (Spoiler alert: probably not)

Where's the beer? 

25 November 2022, 10:37
Tour de France protesters likely to receive a fine
Tour de France protest (GCN)

[📷: Protesters also blocked the road on stage 10]

The climate protesters who blocked the road on the 19th stage of the Tour de France have appeared in court this week for obstructing traffic.

> "They’re protesting about a good thing": Tour de France riders, organisers and journalists react to climate protest

According to L'Equipe the group could have faced two years in prison, but instead prosecutor Jacques-Edouard Andrault has asked for the four men and two women to be fined a joint €500, with €300 suspended.

25 November 2022, 08:21
Fabian Cancellara sells a PS5 (+ will chuck in a bike for free)

Not a headline I expected to write this morning...

25 November 2022, 07:39
Cyclist donates £1 to charity for every photo of a driver parked in a bike lane

I've got mixed feelings about sharing this one... on the one hand it's a great story, on the other — with the sheer volume of donation-worthy evidence we all have — this bill could get out of hand very quickly...

Thankfully, as it turns out, this has now closed and the donation of 100 submissions rounded up to £150 made to Wheels for Wellbeing, an award-winning charity supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling.

BUT this isn't where our story ends... after 'Steve' replied: "This sums them up. No wonder you have the cyclists reporting everyone"...

We go again!

Thought I'd add in some of the original pound-worthy submissions... 

Dan joined in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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