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Councillor admits "large wagons" keep hitting cycle lane wands... then claims painted segregation works "extremely well"; Baffled local questions where Clean Air Zone will go "when the wind blows"?; Lefevere's €100m Remco price tag + more on the live blog

Happy Thursday everyone... Dan Alexander is back on the live blog for your penultimate one of the week
29 September 2022, 16:16
Police hunt ladder thief with great balance
Ladder thief (Nottinghamshire Police)

Plead guilty, lad. It'll spare you the embarassment of climbing down when you see what evidence they've got...(I don't know, it worked in my head, it's been a long day)...

Nottinghamshire Police are appealing for witnesses to help find a man on a bike spotted on CCTV carrying stolen ladders. The suspect left the scene, a property in Queensway, Worksop, at around 12.30pm on 7 September 2022, admittedly showing quite impressive balance, if a quite unimpressive disregard for respecting other people's property...

29 September 2022, 15:41
Sexy saddle appreciation post

Trench Tales is your one-stop Instagram shop for all the mechanical mishaps and tales of woe from working in a bike shop. They were the guys who brought you this all-time classic...

> Can it be real? Mechanic shares double cleat horror set up

29 September 2022, 15:31
Ban sale of substandard e-bike chargers over fire risk, London council says
Twinnell House

Hammersmith & Fulham councillor Frances Umeh has called on the government to ban the sale of substandard e-bike chargers, saying they "should never have been available for sale". An investigation by consumer safety charity Electrical Safety First found that dangerous e-bike chargers were widely available online.

> Fatal Bristol flat fire was caused by "homemade electric bike"

So far this year there have been 57 e-bike related fires in the capital, an increase on the 47 fires last year, 13 in 2020 and 10 in 2019.

"We're calling on the government to ban the sale of these dangerous chargers," Ms Umeh told the BBC.

e-bike fire (London Fire Brigade)


29 September 2022, 15:28
Jonas Vingegaard back winning bike races

This guy looks good, wonder if he'll ever win a big one? 

29 September 2022, 12:52
Councillor admits "large wagons" damaged cycle lane wands... but claims painted segregation works "extremely well"

Here's a brainteaser for your Thursday afternoon: if drivers of "large wagons" keep getting so close to a cycle lane that they knock down the wands segregating riders from other road users, how would a return to an unsegregated painted bike lane work "extremely well" and keep cyclists safe?

That's the puzzle we're trying, and failing, to find the answer to after a councillor's response to a local rider suggested exactly this.

First, some context...

This is Vauxhall Road in Liverpool where the cycle lane wands are sparse and the parked vehicles are plentiful...

Concerned about the situation, Mersey Road Watch got in touch with Liverpool councillor Joe Hanson whose interesting response has since emerged on social media...

"I agree with you the cycle lanes are in poor condition and part of the problem is large wagons hit the bollards, knocking them off the ground," he said, presumably meaning the drivers of large wagons.

'How about proper segregation then?' I hear you ask... nope, there's only one thing to blame here... yep, it's those bloomin' cycle lane wands getting themselves hit...

"I have questioned the wisdom of placing them on Vauxhall Road when the painted cycle lanes that existed before seemed to work extremely well," the councillor concluded.

We got in touch with Mersey Road Watch who called the response "disappointing".

"I reported to the council that the Vauxhall Road cycle lane, every day, has vehicles parked, driving in it, and all the wands are smashed and broken," they told us.

"The councillor did not care and seems like he is actually happy with how the infrastructure is being used. Disappointing."

We've approached the councillor for a comment on the the meantime here's how the debacle has gone down on the blue bird app...

29 September 2022, 13:31
Taking the piss
29 September 2022, 11:10
Make it stop

Anyone else now feel slightly ill? 

29 September 2022, 10:23
LIVE: Remco hears about Lefevere's €100m price tag comment




Remco Evenepoel wins 2022 World Championships in Wollongong (@cauldphoto/Specialized)


29 September 2022, 10:11
Government accepts feedback, pledges to refer to collisions rather than accidents in statistics and data tables in line with road collision reporting guidelines
Richmond Park crash (via Twitter Royal Parks Police)

In response to feedback the Department for Transport has pledged to follow a proposal to "change the terminology used throughout the statistics publications and data tables to refer to collisions, rather than accidents."

> "Language matters" – Road collision reporting guidelines launched

The department noted "no opposition to the proposal" and said it would implement the change from the 2021 annual publication onwards to "refer to collisions rather than accidents wherever possible".

29 September 2022, 09:55
Annemiek van Vleuten admits "doubts" over 2023 retirement
Annemiek van Vleuten wins World Championships (Alex Whitehead/

[📷: Alex Whitehead/]

Annemiek van Vleuten has admitted having "doubts" over her planned retirement at the end of next season. The all-conquering star of the sport won all three of the women's Grand Tour editions this year, plus last Saturday's World Championships road race.

> From Coppi to Van Vleuten: Cycling's greatest ever seasons

"Sometimes I start to have doubts, yes," she told Jinek. "I would prefer to retire if I think 'I'm starting to get weaker now.' But this is really my best year ever. I will be 40 next week, which is really unbelievable. But it's my driving force to get better. It’s not about winning, but the urge to improve myself.

"After that crash, I had completely said goodbye to the idea that I could become world champion, I had set myself 100 percent to be a servant for Marianne. It wasn't until the last kilometre that I thought there might be a chance that I could go home with this jersey with my broken elbow. The first thing I felt the next day was 'what have I done with my elbow?' But then I thought, 'yes, that elbow, but I am also world champion'.

"There's still disbelief. I had completely parked the belief that I could win."

29 September 2022, 07:53
"Are they going to put a big dome over Bradford?": Baffled local questions where Clean Air Zone will go "when the wind blows"?

Two days late, but this is too good not to share...

We've got another elite video to add to the pantheon of all-time viral sensations — Ronnie Pickering, clown takes a've got company... this lad from Bradford has delivered a belter...

10/10. Absolute perfection. Everything about it is golden, from the conviction of the delivery to the fantastic final enquiry..."are we going to put a big dome over Bradford?"


 Surprisingly, it seems the council has neither the budget nor the desire to build a dome to... 'keep the clean air in?'

The Clean Air Zone, which came into effect on Monday is, the council says, "designed to improve air quality in areas where it’s worst and where poor air quality is impacting the most on people’s health. It will help people to breathe better and reduce other health risks too." Shocking.

So why are some people upset? Well, you guessed it..."You will need to pay a daily charge to drive in the Bradford Clean Air Zone (CAZ) if your vehicle does not meet required emission standards and is not exempt."

It won't affect private cars but will see taxi drivers pay £7 per day, while non-exempt buses, coaches and HGVs will have to pay £50 to enter the city Clean Air Zone. 

Anyway, the clip has gone viral and brought back memories of this classic...

29 September 2022, 08:10
Lefevere sets €100m Remco price tag

Your move, Ratcliffe...

> If you can't beat them... pay them extraordinary amounts of money to join you — Ineos Grenadiers reportedly interested in signing Remco 

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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