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McDonald's says it’s “unsafe” for cyclist to use drive-thru; Moving house by cargo bike; Carmageddon: Cycling down as drivers hit roads; Emergency cycle funding: winners and losers; The lightest bike you'll see today; A lap of the Cyclops junction + more

Today's live blog with Alex Bowden (daytime) and Simon MacMichael (evening)...
02 July 2020, 15:52
Detroit bike at road rage shooting (via Fox 2 video)
Road rage motorist shot dead by cyclist in the US

Fox 2 reports that a road rage incident involving a motorist and two cyclists culminated in the motorist being shot dead by one of the cyclists.

The website reports that both a lawyer and “police sources” believe the woman was “likely justified” in using lethal force.

A couple were reportedly riding along East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit at around 11pm on Tuesday when a 34-year-old motorist shouted at them. Detroit police sources say he was upset with the cyclists riding there.

The male cyclist shouted back. The motorist then stopped and got out of his SUV before approaching with a knife.

The female cyclist then fired a single shot, killing the man.

Detroit police placed her under arrest.

02 July 2020, 15:19
Cameron Jeffers rode to Barnard Castle for an eye test

Cycling YouTuber Cameron Jeffers' latest stunt has seen him ride to Barnard Castle.

"Rumour has it Barnard Castle is the place to visit if you're after getting your eyes tested," he says, referencing that whole Dominic Cummings thing.

We've previously covered Primal's Dominic Cummings eye test jersey and The Tour de Dom, a 610-mile virtual challenge equivalent to London to Durham to Barnard Castle to Durham to London.

Our own Dave Atkinson also recently completed a virtual 'Cummings and goings' ride from Big Ben to Barnard Castle with a stopover in Durham for the Genesis Trust.


02 July 2020, 15:02
Video: Alex Dowsett's step-by-step guide on how NOT to go tubeless

"Nothing's happening. I probably should have checked the instructions."

Here are some.

02 July 2020, 14:34
World's second biggest bike garage opens in The Hague

The new bike garage at Den Haag Central Station has space for almost 8,000 bikes.

NL Times reports that the only bigger one is the underground bike garage in Utrecht, which can hold over 12,500 bikes.

02 July 2020, 14:16
Oakley is selling PPE

Oakley has released some clear eyewear with a wider coverage area that is certified as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


The Shield Your Eyes offering was apparently developed, “in response to a growing consumer demand for eyewear that provides extra coverage for everyday life and sport.”

02 July 2020, 13:42
Video: Peter Sagan cooks Italian

He has strong opinions about certain elements, as you'll see.

02 July 2020, 13:16
Cyclist at McDonalds (Flickr Creative Commons)
McDonald's tells cyclist it’s “unsafe” for him to use drive-through

A Stoke cyclist has accused McDonald's of 'discrimination' after he was turned away from one of its drive-throughs.

The firm’s customer service team told James Owens its drive-through layout was “unsafe” for him – although apparently it’s okay for motoryclists.

The Stoke Sentinel reports that Owens was told he could not be served at the Meir Park branch at the end of a long warehouse shift.

In a letter of complaint, Owens wrote: "The main part of the restaurant was closed so I queued in the line of traffic waiting to be served in the drive-thru.

"When my time came to be served, I was shocked and embarrassed to be told that because I was riding a bicycle, I would not be served.

"I believe this is highly discriminatory against young people or anybody trying to do their bit for the environment by riding a bike. If cyclists are not welcome, why is this not made clear at the entrance to the drive-thru?

"Cyclists and motorists manage to share every other part of the highway so why does McDonald’s think they cannot negotiate a drive-thru together?”

Owens said he felt this was a “completely outdated and unacceptable position to take,” adding: “I should be grateful if you would please justify your company’s position towards cyclists.”

McDonald's apologised to Owens, but then restated its policy that cyclists cannot be served at drive-throughs.

"We are offering a drive-thru service only due to the Covid-19 situation, and restaurants cannot serve pedestrians and vehicles at the same point,” said the firm’s customer service team.

“By the very nature of a drive-thru layout, vehicles need to pull up close to the service points and as there are no specific pavements or safe areas for pedestrians to use at the same time, safety becomes a concern.

"We are unable to permit pedestrians, bicycles and class-one mobility scooters to use our drive-thrus for these reasons. We are able to serve customers on motorcycles or those using a class-two or class-three mobility scooter."

Last month Costa Coffee’s Twitter account manager received a fair bit of backlash after claiming that the reason cyclists weren't allowed to use their drive-through service was because they aren't "taxed and insured to be on the road".

Costa Adam later admitted he got it wrong by assuming this was the reason why. He later said he believed it was because of "strict health and safety guidelines".

He later claimed that the drive-through lanes are "designed for motor vehicles", and that the speaker to place an order is somehow triggered by a motor vehicle when it pulls up.

02 July 2020, 12:29
PedalMe employee moves house without hiring a van

Last year Sustrans managed to move the entire contents of their Farringdon offices to a new place in Tower Hamlets using electric cargo bikes.

02 July 2020, 11:19
BREAKING: Kids on bikes turn right at junction WITHOUT having to mix with motor traffic
02 July 2020, 11:16
Vigil today for NHS COVID-19 nurse killed while cycling in Edinburgh

A vigil is being held today for an NHS nurse who volunteered to treat COVID-19 patients who was killed in a road traffic collision last week.

Full story here.

02 July 2020, 10:13
Named and given a nod of respect: Local authorites that secured MORE than their requested allocation of emergency active travel funding

The corollary of the authorities listed in the previous update.

These ones basically put in extra strong bids for emergency cycle funding and were rewarded for doing so.

02 July 2020, 10:08
Named and shamed: Local authorites that failed to secure full allocation of emergency active travel funding

As we said further down the page, where authorities were awarded only a fraction of the emergency cycle funding they requested, this was because the Department for Transport deemed them to have put forward a weak bid.


See here for more on how the DfT has written to councils informing them it wants to see “an even higher level of ambition” when it comes to proposals for emergency active travel measures.

02 July 2020, 10:06
Carmageddon: Cycling levels fall as more and more motorists take to the roads

A couple of weeks ago, we asked whether cycling had already passed its peak.

While cycling levels were still up by 70 per cent at that point compared to the period before the coronavirus lockdown, they had started to decline.

At the same time, motor traffic had already doubled compared to the lockdown low back in April.

Those trends have apparently continued.

According to research by the RAC, almost a third of drivers – some 10.5 million – will be using a car to get away for an overnight stay this weekend with lockdown being eased.

02 July 2020, 09:03
Cycling and Walking Plan and updated Cycle Infrastructure Design guidance to be published “over the summer”
02 July 2020, 08:54
You'll need a driving licence to hire an e-scooter

A blanket ban on riding e-scooters on UK roads and cycle lanes will end on July 4 with a 12-month trial where insured rental scooters will be made legal.

As we reported yesterday, riders must be over 16 and hold at least a provisional driving licence.

Asked about the latter part of that earlier today, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed it was the case for the trial period.

He explained this was due to a quirk in legislation dating back to 1880.

Anyway, check our full story for details on what is and isn't allowed.

02 July 2020, 08:41
The lightest bike you'll see today

Okay, it's not going to help you set new fastest times on your local climbs - but this is bloody brilliant, isn't it?

02 July 2020, 08:27
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They've announced the emergency active travel funding in your area

As we reported on Saturday, the Department for Transport (DfT) has written to councils informing them it wants to see “an even higher level of ambition” when it comes to proposals for emergency active travel measures.

Authorities have been given 100%, 75%, 50% or just 25% of their respective bids, “based on the extent to which they aligned with the criteria”.

Several who made especially strong bids have even received more than they requested.

Basically, those who were keen to build good infrastructure got money; those who weren't, didn't.

You can see what your local authority got here, along with an indicative allocation for the next phase of funding.

02 July 2020, 08:20
A full lap of Manchester's Cyclops junction

The Royce Road junction in Hulme in Manchester is due to officially open today.

It's the UK’s first “CYCLOPS” design, which is similar to the traditional Dutch junction. Its layout and traffic lights allow cyclists to turn right without having to move across lanes of traffic.

It's hard to explain. It's easier to get your head round it by watching this video.

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.

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