Government advisors, the Committee on Climate Change, say that investment in cycling and walking must be one of the top five priorities for the year ahead.
Achieving the UK's climate goals & rebuilding the economy fit together. Actions we recommend will deliver better public health, improved biodiversity & access to nature, cleaner air, more comfortable homes & highly productive, rewarding employment. https://t.co/IS5wieVxQB pic.twitter.com/2lefmIOyWo
— CCC (@theCCCuk) June 25, 2020
First wands on a Westminster borough road? Magic!
Millbank now has a mandatory cycle lane (peak hours only) for its entire length from Lambeth Bridge to Parliament Square - and this section even has protection 👏
Let's hope the other wands are on back order and arrive soon... pic.twitter.com/Gu9PTdr2Xh
— Westminster Cycling Campaign (@Westminster_LCC) June 25, 2020
A fine example of the oeuvre has been flagged by Dr Ian Walker.
I just sent this picture in reply to a message but I'm posting it again because A WHOLE SERIES OF ACTUAL HUMAN BEINGS PUT THAT CYCLEPATH SIGN ON THAT LAMPPOST AND GOT PAID TO DO SO. @BristolCouncil pic.twitter.com/SCIdTomdHm
— Ian Walker (@ianwalker) June 25, 2020
No vehicles adapted for trade may be used in the Royal Parks unless they're authorised.
Two @MPSRoyal_Parks stopping commercial cargo bikes in Kensington Gardens. They were taking details and warning the riders. Nothing wrong with the police, but I feel that law needs to be changed to apply only to motor vehicles, not cargo cycles. pic.twitter.com/3VOMhyxTsc
— ⚫ CyclingMikey aka Bike Gandalf 🇪🇺🇳🇱🇿🇼 (@MikeyCycling) June 25, 2020
Advice for both cyclists and motorists here, delivered in Gaimon’s usual dry style. (There's an awful lot of, "also, put your phone down.")
Decathlon in Stockport is looking a lot emptier than usual. Staff say sales of bikes are up a hundredfold! pic.twitter.com/cFl4y43QdI
— Walk Ride Heatons (@WalkRideHeatons) June 24, 2020
Decathlon UK CEO Eric Mazilier last week apologised for bike shortages and said the firm was hard to find a solution.
They aren't the only cycling retailer struggling to meet demand either.
Evans Cycles have been enduring a bit of a kicking on social media from customers complaining of delays, while Winstanleys Bikes received a flurry of negative reviews on TrustPilot for similar issues.
Around 1.3 million people – five per cent of UK consumers – have bought a bike since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis according to research carried out by GlobalData.
Olympic road race silver medallist and 2015 world champion, Lizzie Deignan, will be talking about juggling being a mum and a professional cyclist on Cycling UK’s live women’s cycling panel event this week.
It’ll be live on Facebook at 1pm on Friday. You’ll find it here.
The interview’s part of Cycling UK’s ongoing series, “Bants, Bikes and Being Female,” which has been going out on Facebook and YouTube.
Host, Anna Glowinski, said: “We wanted to create a safe space where women could discuss anything and everything about cycling without fear of being judged or made to feel stupid for asking the ‘wrong question’.
“The series has been hugely popular so far and I’m delighted that Lizzie will be joining us to give her unique perspective on cycling after childbirth and how she incorporates cycling in her family life.”
Other guests appearing alongside Deignan include women’s health physiotherapist, Charlie Stone, mountain biker and new mum, Lucy Follett, and urban cyclewear shop owner and cycling mum, Caz Nicklin.
Wear a helmet, get a bell and “be seen” – these are some of the central pillars of advice in a Thames Valley Police video.
Hampshire’s Roads Policing Unit says the video illustrates how, “everyone can play their part in keeping vulnerable road users safe.”
Cycling has become very popular over recent months. The roads are a shared space and everyone can play their part in keeping vulnerable road users safe. This important video illustrates this aspect of cycle safety #RSU @HantsPolice @HantsRoadSafety https://t.co/DrwiTXSTCb
— Hants Roads Policing (@HantsPolRoads) June 24, 2020
The video goes on to advise drivers to leave 1.5m when passing a cyclist, but even this segment has been slammed by many Twitter users for repeatedly referring to a cyclist as an “it”.
‘A life of excess’ says the 2019 Tour de France winner – which is presumably a reference to his training more than his downtime.
Una vida de excesos... pic.twitter.com/zRoqpGLvmH
— Egan Arley Bernal (@Eganbernal) June 24, 2020
This is a skill every self-respecting cyclist should have, according to Juliana Buhring, who posted a video of fellow ultracyclist Kristof Allegaert performing the same trick back in 2017.
This was a point made by Sustrans chief executive Xavier Brice earlier in the week.
Anyone in the UK is more likely to be killed by somebody driving a car than by any terrorist action.
This is relevant to everyone. But minimal coverage.
We need to change the conversation from ‘crashes’ and ‘accidents’ to (avoidable) traffic violence. https://t.co/AVL2XzyZOt
— Xavier Brice (@_XavierBrice_) June 22, 2020
Chris Boardman, whose mother Carol was killed by a careless driver, certainly feels that the term is justified.
When you’ve had a mother crushed to death by a driver, you feel differently. https://t.co/q3Wwrdc348
— Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) June 25, 2020
Below compares calendar YTD Traffic Police speeding enforcement of 💯 mph+ in #London. In 2020; we have enforced more than previous 3yrs combined!
2020 = 489
2019 = 182
2018 = 116
2017 = 119
2017-19 = 417
This means enforcement is up not necessarily that there is more speeding. pic.twitter.com/AWhnis7paQ
— Andy Cox (@SuptAndyCox) June 24, 2020
Team ready for deployment for a close pass op. The VOLUNTEER plain clothes cyclist was non to pleased when I gave the location which contained the word HILL in it . We are aware of a number of locations people would like us to attend. We are doing as many as we can. Stay safe all
— Cycle Safety Team (@MetCycleCops) June 24, 2020
Happy to report that PC Graeme is fit and well if not a little red after today's close pass op on Alderman's hill Enfield. A number of offences dealt with including close passes,excess speed, licence offences and vehicles in unsafe condition. @MPSWinchmoreH and @BetterSt4Enf
— Cycle Safety Team (@MetCycleCops) June 24, 2020
For a moment this seemed like all our regular stories rolled into one, but not sure Alderman's Hill delivers the necessary elevation gain.
Speaking of Andy Cox (see the near miss below)…
*2020 is already highest ever year for Traffic Police 👮♂️ speeding enforcement. pic.twitter.com/uD8GsFRPBr
— Andy Cox (@SuptAndyCox) June 25, 2020
Warning: Some understandably choice language on this one.
I’m so sorry I got in the way of your racing line on the way to the golf course! (Terrified sweating abundant as I swerved a head on collision) @SuptAndyCox @MetCycleCops @metpoliceuk pic.twitter.com/yGx7Zi6FpK
— Matthew (@hoffbrandm) June 24, 2020
The incident occurred yesterday in Hampstead garden suburbs, Holne chase.
The cyclist involved, Matthew, has been in contact with Andy Cox, the Met’s head of road traffic policing.