A reminder of this week's news, for context...
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...
This one may take the cake
Crews have been working overnight this week to install measures to improve safety at the Plain roundabout. Well here’s a lorry INSIDE the protected cycle lane, forcing bikes back into traffic during the morning commute.
Absolutely unacceptable pic.twitter.com/R2SMbQmG21
— Badly Parked Oxford (@BadlyParkedOx) November 25, 2022
An image which has unsurprisingly not gone down well...
@dhlexpressuk @DHLParcelUK #tradeteam
This is wholly unacceptable.
Have a word with your drivers.@tvprp @OxfordshireCC double red lines required all around this junction, or at least proposed enforcement of parking restrictions.
— Just wear a mask. #3.5% (@anthonyinoxford) November 25, 2022
📺🚴🏻♀️🏳️⚧️ On Tuesday 29 November, elite trans cyclist Emily Bridges’ documentary ‘Race To Be Mẹ’ will be aired on @ITVWales .
— PRiDE OUT (@PrideOutUK) November 24, 2022
We're told Amazon is investigating the video of a driver taking a cycle lane shortcut before parking on the pavement...
However, in more positive news...
— ebiketips (@ebiketips) November 25, 2022
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?
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...
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.
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.
Sadly, Playstation 5 takes up too much headline real estate...
[📷: 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.
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.
Not a headline I expected to write this morning...
Hey everyone, I went holiday shopping and got this for nephew to find out he already has one, i have this for retail price If someone could buy this from me it would be awesome, I will additionally ship out one of my bikes with the console, all funds will go to charity ! pic.twitter.com/dIIOJIZ6Hy
— Fabian Cancellara (@f_cancellara) November 25, 2022
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...
— Hannah 🚲😈 (@theeyecollector) November 13, 2022
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.
Finally did this! Got about 100 submissions which I rounded up to £150 as an apology to the social media person who had to read the subsequent argument about cycle lanes and historical materialism https://t.co/LEEvLOhIsV pic.twitter.com/Dm3MGf0rBT
— Hannah 🚲😈 (@theeyecollector) November 20, 2022
BUT this isn't where our story ends... after 'Steve' replied: "This sums them up. No wonder you have the cyclists reporting everyone"...
Hey everyone. If anyone wants to post a photo of a car parked in a cycle lane over on Steve’s tweet I’ll also donate a £1 for every photo to @Wheels4Well to the limit of £150.
— Bike Rogers (@bike_rogers) November 24, 2022
We go again!
Thought I'd add in some of the original pound-worthy submissions...
As it’s for a wonderful charity. pic.twitter.com/SYH5jjnzr5
— Adam Tranter (@adamtranter) November 13, 2022
— Paul Player (@paulmplayer) November 13, 2022
— Chris Pearson (@zebra100cp) November 13, 2022
My deepest apologies to @Wheels4Well I forgot that by tagging them they will now have to wade through mountains of photos of vehicles in cycle lanes. Sorry folks
— Hannah 🚲😈 (@theeyecollector) November 13, 2022
Dan joined road.cc 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 road.cc, 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.