Head councillor for transport at @RBKC on separated/segregated cycle lanes: "Personally I don’t believe in segregation as a policy that's prudent in any aspect of our society."
Words fail me. Bad news also for people who use pavements locally. https://t.co/UXNT4RHnpv
— Peter Walker (@peterwalker99) January 28, 2021
One of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's councillors stated in no uncertain terms that he doesn't want to see segregated cycle lanes in his borough, at a council meeting this week. Councillor Cem Kemahli was explaining the council's latest plans for transport in the borough and said: "It's important to note that not all of our residents are able to cycle so we have to strike the right balance when making improvements to our streets. Personally I don't believe in segregation as a policy that's prudent in any aspect of our society."
Many commenters expressed concern that the council has claimed to revist their decision to rip out the Kensington High Street cycle lane without prejudice and yet one of their councillors clearly opposes the scheme. Peter Walker, the Guardian political journalist, pointed out the problems Kemahli's stance may have for pavements..."Words fail me. Bad news also for people who use pavements locally," Walker wrote on Twitter.
This week a local primary school that benefited from the cycle lane asked for help in encouraging the council to overturn their decision. In a statement on their website Fox Primary School said: "The introduction of the Kensington High Street cycle lane transformed the commute for many of the Fox staff. Over 20 Fox staff were able to cycle to work because of the improved safety for cyclists, through the introduction of the cycle lane.
"We feel strongly that this is a short sighted decision by RBKC. It is hard to believe that such a backward step could take place middle of a pandemic when the government is encouraging people to work from home and not use public transport. As key workers, Fox staff are unable to work from home and if they do not have a safe route to work will have to use public transport. I would like you to support us in campaigning to reinstate the cycle lane and expand it further across the local authority."
Rapha has launched its Prestige campaign for 2021, a reminder that we may all one day be able to get back to riding our bikes with whoever we want wherever we want. Now in its 14th year the challenge involves small amateur teams riding an unsupported and unmarshalled adventure. The rules are simple: start and finish as a team and pass through all the checkpoints. The UK Prestige event has been tentatively pencilled in the calendar for August and will involve conquering a route in the Yorkshire Dales.
Rapha says the events "take riders on and off-road for the ultimate riding experience, delivering unforgettable memories, long-lasting friendships and that all important fun along the way". That's what it's all about...
— Rob Fowler (@iamrobfowler) January 29, 2021
@AndrewHWestern can you arrange for the inside bollards to be removed? They aren't required and pose a hazard.
— South MCR Cycle (@SMCRcycle) January 29, 2021
The bollards are endangering, not protecting, anyone cycling.
Misjudge any of those gaps and you'll be off, and because the lane is so narrow the traffic in the next lane will just be inches away.
— Adam Aitkenhead (@AdamAitkenhead) January 29, 2021
I'm sure Peter Sagan's had better birthday presents than a bit of road rash. The three-time world champion shared these photos of his war wounds on Instagram having hit the deck during a six-hour training ride. Sagan wrote: "My brother Juarj Sagan is taking care of the new scratches that I got for my birthday. I'm alive and fine, so all is well!"
Trek-Segafredo has raised their female riders' salaries to equal, and in some cases exceed, the minimum salary requirement for male riders as set by the UCI. Currently, WorldTour men's teams are obliged to pay their riders a base salary of €40,045, while the figure is €20,000 for women's teams. Trek-Segafredo told Cyclingnews that they have increased their female riders base salary to that of their male counterparts.
"Salary really depends on the individual but we can confirm that all of our professional road cycling athletes—regardless of gender—make at or above the minimum for the men’s program," said Eric Bjorling, Director of Brand Marketing at Trek Bicycles.
"There has been some talk that pro cycling might require raising the Women’s WorldTour minimum to the same as the men’s and this is something we strongly support. That said, we didn’t want to wait for a mandate, so we made the decision to do this on our own in the fall of 2020. It went into effect January 1, 2021."
The £5.8 million investment into the first phase of the Science Vale Cycling Network has been completed, opening up more than 10km of new and improved cycle and pedestrian paths between Abingdon, Wantage and Didcot in South Oxfordshire. Councillor Yvonne Constance of Oxfordshire County Council said: "The completion of these five cycling routes is great news for this part of the county, and complements the work being carried out in Oxford, Witney and Bicester as part of our active travel programme.
"Having the infrastructure in place is a huge factor when it comes to persuading people to swap the car for the bike, and the Science Vale Cycle Network is just the sort of project that will make it easier to take the healthier option.”
With more and more races getting cancelled by the day at least we've got this weekend's action to look forward to. And what's more, the races will be available free to watch on the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer. Perfect for another likely wet and cold weekend outside. The women's and U23 races are to be held tomorrow before the men's race on Sunday.
Tom Pidcock will be flying the British flag at the event, hoping to challenge Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert for a shot at the rainbow bands. Speaking to the BBC ahead of the race, Pidcock said: "This winter gives me confidence I can race with these guys to the line. I'd love to be the world road champion or win the Tour de France. But maybe it doesn't have to be that specific - just be one of the biggest guys in cycling."
Here's when and how you can catch all the action:
Saturday 30 January
14:10-15:25 - Women's Elite Race - BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website & app
17:10-18:25 & 22:00-23:15 - Women's Elite Race - BBC Red Button (replay)
Sunday 31 January
14:10-15:40 - Men's Elite Race - BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website & app
14:30-15:40 - Men's Elite Race - BBC Red Button
15:40-16:55 & 20:30-21:45 - Women's Elite Race (replay)
16:55-18:25 & 21:45-23:15 - Men's Elite Race - BBC Red Button (replay)
Yesterday, Avon and Somerset Police launched a CCTV appeal in the hope of catching the driver involved in this frightening incident. The driver speeds across the junction without stopping, slamming into the cyclist at high-speed before fleeing the scene. The collision happened just after 8.15pm on Wednesday 25 November on Kingsmead Road in the Speedwell area of Bristol. Due to her injuries the cyclist, a woman in her 50s, needed hospital treatment but has fortunately since been discharged.
The full video can be viewed on Avon and Somerset Police's website. It is believed the car is a light coloured Peugeot 206 or 207 cc. After the crash the driver turned around, drove past the cyclist and left the scene in the direction of Meadow Vale Road.
Avon and Somerset Police has asked that anyone who recognises the car or has information calls 101 and cites the reference 5220266271.
Assume they put the mask on Sam Bennett only hoping most people wouldn’t notice it’s not actually him pic.twitter.com/IQ6uK3hIFG
— Ian O'Riordan (@ianoriordan) January 28, 2021
Congratulations to Rémi Cavagna on having such an impressive 2020 campaign that he even earned an inclusion on Irish broadcaster RTÉ's Sportsperson of the Year awards. Irish cycling fans were bemused to see a photo of Cavagna in place of Sam Bennett at the event which is the Irish equivalent of Sports Personality of the Year. In fairness, behind a mask and cap they do look kind of similar...Some even thought it was Julian Alaphilippe. However, as Irish Independent journalist Ciarán Lennon pointed out below, there were a few hints...
The equivalent of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in Ireland. Sam Bennett nominated and RTE couldn't even get the photo of him right.
What the fuck. How was that allowed to happen? They just do not give a shite about cycling. https://t.co/gZLFci04BO
— Cillian Kelly (@irishpeloton) January 28, 2021
The offending image (miscaptioned) v Sam Bennett
There's a few hints pic.twitter.com/tLbnpmIhRd
— ciarán lennon (@ciaranlennon) January 28, 2021
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.