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"We are not a nation of motorists": Led By Donkeys projects moving 20mph speed limit video onto Houses of Parliament, after PM's pledge to end "war" against drivers; Hi-vis victim-blaming; When you win a race without noticing + more on the live blog

Whisper it quietly... the site might be working normally again! Dan Alexander is on duty for a celebratory live blog this Wednesday
04 October 2023, 13:39
"We are not a nation of motorists": Led By Donkeys projects moving 20mph speed limit video onto Houses of Parliament, after PM's pledge to end "war" against drivers

Several cycling campaign groups, including Cycling UK and the London Cycling Campaign have shared this work by Led By Donkeys on social media, a video projected onto the Houses of Parliament hearing the story of a mother who lost her son Bobby Colleran to a road traffic collision outside a school. 

During the video Joanne questions the prime minister and his government, who at this week's Conservative Party Conference further outlined their 'Plan for Motorists' to tackle the "war" against drivers, namely their plan to "update 20mph zone guidance" to prevent blanket measures...

"For you not to support it... Why? Why?" she asks. "Because our children should be safe and should be here. You're five times more likely to be killed when you're hit by a vehicle travelling at 30mph. Prime minister, we are not a nation of motorists, we are a nation of families."

The London Cycling Campaign shared the video, thanking Joanne and saying "we demand safe streets for our children". Head of campaigns at the LCC, Simon Munk commented, "When politicians pit 'drivers' against families, we all lose".

"The 'Plan for Drivers' is a plan for congestion, collisions, children maimed and killed, a plan for increasing emissions, pollution and inactivity. It's truly horrifying culture war rubbish to shill votes from idiots," he continued.

Cycling UK shared it too, earlier this week the charity accusing the Conservatives of an "ill-fated attempt to win" votes with pro-motoring policies that risk "undermining" active travel success.

Those comments came after transport secretary Mark Harper used his speech at his party's conference to build upon Rishi Sunak's pledge to end the "war on motorists". On Monday, Harper said the Conservatives are "proudly pro-car" and said the Department for Transport would review guidance on 20mph speed limits in England and opposes their blanket use, would continue the review into low-traffic neighbourhoods, and aims "to stop councils implementing 15-minute cities".

Cycling UK's chief executive Sarah Mitchell called on the government to instead come up with a "holistic plan", not one that "zooms in on one particular mode of transport".

> Rishi Sunak’s 'Plan for Motorists' will "rob people of choice" and force them to drive, say cycling and walking campaigners

She said: "A plan that gives us the freedom to choose how we travel, maximising our ability to opt for healthy, cheap and convenient options.

"Better public transport, and safer ways for people to cycle and walk are entirely compatible with driving. Focusing on one way of travelling is like trying to complete a jigsaw with half the pieces missing.

"No.10 seems intent on undermining some of the government's most successful transport policies of recent years. Ministers should be proud of their achievements on walking and cycling rather than ditching them in an ill-fated attempt to win support in advance of the general election."

04 October 2023, 15:49
Lee Williams sets new Pembroke to Great Yarmouth coast-to-coast record
Lee Williams (FTP Racing/Facebook)

Lee Williams of the FTP Racing team has set a new RRA record for the coast-to-coast Pembroke to Great Yarmouth, 350-mile course. From South Wales to Norfolk in 14 hours flat at an average speed of just under 25mph (40km/h), to take more than one hour 20 minutes off the previous best.

Chapeau...

04 October 2023, 15:40
A "war on motorists" triple header

That's a hat-trick. Elsewhere in the United Kingdom...

04 October 2023, 15:30
Protected cycle lane on busy city road could "unintentionally deliver a more dangerous environment" by creating rat runs, councillor warns
04 October 2023, 15:24
Bell helmets introduces 100 per cent crash replacement scheme
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Bell Helmets has introduced a 100 per cent crash replacement scheme... for all helmets bought during October and November. Sorry September 30th buyers, no replacement for you.

Oh, and you have to replace your helmet within 12 months of purchase. For the rest of you they've got the usual 40 per cent scheme "aimed to provide riders with support if they encounter unfortunate accidents".

04 October 2023, 14:11
CONFIRMED: Michael Mørkøv and Vasilis Anastopoulos join Astana Qazaqstan for Mark Cavendish's encore
Michael Mørkøv and Mark Cavendish, 2023 Tour de France (Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

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In the last hour it's also been officially confirmed that Astana Qazaqstan will be bolstered by leadout king Michael Mørkøv and the coach, Vasilis Anastopoulos, who played a key part in Mark Cavendish's 2021 renaissance to win four Tour de France stage wins and equal Eddy Merckx's record.

Of course you all know by now that Cav is sticking around for another year, another Tour, and another shot at the record...

> "Just one more year": Mark Cavendish to continue racing in 2024 and target Tour de France record

Speaking about his transfer Mørkøv said "of course, I am happy to reunite with my former teammate Mark Cavendish to chase the new victories for him".

"Besides, the upcoming year is a year of the Olympics and I have a big ambition to fight again for the gold medal in Madison. The team is ready to provide me a good support in chasing this dream and I am really grateful for it. In general, I am happy and ready to provide all my experience in cycling to help the team to reach its biggest goals throughout the next season," he said.

You all better do your homework before next year...

> Mark Cavendish's top 10 greatest Tour de France stage wins

04 October 2023, 10:06
"Just one more year": Mark Cavendish to continue racing in 2024 and target Tour de France record
04 October 2023, 09:46
"It's down to us adults to enable more of this for more children"

Remember, kids, it doesn't get easier, you just go faster... 

04 October 2023, 08:55
Amusing cycling press releases #253: Ride the Maratona dles Dolomites where everything is... "Anatta, as taught by the Buddhist"
Maratona dles Dolomites - scenic

One of cycling's most iconic, bucket list events is back in 2024 — the Maratona dles Dolomites. Here's why, in the words of president of the organising committee Michil Costa, he thinks you should make it your goal for next year...

In the nocturnal silence of the Dolomites. Everything is Anatta, as taught by the Buddhist. The lack of a permanent self, of its independence. Nothing is self-sufficient, everything that exists lacks its own autonomy.

The body parts, even the legs that serve to push the pedals, the hands that grip the handlebars, the eyes that gaze at the Dolomites, are a non-self, and we humans can only exist when we are in relation. In relation to others and in relation to the non-human.

This is precisely the principle of 'mutatio', because everything changes continuously. Will the Maratona change? Certainly, it will change. Just as you change now, as you are reading this. Panta rei, everything flows...

Well, that's me sold...

Online pre-registration is open between October 10 and November 6 before the ballot in the second half of November. The 8,000 starting places will be split 50/50 between Italian and foreign cyclists.

Maratona-dles-Dolomites-2013-PassoSellaSunburst

'But what about the event's logo?' I hear you ask...

We began with artistic research, drawing on literature and art. Literature immediately makes us dream in the texts of Kafka and Ovid; visual art, on the other hand, is a journey into the world of Henry Matisse, Heronymus Bosch, up to the most modern artists of optical art, above all Victor Vasarely.

From this research, we first of all extrapolated the colour violet, the colour of metamorphosis, transformation and the union of opposites. Thanks to this colour, we developed the first concept we wanted to express, that of creating a lettering that is impalpable, ethereal, incomplete... mutable.

The result is an open form that has no boundaries, almost at the limit of legibility, because it is still alive and mutating.

04 October 2023, 08:37
Met Police victim-blaming storm over advice for cyclists and pedestrians to "be seen"... using discredited, edited picture

It's that time of year, with the nights drawing right in, for police force social media teams to earn a kicking by uploading something like this...

That photo in particular has been discredited by many, Fiets.UK doing an at-length run through of all the problems with it, primarily that it appears to have been edited with filter applied to reduce colour, high contrast levels to crush black colours, and is overall "not a realistic view; not what the eye would see in the real world", Fiets.UK concluded.

Then there is the victim-blaming accusations we all signed up for...

I think we can say we've all experienced first-hand and heard of enough riders hit by motorists, despite wearing hi-vis and having lights on their bike, to know it's not quite as simple as "be seen" and you'll be fine. Ahem...

> Near Miss of the Day 838: "Tell me again about hi-vis and lights!" — Cyclist narrowly avoids collision at mini roundabout

> Near Miss of the Day 850: "Lights, reflectors and hi-vis — if they ain't looking they won't see you"

Another respondent asked the force to "please don't use this fake image, and please don't blame children for existing when it's the car that poses the deadly threat." 

04 October 2023, 08:25
Jumbo-Visma pro wins race, doesn't realise, keeps riding

Per Strand Hagens of Jumbo-Visma's development team took another pro win yesterday, even if he didn't seem to know he had at the time...

The 20-year-old, born in... *checks notes*... 2003 (disgusting, I know), did eventually stop to take the rather amused acclaim of his team's staff...

04 October 2023, 07:39
"It's not over yet": Astana Qazaqstan confirms Mark Cavendish will continue racing in 2024

Good morning...

We'll bring you more as we get it, Cav's team dropping this hardly cryptic video as a way of announcing their star man will be hanging around for another season. Let's be honest, he was never going to go out like that, was he?

A mid-stage crash at the Tour de France was never the Hollywood ending the career of a 35-time stage winner deserved, and it seems we're going to get one final chapter in 2024.

> Mark Cavendish's Tour de France bikes through the years — from Scott to Specialized, every bike the Manx Missile won his 34 Tour stages on

Oh, and did I mention Astana have reportedly already secured the services of leadout extraordinaire Michael Mørkøv and Cav's 2021 coach Vasilis Anastopoulos for next season too? The pair who played major parts in the Manx Missile's quadruple stage haul two years ago. Yep, it's not over yet...

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.

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Hirsute | 1 month ago
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It was a pleasure knowing nearly all of you but as I write, there are only hours left.

Please adhere to the zombie code and wear a full face helmet with the visor down. This way, you won't be able to bite the survivors.

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HoldingOn replied to Hirsute | 1 month ago
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I welcome the sweet release of zombification. Got to be better than the current system.

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eburtthebike replied to Hirsute | 1 month ago
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Don't zombies go for the brain? So the tories will be safe.

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perce replied to Hirsute | 1 month ago
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I've been to Morrisons today. The zombie apocalypse has begun.

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Clem Fandango replied to Hirsute | 1 month ago
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I think I cycled past a few on the way home....

Can't get a decent 5G signal here though so I should be OK

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chrisonatrike replied to Hirsute | 1 month ago
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I think I'm someone dreaming I'm a zombie, but how can I be sure it's not the other way around?

Nice knowing most of you also! Actually, since it's the end of the world - thank you all for the experience! I think of you as ... people I met.

Gonna put the music on as we all go now:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8tmzjaN2DWc

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Cugel replied to Hirsute | 1 month ago
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Hirsute wrote:

It was a pleasure knowing nearly all of you but as I write, there are only hours left.

Please adhere to the zombie code and wear a full face helmet with the visor down. This way, you won't be able to bite the survivors.

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Zombies are dead & well (well-off, anyway) at the Zombie conference in that Manchester. Yes, the Toryspiv seem to have allowed in that Farago zombie some years ago, who has bitten a few Toryspiv, who have bitten the rest in turn and ..... now they all go about mumbling the same crazed loonspeak of goosewipe & poodlejuice, whilst trying to bite any members of the wider population daft enough to go near them.

They're succeeding! Even here, an occassional zombie wanders in and tries to snack on the body-politic of still-cogent citizens. Happily, many have had their innoculation of rationality to prevent the mind rot starting then spreading to the rest of the person.

Sadly, the zombie apocalypse seems imminent anyway. I've been practicing my sprinting on the bicycle - but when there's a certain percentage of the population gone zombie, sprinting away from one stumbling fool dribbling Daily Hate Mail headlines will only be sprinting towards another yelling Torygraft headlines.

And there are vast mobs of zombies hooting out Faecespuke and Twatter cries of inchoate rage as they come at one, snapping their rotten teeth and grasping with fungus-blackened fingers.

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chrisonatrike replied to Cugel | 1 month ago
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Look on the bright side - now we know zombies won't be able to travel more quickly from the south to Liverpool and Manchester at least.  (Sorry Birmingham).

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Steve K replied to Hirsute | 1 month ago
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I went to a wedding recently which was invaded by zombies.  We had a gun and could shoot them, but they kept getting up.

Later, I had to dance to the Time Warp with a drag queen for winning the bingo.

(This is all true, by the way.)

 

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chrisonatrike replied to Steve K | 1 month ago
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Steve K wrote:

Later, I had to dance to the Time Warp with a drag queen for winning the bingo.

(This is all true, by the way.)

Relax, I don't doubt it - but was it the pelvic thrust that really drove you insane?

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ktache | 1 month ago
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A surprisingly pro bicycle article from the institutional anti-cyclist, hate filled guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2023/oct/04/bicibus-how-barcelo...

But of course, how do they get home?

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bensynnock replied to ktache | 1 month ago
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I'm not sure that's a fair assessment of the Guardian.

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hawkinspeter replied to bensynnock | 1 month ago
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bensynnock wrote:

I'm not sure that's a fair assessment of the Guardian.

He's ironically referencing a comment made ages ago by a troll IIRC

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ktache replied to hawkinspeter | 1 month ago
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As I recollect it was Rich-cb, and he ain't no troll...

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hawkinspeter replied to ktache | 1 month ago
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ktache wrote:

As I recollect it was Rich-cb, and he ain't no troll...

Oops, my bad.

Apologies to Rich_cb - I agree that he's no troll.

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brooksby | 1 month ago
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Laurence Fox arrested over comments urging people to vandalise Ulez cameras

Fox held ‘on suspicion of conspiring to commit criminal damage and encouraging or assisting offences to be committed’

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/oct/04/laurence-fox-arrested-ov...

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Trevor Anderson | 1 month ago
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Rishi Speech:  Well, I never realized £36billion can buy all of that!!

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eburtthebike replied to Trevor Anderson | 1 month ago
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Trevor Anderson wrote:

Rishi Speech:  Well, I never realized £36billion can buy all of that!!

I'm listening now: it's funnier than The Office and Fawlty Towers rolled together.

EDIT: now he's gone full Trump, talking about long term decisions and fighting vested interests.

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stonojnr replied to eburtthebike | 1 month ago
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Be interesting to see a word cloud on the speech and how prominent motorist themes or slogans aimed at motorists crop up

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giff77 replied to stonojnr | 1 month ago
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Ahhh. A drinking game. 

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Tom_77 replied to stonojnr | 1 month ago
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Tom_77 replied to Tom_77 | 1 month ago
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And this is Suella's

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chrisonatrike replied to Tom_77 | 1 month ago
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That's almost Boatsie.  I like the "set prime politics every right family" and "say British best government".

And Suella's "coming luxury police Britain party", "beliefs work" (with a tiny annotation "British think illegal - racist anyone?").

Strangely lacking "drivers", "cars" or "woke cyclists" though is this correct?

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stonojnr replied to Tom_77 | 1 month ago
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Cheers, interesting he didn't mention their new drivers plan at all, or anything about motoring really, they can't have u turned the uturn already ?

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chrisonatrike replied to eburtthebike | 1 month ago
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eburtthebike wrote:

EDIT: now he's gone full Trump, talking about long term decisions and fighting vested interests.

Deffo that same "bad estate agent" vibe.  Boldly say the exact opposite of the truth, and double down if in doubt.

You've been in government for over a decade?  You're only at the top yourself because someone tried to change everything at once and broke things and you were seen as a safe pair of hands?  "It is time for a change. And we are it".

Frantically throwing stuff at the wall of a looming election hoping some will stick for voters? "We will give the country what it so sorely needs and yet too often has been denied – a government prepared to make long-term decisions so that we can build a brighter future for everyone."

Still, at least they're not wasting all that cash on HS2 extension, but (in the future, probably when he's not in office...) they might spend every penny on other stuff like roads and maybe filling in potholes.  Long term brighter future, all right...

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eburtthebike replied to chrisonatrike | 1 month ago
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Apparently, emergency supplies of air freshener had to be flown to Manchester halfway through his speech.

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Hirsute replied to chrisonatrike | 1 month ago
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May I recommend this book ?

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eburtthebike replied to Hirsute | 1 month ago
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Hirsute wrote:

May I recommend this book ?

Trust me, I've tried: unfortunately Mark Harper will not respond.  I posted something on a local website about it, and a lot of other people don't get responses either.

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wycombewheeler replied to Hirsute | 1 month ago
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Hirsute wrote:

May I recommend this book ?

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Steve Baker indecisionno

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Backladder replied to Trevor Anderson | 1 month ago
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Trevor Anderson wrote:

Rishi Speech:  Well, I never realized £36billion can buy all of that!!

£36 billion won't get you anything near that, it was only a list of things that the next labour government are going to have to cancel so that the tory opposition can have a go at them.

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