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Cycling: Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

It’s a week since David Cameron announced the winners of the Cycle City Ambition Fund. It got quite a lot of coverage – most of the winners were suitably enthusiastic. But there were also questions as to the nature of

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Connect London

Declaration of interest: this post is about a Sustrans project. Sustrans are monthly contributors to the keeping-a-roof-over-my-head fund, and I have definitely drunk their Kool Aid (“Tune in, turn on, drop out & build your own transport network”). But that

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Class. Action. Lawsuit.*

Yesterday, Mikael from Copenhagenize.com posted this Tweet: The thing is, I don’t think he’s right on this. The War On The Motorist is a pretty one-sided affair, and anyone who’d not been through basic training in the guerilla warfare it

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Dutch Infrastructure Cripples Their Sports Cycling #BaselessRumourFriday

How’s about this for a story: One really very good reason that we should¬†absolutely not be campaigning for a proper standard of cycle infrastructure in the UK is that it will RUIN (yes, literally RUIN) our sports cycling. In the

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Build It [Right] And They Will Come

Here in the North East, the Newcastle Cycling Campaign is gearing up to help the City Council get serious about a cycling network. The mantra you’ll most often hear is “Build it and they will come” when we speak about

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Route 10: From North Shields To The Joys Of Northumberland

A few months ago there was a bit of a spat between Carlton Reid and David Hembrow. It started when David said of Northumbria, [A web site claims that,]¬†“Northumbria has the most beautiful, well marked cycle paths” which “criss-cross through

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Infrastructure Pragmatism

How’s this for an argument: It would be lovely to have the same kind of infrastructure and corresponding levels of cycling as the Dutch do. But let’s be realistic – it isn’t going to happen. We can’t change the world

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Drugs, Spiders & Cycle Infrastructure

Every dozen or so years, studies on the effects of various drugs on spiders’ web-weaving abilities re-surface. There’s probably some serious science behind this, but I can’t help feeling that it’s a bunch of scientists doing the grant-funded equivalent of

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Rubbish [In The] Bike Lane

We actually have some pretty good cycle ways around here. When I say pretty good, I mean that they’re wide, have a great quality surface, and are separated from motorised traffic. They could be a whole lot better if they

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Regression To The Mean

You can call it social pressure, or the pressure of reality trying to break in, or whatever. But when I first saw this Streetfilms video on EcoVelo, my first thought was, Oh, lovely. But it’ll never work here, because our

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