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Inspiring Goals?

On the day that somewhere between £38M & £160M has been announced for cycling in the UK, this might seem a little churlish. But it’s important, as it’s about the vision needed if that money (and hopefully much more later)

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Lots of People Ride Bikes In The Netherlands Because it’s FLAT!

That’s what people will tell you. And in some places it might be true. The trouble is that a flat country next to the sea will also tend to be windy: Give me hills instead of a headwind any day

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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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Is It Safety In Numbers or Numbers In Safety?

I was reading the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin’s hilarious post today about the European Cyclists’ Federation fantastic report on the relative carbon emissions of different forms of urban transport. Part of BFW’s post included a graph of relative cyclist safety,

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Compare: Winter in Copenhagen, the Netherlands and Newcastle

Icy conditions can make it treacherous for those on two wheels. In Copenhagen when it snows, they know that clearing up for cyclists has to take top priority: In the Netherlands, even when it’s cold enough to freeze the canals & rivers,

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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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Do It For The Children

David Hembrow’s done it again – hit the nail right on the head. This post in A View From The Cycle Path gives a bit of background to the changes in Dutch society in the 1970s that led them to

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