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Archives for October 2009

Media trivialise Public Accounts Committee road safety reportPublished: 12:00am 27 Oct 2009

A report from the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee published last week, which made important points about road safety, has been trivialised by the British media.The report, entitled 'Improving road safety for pedestrians and cyclists', ...

Adventure playground cycle haven for children with special needsPublished: 11:00pm 22 Oct 2009

Lady Allen adventure playground in Wandsworth provides a specialist service for children with special needs and disabilities.Funding from the LCC managed Community Cycling Fund for London has enabled the project to fix up bikes for the kids to rid...

Secondary school gets Specialized treatmentPublished: 11:00pm 22 Oct 2009

Pupils at St Philips School in Chessington, Kingston, were given a Specialized treatment when they were invited to look round the showroom at the UK Headquarters of the American bike manufacturer.The invitation was prompted by the purchase of ten ...

Recycle workshop for homeless hostel means businessPublished: 11:00pm 22 Oct 2009

A project for the homeless in Islington is using bike maintenance courses to help people get back into employment.'Margins' runs bike maintenance and recycling sessions, funded via the LCC-administered Community Cycling Fund for London.The project...

Cycling for adults with learning disabilities now available in BarnetPublished: 11:00pm 22 Oct 2009

Until now the London borough of Barnet sorely lacked opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to cycle.Norwood, a charity which supports people with learning disabilities, implemented Barnet’s first cycle sessions for adults with learni...

Police learn sign language to teach deaf children to cyclePublished: 11:00pm 22 Oct 2009

The Met Police’s Safer Parks team in Primrose Hill and Regents park is working with a primary school for deaf children to offer safe cycling sessions.Because of their hearing issues, many deaf children never learn to cycle because of balance and c...

Several excellent articles on cycling and culturePublished: 11:00pm 21 Oct 2009

photo Farid Tejani If you want a clue as to a city's cycling excellence, count the women on the roadThree excellent articles on cycling culture...British sociologist on the culture of fear surrounding cycling on Britain's roads (via Copenhagenize)...

10% off book to get kids cycling to schoolPublished: 11:00pm 21 Oct 2009

'Let Me Out: How To Enjoy The School Run' is a great book for parents who want to encourage more kids to walk or cycle to school, and LCC members can get an exclusive 10% discount. 
 
LCC board member, par...

Sign the online petition on HGV safetyPublished: 11:00pm 21 Oct 2009

photo Better mirrors is just one measure that campaigners are demanding to improve lorry safetyPlease sign this petition to demand that action is taken on HGV safety. Over 3000 have signed already and it's your chance to help push for improved saf...

Disabled cycling charity seeks sponsors after arson attackPublished: 11:00pm 21 Oct 2009

photo The aftermath of a fire that destroyed thousands of pounds of cycling equipment in Brockwell ParkA Brixton-based charity that encourages disabled cyclists, and has close links to LCC, is having to review its Lambeth project after its storero...

Join a Wave ride near you to support action against climate changePublished: 11:00pm 21 Oct 2009

Saturday 5 December sees many LCC local groups organising guided rides to join the Wave demonstration in central London supporting climate change action at the UN summit in Copenhagen.There's also an 'official' ride from Lincoln's Inn Fields in ce...

World's worst cycle lanes? Post yours on the Guardian blogPublished: 11:00pm 21 Oct 2009

The Guardian environment bloggers have created a Flickr page in conjunction with Warrington Cycle Campaign (famous for its 'Facility of the Month' web pages and 'Crap Cycle Lanes' book).You can either add your own, or just glance through the selec...

Special needs teachers amazed by effects of cycle trainingPublished: 11:00pm 19 Oct 2009

Bike with roller instead of back wheelA project in East London is working with special-needs schools to provide cycle training to pupils. According to teachers, the training has had a hugely positive impact on the school.African Schools Associatio...

Cyclists condemn mayor's decision to disband police lorry safety unitPublished: 11:00pm 14 Oct 2009

The mayor Boris Johnson has been strongly criticised for his decision to disband a specialist lorry safety unit run by the Metropolitan Police force.The decision to axe the Commercial Vehicle Education Unit (CVEU) comes in a year when 8 of the 10 ...

London Cycling Awards: last chance to nominatePublished: 11:00pm 12 Oct 2009

Nominate your favourite new cycling project in Greater London for an award. The deadline is 10am, Monday 19 October 2009. School and kids initiatives, workplace initiatives , community projects and cycling facilities such as routes and parking are...

SheSpoke women's ride to Cycle Show hailed successPublished: 11:00pm 11 Oct 2009

Women from all parts of London came together to enjoy a beautiful autumnal ride from the grandeur of the Imperial War Museum to the impressive Cycle Show at Earl's Court.LCC's ladies defied the looming grey clouds to gather at the Imperial War mus...

Westminster goes naked in traffic flow experimentPublished: 11:00pm 06 Oct 2009

video This junction in Drachten, Holland, is a classic example of naked streets working wellThe City of Westminster and Transport for London are to trial switching off of certain traffic signals.The experiment will start with the signals at the ...

Islington humps create the least cycle-friendly street in EuropePublished: 11:00pm 06 Oct 2009

Photo New speed bumps have create an extravagant obstacle for cyclists in an Islington back streetCyclists have criticised Islington council after it installed speed bumps to slow down cyclists in a quiet back street.Council-owned Homes for Isling...

Concern over Tory hostility towards urban speed camerasPublished: 11:00pm 06 Oct 2009

Photo grewlike/Flickr A future Conservative government will stop life-saving speed cameras A Conservative government will refuse to fund any more fixed speed cameras in urban areas, shadow transport minister Theresa Villiers has told her party con...

Cool bikes: Grocery getterPublished: 11:00pm 06 Oct 2009

Watch the transformation into the grocery getter 

Selected one-way streets to become two-way for cyclistsPublished: 11:00pm 06 Oct 2009

Photo It's difficult to find a one-way street in Brussels that isn't two-way for cyclistsAfter years of campaigning by LCC and other cycling campaigners, a landmark decision has been made by the Department for Transport making selected one-way str...

Lambeth Cyclists expertise channels £500,000 into zone one improvementsPublished: 11:00pm 06 Oct 2009

photo The LCC group in Lambeth played a strong role in influencing the borough's zone one improvements Strong lobbying and volunteer activity by the LCC local group in Lambeth has influenced key spending decisions for the zone one Cycle Hire Schem...

Fill in LCC's online survey and you could win a £500 hybrid bikePublished: 11:00pm 06 Oct 2009

Pinnacle Stratus 3.0E A 9-speed hub gear, mudguards and rack make this a great city machineTake three minutes to fill in our online survey and you could win this fantastic £500 hybrid bike.The Pinnacle Stratus 3.0e is the perfect town ride, which ...

Around the world cycling record tumbles but could fall againPublished: 11:00pm 06 Oct 2009

A man from Balham has become the fastest person to circumnavigate the world by bicycle, taking just 175 days, though another cyclist is on course to beat that feat.Friends
and family of James Bowthorpe greeted him at his finish point in Hyde
Park ...