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Archives for June 2013

Tom's London Classics: Claud Butler bicyclesPublished: 03:57pm 27 Jun 2013

Part of the ongoing 'Tom's London Classics' series, London Cycling Campaign's Tom Bogdanowicz on Claud Butler, which may have been 'Famous Around the World' but they hailed from Clapham.

Brands come and brands go but, it seems, Claud Butler goe...

The silence of the cars in Houten in the Netherlands Published: 12:20pm 27 Jun 2013

Towns designed to encourage cycling and walking. A report from the recent study tour to the Netherlands by UK policy makers.

An eerie silence greets you when you arrive at Houten station in the Netherlands. What's missing is the sound of cars,...

Dunwich Dynamo is a night ride to be rememberedPublished: 11:30am 27 Jun 2013

In a new series of guest bloggers for the London Cycling Campaign, Cherry Fitzsimmons tells us about her experience of the infamous Dunwich Dynamo, a turn-up-and-go challenging free-entry overnight 120 mile bicycle road ride from London Fields in ...

Institute of Child Health at University College London tells staff bicycles no longer welcomePublished: 02:47pm 21 Jun 2013

The move, which took the two dozen staff members and students who cycle to work by surprise, was done without any consultation.
Staff member Dr Chris Willott said, "Yesterday, we were informed that all cycle locking facilities would be removed....

Book review: Tour de France: Official 100th Race Anniversary EditionPublished: 10:46am 21 Jun 2013

Tour de France: Official 100th Race Anniversary Edition £30Francoise & Serge Laget, Phillipe Cazaban, Gilles Montgermont
 

Over the last couple of months the office has been beseiged by biographies, guidebooks and glossy hardbac...

Wine Rides - behind the scenes of the pilot ridePublished: 11:32am 20 Jun 2013

Alex Baines-Buffery, director of Wine Rides, a new company providing relaxing and enjoyable holidays that combines local food and wine with cycling in the South of England. The first Wine Ride took place at the end of May and here, Alex tells us w...

Bike Week - The legendary Roebuck Ride - 7 years of photosPublished: 10:34pm 18 Jun 2013

The legendary Roebuck ride starts at half a dozen West london locations and converges on the Roebuck pub on Richmond Hill to watch the sunset. The 2013  ride took place on Wednesday the 19th of June. otos

Mayor of London's Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan takes part in Dutch study tourPublished: 12:17pm 14 Jun 2013

Andrew Gilligan, Mayor Boris Johnson’s Cycling Commissioner, taken part in a fact-finding visit to the Netherlands organised by the Dutch Embassy with assistance from the London Cycling Campaign.
Gilligan said, “British cyclists sho...

Cycling London to Paris on a single speed bike...for the ride.Published: 10:23am 13 Jun 2013

London Cycling Campaign Office Volunteer Elaine Yeung writes about her recent ride to Paris with friends.
It had been on my mind to go on scenic rides that didn't involve endless traffic lights and weaving around cars in the city. This seemed lik...

Our Urban Cyclo-Cross and Tyre Change Time Trial storm the London NocturnePublished: 01:26pm 12 Jun 2013

This year for the first time the London Cycling Campaign sponsored our very own race at the IG London Nocturne.
Part criterium, part obstacle race, the LCC Urban Cycle Cross was the first race to pitch men against women and rider against rider ...

London Cycling Campaign members can get a FREE cycling cap when they order a one of our new jerseysPublished: 05:48pm 06 Jun 2013

We've launched exciting new cycling jersey and cap designs, and for the first week we're giving members the opportunity to get a FREE cap with their jersey order.
The design of the collection is based around a geometrical pattern created by repea...

Hounslow and Kensington & Chelsea are latest two councils to adopt Safer Lorries procurement policiesPublished: 05:02pm 06 Jun 2013

 
Two more boroughs, Kensington & Chelsea and Hounslow, have signed up to our 'Safer Lorries, Safer cycling' pledge to only use the best-trained lorry drivers and best-equipped lorries.LCC Communications Manager Mike Cavenett said, "We...

Transport for London shows off potential new cycling facilities being tested by the Transport Research LaboratoryPublished: 04:29pm 06 Jun 2013

LCC's campaigns officer Charlie Lloyd and a group of other transport experts were invited to visit Transport Research Laboratory, a company undertaking research into Dutch-style cycling facilities in the midst of a Berkshire forest on behalf of Tr...

Zoe Williams on thoughts from being knocked off the bikePublished: 03:26pm 06 Jun 2013

London Cyclist columnist, Zoe Williams - Why is it that a tumble from your bike makes you consider things in a philosophical way?

 
I was intending to write this column about Jack Thurston’s wonderful book of London-handy home ...

Juliet Elliott's 'My first'...two day sportivePublished: 02:38pm 06 Jun 2013

London Cycling Campaign PR Manager and journalist, Juliet Elliott tackles her first mass participation event, the London Revolution. Read about her training and preparation from this previous article.


Joining the Revolution: riders...

LCC lorry expert asks whether some new safety technologies could increase danger to cyclists not reduce itPublished: 02:26pm 06 Jun 2013

Charlie Lloyd, LCC campaigns officer and a leading road danger reduction expert, asks whether some of the newest high-tech lorry safety gadgets actually have the potential to increase risk to cycling, rather than reduce it.

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Van Gogh Walk in Lambeth is a fabulous people-friendly street but highlights need for more Dutch-style residential zonesPublished: 10:14am 06 Jun 2013

Van Gogh Walk in the London borough of Lambeth was treated to a dramatic facelift earlier this year. What was previously nondescript shabby Isabel Street, has become an oasis of sophistication, a street that even has its own Twitter account.
Na...

Product review: Endura Urban Pant cycling trousersPublished: 10:59am 05 Jun 2013

Endura Urban Pant £59.99 www.endura.co.uk  

Jeans or trousers that don't scream 'cyclist' have been around for a few years now – we've previously tested items from the likes of Muxu, Rapha, Swrve – but more mainstr...

Product review: Superfeet Yellow performance footbeds for sports shoesPublished: 10:07am 05 Jun 2013

Superfeet Yellow insoles£35www.superfeet.co.uk

With the success of Team GB at successive Olympics and Wiggo's Tour de France triumph, every man and his dog seems to have heard of Sir David Brailsford's theory on 'marginal gains' — h...

Book review: 'City Cycling' by John Pucher & Ralph BuehlerPublished: 04:44pm 04 Jun 2013

City Cycling Edited by John Pucher & Ralph BuehlerRRP £19.95 

The arrival of this hefty academic tome on city cycling couldn’t be more timely. Politicians in the Western world are, at long last, waking up to the idea t...

Ashok Sinha explains why London cyclists should be keeping an eye on George Osborne later this monthPublished: 03:31pm 04 Jun 2013

As well as welcoming readers to the new London Cyclist Monthly e-newsletter, LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha also explains why it's now more important than ever to keep cycling at the top of the political agenda.


Question: what have 40,000 Lond...

Brent Cyclists publish their vision for cycling in one of London's outer boroughsPublished: 02:15pm 04 Jun 2013

The London Cycling Campaign group in Brent has published its own blueprint for the future of cycling in the borough (download the PDF).
Entitled A Cycling Plan for Brent, the 27-page illustrated document contains ambitious, concrete proposals a...

Interview: Christian Wolmar, transport journalist and prospective mayoral candidate for LondonPublished: 01:11pm 04 Jun 2013

Not long ago, we discussed the Conservative Mayor of London's Vision for Cycling with his newly appointed Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan. Now, we speak to Christian Wolmar, former LCC trustee and respected transport journalist, who's also a ...