THE BLOG

Archives for September 2009

Breakfast Awards Ceremony for bike achievers at Mind in Tower Hamlets Published: 11:00pm 28 September 2009

Celebration of successful completion of cycle trainingJohn Biggs, Labour London Assembly member, presented participants in the MIND in Tower Hamlets bike project and had completed Level 1 and Level 2 Bikeability with an award on 11th September.Ros...

Community Groups come together at London Skyride Published: 11:00pm 28 September 2009

Over 3,500 people join LCC's led ridesThe London Cycling Campaign organised over 50 escorted rides to the Mayor of London’s Skyride on Sunday 20th September which over 3,000 people took part in.However it was not just members of the general public...

Youth centre goes independent with recycling and maintenance projectPublished: 11:00pm 24 September 2009

A Kensington & Chelsea project that recycles bikes during maintenance classes attended by youths from the local community is now teaching the youngsters to be professional bike mechanics so it can go it alone.As a result of high demand for mor...

Law change could offer greater protection to cyclists and pedestriansPublished: 11:00pm 24 September 2009

photo Mike Grenville/Flickr A law change could make drivers liable in civil law to pay for cyclist injuriesGovernment advisors are considering making car drivers' insurance companies legally liable for compensating pedestrian and cyclist victims o...

Pioneering project helps mental health patients on to bikesPublished: 11:00pm 24 September 2009

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, with the aid of an LCC-administered grant, is pioneering work on treating mental health problems using cycling.The trust’s project, under the name Candi-Cycles, was awarded £4580 in Febuary 2009 from th...

LCC helps Redbridge Cycle Centre go all abilityPublished: 11:00pm 23 September 2009

On 17 September 2009, all-ability groups and other stakeholders were invited by Vision Redbridge to Redbridge Cycle track at Hog Hill to launch a new range of specially adapted bikes.The event, organised jointly by LCC and Vision Redbridge (which ...

Record 3500 cyclists join LCC rides into SkyridePublished: 11:00pm 23 September 2009

An estimated 3500 cyclists joined LCC's guided rides from the suburbs to the Mayor of London's Skyride event on Sunday 20 September 2009.The 53 rides, with at least one from every borough, was double the number organised last year. The largest rid...

'Secret' Camden link wins London Cycling AwardPublished: 11:00pm 23 September 2009

Photo Lionel Shapiro Cyclists using the new walking/cycling link between Agar Grove and Camley StLobbying by Camden Cycling Campaign, the local LCC group, has helped create an award winning  new traffic-free route from the north of the borough to ...

£10,000 Comic Relief grant for Merton LCC and community cycling groupPublished: 11:00pm 22 September 2009

Community cycling project secures additional fundingMerton Cycling Campaign and Pedal4Health have won a £10,000 Comic Relief grant after submitting a joint proposal to deliver children's cycle training in south London.Pedal4Health is a group that ...

Cyclists urged to lobby councils using new LCC guidePublished: 11:00pm 20 September 2009

LCC has produced a lobbying guide for cyclists to make sure their local council is planning the right provisions in their area. You can download the 'Rough Guide to Local Implementation Plans' using the link on the right.Councils have been encoura...

Video: Avoiding car doorsPublished: 11:00pm 18 September 2009

Interesting advice on how far away from parked cars you should ride to avoid being hit or feeling the need to swerve towards moving traffic.

YikeBike electric personal transporter is a definite head-turnerPublished: 11:00pm 18 September 2009

When we saw this advert for the
electric-powered YikeBike, we couldn't wait to spend our money: on the
soundtrack, that is ('It Feels So Good' by Hera). This YikeBike
has no pedals (so it certainly isn't a bicycle), though it does
resemble ...

LCC demands HGV action after two more collisionsPublished: 11:00pm 17 September 2009

In a week when two more cyclists were involved in collisions with lorries (one tragically killed in Whitechapel), LCC has reiterated its demands for improved lorry safety.LCC is appalled at the high proportion (more than two-thirds) of cyclist dea...

LCC demands Cycle Super-highways, not superficial highwaysPublished: 11:00pm 16 September 2009

photo "Keep my path free of parked cars and the danger of opening car doors," says LCC's manifestoLCC is asking London cyclists and Mayor Boris Johnson to sign our Superhighway manifesto.The manifesto, launched during the week when 50,00...

Restoration project gives vintage bikes a new lease of life Published: 11:00pm 9 September 2009

Picture I-Bike sees old bicycles lovingly restored, while bringing a sense of community to the areaA busy new bike restoration and training project in London Bridge is bringing life to a tucked-away unit under Druid Street’s arches.Thor Burkard se...

First Capital Connect refuse to back down on folding bike blunder Published: 11:00pm 9 September 2009

Picture The bike on the right is the one First Capital Connect mistakenly advised Mr Rowe to buy for his commuteRail company First Capital Connect has refused to fully compensate a cyclist after it wrongly told him his folding mountain bike was al...

LCC chief executive Koy Thomson speaks on BBC LondonPublished: 11:00pm 9 September 2009

Picture Koy Thompson talks to the BBC about London's future as a world class cycling cityLCC chief executive Koy Thompson tells the BBC how London could become a world-class cycling city. To reap the economic and health benefits, however, there ar...

Quirky cycling film gets our attentionPublished: 11:00pm 9 September 2009

A heart-warming, quirky short film produced by New York cyclist Andrea Dorfman: her thoughts while pedalling the city streets.

This was the filmmaker's entry to the NYC Bicycle Film Festival in June.Brendt Barbur founded the festival in 2001 as a...

Immobilise bicycle theftPublished: 11:00pm 9 September 2009

Highgate Safer Neighbourhood teamOfficers from Highgate Safer Neighbourhoods Team have been helping people to register their bicycles on immobilise.com after eighteen bicycles worth an estimated  £13,000 were reported stolen in the ward.Where to r...

Denmark invests billions to double the nation's cyclistsPublished: 11:00pm 9 September 2009

photo Spacing magazine/Flickr Despite being a world-leader for modal share already, the Danes are pushing to double cycling again within five years
Denmark has set an ambitious target to double the country's cycling by 2014. The
Danish government...

Ride a Tour of Britain stage to raise money for prostate cancer charityPublished: 11:00pm 9 September 2009

Cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to ride a stage of the Tour of Britain to help fight prostate cancer.For the first time ever, on Saturday 19th September The Prostate Cancer Charity London Tour Ride, will see amateur cyclists riding ...

Bicycle film festival at the BarbicanPublished: 11:00pm 9 September 2009

A celebration of the bicycle through music, art and film.The bicycle film festival originated in New York and has been running for 9 years. In the last year alone 22 new cities have become part of the movement and a total of 39 cities hosted their...

LCC-funded cycling provider wins Special Olympics accreditationPublished: 11:00pm 9 September 2009

Photo Bikeworks go for a spin in the parkCommunity cycling provider Bikeworks has received official accreditation to the Special Olympics Programme, allowing more athletes with learning disabilities to get active.Based in the East End, Bikeworks h...

Thames Festival 2009Published: 11:00pm 8 September 2009

Fireworks at Thames festivalCommunity group celebrates the Capital’s waterway and cultural life at the Thames Festival The Mayor's Thames Festival takes place annually in mid-September. Activities take place over the weekend of the 12th and 13th S...

Ealing and Hounslow parents get on their bikes with their childrenPublished: 11:00pm 6 September 2009

The Ealing branch of the London Cycling Campaign has used a grant under the 2009 CCFfL scheme from TfL to encourage parents to cycle with their young children.Over 20 candidates have signed up so far across the two boroughs and demand is growing a...

Cycle Fridays take a break but novice cyclists carry on ridingPublished: 11:00pm 3 September 2009

photo LCC's Cycle Fridays have guided over 400 new novice commuters into central London this summerGuided 'BikeTube' rides will continue to run from Wimbledon and Greenwich to central London once a week, even though the official Cycle Friday rides...