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Archives for September 2011

New data shows Transport for London underestimating cycling growth at BlackfriarsPublished: 03:47pm 28 Sep 2011

Cycling trips on London’s main roads in Spring of this year were up by almost 200% on 2001, according to new data from the Transport for London business plan.
This data undermines TfL's projections for cycling at Blackfriars, which were b...

Office volunteers: could you help grow the voice of cycling in Greater London? Published: 02:00pm 23 Sep 2011

Do you want to help grow the voice of cycling in London?
Gain some useful not-for-profit work experience?
Find out more about campaigning from the inside?

If so, perhaps you're the right person to volunteer for one of the roles below?
All...

Cyclists, it's now easy to report dangerous or inconsiderate roadworks in LondonPublished: 01:33pm 23 Sep 2011

Responding to years of gripes from many road users, including cyclists, the Mayor has set up a quick-reporting website where you can complain about inconsiderate or unnecessarily inconvenient roadworks.
So next time you see a 'cyclists dismount' ...

Vauxhall cyclist crash shows dangers of articulated lorries to vulnerable road usersPublished: 12:07pm 23 Sep 2011

Sadly, this week a cycle courier suffered what are believed to be serious leg injuries after being hit by an articulated lorry at Vauxhall Cross one-way system.
There are few details of how the Vauxhall crash happened, but the dangers of articul...

Stratford Westfield shows new developments encourage short trips by car not bikePublished: 10:56am 23 Sep 2011

Hundreds of thousands of Londoners this week had a bit of a chuckle at the obstructions in the cycle lanes outside the new Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, which were given plenty of publicity on the Londonist blog.However, as Waltham Fores...

Types of bike lock and other locking mechanisms Published: 07:14pm 18 Sep 2011

How much to spend
It’s generally advised to spend at least 10% of the value of your bike on a lock, and, if you can, to use two different types of lock to deter thieves.
Locks are generally sold with two keys; always keep your spare key ...

How to avoid buying a stolen bikePublished: 07:12pm 18 Sep 2011

Avoid buying stolen on the internet
Buying and selling bikes on Gumtree, and some other sites, is quick and easy, and requires no identification and minimal registration. This has made the web a popular place for thieves to sell bikes.
Typically...

Campaigners celebrate as thousands more London lorry drivers in line for cyclist-awareness trainingPublished: 02:03pm 12 Sep 2011

Thousands more lorry drivers could soon receive cyclist-awareness training now that every borough in Greater London has the go-ahead to provide officially approved on-bike training backed by Transport for London (TfL) funding.
LC...

Camden campaigners circumnavigate London with message that orbital routes must welcome cyclistsPublished: 03:26pm 09 Sep 2011

On Sunday 18 September 2011, Camden Cycling Campaign is organising a ride to highlight the lack of cycle-friendly facitlies on the north and south circulars.
Organised by highly experienced ride leader James Brander, the ride invites cyclists all...

Family of cyclist killed by car say not guilty verdict for motorist is 'disgusting'Published: 02:58pm 09 Sep 2011

Relatives of a cyclist killed in Barnet in 2010 expressed anger at the verdict when the motorist that struck her was found not guilty of careless driving.
Zoe Sheldrake, 31, was hit by Clive Sanford's black Audi on the northbound stretch of the...

Lambeth and Southwark cyclists enjoy double helping of secure cycle parkingPublished: 01:25pm 09 Sep 2011

Two new cycle parking locations in south London could help ease the vast shortage of secure bike facilities in the capital.
Better Bankside has opened a secure cycle park in Hopton Street, Southwark, while Lambeth Council is trialling on-street...

Climate Rush campaigners choose bikes to protest against Transport for London car culturePublished: 12:41pm 09 Sep 2011

Campaigners from the Climate Rush environmental organisation will take to the streets in central London on bicycles on the morning of Thursday 22 September 2011 to protest against the dominance of car culture within Transport for London.
More d...

Herne Hill cycle track in south London re-opens with state-of-the-art surfacePublished: 11:14am 09 Sep 2011

Herne Hill Velodrome in South London re-opened this week with a new £500,000 state-of-the-art surface paid for by British Cycling, the body that oversees the UK sports cycling.
The buildings and track had fallen into disrepair in recent y...

London launch for national cycling organisation promoting Dutch cycling facilitiesPublished: 11:25am 02 Sep 2011

On Saturday 3 September 2011, the Cycling Embassy of GB officially launches a new UK-wide collective of pro-cycling campaigners.
At 11.30am, the event starts with a speech by chair Jim Davis, followed by a tour of London's worst cycle lane on Lam...