Aunt Gerty to her dearest friends (and her many lovers) was what was termed a 'difficult women'. Taking inspiration from Alice Hawkins, she adopted the wearing of trousers on her bicycle, thus causing consternation and outrage even before she spoke a word, and she spoke a lot of words. Alice, her inspiration, was a suffragette. … Continue reading Cycling and the continuing emancipation of women
As I pull open the curtains and blinds this morning I am greeted by the Scottish phenomena of sideways rain. There is always a joke about Scotland being wet, and it is, but that's why it is also so godsmackingly beautiful. You can't see a rainbow without rain, and you can't feel the lightening without … Continue reading Let’s talk rain
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The Women's World Tour is back in action with the 2020 Strade Bianche, won by Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott). Did you see it on the TV? No, me neither. It wasn't that I didn't want to see it, but that I could find it on any of the several hundred channels I have of digital … Continue reading Women’s Racing – why is it so hard to watch?
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched an ambitious plan to boost cycling and walking in England, with a commitment to creating thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, cycle training for all, and the first ever zero-emission transport city. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "From helping people get fit and healthy and lowering … Continue reading £2bn active travel revolution?
Government website crashes within hours of opening The Government launched the voucher scheme last night but it was so oversubscribed the site crashed within minutes of going online. Checking in on the site this morning and all the vouchers have now gone. The scheme is designed for those eligible, in England only at the moment, … Continue reading £50 Voucher!
Councils all over the UK are facing up to the prospect of increasing pedestrian and cycling provision, but with different degrees of success. The UK Government has offered millions to help achieve this, but many councils seem to be very slow in putting any real infrastructure plans into action. With the prospect of changing from a car dominated … Continue reading Growing support for a people first economic recovery
Now you see it happened like this... ...my first clipless shoes were unisex (possibly mens) and I bought them from Decathlon to go with my first clipless pedals. I bought a size 41 because I was told your cycling shoes should be at least one size larger than your normal everyday shoes (39), and having … Continue reading Look Keo Classic 3 – initial thoughts
Over 4,000 miles of cycle routes in the UK have been re-designated after safety review, one of those routes being the extremely popular Coast 2 Coast (C2C) route. The move follows the 2018 review, which found that 42% of the network was 'poor', with substandard crossings, signage, and/or sections on main roads. 4% of the … Continue reading C2C route “scrapped” as too dangerous
While we are all welcoming the new cycle lanes which are springing up all over Europe, and many UK cities are getting the new infrastructure right many are still finding their feet, so it is interesting to note what the Highway Code says about cycle lanes and the drivers response to them. Typically, the first … Continue reading Cycle lanes and car parking