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Bike detector makes HGV drivers “20% safer”

Friday 19 September · London

A London council is heralding a “20% improvement in driver behaviour” after fitting a cycle warning system to one of its construction lorries. Ealing Council says 15 potential serious collisions…

Explore Morecambe Bay with new touring route

Thursday 18 September · Morecambe · Barrow-in-Furness

A scenic touring route is being devised to follow the coast around Morecambe Bay, from Barrow-in-Furness all the way to Lancaster and beyond. The 100-mile Bay Cycle Way will be…

Wye Valley cyclepath lives again

Tuesday 16 September · Chepstow

The Holy Grail of a cycleway up the beautiful Wye Valley could be in sight once again – now that local cyclists have revived the campaign to use an old…

Cycle touring festival lined up for May 2015

Monday 15 September · Clitheroe

The inaugural ‘Cycle Touring Festival’ has been announced for the weekend of 2-3 May 2015. In an age when organised cycling events are more and more common, not least the…

Tunnel thumbs-up brings Scottish C2C closer

Tuesday 9 September · Peebles

Scotland’s own Coast-to-Coast cycle route has moved a step closer, with the thumbs-up for a railway path to bypass a dangerous stretch of road. The path, west of Peebles, will…

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Thursday 18 September · 2:53pm

Drop the white line, says CTC

A study commissioned by CTC says that removing central white lines, and imposing a 20mph limit, can make the roads safer for cyclists. It concludes: “A centre line may present… More »

Thursday 18 September · 9:55am · Cambridge

Six more streets to get contraflows

Cambridgeshire County Council is planning to add ‘cycle contraflows’ to six more city streets, enabling cyclists to ride both ways up otherwise one-way streets. The Cambridge News reports that Panton… More »

Monday 15 September · 12:34pm

Just what you need for autumn: a bike rain cover

Autumn is, sad to say, definitely on the way. Next time the weather forecast promises showers, consider the Dryve rain cover – a semicircular hood that fixes to your handlebars and the back of your saddle. That does, of course, mean that the sides are exposed, but it could be a neat solution for short-distance commutes. When it’s not in use, it rolls up into a compact stuff-sack. Unveiled at the Eurobike show this summer, it’ll cost around £100 though no UK distributor has yet been announced.

Thursday 4 September · 12:18pm · London

Transport Secretary: bikes? What bikes?

The day after London Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled ambitious plans for new cross-London cycleways, Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, has given a speech on “Keeping London Moving” –… More »

Wednesday 3 September · 10:31am

European trains get more bike-friendly

Believe it or not, Britain’s long-distance trains are among the best in Europe for bike carriage. A First Great Western train to Cornwall has 6-12 bike spaces. A German ICE express has 0. But things are changing: carfree.fr reports that new French TGVs will offer up to three bike spaces, Austrian Railjets have six, and future ICEs will have eight. A new EU regulation requires that “railways shall enable passengers to bring bicycles on the train”, though with several caveats. Via carfree.fr. Link »

Monday 1 September · 11:03am

Cool down by pedalling more

With weather forecasters promising a brief Indian summer, perhaps the time has come for this pedal-powered ice cream parlour, spotted in Los Angeles. Peddler’s Creamery, in their words, “produces high quality artisan bicycle-churned organic dairy and non-dairy ice cream  and frozen desserts”. And you can even churn your own: the Peddler’s Club invites locals to come along and pedal constantly at a 15mph speed to make ice-cream. “After pedaling 75 miles, you get a pint of ice cream to enjoy; after pedaling 175 miles, you get a flavor named in your honor for a week.” Like an exercise bike… just with ice cream at the end. Via peddlerscreamery.com. Link »

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Cambridge Uni follows London in banning dangerous lorries

Tuesday 9 September · Cambridge

Cambridge University is taking a stand by requiring HGVs to be fitted with bike safety features – the first organisation outside London to do so. The University is planning extensive development…

Across Europe by bike - in just 37 days

Monday 8 September

There’s a new world record in cycling – and we’re not talking about a measly 1km round a track, but the near-4,000 miles across Europe. James Bowtell and his ‘Velo7’ team…

National Park cycling projects run out of road

Friday 5 September · Bakewell · Matlock

The Government’s much-heralded £12m fund for cycling in National Parks is running into trouble – with one National Park almost entirely rewriting its plans, and concern that two others may…

Avoid HGVs with our new, upgraded route-planner

New Thursday 4 September

This is Britain’s quietest A road: the A844 on the Isle of Bute, with under 100 cars a day and barely an HGV to speak of. It’s a bit different to the Victoria…

North-south route is half Super, half Highway

Wednesday 3 September · London

Hot on the heels of plans for a East-West Cycle Superhighway, revealed yesterday, Transport for London has published plans for a North-South Cycle Superhighway from Kings Cross to Elephant…

Revealed: London’s new Dutch-style east-west route

Tuesday 2 September · London

London’s cyclists will, at last, get a safe way to cross town from east to west if new plans from Transport for London get the go-ahead. Plans are being announced tomorrow…

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