Category Archives: Cycling

40 years of cycling

Our local cycle lobbying group spokes is celebrating 40 years of cycling (or lobbying).  2017 being one of these years when there seem to be lots of anniversaries.  This is also coincidentally about the same time I have been cycling … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week- Happy birthday bicycle

Happy birthday bicycle.  Cycling is 200 years old this week and some celebration is taking place.  One Karl Drais invented the forerunner of the bicycle due to a rise in horse feed.  You sat on it and pushed it along … Continue reading

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Britain’s lost cycle network

Britain’s lost cycle network.  One thing I have always been impressed with was the cycle network in Germany.  This was much better than that in Holland.  Part of the reason for this is the need for drainage ditches which limits … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – cycling is good for you

The idea that cycling is good for you is up there with the status of the pope and what bears get up to in woods, but its nice to have proof.  The UK Biobank has done a huge study looking … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – dementia and pollution

Is there a link between dementia and pollution?  A new study in Canada has suggested that people who live near main roads are more likely to suffer dementia.  For those living within 50m of a main road its a 7% … Continue reading

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Bikes on trains

One of the big complaints amongst cyclists in the UK is about bikes on trains.  I have been undertaking an internship with a view to rebooting my career, which involves cycle/train/long cycle.  People here think getting bikes on trains is … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Olympic cycling

Can team GB’s Olympic cycling success change the UK’s cycling culture and raise its pitifully low rates of cycling?  Team GB has had a huge degree of Olympic cycling success which makes me proud, but can this success lead to … Continue reading

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Netherlands -what is the mark of a civilised nation? Part 2

What is the mark of a civilised nation? And is cycling a factor? I was asking myself these questions as we did a holiday tour of the Netherlands. The positives are; the Netherlands is obviously a very cohesive society. I … Continue reading

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Does cycling make a civilized nation part 1? Cycling in Holland.

Does cycling in Holland make it a civilized nation?  I have just returned from a family holiday in Holland.  We had been once before but only to Amsterdam.  We knew Amsterdam was cycling crazy and I’ve put some pictures up … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week -cycling and lorries

As a peak oil and climate site we like to encourage cycling.  As the particulate crisis deepens one way to combat this is to encourage walking and cycling.  I have just heard on the BBC radio 4 “You and Yours” … Continue reading

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