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18. Juli, 12:36 Uhr

Government-owned company has back-pedalled on its pledge to cycle-proof the line, say campaigners, locking out cyclists for generations to comeThe company building the HS2 high speed rail line is accused of watering down commitments on cycle crossings along the route, in a move campaigners say will endanger lives and lock out cycling for generations to come.The government-owned company, HS2...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
02. Juli, 09:13 Uhr

Both cities are seeking ways to transport expanding populations without impacting their historic centres, yet the simplest solution is staring them in the faceSometimes politics really does overlook the obvious, and there’s a fine example just now in those two great centres of clear thinking and clogged traffic, Oxford and Cambridge. Here is the problem. The country wants, and badly needs, to...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
29. Juni, 15:14 Uhr

It’s time for the Treasury to allocate significant funding so the nation can reap the huge benefits of more people cyclingThe government has announced £1m of funding to help police forces across the UK crack down on close passing of cyclists by drivers, and to improve driving instructor training around cycling safety.Although the sum is small beer indeed in transport terms, split between two...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
19. Januar, 11:38 Uhr

Last-minute opposition by Westminster city council to park gate closures could leave the new superhighway ‘dead’, says former London cycling commissioner Plans to close the outer circle of Regent’s Park to rat-running motor traffic are being “significantly watered down” to shutting just two gates – down from four – and to shorter periods, in only the morning and evening peak, it has been...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
26. Juni, 06:00 Uhr

First formal study into their impact finds that boroughs with the schemes have boosted walking and cycling ratesThe so-called mini-Holland schemes – much-debated changes to boost cycling and walking in outer London boroughs – have done precisely that, according to the first formal study into their impact.The research found that after one year, people living in parts of such boroughs were, on...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
16. Januar, 08:30 Uhr

When NGO Bikeygees set out to teach female refugees how to ride a bike they were shocked by the demand. Now hundreds have benefitted from the scheme Emily is a 21-year-old Afghan refugee living in Berlin, and her best experience in Germany so far has been, without a doubt, learning to ride a bike. Related: The public want more funds for UK cycling – what are politicians waiting for? Related:...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
11. Juni, 10:00 Uhr

Danish-Canadian urban designer Mikael Colville-Andersen busts some common myths and shows how the bicycle has the potential to transform cities around the worldCopenhagenize is published by Island Press Continue reading...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
08. Januar, 12:28 Uhr

Carlton Reid picks up burgers and pizzas, but he doesn’t eat them - he delivers them. In just a few months he has lost weight and saved cash for the Giro d’Italia There’s a way to get healthy from fast food: the trick is to deliver it, not eat it. I’m 52, but am now fitter than I was at 22. As a gig-economy food delivery rider I’m getting paid to melt my middle-age spread. I started in...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
16. Juni, 06:30 Uhr

A new report argues we’d all benefit if the government started taking the cycle industry seriouslyIf a country wants to make things, it needs a domestic steel industry. Our government considers this industry to be one of national strategic importance. But you would think it was also important to keep people moving, to make sure the air they breathe is clean and to look after their health.It...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
11. Mai, 06:00 Uhr

Study finds that 70% of London cyclists believe drivers mean them harm. But is it mainly the fault of the road system?As a cyclist in a busy urban environment, it can seem that some drivers are out to get you. And now a new study has concluded that for many bike riders, this is only too true: a sense of paranoia is a clinical reality.The research led by Lyn Ellet, a clinical psychology academic...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
16. Mai, 10:00 Uhr

When Kylie van Dam went in search of a cycle-friendly city she found the almost car-free suburb of Houten. It’s a model more cities could copy, she writesNone of what Houten stands for is radical or alternative Related: I love cycling. But I drive – because I fear for my life Continue reading...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
31. Mai, 06:30 Uhr

With no spectators, no bags of freebies and no medals, the 400km London-Wales-London ride provides a welcome antidote to overblown sportives“Cycling far?” asks a woman in the bakery as a group of us queues for coffee and sausage rolls, as well as an all-important receipt to prove we passed through Tewkesbury.Increasing numbers of cyclists are getting bored with 100-mile sportives and looking...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
07. Juni, 06:00 Uhr

From the birth of cyclotourisme to moon landings and the rise of 1990s mountain biking these mechanical marvels have played a small but crucial roleIf your bike has gears, the chances are it also has derailleurs. These mechanical marvels which move the chain when you move up or down a gear may be a small part of the bicycle, but the myriad designs reveal a lot about the history of cycling. Over...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
03. Januar, 11:31 Uhr

If you’re planning to cycle to work as part of a new year’s health kick here’s our tips to make sure you enjoy the ride rather than endure itCome the new year, it’s traditional for people to promise themselves that the next 12 months will be marked by a health kick, and this sometimes end up as a pledge to cycle to and from work.In bike-unfriendly Britain, even if your commute is short enough,...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
03. April, 06:00 Uhr

Cyclists will soon be banned from historic central spots in the Czech capital by officials citing pedestrian safety – yet 1,000 cars will notStanding astride his bike in Prague’s storied Wenceslas Square, Jakub Panek waxes lyrical about the joys of cycling to work in one of Europe’s most historic and enchanting cities.“There have been situations where I’ve had to stop and get off my bike...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
06. April, 06:15 Uhr

Two Sustrans staff members explain how offering residents of a women’s hostel the freedom of cycling is helping to improve their mental wellbeingA cycling session at Queen Mary homeless women’s hostel in London starts with some reflection in the tea room. Eleven women discuss how they’re doing this week, how the cycling went for them last week and what they’re hoping to build on in today’s...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
20. April, 10:46 Uhr

Former pro-cyclist Doug Petty has been bringing cyclists to the Balearic island for more than 50 years to ride the famous hairpin bends on its spectacular mountain roadsMallorca attracts more than 200,000 roadies a year. Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are usually credited for popularising winter riding on this Spanish Balearic island, but it’s two others who really put the island on the...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
24. April, 05:00 Uhr

The global network of 85,000 members runs on goodwill and a ‘pay it forward’ philosophy, allowing riders to navigate the lonely and sometimes testing side of cycle touring and connect with kindred spiritsImagine you’re nearing the end of another long day in the saddle, partway through your latest cycling tour. Your panniers feel heavy and your tyres sticky as you drag your bike over the final...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
11. Mai, 05:30 Uhr

From pop-up bike lanes to painted potholes, here are the imaginative ways frustrated cyclists are taking action to create a safer environmentAcross the world, transport planning and infrastructure tends to favour the car, and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians are an afterthought. In response, frustrated urban cyclists have thrown caution to the wind and written their own will into the...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
01. Juni, 06:00 Uhr

It’s not perfect, but the city has ambitious plans for cycling, and the Festival of Cycling offers a chance to celebrate progressIn theory, Edinburgh might not look like the perfect city for cycling. Apart from the weather there are the (in)famous hills, then there’s the … (add your own excuses here.) But things are changing.Currently the city council is committing 10% of its transport budget...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
05. Juni, 06:00 Uhr

Sadiq Khan should take heed of the evidence and push on with the changes needed to keep cyclists safe on London’s roadsThe decay of London’s cycling programme is starting to cost lives. In the last three and a half weeks, three cyclists have been killed at locations where schemes to make the road safe, or provide a safe alternative route, have been watered down or stopped under the mayoralty of...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
11. Juni, 06:00 Uhr

Don’t think bringing children along for the ride means you have to miss out on one of cycling’s true pleasures. You just need to do a bit of extra planningOne of the great joys of riding a bike is touring – pedalling from place to place, without a fixed timetable, ideally with camping gear and everything else you need strapped to your bike. So that poses a question: can you do it with...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
16. April, 05:00 Uhr

Patents by female inventors from the 1890s reveal the creative ways women made their body mobile through clothingMuch has been written about the bicycle’s role as a vehicle of women’s liberation. But far less is known about another critical technology women used to forge new mobile and public lives – cyclewear. I have been studying what Victorian women wore when they started cycling....

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
05. Mai, 07:00 Uhr

Billionaire bike-lover Sylvan Adams has a dream to get Israel cycling – he funded the Middle East’s first velodrome, gave car-centric Tel Aviv a cycle network, and is behind the country’s first Grand Tour. But will it work?While some wealthy benefactors to Israel choose to plant forests, build scenic promenades or put their names on hospitals, Sylvan Adams loves cycling so much he seed-funded...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
09. Juni, 07:30 Uhr

The 100-mile on- and off-road bike-packing event is undoubtedly a challenge, but there is a true sense of adventure Twenty-two miles from the end of a gruelling, beautiful and intensely varied 100 mile cross-country bike ride through Dorset, the rear derailleur on my bike clacked, pinged and, in the manner of a wounded fly, ended its journey upside down, immobile and missing several parts. I...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
02. Januar, 07:30 Uhr

Riding a bike may be easier than walking for two-thirds of disabled cyclists, but they often remain invisible to society. Many don’t realise that more than a quarter of disabled commutes in this university city are made by bikeCycle around Cambridge and you’ll see upright city bikes and hybrids, tricycles and four-wheeled cargo bikes. What may be surprising is that many of these machines are...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
01. Dezember, 07:00 Uhr

Amid the discussions about green energy and carbon capture, it should be remembered that a switch to two wheels could significantly cut emissionsPeople ride a bike for all sorts of reasons: they’re fun; they keep you fit; in congested cities they have an amazing ability to deliver you to your destination on time. But what about saving the planet?That’s a tricky one. While cyclists face...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
08. September, 15:01 Uhr

Helen Pidd took on Rapha’s Manchester-London ride for Ambitious About Autism on Sunday. Here are the (very painful) lessons she learned about long distance cycling after 17 hours and 19 minutes in the saddleI always knew riding all the way from Manchester to London in one day was going to be a struggle. It was designed that way. Simon Mottram, Rapha’s dapper founder, put on the event to raise...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
21. Dezember, 07:00 Uhr

Camera footage of road traffic offences can be uploaded onto the Welsh police website Operation Snap Head to your favoured social media platform and at some point you’ll come across footage or photos of poor and illegal behaviour on the UK’s roads. Among the inevitable comments of outrage and armchair verdicts will inevitably be a discussion about whether the police saw this footage, and if so...

32x32 Bike blog | The Guardian
10. September, 06:00 Uhr

Indonesia’s capital is one of the most congested cities in the world, with a reputation as a dangerous place to ride a bike. Harry Pearl meets the activists and young entrepreneurs taking matters into their own handsFor five hours every Sunday, the usual chaos of cars, clapped-out buses and swarms of motorcycles is absent from the heart of Jakarta. Instead, cyclists rule the roads. On Jalan...

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