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Bike blog | The Guardian
05. August, 06:00 Uhr

Friday Night Ride to the Coast has been spreading the joy of night riding for almost 15 yearsIf you missed this year’s Dunwich Dynamo, or feel that it’s a little too big, chaotic or (whisper it) competitive, you might trying catching the next Friday Night Ride to the Coast.This is a carefully organised event run by “the Fridays”, a club devoted to the singular cause of safely delivering you at...

Bike blog | The Guardian
18. März, 14:18 Uhr

Labour peer Robert Winston has asked about regulating cyclists. An imagined transport minister respondsOn Monday, the scientist and Labour peer Robert Winston is to formally ask a question in the House of Lords about what assessments ministers have made “for requiring adults riding bicycles in city centres to have a licence and third-party insurance”.Below is the entirely imagined response I...

Bike blog | The Guardian
26. April, 07:00 Uhr

New superhighways and better networks are helping cycle lane usage boom across the UKCycle lanes are one of the most efficient and healthiest ways of moving people. A single bike lane can transport five times as many people as a motor traffic lane, without the air and noise pollution. This is good news for everyone, whether you drive, walk or cycle – or breathe.What’s clear from the data,...

Bike blog | The Guardian
09. Mai, 06:00 Uhr

Our public space is increasingly out of reach for all but the fit, the brave, and those in motor vehiclesAlmost 90% of cyclists experience a “close pass” – an overtake within 1.5m – at least weekly, and 70% say conditions on Britain’s roads haven’t improved in the last five years, according to a new damning survey from British Cycling.Of 15,000 respondents, 66% said they were concerned about...

Bike blog | The Guardian
16. Mai, 06:00 Uhr

Media criticism has actually kickstarted my drive to get commuters on to two wheelsOver the last few weeks, our schoolchildren have staged climate change strikes, while Extinction Rebellion locked down central London. Nearby, MPs (including myself) listened to Greta Thunberg and held debates on climate change.So, at a time when most of the country is focused on the threats to our environment,...

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

New guidance on £1,000 ‘cap’ means more expensive ebikes are available as part of schemeOver the weekend, new guidance on the Cycle to Work scheme was announced by the Department for Transport (DfT), making it clear that ebikes are eligible for it. This clarification could encourage a new demographic on to two wheels, and provide huge benefits to disabled and elderly people.The scheme is a...

Bike blog | The Guardian
17. Juni, 06:00 Uhr

Kensington and Chelsea council has blocked a flagship plan after a campaign based largely on mythsShare your photos of the best and worst cycling infrastructure in your citiesMore or less every time a city orders a report into how expanding populations can be moved around in efficient ways that also improve liveability and sustainability, the same answer comes back: active travel – that is,...

Bike blog | The Guardian
17. Juni, 06:00 Uhr

15 projects from nine countries have been selected for the second Bicycle Architecture Biennale, which launches on Monday in AmsterdamShare your photos of the best and worst cycling infrastructure in your cities Continue reading...

Bike blog | The Guardian
18. Juni, 12:41 Uhr

Some cities feature spectacular bridges, bike paths and transport hubs designed with cyclists in mind, while others remain less than cycle-friendly. We want to see your examples, both good and badSome of the best and worst of examples of cycling infrastructure in cities have hit the headlines this week. On Monday, the Bicycle Architecture Biennale – which celebrates cutting edge designs from...

Bike blog | The Guardian
24. Juni, 15:06 Uhr

Greater Manchester’s Bee Network has just £160m of the cash it needs, unlike a junction near BedfordAlmost exactly a year ago, Chris Boardman – the Olympic champion turned walking and cycling commissioner – unveiled a bold vision: Greater Manchester was to turn itself into a Dutch-style cycling paradise by building a 1,000-mile network of walking and biking routes called Beelines, after...

Bike blog | The Guardian
25. Juni, 11:15 Uhr

In 2013 the Irish capital was ranked among the world’s top 20 bike-friendly cities, but only a small part of the promised cycle network was ever builtOne sunny May afternoon in Dublin, as the Spice Girls prepared to kick off their Spice World 2019 tour at Croke Park stadium, the coaches bringing their fans unwittingly sparked another reunion – the city’s cycle activists.It had been two years...

Bike blog | The Guardian
26. Juni, 05:30 Uhr

Racial segregation meant cycling lost status in South Africa earlier and more intensely than in the rest of the western worldCycling Cities: the Johannesburg Experience is published by the Foundation for the History of Technology“The writer counted, in the space of only four minutes, 93 native cyclists riding past the Astra theatre,” wrote a journalist for the Star newspaper in July 1940....

Bike blog | The Guardian
26. Juni, 10:00 Uhr

Teams of women and girls are among numerous cycle groups increasingly to be seen on the streets of the frenetic Pakistan megacityEarly on Sunday morning in Karachi, a group of girls are riding loops around an empty stretch of road outside the colonial-era Custom House. At 6am they left the narrow alleys of the old neighbourhood of Lyari, branded a war zone by national and international media...

Bike blog | The Guardian
26. Juni, 12:00 Uhr

Some cities use images of bikes and riders, with or without helmets. Some use riderless bikes – and others just get the geometry all wrong. Can you tell what city it is from its cycle lane icon?Which city is this?LondonParisNew YorkWhich city is this?San FranciscoManchesterVancouverWhich city is this?AmsterdamSydneyEdinburghWhich city is this?StockholmMilanWashington DCWhich city is...

Bike blog | The Guardian
03. Juli, 06:00 Uhr

From congestion to cost, there are many entirely misguided arguments in circulationCycle lanes have been in the news recently, as have the many often entirely misguided arguments that opponents use against them.For all the (slight) progress in some UK cities over mass cycling, we are still at a stage where a leaflet from a local branch of the party of government (see below) will state...

Bike blog | The Guardian
08. Juli, 06:00 Uhr

Cyclists: Scourge of the Roads? isn’t just as bad as the title indicates – it’s irresponsibleOn Wednesday morning, I’ll be a little bit more wary when I cycle into work. I’m always hugely careful, anyway – the trip involves sharing space with tonne-plus lumps of speeding metal – but this time I’ll be particularly on my guard. Why? Because Channel 5 are putting me, and others, at risk.At 9.15pm...

Bike blog | The Guardian
19. Juli, 06:01 Uhr

Our conditions have forced us to temper our expectations, but my friend and I won’t let them stop us pursuing what we loveA breakaway is a cycling term that refers to an individual or a small group of cyclists who have successfully opened a gap ahead of the peloton, the main group of cyclists. On 21 July, two of us are plotting a breakaway from the disease that hangs over our daily lives by...

Bike blog | The Guardian
16. August, 06:00 Uhr

As UK rents rise and online retailers eat into their margins, shops struggle to survive In the early 1930s a young William Laker would cycle the 50-odd miles from his home in Kent to Crystal Palace in south London to visit the woman who would, half a century later, become my grandmother.There is every chance Grandpa would have popped into the small bike shop at 3&5 Central Hill in Crystal...

Bike blog | The Guardian
08. März, 07:00 Uhr

To cut greenhouse gas emissions we need to increase cyclist numbers and that means getting more women on their bikesSo much of the world around us is designed for men; from the mundane (public toilets and smartphones) to the potentially deadly (stab vests and crash test dummies). My own research, recently launched at the C40 Women4Climate conference, revealed similar trends in how we design...

Bike blog | The Guardian
12. Februar, 07:30 Uhr

As the world’s first junior cycle mayor, Lotta Crok wants to draw attention to the obstacles kids on bikes face – and inspire other children to cycleDuring Amsterdam’s chaotic rush hour, nine-year-old Lotta Crok cycles to a very busy junction. “Look,” she says. “There’s traffic coming from everywhere. Four trams from four different directions. For a child on a bike that’s really...

Bike blog | The Guardian
25. Februar, 07:00 Uhr

Sadiq Khan’s claims to have built 140km of cycling infrastructure are simply false Among the more amusing frauds of the energy company Enron was the time, in 1998, when it decided to create an entire fake trading floor at its Texas HQ – complete with TVs, computers, and shirtsleeved guys shouting down phones – to fool Wall Street analysts visiting for its annual general meeting.Now, however,...

Bike blog | The Guardian
01. Februar, 11:09 Uhr

Campaigners argue that the business case for the project was a ‘no-brainer’A scrapped “emerald necklace” cycleway up the spine of the country alongside HS2 would have delivered a return on investment of up to five times greater than the rail project itself, an FoI request has revealed – but neither the government nor HS2 Ltd will fund it.A 50-page report outlining the business case for the...

Bike blog | The Guardian
09. Juli, 06:00 Uhr

MPs must stop prioritising cars over people if we are to stand a chance of meeting climate goalsThe UK is among the worst countries in Europe for cycling participation, and the government is predicted to achieve just a third of the 800m extra cycling trips by 2025 it had aimed for. What’s more, much of the growth so far has been restricted to London.This is why Tuesday’s debate among MPs on...

Bike blog | The Guardian
25. Januar, 15:01 Uhr

The Islabikes founder’s new range of bikes for those aged 65-plus shows how different people can often have very different cycling needsOn the Bike Blog we do wang on quite a lot about the vital importance of safe infrastructure to get more people cycling, and with very good reason. But there’s another aspect also worth considering: having people on a suitable bike.Why did this occur to me?...

Bike blog | The Guardian
23. Januar, 15:32 Uhr

Activists want 5% of transport spending to go on active travel, as happens in ScotlandIt is possible a million or more people have cycled past the Houses of Parliament in the past 12 months, but you could be forgiven for thinking this has gone unnoticed by those on the other side of the black railings.On Wednesday, as the cycle superhighway through Parliament Square whisked commuters to work,...

Bike blog | The Guardian
22. Februar, 07:00 Uhr

National cycle crime strategy set to launch after survey finds 50% of victims feel police don’t take the offence seriouslyFor many people a bicycle is the only transport they can afford and the only exercise they get. These people are often among society’s most vulnerable, and the impact of the loss of their bike can be devastating. So why is cycle theft so often seen as a minor crime?According...

Bike blog | The Guardian
31. Dezember, 12:25 Uhr

I reject the suggestion that the capital’s action plan contains nothing newTwo weeks ago, the mayor of London and I spent a morning cycling with the leader of Enfield council looking at their excellent new protected cycleways and secure bike parking hub at Edmonton Green station. Together we unveiled Transport for London’s new cycling action plan, which aims to make London the world’s best big...

Bike blog | The Guardian
17. Dezember, 09:51 Uhr

With no new infrastructure or funding, questions remain on how to genuinely democratise cycling in a big cityLondon has a new official plan for cycling. It’s full of bold statements of intent and has some interesting ideas. That’s the good news. Here’s the drawback: within the 59 glossy pages I could detect no new plans for cycling infrastructure.This all might seem a bit niche, not to say...

Bike blog | The Guardian
11. Dezember, 11:00 Uhr

The bicycles are given to children in the Turkish border city of Kilis if they also maintain strong grades and promise to ride for an hour a dayStanding on the street in the centre of Kilis, a small Turkish city on the border with Syria, a constant stream of noisy motorcycles, scooters and cars zoom past. It’s certainly not the most bicycle-friendly city, but local leaders are determined to...

Bike blog | The Guardian
30. November, 07:00 Uhr

A new group supported by the Canary Wharf Group property company and lorry, coach and taxi drivers is attacking one of the city’s most popular routesEven on a wet, cold November night, London’s flagship cycle superhighway along the Embankment is thronged. Across the whole 24 hours, it is used by 10,329 cyclists, an average of seven a minute. But at this time of day, it is one every three...

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