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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
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
16. August, 06:30 Uhr

Peter Kimpton finds a bike that’s perfect for riding on the beach and explores the Glamorgan coast near PorthcawlSmooth tarmac to rough, potholed roads, gravel tracks to mountain paths, cyclists encounter good and bad surfaces, but rarely do we ride on sand. Most bikes would get stuck and seize up in seconds. Beaches may be free of traffic, but they are the last place you think of for a bike...

Bike blog | The Guardian
13. September, 15:55 Uhr

Council’s successful legal challenge to Cycle Superhighway 11 follows scrapping of pedestrianisation of Oxford StreetA legal challenge by Westminster city council to block a major cycle route in London has succeeded on a procedural point, in a move that could send Transport for London back to the drawing board and set safety improvements to one of London’s most dangerous junctions back by...

Bike blog | The Guardian
14. September, 06:00 Uhr

Tackling a tough, three-day course around Stavanger, Peter Kimpton battles the elements to discover a stunning landscape that involves as much water as land Garlanded with wispy clouds, jagged mountains rise sharply above glassy lakes, reflected to sky with such perfection you are almost dizzy with how upside down it all appears. Or is that a mirage – from exhaustion? From the moment 250...

Bike blog | The Guardian
19. Oktober, 06:00 Uhr

Close passing and dooring are serious concerns but there is more to be done to make our streets safer and cleaner, from funding boosts to road planningThe announcement of a Highway Code review for walking and cycling is a forward step for active travel and road safety. It may not be the millions of pounds of investment needed, but it’s a start.The Department for Transport (DfT) review will...

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

As a new road cycling pantheon is launched, we ask who should be honoured for their efforts to promote cycling for all. Add your suggestions in the comments and we’ll select some of the best in a future postThe world of mountain biking has had a hall of fame since 1988. Road cycling has a few of them, including a UK-centric one from British Cycling – and now a new international one from Rouleur...

Bike blog | The Guardian
21. November, 06:30 Uhr

From speeding and light jumping to parking in bike lanes and passing too close, driver behaviour is one of the main deterrents to widespread cyclingWhat prevents significantly more people in the UK from riding bikes for everyday transport? The primary answer is simple: a lack of safe infrastructure.If cyclists are expected to share the roads with a tonne or so of speeding metal then, global...

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...

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
27. Juli, 06:00 Uhr

When the free-market case for bike infrastructure is so clear, why won’t Conservative candidates embrace it?Among his many claims to political prominence, both good and bad, Boris Johnson was notable as a Conservative who built a lot of bike lanes fairly quickly (at least in the end). Similarly, much of New York City’s bike renaissance was launched by Michael Bloomberg, the three-term mayor...

Bike blog | The Guardian
21. September, 11:24 Uhr

The mayor of London is proud of his work boosting cycling in the capital, but his critics say too little is being doneOn a blustery September day two years into his mayoralty of London, Sadiq Khan appears atop a Santander cycle to open a stretch of kerb-protected bike lane – the 2.5km extension of cycle superhighway 6, from Farringdon to Kings Cross. It may be the first time he’s appeared...

Bike blog | The Guardian
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...

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
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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