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The stress and the joy of cycling to London

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Here we are in the narrow cycle lane on A308 just near Putney on our way into central London. Get us to LondonTown quick!

This past weekend, we set out to join the RideLondon FreeCycle event taking place in central London on Saturday.

We loaded up the Thule bicycle trailer with our four bicycles and drove off to Putney, a place recommended by a friend as a reasonable distance from the centre to get free parking and have a ride in. It was about 6 miles – a reasonable effort and a good warm-up for the 8 mile loop ahead.

Thankfully our family is used to cycling amongst people driving cars – but it wasn’t long until both Tolii and Tosha started asking when we would reach the part without traffic. » Continue reading The stress and the joy of cycling to London »

Motorists’ Champion to look out for cyclists and walkers?

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I am cross.

I’ve moved my bicycle campaigning articles to a dedicated website. To find this article, please go here: Pedaller.org.uk (I am cross.)

Royal Mail refuses to deliver bicycle statistics

Royal Mail has just replied to me regarding crash statistics for its vehicles.

A bit of background: I asked my MP to follow-up with Royal Mail after he obtained crash statistics from their CEO in February 2012. The statistics were used in part to justify Royal Mail’s reduction in the use of bicycles (see article on that HERE).

Last year, CEO Moya Greene stated in a couple letters from January and February 2012 that:

“We have seen an increase in accidents (sic) linked to the use of cycles on busy road networks and in a number of cases these accidents (sic) result in major injury to our staff.”

She said in business year 2010/2011 that there had been:

  • 576 bike related incidents which accounted for…
  • 2,748 lost working days.
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Click to read the full FOI reply by Royal Mail to the questions.

(for why I put ‘sic’ after ‘accidents’ see THIS)

UPDATE 20 December 2013: Spotted in The Guardian – “Royal Mail to phase out post bikes completely in 2014

LOTS AND LOTS OF LETTERS

I asked Royal Mail, through my MP, in mid-April to provide:  » Continue reading Royal Mail refuses to deliver bicycle statistics »