On how to report bad driving online: Greater Manchester Police’s Operation Considerate reporting capability

Looking back through old posts on this blog, I came across one entitled “On how we can’t rely on Greater Manchester Police to keep us safe” written at the end of 2015. Following a Twitter Q&A with Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, I was livid with his response which suggested that the police didn't take road … Continue reading On how to report bad driving online: Greater Manchester Police’s Operation Considerate reporting capability

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On the Tour de Manc: Greater Manchester’s pre-eminent cyclosportive

What is it? The Tour de Manc is a challenging cyclosportive born and bred in Greater Manchester, taking in some of the region's most stunning (and fearsome) terrain with a host of local touches and a wonderfully friendly, home-grown vibe. Launched in 2016 by organisers Danny Franks and Tony Rubins (boosted latterly by the talents … Continue reading On the Tour de Manc: Greater Manchester’s pre-eminent cyclosportive

On why running a red light isn’t always as daft as it seems

Disclaimer: This article is NOT advocating breaking the law, nor is it an exhortation to take unnecessary risks to oneself or others when cycling. Any comments suggesting such will be disregarded. Please read and try to understand the argument before commenting. Thanks. Preliminary remarks As we've discussed elsewhere in this blog, there is among certain … Continue reading On why running a red light isn’t always as daft as it seems

On when Boardman’s team met… Salford Council (and Salford Council met Chris Boardman)

Opening remarks The third in this occasional series on the network planning meetings being held by Chris Boardman's team with Greater Manchester's borough councils. After Bury’s mild bemusement and Rochdale’s cautious realism, the tone of the Salford meeting (held on 28 March) was more upbeat and lively, with the takeaway message of the day for … Continue reading On when Boardman’s team met… Salford Council (and Salford Council met Chris Boardman)

On when Boardman’s team met… Rochdale Council

Opening remarks This is the second in an occasional series chronicling the meetings being held by Chris Boardman's team and the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester as a preliminary stage in the process of planning a comprehensive walking and cycling network across the region. The first post, mainly about the Bury meeting but with a … Continue reading On when Boardman’s team met… Rochdale Council

On when Boardman’s team met Bury Council

Background In early February I received an intriguing e-mail from the officer responsible for cycling at Bury Council. Headed “GM Walking and cycling network planning - Bury inception meeting”, the message read: “Might you be available for a meeting at 10 on the 27th? It’s not a Forum or open meeting but we want one … Continue reading On when Boardman’s team met Bury Council

On a mid-winter forest holiday by National Cycle Network route 7

In the week before Christmas, my wonderful other half had the utterly inspired idea to get away from all the pre-festive nonsense and booked us into a luxurious Scottish log cabin on the banks of Loch Lubnaig, between Callander and Strathyre, in the Trossachs National Park. Although this necessitated getting everything ready for Christmas a … Continue reading On a mid-winter forest holiday by National Cycle Network route 7