On why “be safe, be seen” is nonsense

A commonly spouted mantra on how to make cycling on the UK’s roads safer is “be safe, be seen”. The idea being that if you make yourself visible to motorists, they won’t run you over. Sounds straightforward enough, doesn’t it? Sadly, it’s completely fallacious, and observations from this morning’s commute provide a good example of […]

On the recent vigil and ghost bike installation for Harry Sievey

On the evening of 12 February 2017 Harry Sievey died whilst riding his bike on Mauldeth St. West in Withington, Manchester. He was 24. The incident received quite a lot of coverage due to his being the son of Chris Sievey, the man behind Frank Sidebottom. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/harry-sievey-dies-frank-sidebottom-12599905 A week and a day after Harry’s death, […]

On yet more disconnected traffic news

Following my recent post on the failure of a multitude of news outlets to join the dots between various “good” and “bad” news stories about cars (https://bangingonaboutbikes.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/on-a-new-year-and-the-same-old-disconnected-thinking-about-cars/), it will come as little surprise that nothing has changed only a couple of days later.  Today’s big news story is about potholes, specifically the huge sums required […]

2015: my year in the saddle

2015 was deliberately a year of cycling. In 2014 I was less focused on bikes and ended up missing a lot of key events. My aim this year was to rectify that and get as much out of cycling as possible. And I think I achieved that. Here are a few highlights. January: The cycling […]