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)

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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

On when your cycling post goes viral… and what comes out of the woodwork when it does

On Thursday 18 January 2018, a fairly standard January morning - a little grey and drab but generally reasonable cycling conditions for the time of year - I cycled the five miles or so to work.   About a mile into my ride, I noticed a teenage lad cycling ahead of me who, despite doing … Continue reading On when your cycling post goes viral… and what comes out of the woodwork when it does

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 … Continue reading On why “be safe, be seen” is nonsense

On riding a Mobike

Mobike is a Chinese company that offers bike-sharing schemes in 99 cities in Asia. Manchester has been chosen as its 100th and first non-Asian city - a pilot scheme was launched on 29 June 2017. The Guardian said this about it: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/29/chinese-bike-share-scheme-mobike-launches-in-rainy-manchester So today I went on my first Mobike experience, which I found overwhelmingly positive. … Continue reading On riding a Mobike

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, … Continue reading On the recent vigil and ghost bike installation for Harry Sievey