On making the case for bikes in an era of @Briggscampaign and potential dangerous cycling laws

Introduction Ever since my non-appearance on TV last weekend I've been wondering how well I would have coped under that much pressure - the actual interviewee Laura Laker performed valiantly considering she was under fire from three sides (widower Matt Briggs and the two presenters feigning their best controlled tabloid outrage - the interview can … Continue reading On making the case for bikes in an era of @Briggscampaign and potential dangerous cycling laws

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On whether an offence of “causing death by careless or dangerous cycling” would make the slightest difference

Yesterday, Saturday 11 August, I received a call out of the blue from a BBC journalist asking me whether, in my capacity as a cycle campaigner, I'd be willing to appear on breakfast TV to discuss a cycling-related news story that they were considering running today (Sunday 12 August). Satisfying myself that the story was … Continue reading On whether an offence of “causing death by careless or dangerous cycling” would make the slightest difference

On Beelines: Greater Manchester’s bold vision for walking and cycling

Introduction Regular readers of this blog will be aware that things have been afoot (and a-bike-wheel) for a while here in Greater Manchester. To recap briefly: May 2017: Andy Burnham elected Mayor of Greater Manchester July 2017: Burnham appoints Chris Boardman as the first Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Commissioner September 2017: Boardman takes up … Continue reading On Beelines: Greater Manchester’s bold vision for walking and cycling

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

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