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Hackney cycle counter clocks its 500,000th cyclist
From an article I wrote in Cycling Weekly A cycle counter in Hackney is due to clock its 500,000th cyclist today (Thursday 9th January), just five months since its installation on August 6. Hackney Cyclists, the borough branch of the London Cycling Campaign...
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Royal Mail to phase out post bikes completely in 2014
Recently in the Guardian's Bike Blog, from me: The new year will mark the end of an era for the  Royal Mail . Its postal staff will stop using the red Pashley Mailstar, once a common sight across the UK. Since 2010 Royal Mail has removed 13,000 to 14,000 bi...
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Lakergraph live on Sky News Daybreak telly
I received a surprise text message Saturday afternoon to appear on Sky News the following morning. Upon calling the number I was offered the chance to get up at five, travel to Sky's Osterley HQ by pre-arranged car, and appear in a studio live on Sky News t...
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My comment: the quest to build road rapport
My comment from Cycling Weekly: From cyclists accused of being Lycra louts, to drivers complaining they can't overtake. Cycling events, like cycling in general on Britain's roads, seem to stir up tensions. But separating the real concerns from knee-jerk rea...
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Are electric Boris bikes a good idea?
My latest Guardian Bike Blog: Bike purists tend to turn their noses up at the humble e-bike – they say if a battery helps you pedal it’s not proper cycling, or something like that. For better or worse, however, the humble electric bike is coming to north Lo...
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Greening the Grey: Introducing Rain Gardens
  Something I wrote for the Ecologist in 2012. Still relevant as much of the country struggles with the after effects of excess surface water and heavy rains. Water management is a major issue in large urban areas  where after heavy rainfall rooftops street...
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2,500 police officers deployed across London
My latest from Cycling Weekly, some news and comment on why tackling bad behaviour on our roads is a Good Idea. This week 2,500 Metropolitan Police officers will be deployed to London streets in an 'intensive' effort, according to its Safer Transport Comman...
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London Cycling in crisis: now is the time for change
My latest comment piece in Cycling Weekly The last nine days have seen five cyclist deaths on London's roads. On Tuesday last week a man died after colliding with a tipper truck on Mile End Road. The same day a coach and cyclist collided near Holborn; the m...
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What's it like cycling on CS2?
Cycle Superhighway 2, the old stretch from Aldgate to Bow, is getting segregated lanes (I write about that  here ). Here's what I said about the existing road layout back in August for Cycling Weekly: Running 2.8 miles north-east from Whitechapel Road in Al...
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No it's just the beginning paras of my articles on third party websites that I paste into blogger. Follow the 'to read more click here' link to read the rest!
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Can bats swim?
It wasn't a question I was hoping to answer on Halloween, but, as
they say, anything can happen on a bike ride. Or say I now. London Bike Kitchen 's Halloween ride this
year was themed 'beautiful corpse'. I had found an old white petticoat in a
charity shop...
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