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Blog Roundup - tour du danger special

We make no apologies for the London-centric nature of this roundup this week, with the big story being the Tour du Danger, the flash ride through London’s ten most dangerous junctions organised by Cyclists in the City and the Embassy’s own Mark Ames of ibikelondon.

Blog Roundup (3)

This was a week that started with Halloween and ended with bonfire night, and not just another London cyclists fighting for her life but a further reminder (in the shape of the horriffic M5 crash) that our car-dependent infrastructure harms us all, not just cyclists. Our thoughts go out to everyone caught up in that carnage and the emergency services who had to deal with it.

A Cycling Campaign is Born

A mere German person, simply used to cycling as a means of getting-out-and-about and good cycling provision, I was in severe shock when I first saw Newcastle’s crazy cycle network. If it was a spider’s web, it would not hold together. But didn’t somebody say riding a bicycle is easy?


Photo: Typical bicycle in Germany. Old. Functional.

Blog Roundup (2)

Blimey, no sooner do we put up our first blog round up than it seems like the UK bike blog world went into overdrive with masses of posts from regular and irregular posters alike.

The View from the Tank - a non-cycling mum writes

Ahem. May I besmirch the pages of this blog? Just for a minute? I know, I know, I shouldn’t really be here, I don’t have the credentials, because the fact is (pauses, and lowers voice) I don’t ride a bike that often.

Blog Roundup

It’s been a mixed week for cyclists, but let’s start with the good news shall we? Or at least the reasons-to-be-optimistic story, which was the widely disseminated post and video by Mark Wagenbuur, How the Dutch got their cycling infratructure over on A View from the Cycle Path

Bicycles, Baskets and Baby Seats - change is in the air or how to be a cycling ambassador

[img_assist|nid=2135|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=240|height=192]I can’t quite remember how this all started, but at some point, a little over two years ago, I was filled with the urge to start writing a bicycle blog. Obviously I’m not alone, the internet is filled with people all over the world writing about their experiences of riding a bike. No, that’s not the odd thing, it was why then, after years of reading other people’s blogs did I feel that I had a story to tell? Looking back I think I sensed a change in the air.


The roadster dates back almost as far as the safety bicycle itself. To many, myself included, the archetypal roadster is the Raleigh Tourist or DL-1, which will be celebrating its 100th birthday in 2013. Others will see a roadster and think of it as a Dutch or Dutch-style bike, despite their design being much the same as (and originally based on) that of the English Roadster.

A Cycling Heaven with a touch of car

I am from Germany. I grew up in a place called Braunschweig. It’s the second largest town in Lower Saxony. Employment and economic opportunity is dominated by the car giant Volkswagen which is largely ‘running’ the North of Germany, and ‘driving’ the North German economy. A good proportion of my family and friends works for this automobile corporation or its supply chain.

You cannot imagine Braunschweig without Volkwagen. Our politicians - always dead set on job creation (but never on diversity in the job market) - certainly can’t.

It's no picnic - oh no wait, hang on, it IS a picnic

Calling all cyclists – in fact no, not ‘cyclists’ – calling all everyone: do you want to see decent cycle paths in your neighbourhood and town? Do you want to be able to ride your bike without having to battle with traffic? Do you want not to have to plunge around a three-lane roundabout on your bike (or walk slowly around the outside to avoid it)? Do you want to see your kids cycle to school?


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