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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?

Why the Netherlands is important for British cyclists

Jim Davis invited me to make a guest post before the CEoGB Study Tour in September.

Britain and the Netherlands are very similar in many ways.

The two countries are adjacent to each other. If not for the North Sea, a storm in which devastated areas of both countries in 1953, they would share a border.


Why Blackfriars Bridge is more than just a London issue.

Proposals to re-design the northern junction of Blackfriars Bridge have generated a striking campaign to ensure that cyclists are kept safe; galvanising cycle campaigners and everyday and ordinary people on bikes alike. Whilst the ‘Battle for Blackfriars’ rages on, it is becoming clear that the policies which seek to endanger cyclists are not just a London issue.

Cycling over Blackfriars bridge with transport minister Norman Baker

Carlton Reid discusses the Blackfriars problem with Norman Baker, and hears comments from Ashok Sinha, CEO of the London Cycling Campaign, as well as Jim Davis, the Chair of the CEoGB:

Many thanks to Carlton for recording this for!


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