News Archives - Cycling

L-Bow light highlights the close pass

The L-Bow bicycle rear light sticks out sideways to encourage drivers to overtake safely. Well, that’s the theory. Law-abiding drivers are required to leave at least 1.5m when overtaking, but most cyclists will know this is rarely the case. The ‘L-bow’ rear bike light was born out of witnessing a very dangerous cycling near miss due to a car getting…

Why do drivers close pass cyclists?

Nobody knows for certain why some drivers insist on overtaking cyclists too close. However, it’s not because they’ve failed to spot the person on the bicycle. If this sounds counter-intuitive, take note of Dr Ian Walker, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Bath University – his research focuses particularly on the safety of vulnerable road users and their interactions with motorists, considering such issues as…

Kevin Watkins speaks on road danger

Stop Killing our Children examines how road danger damages us all, whatever our age and however we travel, and questions our collective blindness to both its cause and remedy.The 40-minute, crowdfunded film is narrated by the BBC’s John Simpson and features interviews with Chris Boardman, Dr Rachel Aldred, Dr Ian Walker, George Monbiot and the founders of the Stop de…

The cargo bike is a pedal-powered SUV – only far cooler

When it comes to moving people around a city, cars are distinctly sub-optimal. Quite apart from damage to the environment and road danger, it’s a matter of physics; most cities simply don’t have the space to accommodate a single car per inhabitant – not to mention those used by visitors. By contrast, every city can comfortably store a bicycle for…

Quickguard: Rattle-free bicycle mudguards that can be removed in seconds

Are bicycle mudguards a relic of bygone days? In Britain it can certainly feel that way. Sure they add a little weight, and spoil the lines of a sleek road bike, but given how often it rains here, it’s odd that so few bikes sold in Britain come without them fitted as standard…especially given how the penalty for cycling without them at this time…