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Winter cycling – then and now

If you’re a hardy soul who cycles year round, undaunted by cold weather, doff your cap to the pioneer adventure cyclists of the 1890s who took to the snowy wilds of northern Canada without the benefit of modern clothing and 80 years before the advent of mountain bikes. The Last Great Gold Rush in the late 1890s drew 100,000 prospectors…

Streets no longer seen as safe for children to play

“We need to look at why we’ve created a society where it’s not seen as safe for children to play in their own streets because of motor vehicles, it’s not seen as safe to ride a bike – normal, enjoyable activity – because of the risk of motor vehicles injuring people, so we need to change that lens and look…

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…

Road death victims are treated as second-class citizens

“Not only are they second class because they have fewer rights than offenders, but just compared to other victims of crime, our government doesn’t define homicide as including criminal road death…so the driver of a speed boat can be prosecuted for homicide manslaughter, but a drunk speeding driver caught trying to evade police, well that’s just causing death by dangerous…