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Bidon Blinker: Water bottle strobe hack for 360-degree lighting

It won’t be long until dark evening commutes are little more than a distant memory, but in the meantime we’ve been getting creative with our bike lights. We borrowed a strobe light from one of our recovery lorries, and crammed it into an old Sigg Pulsar water bottle. Pulsar by name, pulsar by nature: Our bidon blinker sends powerful pulses…

Is the UK about to green-light 500w e-bikes?

Electric bicycles powered by 500w motors may soon be legal on UK streets. The Department for Transport today launched a consultation on doubling the e-bike motors from 250w to 500w – as well as permitting them to be controlled by a throttle. Currently, the rider must pedal for the electric motor to start working. The plans do not propose increasing…

UK police roll out enforcement cameras to tackle mobile phone driving

The more you cycle, the more you notice how many motorists are using mobile phones illegally; The threat of six points and a fine appears to be no deterrent. In response, 10 UK police forces are trialling new mobile cameras that automatically detect drivers using mobile phones at the wheel. The police forces taking part in the trial are: Durham,…

Why are some people so triggered by cycling?

Why are so many people triggered by cycling? After all, it’s almost entirely benign. The angry men of Twitter aside, many people view cycling as a good thing, but at the same time remain reluctant to get on their bikes. Reasons given range from the lack of good cycling infrastructure to hills, rain and the cold. But what about emotional…

50 years of illegal pavement parking in London

For the last 50 years, pavement parking in London has been banned. And throughout that half century, many drivers in London have parked illegally on pavements. Since 1974, rule 244 of the Highway Code has stated that drivers MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London. While it’s true there are streets in London where signs permit…