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School threatens to impound bicycles used by pupils without helmets

We have a new entry to our Cycling Hall of Shame. Only a matter of few weeks since we reported on a school in London that required its pupils to secure written permission from the head teacher before they cycle to school, comes news the news from one particular school in Banstead that they require kids to display a number…

The Cycling Cartoonist

If you’re in the market for a stocking filler, how about this book for starters? The Cycling Cartoonist is a celebration of cycling from renowned cartoonist and multiple-bike owner Dave Walker. 100 full-page cartoons give an affectionate take on cycling in all its different forms – celebrating the simple pleasure of getting from A to B on two wheels. Win a…

Print your city: Let’s bring back the public bench

As online shopping slowly erodes independent shops, our towns and cities are becoming increasingly homogenised. Furthermore, the important community spaces that existed not only to shop, but to meet, to use a public loo or to simply sit on a bench and watch the world go by are becoming ever more desolate as trees, public conveniences and benches are removed.…

A brand new Method of cleaning your bicycle this winter

There’s no shortage of bicycle cleaners on sale at this time of year…in fact, we ourselves gave a bottle away last week. However, we think we’ve stumbled upon a cheap, quick, efficient and non-toxic alternative that costs £2-£3 per bottle. Method multi—purpose cleaner is aimed at kitchen use but it does a marvellous job of blasting through road grime and…

Going The Extra Mile to avoid motorway service stations

The Extra Mile is a new guide book that steers motorists away from grim motorway services and into tasty local alternatives. It offers a hand-picked and dependable list of brilliant and independent outlets with good-quality local food (often direct from makers and growers), space for children and pets to let off steam, fascinating attractions and knock-out views. Farm shops, cosy…