Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


London road casualties by user type

Chris Boardman on Helmets

British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman says it’s time for the cycling community to put the debate about mandatory cycle helmets to bed and get across the message that helmet use is one of the least important cycling safety measures.

Even talking about making helmets mandatory “massively puts people off” cycling, Boardman said, and likened the culture of helmet use among keen cyclists to people wearing body armour because they have got used to being shot at.

Talking to road.cc at the London Bike Show, Boardman said, “I think the helmet issue is a massive red herring. It’s not even in the top 10 of things you need to do to keep cycling safe or more widely, save the most lives.”

via Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe" | road.cc.

More Boardman goodness:

http://road.cc/content/news/100104-chris-boardman-says-mps-should-be-embarrassed”-don’t-even-know-most-basic-facts”

We could use some straight talk like this in the US.



Proposed Cycle Routes for Central London
December 21, 2013, 13:05
Filed under: maps | Tags: , , , ,

PDF: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/roadusers/central-london-grid-map.pdf

london routes proposed



Cycling ‘superhighways’ backlash

London’s ‘cycling superhighways’ turned out to be nothing but paint in most cases. Some paint on the street might be nice for bikes, but don’t call it a superhighway.

Statistics show that the behavior of London\’s cyclists is rarely to blame for serious accidents. Many say the real problem is the high number of construction vehicles and hauling trucks on London\’s roads.

via London's cycling 'superhighways' prove to be super dangerous | Public Radio International.



Georgia Gould is noticing things

… says that UCI winnings for cyclocross races were ten times more for elite men than they were for elite women.

“This looks like a pretty strong case of discrimination,” Gould said. “I understand men’s fields are deeper. There are more guys racing. OK, you don’t make it equal 20 places deep. But the top few people? You don’t get a discount like, ‘Oh, you’ve got (breasts). You pay less for your plane ticket.’ Or when I buy my license from the UCI, they’re not, like, ‘Oh, you’re a woman. You pay 10 percent of what the men pay.’ I train just as hard. You don’t go the same distance.

via Mountain biker Georgia Gould fought for equal pay for women | All Things Colorado Sports — The Denver Post.

“‘Oh, you’ve got (breasts)’” is among best ever newspaper quotations, lovin’ those parentheses.



R.I.P. Henry Warwick
February 8, 2012, 10:55
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

53-year-old veteran courier killed by bus in London.




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