Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycle helmet laws, bicycle helmets, bicycling, Chris Boardman, cycling, helmet, London, mandatory helmet laws, UK, urban cycling
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.”
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We could use some straight talk like this in the US.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bike lanes, biking, Boris, cycling, cycling fatalities, cycling superhighways, London, lorries, superhighways, urban cycling
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.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycle, bike racing, cross country, Georgia Gould, London, mountain bike, mountain biking, Olympics, XC
… 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.
“‘Oh, you’ve got (breasts)’” is among best ever newspaper quotations, lovin’ those parentheses.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: courier, Henry Warwick, London, messenger