The other evening, a friend and I took a bottle of wine and sat on a pavement a couple of streets away. There was singing, cello, violin, drums, poetry, rap and a couple of hundred people sitting around trestle tables, leaning out of balconies or standing. I enjoyed the audience as much as the performance. This being one of those streets with an early-Victorian terrace on one side and a council block on the other, the people were of every colour and class as well as shape and age. Some of them stood bolt upright; some threw themselves into it; some swayed in the slightly embarrassed way the English do when they want to respond to the music without doing anything as disinhibited as dancing.

Bikes are increasingly muscling aside cars on Europe’s city streets, as the coronavirus accelerates a shift toward pedal power.

Even before the pandemic, bicycles were enjoying an uptick in demand from environmentally conscious consumers, but the risk of contagion on buses and subways have increased the appeal. The emergence of e-bikes, which boost power with an electric motor, has removed some of the sweat factor, making biking a viable option for more consumers after lockdowns lifted.

Latest: June 12, 2020

Top climate scientist warns against more roads

As carbon emissions took a sudden turn for the worst this week, as lockdowns across the globe were eased, a top climate scientist has warned that building more roads “would be very detrimental &…

France bans Dutch bike TV ad for creating ‘climate of fear’ about cars | The Guardian

Daniel Boffey Wed 1 Jul 2020 10.41 BST

A TV commercial for a Dutch-made bicycle has been banned by France’s advertising watchdog for creating a “climate of fear” about cars.
Despite being aired on Dutch and German television, the Autorité de régulation professionnelle de la publicité (ARPP) said the ad for the VanMoof bike unfairly discredited the automobile industry.

Chris Boardman: I’ve sold my car to travel by bike – and you can too – Daily Telegraph

Chris Boardman talks about his new, car-free life; and finding himself in the unfamiliar territory of backing the Government’s road policies

The Covid-19 pandemic is inspiring many people to cycle to work in a bid to avoid rush hour trains and buses. But Chris Boardman, the Olympic gold medallist and British Cycling policy advisor, has gone one step further and sold his car. 

Hard to crack – the challenges of the sustainable secondary school run – LCC

By Fran Graham  3/7/20

Back in 2018, one London secondary school hit the headlines around cycling. They were demanding that kids could only cycle to their school if they had a licence plate. Not only was this tarnishing all the kids that cycled to school with the same ‘anti-social’ brush, but it sent a clear message to anyone thinking of starting to cycle to school  that cycling’s a problem, and not something to be encouraged.

West Midlands awarded £3.85M to get region cycling – Cycling Industry News

The Government is backing plans for pop-up cycle lanes, wider pavements, and several other measures, to encourage more cycling and walking across the West Midlands.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and its partner councils a £3.85 million grant to implement these fast-track measures over the next two months.

Could UK first CYCLOPS junction be “slam dunk” for cycling? |

First of new CYCLOPS junctions in Manchester is hoped to improve crossings for walking and cycling, and shorten wait times for drivers

A UK-first junction design that protects people cycling and walking, while improving journey times for those in cars, and potentially saving time and money building, could be a “game-changer” for UK cycling safety, according to those behind the scheme.

The Royce Road junction in Manchester, due to officially open on Thursday, is the UK’s first “CYCLOPS” design – similar to the traditional Dutch junction, where cyclists and pedestrians cross in parallel, only in reverse, with cyclists on the outside of the two tracks. This reduces pedestrian crossing distances, and therefore time that can be given back to drivers.

2019) Evaporating traffic? Impact of low-traffic neighbourhoods on main roads – London Living Streets

By Emma Griffin, vice-chair, London Living Streets

Low-traffic neighbourhoods can be life-changing for the residents who live in them. Since the neighbourhood improvements in Walthamstow Village in 2015, people are walking and cycling more, children play out, air pollution has improved and life expectancy increased.

But bold traffic plans such as this are often introduced amid concern and opposition. This series of blogs explores these questions and presents research that helps fill missing gaps and tackles any misunderstandings.

Here we examine concerns that low-traffic neighbourhoods may divert traffic onto main roads leading to increased congestion and air pollution.

More information on what low-traffic neighbourhoods are and how they work is available here. Find out how many low-traffic neighbourhoods there are in your area on the London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard here.

New study finds that cyclists don’t hold up motorists |

Researchers find difference in vehicle speeds with a cyclist ahead or another car in front is “negligible”

Our Near Miss of the Day series regularly features motorists overtaking cyclists in a dangerous manner simply to get ahead of them – a type of driving behaviour that now has its own acronym, MGIF (Must Get In Front) because they perceive that bike riders are holding them up. Now, a new study from the United States highlights just how pointless such passing manoeuvres are, finding that cyclists are not responsible for holding up motorists in traffic.