28 November 2008
The appeal against the Metropolitan Police by a Critical Mass particpant has
been won in a major judgement made at the House of Lords today. If you want
to read the full proceedings then type something like House of Lords
Judgement 26th November 2008 into Google and you will have joyful reading!
ICAG and LCC have always supported Critcal Mass so this is an important
legal decision. Thanks and congratulations are due to the appellent and to
the appellent's legal team, one of whom some of you will know and have seen
on a recent Feeder Ride near here. One might legitimately question the huge
amount of our money spent by the Met' Police on persuing and finally losing
this ridiculous case against cyclists.
See Guardian article at:
04 November 2008
The 45-year old words of Martin Luther King come to mind:
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
"...when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
26 October 2008
Items which move while cyclists are pedalling are excellent to attract attention - for instance hi-viz leg bands with velcro tabs that keep your trousers from getting stuck in the chain
Hi-viz vests offer 360 degree visibility - I use the make in the following link - have washed it several times and it still works well after three years.
The best safety measure is to mount front and rear lights. There is wide choice between self-generating dynamos, LED blinking attention grabbers and so-called ABS systems for 'Blair Witch' lighting on off-road paths. See the following link for more details:
My favs are dynamo-driven front and rear lights - good for commuting and night riding on well-lit urban roads, and the Niterider ABS system for jaunts on dark tow paths. The advanced systems are more expensive but the batteries can be recharged hundreds of times and these are the only lighting systems that provide safe see-and-be-seen lighting where there are no streetlights (or a new moon). See the following link:
12 October 2008
The Snell Memorial Foundation has the world's most stringent testing standards - there are a few helmets in the UK which meet these standards - see
11 October 2008
05 October 2008
Antony Smith, 37 - killed on 21 April 2008 as he was cycling to work. May he rest in peace! A memorial bike at the site of the fatal accident - Middleton Rd. just east of the A10 (Kingsland Rd), Hackney, London. There have been two fatalities so far this year on this stretch of busy road in Hackney.
27 September 2008
Let's hope this doesn't become like the NY Mass!
Here is a link to my live broadcast video from the Holborn segment:
19 September 2008
Fact sheet on road accidents - bicycles and lorries
Tips to avoid injury or worse...
Just two days after this event, another cyclist was killed in London by a lorry
29 June 2008
23 June 2008
16 June 2008
05 June 2008
The 19th century inventions in this frame - the train line overhead and the parked bicycles - already point to the way forward to less reliance on petroleum products.
03 June 2008
01 June 2008
27 May 2008
London's Olympic Development Agency has put up a long blue wooden fence around its construction site in East London. The section along the Lea Valley Navigation (canal and towpath) has just been decorated with logos and contributions from local schools. You can see the reflection of Hackney's Gainsborough Primary School in the frame.