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Cycling / World Naked Bike Ride in Bristol
« on: June 15, 2013, 10:39:28 PM »
Bristol World Naked Bike Ride 2013

Flickr Gallery:

Cycling / Chainless hubless BMX
« on: May 20, 2013, 11:25:31 AM »

General Discussion / Documentary about the creation of the NHS
« on: May 15, 2013, 09:54:20 PM »
The NHS: A Difficult Beginning

Cycling / Why women don't cycle
« on: May 15, 2013, 02:41:06 PM »
From the Sustrans blog:

Yesterday you may have seen the conversation around a page on our website, which extracted material from a publication we produced as part of a Sustrans campaign back in 2009, to overcome some of the barriers our research uncovered as stopping women getting on their bikes.

Our research at the time showed that:

    only 4% of women were cycling more than once a week
    nearly 8 in 10 women never cycled, but
    43% of women had access to a bike

The wider background to this is that only 2% of journeys in the UK are by bike (compared with 27% in the Netherlands), and only a quarter of these are by women (compared to 55% of bike journeys in the Netherlands).

As a result we launched a Motion for Women petition because our survey revealed that:

    not feeling safe was the biggest concern women had about cycling (20%)
    other big concerns were age (17%) and lack of fitness (8%) followed by a range of other issues around appearance

We also asked women what they believed would enable many more women to cycle.

    67% of women said cycle lanes separated from traffic was the number one thing that will get more women cycling over other options which included:
    33% wanted clearly defined cycle lanes shared with buses
    21% wanted enforced 20 mph speed limits or less
    16% wanted bike training to be available where they live

We therefore launched a petition calling for the creation of a safer environment for cycling – the wording is below:

"We, the undersigned, want to be able to choose to cycle much more. To do this we need to feel safe when we cycle.

"We demand that governments prioritise the creation of environments that encourage and support cycling, specifically this must include cycle paths separated from traffic, as a way of enabling many more women to travel by bike.”

Over 9,000 signatures were handed to the then Secretary of State for Transport in a meeting at the House of Commons.

Of course safety is the number one concern, but when we work in schools with children, we see a massive drop off in girls cycling as they move onto secondary school.  One of their key concerns is how they look, and how boys will perceive them if they arrive at school sweaty and dishevelled.  Any of you who remember being a tweenie will remember the agony of self-consciousness that girls experience at this crucial time.  My own daughter worries about exactly these things – she’s eleven, cycles to school, but is moving to ‘big school’ in September and is painfully aware of how boys see her.

That’s why we began working on beauty and the bike, initially with the Body Shop, latterly with Lush, integrating looking good on a bike with all the health benefits, seeking to give girls the confidence to cycle to school in the face of a culture that doesn’t inspire this kind of independence.  If we don’t tackle the barriers we are presented with, we will never achieve the very high levels of cycling by girls and women we see in the Netherlands.

When we ran the Bike Belles campaign I vividly remember receiving an e-mail from a man who told me that we were being misogynistic by focusing on things as superficial and peripheral as looking good on a bike.  His view was that all women needed was a bike and the right attitude.  I don’t think he’s right – the evidence is that this is a more complex picture.

We need women to help us solve it, and we need to address all the barriers, however frivolous they may seem. To the women and girls, like my daughter, to whom perception by others is a genuine anxiety helping her overcome this rather than telling her it doesn’t matter is far more likely to change her heart and therefore her mind.

Today we’re leading a conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #womencycling, so if you have an account make sure you take part.

General Discussion / Bill Oddie's BankWatch
« on: May 14, 2013, 08:44:54 PM »
Bill Oddie's BankWatch

General Discussion / This is water - A short film about perception
« on: May 14, 2013, 12:32:21 PM »

General Discussion / A Facebook update in real life
« on: May 14, 2013, 12:13:16 PM »
A Facebook Update In Real Life

Cycling / Crazy Downhill bikers
« on: May 05, 2013, 09:38:24 PM »
Crazy downhill bikers

From the Daily Mail:
In 2011, 594 cyclists were injured after hitting or trying to swerve a car door, up from 468 in 2009
Transport minister Stephen Hammond says drivers must take more care before getting out into the road
Number of people cycling to work is up 17% in a decade

Cycling / Fast Lane/Fat Lane
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:44:40 PM »
Fast Lane/Fat Lane

Cycling / Lance Armstrong
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:41:36 PM »
An alternative viewpoint.

Cycling / The Big Pedal: Getting kids cycling to school
« on: February 25, 2013, 04:29:23 PM »
Getting kids cycling to school - is your school doing it? The Big Pedal starts this week - another great cycling article from Mike in The Posts "Weekend" magazine:

Cycling / Critical Mass: Two's Company Fri 29th March
« on: February 25, 2013, 04:22:54 PM »
Join us for a free fun ride around central Bristol as we celebrate cycling and our right to use the roads safely. Route is decided by those present on the day.

The theme for March is Two's Company.

As a tribute to Ross and Clare Simons and just because its fun, you are encouraged to bring a friend along to Critical Mass and either:
Come on a tandem
Dress up as a well known duo, eg Mario and Luigi.

The best kind of friend you can bring is someone who's never done Critical Mass. If all of the 40 or so people who came in February come to this and bring a friend we'll be nearing 100! Imagine how great that would be!

Top tips for a safe mass:

1. Stay together, stay safe
If the mass thins out some car drivers will try to overtake when its not safe to, so its best to stay as a dense group.

2. Traffic lights
As a group Critical Mass obeys traffic lights, but if the light turns red while the mass is passing through it KEEP GOING. As long as the group stays together people will see what's happening and its perfectly safe. Otherwise you get a split mass and chaos ensues.

Critical Mass Group:

Cycling / Biking Bristol
« on: February 25, 2013, 04:20:23 PM »
Biking Bristol is a new special report into cycling within the city of Bristol. With the number of people cycling rising fast, Biking Bristol intends to provide a platform in which cyclists can get the information they need.

Cycling / February Critical Mass video
« on: February 25, 2013, 04:17:12 PM »
Bristol CM 22/02/2013

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