England swings like a pendulum do!
There's another fuel price protest and
in the London
One of the favourite whines on
is "waah, I live in a village, I need my car".
While that's true for some people,
most villagers could switch to bicycles for
many journeys without problems.
At the moment, the biggest problem with
cycling to town is
the number of cars on the small lanes,
followed by the number of potholes.
Switching to cycling or walking will have
a triple benefit: fewer cars on the road will
free up space for cycling, wear the roads out less
and reduce fuel demand (so petrol should
become cheaper for those who really need it).
Over the last few days, I've been happy to
Bike The Drive 2008 [Dirk Eddelbuettel],
Mountainbike, By Joerg Jaspert
How to Start Bicycling to Work, by John Goerzen.
A couple of tweaks to
that last one:
in England, I don't think that a cycling
helmet is necessary. I've not worn one for
the last few months
(it went mouldy after a rain storm)
- I find I can hear traffic better and many
drivers seem to give me more room on the road.
I wonder if helmet-wearing "dehumanises" cyclists to drivers?
The safety data seems rather confused,
but it's a personal choice. If you feel
safer with a helmet, wear one. I also wear
ordinary business or casual clothes, relying
on a good quality commuter saddle rather
than cycling shorts. I suspect that
drivers here are developing a sort of
blindness to the "screaming yellow" hi-vis
jackets, so I don't wear those - but sometimes
I wear hi-vis reflective armbands if I'm
wearing black in the dark.
I agree completely with the comments on that
page about being predictable,
lights and pannier bags.
Bike Week 2008
starts on 14 June, which would be an ideal
time to try a group ride - or just get a
free breakfast for cycling into town.
Wheelism: How To Commute By Bicycle
Drake.org.uk: The Pushbike Song
- it's a veritable wave!