Cycling in the time of Corona

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  • Piece on active travel schemes here:

    Disappointing that the presenter on BBC London news this evening said "do cycling schemes divide communities - look at our Facebook page and decide what side you're on" since a) the schemes aren't just about cycling and b) as the report itself highlights the concerns are more often not based on facts and evidence - so it's not a question where both "sides" have equally valid points.

  • Watching the TDF and seeing things like this makes me think "COVID what?"

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  • Here are some more figures on how riders have been affected by lockdown/phased return to work/lower levels of motor traffic and public transport patronage. Most of the additional risk was in zones three and five:

    TfL recorded 38 road deaths in the capital between March 20 and August 29 — 18 motorbike or scooter riders, 14 pedestrians, three cyclists and three car drivers or passengers.

    Suburban areas were most dangerous for cyclists, with an increased number of injuries in zones three and five, possibly as many turned to two wheels in response to advice to avoid public transport.

    The worst effects seem to have been on motorcycle riders, especially scooter riders.­t/lockdown-speeding-doubled-risk-cyclist­s-and-pedestrians-london-a4543506.html

  • I cycle, drive and ride Motorbikes. Whilst the most noise over CS7 etc has come from car drivers Motorbikes are actually affected most by cycle lanes.
    As Cycle lanes are made wider and more physical( wing mirrors impacting the new plastic bollards) cars are moving more to the centerline taking Bikers filtering room. Some of the new Kerbs, bollards etc. are poorly designed for motorbike safety, sharp edges angles and low grip surfaces.

    We aren't going to have Bus/Train commuters suddenly passing Motorbike tests but they may try to cycle so you can see the logic.

    I argue for a new type of motorbike licence for electric Scooters (by this I mean ones styled like petrol scooters not like toy scooters) capable of speeds up to 30mph. This could be simply a CBT that doesn't expire. This would help commuters who can't cycle or live that bit too far out. They would be considerably easier to park in a front garden to charge than electric cars.

  • They’ve all been tested several times before and during the race. Picking up a riders bottle is probably safer than having a pint in your local

  • All this talk of another lockdown in London's famous London got me excited for car-free streets, but then I remembered a lockdown will just mean the pubs close early, and everyone will have shit hair.

  • TFL are doing a survey on cycling in London during Covid and handing out fliers at various places. I was given one at Wellesley Road in Chiswick where they've put a planter to stop motor traffic. Worth engaging with. As much data they can get about what a positive impact new infrastructure can have is a good thing. They should probably also interview local residents to see how they see it e.g. the benefits of not having rat runs etc.

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Cycling in the time of Corona

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