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Monthly Archives: February 2016

A brief history of cycling politicians

A brief history of cycling politicians

From Norman Tebbit’s infamous advice to the unemployed to get on their bikes to the Plebgate row, cycling has a long history of being embroiled in British political controversy and intrigue. So it is not surprising that Jeremy Corbyn, perhaps Labour most divisive leader in recent history, has been accused of riding a Chairman Mao bicycle – a rumour he brushed off when discussing his love of cycling in an interview with the Tour de France winner and Olympic Gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins, who was guest-editing BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

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Writing an anti-cycling column? Read this first

Writing an anti-cycling column? Read this first

Maybe it’s just the end-of-year effect, with ideas running low and a couple more commissions to fulfil. Or perhaps it’s just the traditional news lull over the festive period, obliging newspaper columnists to dig into their own experiences and prejudices. Whatever the reason, we’ve been somewhat spoiled recently with slightly silly opinion pieces about cycling.

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The secret of Odense's post-industrial revolution

The secret of Odense's post-industrial revolution
The huge, wooden scale model of Odense, inside a temporary information centre opposite the town hall, looks initially like a replica of the Danish city. But give them a few minutes and a local would begin to spot some differences, especially to the main traffic route bisecting the urban centre. Read more »

Breaking down barriers to cycling with Brothers on Bikes

 Breaking down barriers to cycling with Brothers on Bikes
In his Foreword to his 2013 Vision for Cycling in London, Boris Johnson candidly acknowledged that “truly mass participation” in two-wheel travel around the capital cannot be achieved unless more Londoners from those groups under represented in the city’s small but growing cycling population decide it’s better to get around by bike. Read more »

Why my cycling clothing company uses models without helmets

Why my cycling clothing company uses models without helmets

The debate about helmet use is too often toxic, puts off new riders and obscures more important issues, argues the founder of Vulpine. Last night I walked into a pub and spotted a guy with two empty pint glasses in front of him.

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