Author Archives: Roger

Chew Valley Lake Recreational Trail

In October 2013 I published a highly critical blog post about Bristol Water’s (BW) attitude towards constructing a shared path round the perimeter of Chew Valley Lake, available to people on foot and on bikes. I had been taken on … Continue reading

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Trains and Bikes and Planes – a cautionary tale of taking bikes to Italy

It must be the travelling cyclists’ worst nightmare – to arrive at a foreign airport with a damaged and unrideable bike. That’s what happened to my partner Nic and I in Bologna in 2004. One bicycle had no stem or … Continue reading

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Cycling’s role in improving air quality in Bath

Bath’s new MP, Wera Hobhouse recently held a “Bath Briefing” and invited local representatives to give their views on congestion and pollution in Bath. Sadly there seemed not to be any experts in sustainable transport making presentations.  We do not … Continue reading

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Scrutiny report on 20mph Speed limits is premature

The Government has just published a “Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy” and within this strategy is a notification of a report into speed limits is to be published at the end of this year. The strategy states: “In order to … Continue reading

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20 mph speed limits review

B&NES Council has carried out a review of “signs only” 20mph speed limits.  These speed limits, mainly on residential streets, were put in place by the last Liberal Democrat Administration from 2011 to 2015. 20mph speed limit “zones”  had been … Continue reading

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Recovering from a hip operation

Although not directly linked to cycling my recent hip replacement has an indirect connection to when I fell off my bike and broke my left femur, nearly 4 years ago.  I then had a “dynamic hip screw” inserted, pinning the … Continue reading

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Using bikes to improve the air we breathe

Air Quality has once again hit the headlines recently, with concern across the world.  The issue has been equated to the number of deaths caused by pollutants from diesel engines, giving an immediacy to the problem. Diesel vehicles have in … Continue reading

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Ride through Villages around Montreal in Aude

We brought our bikes here to La Force on the back of the car, so that we could do a few cycle rides while we are here.  La Force is close to Carcassonne  and well positioned for rides to surrounding … Continue reading

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Cyclists Dismount – or not

A favourite sign in the Bath area is “cyclists dismount”. I will share a selection of those I have noticed in this post, but you will all have your own examples.  “Cyclists dismount” signs are a common sight for people … Continue reading

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Cycle lane not replaced

The recent student development in Green Park Road opposite Green Park saw a short length of cycle lane and an advanced stop line (ASL) for bikes removed during the development.  Even this I thought was unnecessary, but if you ride … Continue reading

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