Greenwich pique at London cycling tsar

Greenwich Council is refusing to deal directly with the man appointed by London mayor Boris Johnson to deal with cycling matters in the capital. Disgraced former journalist Andrew Gilligan has over the years made many enemies, but the visceral reaction in Greenwich to his appointment as London cycling commissioner is completely out of order. I […]

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Cycle ride report: Velonotte Albertina

“Quand on partait de bon matin Quand on partait sur les chemins À bicyclette Nous étions quelques bons copains…” [from À bicyclette by Yves Montand, 1968] For me and other southeast London cycling commissars NotBikeWeek 2013™ ended with the Velonotte Albertina architectural ride on Saturday night through Sunday morning. Velonotte is an international project founded […]

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Cycle ride report: London Midsummer Madness 2013

Cloudy skies failed to dampen enthusiasm for this year’s nighttime ride to greet the solstice dawn. More than 50 cyclists assembled in Cutty Sark Gardens on Friday morning for a 2am departure westwards towards Southwark Needle, where we collected another 35 or so, making it a Barry-100 in total (there is only one significant figure). […]

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Flat science funding shows flat earth thinking

State funding for science in the UK is to remain fixed, under public spending plans revealed today by chancellor George Osbourne. That is, the resource budget is unchanged at £4.6bn, while the capital infrastructure fund is set to increase from £600m to £1.1bn. This is being spun in glowing terms… “Investment in science is an […]

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Cyberspace has an off switch

For all the fanciful talk of the internet as a means for the free flow of information – the open society 21st century style – it is easy to overlook the fact that electronic networks are based on physical machines over which state and other corporate elites have ultimate control. With the UK’s signal intelligence […]

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Of cyclists, black cabs, baseball bats and morbid obesity

Early yesterday evening, on Wimpole Street, London W1, one of our number of five cyclists was threatened by a baseball bat-wielding black cab driver who objected to us taking the lane around a busy junction on a narrow road during the evening rush hour. The incident was immediately phoned through to the police, who met […]

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Something of the night in George

There’s a lovely photo in the Guardian today, gracing a story on tax evasion. Taken by Luke Macgregor, the image is of Britain’s bookkeeper-in-chief George Osbourne, and it captures the essence of the man (currently) responsible for bleeding the UK economy dry. Osbourne’s PRs will not be happy, so I suggest that the Reuters-contracting freelance […]

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Cycle ride: Waterlink Way and Hilly Fields Summer Fayre

Ride: Waterlink Way and Hilly Fields Summer Fayre When: Saturday 22 June 2013 Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW (by foot tunnel entrance) My final contribution to NotBikeWeek™ 2013, brought to you by the esteemed South East London Commissariat for Social Cycle Rides Planning (aka the Dog & Bell Crew), will be a […]

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Information vandals are ruining the media asylum

When my friend Terry Glavin writes… “The Guardian’s comically doctrinaire Glenn Greenwald is the Glenn Beck for people who fancy themselves too clever for Fox News.” …you know it’s not going to end well for his target. Now Terry doesn’t address the substance of the NSA-Prism scandal – for it is a scandal, if largely […]

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Mary Mills – Greenwich Labour claims its latest victim

I see that Mary Mills, who is well known to us in the cycling and wider sustainable transport communities, has been deselected as a council candidate in what could be described as an endless night of the long knives in the Greenwich and Woolwich Labour Party. There is wailing and gnashing of teeth within the […]

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