Monthly Archives: February 2009

International Women’s Day Ride: Birds on Bikes


From Cyclodelic:

Saturday 7th March 2009 sees LCC’s first Birds on Bikes night ride, celebrating International Women’s Day.

Hundreds of riders and volunteer marshals are expected to take part in the event, following a ten-mile central London route, visiting locations that mark the achievements of women in the capital. The ride will be followed by a post-ride party back at Dragon Hall where Cyclodelic will be showcasing their new collection and be on hand with expert advice on cycle style.

The event, meeting at 6.30pm at the Dragon Hall in Covent Garden, is female focused but not exclusive to women.

Free Maintenance Workshop at Limehouse


From LCC:

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009
Time: 11am
Place: Limehouse Town Hall, 646 Commercial Road
Description: Hands-on workshop, with Dr Bike ready to help if needed. Tools, demos, special events, tea and cakes provided. We have some spares but bring your own to be sure.

Free but donations are always welcome.
Contact: Owen
Email: owen@wheelers.org.uk

Murdering Motorists get bail despite public safety issues


See a post on http://www.cyclingin4x4country.wordpress.com about a motorist who killed a woman cyclist pushing her bike on the pavement.

Twitterings


I wonder whether his car will be crushed or confiscated later? I doubt it! Car thieves get their cars crushed.
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Suffolk Police give motorist back his keys after he killed woman cyclist walking bike on pavement
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@KarlOnSea -lately we have been having some really clear nights. The moon looked massive the other day. Spectacular.

about 1 hour ago from web in reply to KarlOnSea
Another of my favourite cyclists’ breakfast is poached eggs on toast.
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Motorists don’t get to see the shooting stars.
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The Sky at Night: Look out for the Intl Space Station, you can see on certain nights
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So Edmund King, AA President, is a cyclist


Thanks to Carltonreid on Twitter telling me that King is actually a cyclist and a Brompton one at that. That’s a turn up for the books. Look what I found:

From Bikeforall.net:-

“Bike to work, says the AA

“To encourage cycling we need to see more comprehensive cycle lanes, secure cycle parking, shower facilities at work and more cycle training,” says Brompton rider and AA president Edmund King

“With fuel prices at record levels, we expect to see more people getting on their bikes for some trips,” said Edmund King, AA President.

“Car drivers need to think more about cyclists and not open car doors without looking or turn left without checking for a bike on the inside. Cyclists have to stop running red lights and avoid the temptation to cycle on pavements or up one way streets.

“To encourage cycling we need to see more comprehensive cycle lanes, secure cycle parking, shower facilities at work and more cycle training. “

This statement from the president of the AA comes on Commute Smart Week’s third themed day, which highlights the benefits of cycling to work for employers and employees.

The week, organised by Work Wise UK, shows how smarter working and commuting, such as staggering work journeys, home working, cycling and walking, can cut emissions, congestion and travel costs, boosting business and quality of life.

Eighteen per cent, or around a fifth, of motorists cycle at least once a month, according to an AA survey of 18,500 members”

Then he ought to do more to stop lawless AA motorcyclists on ASLs then!

Twittering – Just come back from Critical Mass London


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Velochick: About 300 or so turned up. It seemed to get bigger!
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Velochick: Very pleased to see that the CM cyclists were polite to motorists and said ‘thanks’ a lot. I was impressed w the courteous cyclists.
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Velochick:Occasional motorists complaining about CM holding up traffic to let us through but no police presence as they used to do that.
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Velochick:Some motorists seemed to cheer us outside Downing Street.
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Velochick:Police only attended some kind of mayhem outside Waterloo Stn. Not sure what that was about but nothing to do with CM!
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Velochick:Just come back from Critical Mass – Southbank, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square then off along the Embankment to Farringdon. Had to leave early to head for Southbank to meet J fresh from a Retreat. Don’t know where they went after that.

Lawless Lord in Jaguar sent to jail


This is one reason why I think the House of Lords should be abolished. They’re supposed to be responsible people but look at them.

Once again these lawless middle-aged yobs are splattered all over the internet for all the wrong reasons. If they not getting involved in ‘dodgy dealings’, or perjury, they can be driving dangerously without a blinkin’ care in the world. Yes, they are ‘examples’ to us ‘ordinary mortals’. We look at them and see what s*it they get into and learn from their appalling examples. I bet the prisoners in jail will be in hysterics.

This comes from Yahoo today:-

“Labour peer Lord Ahmed is facing expulsion from his party after he was jailed for sending a series of text messages as he drove along a motorway.

The 51-year-old peer was sent to prison for 12 weeks for dangerous driving after Sheffield Crown Court heard he took part in a “conversation by text” minutes before he was involved in an unrelated fatal crash on the M1 in South Yorkshire.

A Labour Party spokesman said: “The Labour Party does not comment on individual cases, but under the party’s rules any member who receives a custodial sentence is subject to automatic exclusion.”

Lord Ahmed stopped texting minutes before his Jaguar crashed into another vehicle – a collision which left Slovakian motorist Martyn Gombar dead, the court heard”.

and curiously, this Lawless Lord only got 12 weeks.. how ‘odd’ is that? Just HOW did THAT happen?

Champers… .. umm?


I was invited by J for some Champers (delayed Valentine) (though I don’t drink, bless!) but today was just told that my brother has been made redundant and he only has 30 day’s notice. I think it has dampened my mood really. Even my neighbour, is just about holding onto his job. So, the Credit Crunch is well and truly here.

Republic’s views of Overspending Royals


Whilst watching ‘Dispatches’ this evening to watch ‘The Problem Princes’ on how for example, Prince William only does about 14 Royal Engagements ie footie matches whilst his mother did over 200 royal engagements, even his father who was in the Navy, at his age, did a lot more than William.

“Following a dispute over the cost of Prince Andrew’s helicopter flight Republic will be seeking clarification using Freedom of Information laws.

Tonight’s Channel 4 Dispatches documentary is to allege that Prince Andrew took a helicopter flight costing £6,000 from Windsor to Shoreham, when a first class train ticket would have cost just £90. The palace disputes this figure.

The documentary also claims that Buckingham Palace has agreed with the government not to disclose royal travel costs that are less than £10,000.

Republic, who exposed abuses of RAF helicopter flights by prince William last year, will submit a Freedom of Information request to find out how much the royals really spend on travel.

Campaign Manager Graham Smith, who advised the documentary’s producers and took part in the programme, told reporters:

“Andrew uses helicopters like taxis and expects us to believe that he is too busy to travel by train. Andrew plays no useful role in public life and yet taxpayers foot the bill for his extravagant lifestyle.”

“The palace is disputing the figure of £6,000. We’re calling on the government to release documentation that proves the true cost.”

“In the current economic crisis, when ordinary hard working people are really struggling, we see once again that the royals are living a life of luxury at our expense.”

What a Waste of Money: Queen Mother statue to be unveiled this week


This week a statue of the Queen Mother will be unveiled close to Buckingham Palace as a permanent memorial to her.

The 9ft statue, which has been kept a secret until now, depicts the Queen Mother wearing Order of the Garter robes and her famous smile”.

She is probably smiling because she was so lucky, lapping the life of luxury.

Sorry

Would rather it a statue was made to remember ‘everyday’ people who have been killed by lawless motorists. It is a poignant reminder of how dangerous the motor car is.

Hmmm.. this is a job for Critical Mass!