In the early 1990s, when the idea of an island wide network of speed –restricted roads was first suggested to the Constables’ Committee by St.Peter Constable Mac Pollard, it was flatly refused. Mr. Pollard had felt that it would be nice if several quiet scenic lanes would be speed-restricted, thereby allowing walkers, cyclists and horse riders to use them in comparative safety, away from the threat of speeding motorists.
I’m always keen to reflect on some of the popular myths and expressions that float around amongst the general public, and I don’t say this in a conceited or patronising way, it’s a subject that really fascinates me and I rack my brains as I wonder where these ideas come from.
Christmas at the Bike Shop
I’d always vowed to kill the next person who would say in all innocence: “you’re coming up to your busy time!” in the months running to Christmas. It was up there with; “It had a saddle like a razor blade”, “you could buy a car for that”, and “It must be a design fault”. The latter was usually uttered by a half-wit who could barely write his name, never mind cast opinions about design.
This is an excerpt from my latest book, which I wrote with my eldest son Matthew: Matt goes in search of water while I remove myself to a decent distance away from ‘les sanitaires’. This puts me just across the road from the church and the inevitable war memorial, and arguably the only roundabout for miles around. I do not see the actual impact but … Continue reading An excerpt from ‘Rides of Passage’
Some time ago, I was lucky enough to get a ride on a bamboo bike. For me, this was the absolute zenith of greenness. Yes, it does have to be shipped in, but what complete bike bought in the United Kingdom doesn’t have something on it that’s been brought in from faraway places?
I’ve been a member of the CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) for almost 20 years, and one of the many benefits the club offers members is a bi-monthly magazine entitled ‘Cycle’. One thing that I’m fond of, and which has remained in the magazine, is the obituaries column.
“Tall enough to be interesting but small enough to be manageable”
Wowed by Wiggins and encouraged by the Olympics?
You’d like to cycle, but for whatever reason you don’t want to try it in your own backyard?