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Product review: Pearl Izumi X-Project 3

PEARL IZUMI X-PROJECT 3
£129.99
pearlizumi.co.uk

    

This is the cheapest of Pearl Izumi’s X-Project shoes, specifically designed to be equally as comfortable on and off the bike. The reason for their all-round capability is a carbon-composite midsole that’s stiff enough to maximise pedalling efficiency, but a lot more flexible than a typical race shoe so you can walk without the classic cyclist ‘waddle’.

A foam insert in the heel (like you’d find in a running shoe) absorbs impact and has made extended hike-a-bikes painless affairs. Two Velcro straps and one buckle closure prevent your foot from moving around, while a lugged outsole will keep you upright when the ground’s slippery.

However our regular size was too narrow for our mid-wide foot, so we had to go up a size to allow room for even a midweight sock. Men’s sizes 40-49; similar women’s X-Alp IV available for £109.

Review: John Kitchiner


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Senior Coroner concludes Henry Lang’s death ‘accidental’

 

A coroner has concluded that the death of Henry Lang, the IT specialist killed while riding along a cycle path in Richmond last year, was accidental.

West London Coroner’s Court heard on Monday, April 20 that Henry was riding along the cycle path on the A316 towards Richmond Circus and cycled across the give way lines of the cycle path at the junction with St John’s Grove. The driver of a dustcart did not give way as it turned into St John’s Grove and Mr Lang was run over by the rear wheels of the vehicle. The driver of the dustcart stopped at the scene and Mr Lang was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital, but doctors were unable to save him and he died a day later in hospital.

No Prosecution

A report by the serious collision investigation unit “found no evidence to suggest the driver of the dustcart should be prosecuted in relation to Mr Lang’s death”.

Henry's death highlights massive confusion in the design of safe road infrastructure and in the enforcement of laws requiring careful driving. Despite the confusion over priorities at this junction many cyclists will be disappointed in the failure of the police to consider there was a duty of care on the driver to look out for cyclists on the well used track  which is plainly visible to drivers turning off the main road.

Highway Code rule 183 says "When turning, give way to any vehicles using a bus lane, cycle lane or tramway from either direction". However at this junction and at thousands like it formal priority has been removed from the cycle track with give way lines painted across the track.

Unfortunately that layout was seen as a safe design without realizing that it requires cyclists to give way to faster traffic overtaking them from behind. The latest advice from the London Cycle Design Standards (section 5.3.4) says the priority at this sort of junction should be reversed to reduce danger and "to offer the highest level of service for cyclists".

Such a change would make cyclists journeys safer and make them feel safer. The current design gives a false sense of safety which actually increases the risk of collision.

The most dangerous cycle lane in Richmond

London Cycling Campaign's local group has described the cycle track alongside the A316 as "the most dangerous cycle lane in Richmond" for the repeated use of this junction design.

In the UK, cyclists crossing the give way line at a cycle path have no legal protection. The advisory Highway Code rule 170, regarded as the rule most often disregarded in the Highway Code, says “You should watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way.” This advisory wording means that motorists do not give way to pedestrians, and as cyclists are not referenced they are forgotten altogether. 

The normal rule in continental countries is that vehicles making any turning movement should give way to pedestrians or cyclists going straight ahead across their path, unless there are signs or signals saying otherwise.

LCC and others have pushed for cycle and pedestrian priority over turning traffic, but to date national government has refused to legally reinforce this. A legal change would make it much easier to introduce segregated cycle tracks, and it would make walking and cycling feel much safer, like it does in the Netherlands. Transport Minister Robert Goodwill says that the government doesn’t encourage cycle priority because of the low levels of cycling, and they will only reconsider this position if we see an increase in cycling. Yet there are barriers that need to be overcome before cycling becomes a realistic option for most: and road danger is the most significant barrier.

As reported in the Evening Standard Henry, aged 40, had announced his engagement to his partner Hanna shortly before the fatal crash on 21st July 2014.


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Open Streets - A New Event for London

Open Streets is a beautifully simple new idea for London. 

On the 30th of May, Great Suffolk Street and surrounding streets in Southwark will be closed to motorised traffic and will become open, accessible public space. Walkers, cyclists, and all other forms of human-powered traffic will be able to cross the streets freely, enjoying the space that was previously the preserve of cars and trucks.

It’s an idea that first started in Colombia in 1976.  It caught people’s imagination, and it’s now a regular occurrence –one Sunday a month, and on some holidays, huge amounts of the capital, Bogota, as well as other cities around the country are cleared of all traffic and millions of people take to the streets to walk, cycle, rollerblade, dance, play games, or simply sit and enjoy the peace and the space afforded by the absence of motor-vehicles.

 The concept has spread around the world and events now take place in Australia, Argentina, Canada, South Africa, Peru, and many more countries. There are over 200 cities and towns worldwide that have held Open Streets events. There are many places where it is even a weekly event.

This event will be the first in London, but the organisers hope it will gain support and that it can become a regular thing.

It’s been shown that the events can have a positive impact on local businesses as well. Removing the traffic increases the amount of time people will spend in the street.

At one Open Streets event in San Francisco, over 75% of participants said they had spent money along the route, and in St Louis, over two thirds said they had become aware of new traders and businesses in the area. 

There’s no need to book, and it’s free for everyone. Open Streets are still looking for volunteers so if you’ve a mind, then visit their website to find out more. It’s a great chance to reimagine the purpose of urban spaces and look at the city in a new way.

 As Lisa Kane, from Cape Town, put it: ‘Open Streets not only opened our roads, it opened our minds’.


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LCC rider's bike wins Tweed Run Award

 

A rare Dursley Pedersen, ridden by an LCC member, won the Brooks Best Vintage Bike Award at the 2015 Tweed Run. 

The cycle dates from 1910 and was created  by  Danish inventor  Mikael Pedersen. Pedersen found bike saddles of the time uncomfortable so he first invented his own knitted saddle. Becasue it didn't fit on contemporary bikes he decided to devise a completely new cycle design. Made entirely of narrow thin tubes the cycle provides comfort on uneven roads. Pedersen's were ridden competitively and one variation was designed to be collapsible for use by the military. The very rare ladies version had a step through frame. The cycle also includes Pedersen's other cycling invention a very early three speed hub. 

The Tweed Run is a highly popular annual event that gathers tweed enthusaists from around the world to ride though central London on new and old cycles dressed in impeccable style. 

 

  


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Product review: Huez Dri-Wink T

HUEZ DRI-WINK T
£40
huez.co.uk



Huez is a fairly recent entrant to the burgeoning cycle clothing market, offering a range aimed at the “everyday cyclist and stylish commuter”. This fun tech tee sits alongside smart office jackets, trousers, shirts, shorts and windproofs.

Made from Dri-release fabric which wicks moisture away from your body, this top can be worn on its own or under other layers. Compared to a cotton t-shirt it keeps you considerably drier, but we didn’t find it as fast-wicking as other performance baselayers we regularly use. We put it through the grinder on one wet multi-day trip and it came up as good as new after cleaning.

It’s looser-fitting, which will suit recreational riders, though we found it a bit short when leaning forward on the handlebars. The front ‘wink’ print is matched with a ‘make your escape’ slogan on the rear and there’s neat stitch detail on the cuffs, neck and hem. Blue or white; S-XXL.

Review: John Kitchiner


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Enter our competition to win a pair of Tweed Run tickets: Competition now closed

 

 

Note: This competition has now closed. Best of luck to the winners - Sam Jones and Sabine Schlechtriem - who will be donning their tweed for Tweed Run tomorrow! Thank you to all who entered.

 

This Saturday, would you and a friend like to be gliding around central London on vintage bikes for the legendary Tweed Run? Enter our competition for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets.

The Tweed Run is a group ride with a difference - a celebration of cycling, vintage bikes and, of course, tweed.  Described as a "metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style," tickets for the event always sell out in advance.

All participants are encouraged to bring vintage bikes and don traditional British cycling attire, from tweed plus four suits to cycling skirts and capes.

And London Cycling Campaign has two pairs of tickets to give away! To enter, all you have to do is answer this simple question:

Where will the Tweed Run Closing Ceremony take place this year?

A) Rivoli Ballrooms

B) Bloomsbury Ballrooms

C) The Corinthian Ballrooms

Email your answer - either A, B or C - to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , placing "Tweed Run" in the subject line and including your mobile number, and you could be sporting your finest vintage Tweed this Saturday with the other lucky riders. The competition is open until noon this Friday 17 April.

The winners will be the first two names drawn at random after lunch on Friday, and will be notified by phone by 3pm. Good luck!

Find more information on the Tweed Run and how to purchase tickets to the Tweed Run Closing Ceremony here.

 

 

Terms and Conditions

1.The prize draw is open to residents in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) excluding London Cycling Campaign employees, their immediate families and anyone professionally connected with this promotion.

2.There are only two pairs of tickets available to win, with no alternative cash value offered.  

3.If you don't already receive our e-newsletter, LCC will add your email address to our recipients list. All e-newsletters include an unsubscribe button.

4.The winner will be notified using the contact number provided at entry by 3pm on Friday 17 April.

5.In the event that the winner does not claim their prize within 3 days, London Cycling Campaign reserves the right to withdraw prize entitlement and award the prize to another entrant. 

6.There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part except in the event of circumstances outside its control London Cycling Campaign reserves the right to substitute a similar alternative of equal or greater value. 

7.London Cycling Campaign's decision is final.

8.Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation.


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Pashley to auction bespoke bike for London Cycling Campaign

Cycle manufacturer Pashley has created a bespoke bike for this month's London Tweed Run that will be auctioned in aid of London Cycling Campaign.

Pashley regularly supports the Tweed Run’s nominated charity by producing a unique bicycle for the event, and this year cycling enthusiasts will have the chance to support the work of London Cycling Campaign with their bids.

The design team at Pashley have reflected the exuberant character of the Tweed Run with this one-off bicycle, complete with matching accessories. The colours and graphics are “bold to be noticed” – see sneak preview pictures above – rather than the more traditional treatment found in Pashley’s Classic range.

The bicycle has a unique graphic set that includes a Tweed Run 2015 graphic in gold, while the colour-matched accessories were hand made. The bespoke collector's item will be offered for auction on Ebay over the course of the Tweed Run 2015 weekend and until 23 April.

Stay tuned for more details and a link to Ebay, where the unique bike will be auctioned as a charity item. Happy bidding!


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Product review: Madison Tempest

MADISON TEMPEST
£54.99
madison.cc


 

When you have weather as variable as we do in this country, it pays to keep a set of waterproofs close to hand all year round. But full-length, weather-beating trousers aren’t always necessary, which is where these taped-sealed shorts come in.

Available in regular and three-quarter length (£59.99), they’re made from waterproof fabrics that not only fend off road splash but have kept us dry in serious downpours. Stretchy panels around the seat and knees make them much more comfortable than we’d anticipated and the elasticated waist and leg adjusters help fine tune the fit if you’re adding extra layers or sealing out draughts.

The design is thankfully pretty minimal and there are just two water-resistant zippered pockets to keep your phone and wallet safe. We found them light and breathable enough for day rides too.

Review: John Kitchiner


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Enter our competition to win a pair of Tweed Run tickets

 

This Saturday, would you and a friend like to be gliding around central London on vintage bikes for the legendary Tweed Run? Enter our competition for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets.

The Tweed Run is a group ride with a difference - a celebration of cycling, vintage bikes and, of course, tweed.  Described as a "metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style," tickets for the event always sell out in advance.

All participants are encouraged to bring vintage bikes and don traditional British cycling attire, from tweed plus four suits to cycling skirts and capes.

And London Cycling Campaign has two pairs of tickets to give away! To enter, all you have to do is answer this simple question:

Where will the Tweed Run Closing Ceremony take place this year?

A) Rivoli Ballrooms

B) Bloomsbury Ballrooms

C) The Corinthian Ballrooms

Email your answer - either A, B or C - to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , placing "Tweed Run" in the subject line and including your mobile number, and you could be sporting your finest vintage Tweed this Saturday with the other lucky riders. The competition is open until noon this Friday 17 April.

The winners will be the first two names drawn at random after lunch on Friday, and will be notified by phone by 3pm. Good luck!

Find more information on the Tweed Run and how to purchase tickets to the Tweed Run Closing Ceremony here.

 

 

Terms and Conditions

1.The prize draw is open to residents in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) excluding London Cycling Campaign employees, their immediate families and anyone professionally connected with this promotion.

2.There are only two pairs of tickets available to win, with no alternative cash value offered.  

3.If you don't already receive our e-newsletter, LCC will add your email address to our recipients list. All e-newsletters include an unsubscribe button.

4.The winner will be notified using the contact number provided at entry by 3pm on Friday 17 April.

5.In the event that the winner does not claim their prize within 3 days, London Cycling Campaign reserves the right to withdraw prize entitlement and award the prize to another entrant. 

6.There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part except in the event of circumstances outside its control London Cycling Campaign reserves the right to substitute a similar alternative of equal or greater value. 

7.London Cycling Campaign's decision is final.

8.Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation.


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London air pollution hits a high

A major spike in air pollution has seen London reaching ‘high’ and ‘very high’ smog alert levels this week, posing serious health risks for vulnerable individuals. Older people, children and those suffering with respiratory diseases have been recently advised to avoid strenuous activity until the air in the capital returns to safe levels. In France, which recently tackled a surge in air pollution through licence plate bans, the government has reduced all traffic speed limits by 20km/hr in northern cities. Residential parking has been made free in Paris to encourage people to leave their cars at home.

The UK has failed to meet EU regulations on air quality in a number of regions, with London breaking one or more of these limits every year since they came into effect in 2005. 

Air pollution causes at least 29,000 premature deaths a year, primarily due to emissions from motor traffic. Around 4,300 Londoners per year are thought to die prematurely due to long term exposure to air pollution, which can be alleviated by replacing carbon-intensive motor travel with walking and cycling.

A recent survey by Islington Cyclists’ Action Group and Healthy Air Campaign recorded nitrous dioxide concentrations around Islington, and found that in a number of places, they far exceeded the legal limit. They found that the worst cases were on main roads, where motor traffic levels were highest.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the UK government must produce a plan to improve air quality, after activist lawyer group ClientEarth highlighted its failure to adhere to nitrous dioxide limits. At the current rate, the UK is 20 years behind schedule for these limits. The final court hearing for the case against the UK government is due to take place next week, and will hopefully lead to serious national changes.

Unless meaningful action is taken, London’s recent air pollution warnings are likely to be a common occurrence. Our Space for Cycling campaign calls for the removal of motor traffic on some residential streets in order to encourage cycling and reduce harmful pollution levels.

LCC is a partner of the Healthy Air Campaign, which calls for urgent action on air pollution.


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Driver pleads guilty of death by careless driving - as judge rules court can hear of 'shocking driving history'

Alan Neve

Barry Meyer, the driver of the tipper lorry that crushed Alan Neve to death in Holborn in 2013, yesterday pleaded guilty to death by careless driving at Blackfriars Crown Court. His admission yesterday, which came after two years of denial, followed Judge Daniel Worsley's ruling that his “bad character” as a driver could be put before a Blackfriars crown court jury. Meyer had been banned from the road five times and was not licensed to be driving the tipper lorry when the incident occurred.

Mr Neve, 51, a married father-of-one from Poplar, was riding to work as an auditor at the Performing Rights Society in Soho. The unlicensed and uninsured Meyer, who was following a colleague from the same company - which has not been named - had blocked part of his windscreen with a toilet roll, tub of sugar and phone holder. Prosecutor Allison Hunter said: "Had Meyer reacted as a dynamic driver would have been expected to do, he could not fail to have seen Mr Neve. It appears clear from what Meyer said in an interview that his focus was upon keeping up with his partner in the vehicle in front.

“Not only had Meyer not turned his head or used his mirrors but he then failed to stop, as his front and rear wheels crushed Mr Neve beneath and dragged him along the road, to shrieks of pedestrians and other road users.”

She said his previous convictions, included two bans for drink-driving, showed a “cavalier lack of respect for driving law and regulations”. 

Alan Neve protest ride

The fatality prompted a protest ride, organised by London Cycling Campaign, which was attended by 2500 people.

Meyer will be sentenced on 14 May. Judge Worsley said Meyer had a “shocking driving history” and would inevitably be jailed on his return to court.


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Tweed Run ticket competition: Your Perfect Tweed Run Outfit

Do you have a wardrobe stuffed full of vintage clothing, slowly gathering dust? Is your vintage velocipede in desperate need of a spring airing? If so, then London Cycling Campaign can offer you the chance to win a ticket to Tweed Run, the most stylish cycle event in London.

Tweed Run 2015 will take place next Saturday, 18 April and is described by the organisers as a "metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style." That means no high-vis, no lycra and no runners - all participants are expected to don traditional British cycling attire, from Tweed plus four suits to cycling skirts and capes. Vintage bikes are also welcomed, though any type is accepted.

Tickets for the popular London event may be sold out, but never fear – London Cycling Campaign has two places up for grabs this week. But only the best-dressed will be in with a chance. 

Prove you cut the mustard by uploading your idea or photo of the perfect Tweed Run outfit. It could be anything from a fancy tartan cape to your grandmother’s feather boa, a spiffing bowtie to the subtlety of a Harris Tweed flat cap. Two winners will be announced on Monday 13 April!

We'd love to see your photos - if you're ready to show us your complete outfit then go for it, otherwise snaps of your favourite flatcap, pearl necklace or winklepickers will do just fine.

For those less prepared, simply comment with some good ideas. Either way, you must also DM your mail your email address to LCC  the London Cycling Campaign mailing list in order to enter. Don't worry - as part of our mailing list you'll only receive occasional emails from us with info on campaigns, events, bike rides and more.

Find more information on the Tweed Run and how to purchase tickets to the Tweed Run Closing Ceremony here.

How to enter:

1. Upload a photo of your ideas for the perfect Tweed Run outfit to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

2. If you don't have a photo, simply reply to our Facebook competition post with your ideas or Tweet them to LCC.

3. Direct Mail us your email address along with your competition entry before Sunday 12 April when the competition will close.

4. If you're entering the competition through Instagram, make sure you send a Direct Mail to london_cycling with your email address.

5. We'll pick our two favourites and announce the winners on Monday 13 April.

 

Terms and Conditions: 

Win a ticket to The Tweed Run, 18 April

1.The prize draw is open to residents in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) excluding London Cycling Campaign employees, their immediate families and anyone professionally connected with this promotion.

2.There are only two tickets available to win, with no alternative cash value offered.  

3.By submitting your email address with your competition entry, you are giving London Cycling Campaign permission to add you to our mailing list.

4.The winner will be notified using the email address provided at entry, within 3 working days of the closing date.

5.In the event that the winner does not claim their prize within 3 days, London Cycling Campaign reserves the right to withdraw prize entitlement and award the prize to another entrant. 

6.There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part except in the event of circumstances outside its control London Cycling Campaign reserves the right to substitute a similar alternative of equal or greater value. 

7.All entrants will be deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions of the promotion.

8.Owing to exceptional circumstances outside its reasonable control and only where circumstances make this unavoidable, London Cycling Campaign reserves the right to cancel or amend the promotion or these terms and conditions at any stage but will always endeavour to minimize the effect on participants in order to avoid undue disappointment.

9.Participants in the Promotion agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. London Cycling Campaign reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any participant found to be abusing or tampering with the operation of the Promotion, or to be acting in any manner deemed by London Cycling Campaign to be in violation of the terms and conditions.

10.Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation.

11.London Cycling Campaign reserves the right, in its absolute discretion to verify the winners at any time and may refuse to award the prize or withdraw prize entitlement where there is, or the London Cycling Campaign has reason to believe there is, or has been, a breach of these terms and conditions or the spirit of the promotion has been compromised.  

12.This promotion is not affiliated with, sponsored by or endorsed by the products or retailers featured in the prizes. Trademarks, logos and names of the products and retailers are the property of their respective owner.


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