How not to lock your bike – 1

I see many bicycles locked in many different ways in my travels across London, some of them are locked as well as can be and others are left for thieves to take their pickings.
I’ll be posting when ever I see a bike which could be locked better.

The first one is locked to set of railings

They are using a £125 Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit lock. Which as the name suggests, you should just be able to lock it up and for get about it. But this relies on you using some common sense. The kryptonite lock is looped around the front wheel, the frame and some small chain link. That chain link is locked through the rails.

This bike could easily be removed in two ways without even touching the Fahgettaboudit lock, what is the point in buying such a good lock and chain if you aren’t going to use it properly!?

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Expansion to Croydon Tramlink Could Break the Town Centre

Tramlink stop at East Croydon railway station ...

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The tram system in Croydon has been a fantastic addition to the town and an easy way to get around if you live near one of the tram lines. But in recent years it has been running at max capacity and was clearly visible when Tramlink decided to change the route that the trams took a few years ago to try to increase performance.

Croydon Council will soon decide if is to use some funding from Transport for London to add an addition 10 trams to the system in the hope to decrease crowding and waiting times.

This will clearly be a fantastic addition to the tram system if it is something you use, but what effect will it have on other transport across Croydon?

Outside the town centre the effect will be minimal. The tram system was built on disused railway routes and on the sides of roads, which means that there is a higher chance that you will have to stop at traffic lights whilst the a tram crosses. This increase is minimal and not a problem if you ask me.

The problem I see, and it’s a problem currently. Is in the town centre where the trams use the road way to and come to a junction with other roads. At present the tram always gets priority and the lights change in their favour on the next light change.

This currently affects all road junctions where by the trams are on the road, but mostly it is an issue by East Croydon station, West Croydon Station and the junction over the underpass. What this can mean is that you are waiting at a red traffic light for up to 5 minutes before you can continue. This does cause massive traffic jams at peak times for apparently no reason.

For example (see picture below) we have the junction of West Croydon Station. The 3 routes into this junction are Station Road, N end (from the north) and the trams/busses come out of Tamworth Road. Station road has lots of traffic coming through it, and is always busy. N End road is also busy but the traffic is often less as you can only go down Tamworth Road. And Tamworth Road should only have taxi’s, busses, cyclists and trams coming out of it. The usual traffic light rotation is Station Road, then N End then Tamworth Road.

But if a Tram approaches along Tamworth Road when the lights at Station Road are green, then the next light phase will be Tamworth Road. Once the lights at Tamworth Road have changed to green, it goes back to Station Road, and the road users waiting at N End have to wait for another rotation before they get a green light.

That is just one example of how the trams get priority at junctions around the town centre of Croydon. There at least 5 other examples of where this happens around central Croydon. And with the increase in Trams traveling on this route, it is only going to get worse.

There is an easy fix, and that’s change how the light phasing works when a tram comes, fine if it gets priority to keep the system running, but at least put the light rotation back into place rather than re-setting it.

As it is, cycling in Croydon is a pain due to the tram lines that have been put in. Most of the crossing are not at a right angle, and trying to cross them at a right angle will only cause conflict with motor vehicles. The addition of these extra trams and the dodgy light phasing will only cause all other road users pain. Especially a problem for cyclists in the colder months due to loss of body heat.

Advanced Stop Lines – The most useless cycling facility

Liverpool

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Well they certainly aren’t useless in their design. The idea behind them is bold but it’s hard to find one that isn’t already occupied.

I have two issues with ASL’s, the first being that motor vehicles often breach the law on stopping at the first stop line and the fact that 99% of them force you to filter on the left side of the cars to legally enter them.

I’ll start of with filtering to the ASL. The ASL is designed to give cyclists the chance to take control of the traffic lane they are in by taking a central/primary position. This means they have the space they need to get started when the lights change and not get caught by traffic that is turning or moving around them.

This sounds great, but first you have to get to the ASL. To do this legally, you will more often than not have to filter up the left hand side of the traffic. This is generally a bad idea for many reasons, including passengers exiting cars whilst stopped and not looking and the chances of getting caught out and having a car turn left in front of you or being squashed towards the kerb.
I very rarely filter up the left side of traffic when approaching a junction, I will often filter on the right hand side much like a motorcyclist, this has many pro’s including the fact that motorcyclist do this and drivers are more likely to be aware something in that position.

The main issue is the problem with motor vehicles breaching the ASL and stopping in the ASZ.  With the knowledge that an ASL is at a set of traffic lights, cyclists filter to the front only to find that there are cars stopped in the ASL and there is no room to position them selves safely. This either leads to cyclists jumping the red light and riding through the junction, the cyclists crossing the last stop line (which is technically RLJing), staying in a position which is unsafe or stopping in a gap between cars.

The main problem is that ASL’s are rarely a subject covered in the driving test and since their introduction in 1986 there has been little information provided to road users about what they should do.

It doesn’t help that the police do nothing about vehicles that cross the first stop line when the traffic light is red. It is a punishable offence with points and a fine but it is deemed to be a minor offence and is often overlooked. What may be a minor offence in one persons eyes, is an offence in another persons that causes an expensive cycling facility to be a waste.

I’ve decided to do a minor study to see how many vehicles I come across stopped in the ASZ’s over a few days. I shall included all modes of transport that by law, should not be in the ASZ. It may be that they entered it perfectly legally when the light was green but due to traffic they could not progress further. I shall report back on my findings in the next week or so.

In the mean time, there are some figures to have a look at from the Westminster Cycling Campaign. Their research at 4 junctions shows that in 2009 53% of drivers stop before the ASL when the light is red or amber, which is the same as in 2002. So over a 7 year period, and with an increase in cycling traffic on the roads during that time, the drivers where not any better. I did miss out that in 2003 60% of drivers stop before the ASL when the light was red or amber. But that number is still awfully low. TFL worked on the bus drivers understanding the ASL from 2002 to 2009 and we can see an increase from 59% stopping in 2002 to 92% stopping in 2009, why can’t something be done with all drivers?

Silly Cyclists – Episode 22

It’s that time again, and it’s another cracker. With a video submission at number 1, me at number two and a whole load of silly cyclists before. I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to like and comment 🙂

Silly cyclists almost made it onto the One Show on the 17th of February but the footage was not used in the piece they did about cyclists and helmet cameras.

The curse of the Genesis Day01

Back in mid 2010 I remember seeing some photos from a bicycle show where Genesis was showing off their 2011 range of bikes. The Day01 Alfine caught up eye straight away. Hub gear, disc brakes and bright orange, what more could you want for a commuter bicycle?
I was in the market for a new bike, i had been commuting on a carbon racer for some time and I didn’t want that to continue through another winter.

One day in September I went into my local bike shop to buy a new tyre for one that got shredded only minutes before. Further into the shop was the Genesis Day01 standing out from everything else with its orange paint. Unfortunately the frame was too small for me, but I ordered in a bigger frame in for a test ride.

A week later and I was back at the shop and took the bike for a few spins, it had a great ride and felt very different to my racer. Definitely something I could use for commuting. It was an easy choice and I parted with my cash for a great looking bike. I added some mudguards and Kevlar lined tyres for a bit more but definitely something needed for high mileage commuting through London and it’s suburbs.

First day of commuting on the Day01 and everything was going well. Until I was about 2 miles away from my house and I got a nasty p*nct*r* and the rear went flat. As I was so close to home I decided to walk it back and change it after I had eaten my supper and wasn’t in a rush. Little did I know how hard it was going to be. At first I had issues getting the rear wheel off. I had undone the wheel nuts but due to chain tugs and the tension on the chain I couldn’t get the chain off either of the chain rings.
A few small turns of the chain tugs and I was easily able to get the wheel off. A quick change of the inner tube and a check of the tyre for anything left over. Everything was fine.

The hard part was putting the wheel back on. Getting the chain tension right and the wheel aligned in a position with the disc brakes took a lot of time. But when I had finally done it there was only one thing left to do, put the gear change cable back in. I put it in perfectly but when I went to change the gears, the cable was put under too much pressure and it snapped. BALLS!!

Next day I popped into the bike shop and asked if they could sort it out for me, half hour later it was ready to be picked up and I continued my journey to work.

All was going well with the bike. A fellow owner of a Genesis Day01 noted on a forum that he had issues with the brakes. I contacted Genesis about this and explained that I had noticed an issue with the front brake which made the forks shudder under the slightest load. I understand that with a steel fork and a disc brake mounted where it is, there is loads put onto that fork and it can stress and flex but I would not expect it to do so at the level i was applying. I’m actively looking into this issue and hoping to resolve it soon, luckily it doesn’t affect heavy braking.

The date is November 02 2010 and i’m taking a usual route to work where by I cycle through Croydon town centre. The conditions are damp and there are leaves on the floor. I have cycled this many times with no issues but today was going to be different.
As I went to cross the metal guttering, my front wheel passed over a wet leaf at the same time and I  lost the front wheel. The bike just went down and I slid a few meters. Certainly not comfortable but I was able to get back onto the bike and continue my journey with ease.

Back on December 16th 2010 I was commuting home through snow, this was going to be my last commute home for a few weeks as I had the rest of the time booked off for the christmas break. But what I didn’t realise is that it was going to be my last ride for a while due to something else.
I don’t want to say too much as the case is still on going, but it ended up with me on the bonnet of the car.

It took my LBS a good few weeks to get the parts and fix my bike, they had issues sourcing a hub and a rim. It seems the standard Alex rim used on the Genesis is hard to get hold of.
I got my bike back last week and I did some good mileage on it last week. But come Friday I was having some issues with my rear brake, an issue which had cropped up before and something I wanted to sort out.

You can feel tension in the rear brake when you pull the lever, but if you keep pulling you will feel the tension go and the bike stops decelerating.  This is a real issue when you are trying to turn right, it makes it impossible to indicate. I thought I had found a fix for this, which was to change the position of the fixed pad, by moving it closer to the disc I found it solved the issue, but only for a short amount of time.

Anyway, I took it to Evans in Victoria, London and their mechanic had a look at it, he thought he had solved the issue but he hadn’t, he also found that a spoke on the rear wheel was broken. Which would explain why the rear end felt a bit funny through some corners.

The bike is now booked in for a service at Evans west end, London and hopefully all these issues will be resolved and I don’t have any more bad luck with it!

Vauxhall Bridge Cycle Lanes

View along Vauxhall bridge, London. Taken from...

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A while ago I posted a video that showed just how dangerous the cycle lane on the southbound side of the bridge is. It’s very narrow and even the average sized car will pass you far too close, just imagine if a coach or bus passes you.

I use Vauxhall Bridge daily to get to and from work. Traveling on it north bound is perfectly fine. There is a lovely bus lane on the left hand side, you will only encounter a bus if you use the cycling short cut through the gyratory.

Taking the Bridge south bound on the other hand is a totally different story. The cycle lane runs the full length of the bridge and is very narrow for the full duration.  There is a bus lane that runs the full length of the bridge but due to the busses needing to enter the bus station inside the gyratory, its position is on the right hand side. I’ve used it a few times, but due to its position and the lack of cleaning, it’s full of stones and pot holes.
This means that to travel across the bridge in safety, you must take control of the left lane and keep up a good speed, the traffic behind you will try to reach/break 30mph. So it’s important that you get up to speed and control it. I’ve had a few close calls doing this but most of the time it’s not an issue and is much safer than taking to the cycle lane.

It’s not just this cycle lane that is a problem, many of the cycle lanes in Pimlico are of poor quality, and on the 22nd of may 2010, a cyclist was killed by a HGV whilst cycling in near one of these cycle lanes just north of vauxhall bridge.
The LCC reported on the issue of the cycle lanes in the area  and their communications officer, Mike Cavenett, has said

This cycle lane is so narrow it was almost not possible to put a bicycle logo on it.

It’s a facility that says to drivers that bikes should be in the gutter, and encourages cyclists to ride in a position that National Standards Training says is unsafe.

It’s not known whether this lane contributed to Mr Smith’s death, but something clearly needs to be done about these potentially lethal facilities.

Many cycle lanes across the UK are of poor quality and they put the people who use them at risk daily. Motorists fail to understand the needs of cyclists and we are often put in danger because they wish to get slightly further up the road.
Without knowledge, cyclists do not know what cycle lane is good and which is bad, Until we remove the cycle lanes or better educate the cyclists, we will continue to see close calls and read about deaths due to the poor infrastructure that is provided for us at the side of the road.

Video Camera Cyclists

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Cyclists all over the world are taking to using video cameras as they go about there rides. Be them mounted on their helmets or on the bicycle, the cameras prove to be invaluable as they show what life is like as a cyclist across the globe.
Below i’ve listed all the video camera cyclists that I know of and which country and region them are from if known, not all video camera cyclists upload to youtube, so this is only a list of known video camera cyclists who upload.
See video camera cyclists from Austraila, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, FinlandGermany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America

Australia

  1. 2WheelsAndACamera
  2. 33iampaul
  3. Aushiker
  4. Boognoss
  5. chalinolobusmorio
  6. chungman212
  7. cyberwealth
  8. cycleAus
  9. eclessia
  10. evictorr – Melbourne
  11. georgeonhisbike
  12. HuggiesCycling
  13. KonaCommuter
  14. myforwik
  15. nitramluap
  16. OxfordYT
  17. Peddler2565
  18. rigidmount – NSW
  19. roadmonitoroz
  20. tony888vo
  21. triplejay
  22. waynohh
  23. whisperingwheels

Canada

  1. adventuresincycling
  2. alexwarrior1
  3. buddybradley2007 – Vancouver
  4. CaptainPreferences
  5. extreme2themax
  6. grindupBaker
  7. NoGo90
  8. RedRavick
  9. ryanz4
  10. torontocranks – Toronto

Czech Republic

  1. LiamAnderson1
  2. squish225

Denmark

  1. xliijoe

Finland

  1. timoohz

Germany

  1. BerlinCyclist
  2. Cuberadler
  3. krobnitz
  4. RadfahrerBT – Bayreuth
  5. rhein228
  6. speedbiker14

Hungary

  1. atomboy83 – Szeged
  2. errorkahun
  3. sajatzsiron – Budapest

Ireland

  1. betamonu
  2. CycleDub – Dublin
  3. dublincyclist – Dublin

Italy

  1. electriccyclist
  2. marcotosinurse
  3. TheItalianCyclist

Japan

  1. alexWiiDS

Netherlands

  1. AmCamBike
  2. beekie1982
  3. DavidHembrow
  4. DerkvanL
  5. dsiepman2000
  6. harwig
  7. markenlei
  8. metro2002
  9. pjotr320
  10. Quemo304
  11. twilwel
  12. xlnetwork

New Zealand

  1. abmannz
  2. BondMeisterbond
  3. ginganz13
  4. TheVexatiousLitigant
  5. WellingtonBikeCam01

Norway

  1. DelVeien – Oslo

Poland

  1. 7Prozak7

Russia

  1. DarlokA256
  2. tmpttt1

Switzerland

  1. systemexit

Thailand

  1. hipponokloo

Ukraine

  1. kievcyclist

United Kingdom

  1. 04smallmj – Essex
  2. 10936868
  3. 1970DGF
  4. 24690553 – Birmingham
  5. 2FlatErics
  6. 2rocship – Manchester
  7. 39stonecyclist
  8. 497103
  9. 4ChordsNoNet – Croydon, London
  10. ABikeCam
  11. adamjennison111
  12. adds21
  13. adysayswakeupffs
  14. agbell99 – London
  15. AldershotCyclist – Aldershot
  16. alexgreenbank
  17. amorfuss – Doncaster
  18. AnalogueAndy – Bath
  19. andi0kam – London
  20. andrewfowler1000
  21. Andrewrobinhood
  22. andyb0000
  23. andyjprice777
  24. AndyTrav1 – London
  25. Angelfishsolo
  26. antlaff69
  27. apreater – London
  28. arallsopp – London
  29. AsusP8Z68V – Norwich
  30. atacama82
  31. Athomack
  32. AyrshireBacn
  33. b0ngmanuk
  34. bada55ba55
  35. BadSwindoomRoadUsers – Swindon
  36. baggyattheknees
  37. baldyteacher
  38. bazk666
  39. bbborp – London
  40. benlovejoy
  41. benwhiteuk – Portsmouth
  42. betterbybikeonline
  43. bigbluemeanie
  44. bigguychappers – York
  45. bigsharnm – York
  46. BoringVideosInk
  47. BoroGrecian
  48. Bristolcyclista – Bristol
  49. BristolTraffic – Bristol
  50. brothersoulshine
  51. BrownhillsBob
  52. cabdav
  53. Camsplint
  54. cantankeroussquonk
  55. CapitalMover – London
  56. carsruleok – London
  57. ChrisCLondon
  58. citycycling
  59. cjashwell – London
  60. cognitivedissident
  61. CommutingWithCamera
  62. CountryOfTheBlind – London
  63. cr3ated
  64. crazy580
  65. CrispyCatCam – London
  66. cristapper84 – London
  67. Cunobelin
  68. cyclea2b
  69. CycleGaz – London
  70. cycletank
  71. cycleman8000
  72. cyclinginlondon – London
  73. cyclinginstructor – London
  74. cyclingmarcuu – York
  75. CyclingMikey – London
  76. cyclingpast – London
  77. CyclistDan
  78. CycloWaz
  79. cycopathifist
  80. d4rthpaul – Bristol
  81. DamoDoublemint – London
  82. Dangerousedinburgh – Edinburgh
  83. daniellepalmer
  84. dannyc73
  85. darreljameswhittle – Manchester
  86. dcurzon1973 – London
  87. DeathonWheels1969 – London
  88. definitelynotkwacker
  89. dexradio – Kent
  90. dezbez747 – London
  91. distoredmotion
  92. dominicgkerr – Taunton / Oxford
  93. downfader2
  94. Downwardi
  95. drsquirrel0
  96. DrumsBikesBrains
  97. drysuitdiver
  98. Dukinfieldcyclist
  99. EasySlowRider
  100. eddbike
  101. edinbiker – Edinburgh, Scotland
  102. edinburghcitycycler – Edinburgh, Scotland
  103. EdinburghFixed – Edinburgh, Scotland
  104. EMDcam
  105. EP88S
  106. EthelF
  107. Ewan Login
  108. EWSnotDBS – York
  109. exmouthroady – Exmouth
  110. fakestrat
  111. fardsmobile
  112. femtojt
  113. fenegroni
  114. fightbaddriving
  115. finbat
  116. finlab
  117. FixieFarquhar
  118. Fizzerdrix – London
  119. fossyant – Manchester
  120. fotoih
  121. FreewheelingUK
  122. Fuzz944
  123. gadgetmind – Leeds
  124. gaj104 – London
  125. galaxytourer1
  126. GeoffR1970
  127. germanicdogman – Liverpool
  128. giveamanabike
  129. givecyclistsroom
  130. GlasgowCycle – Glasgow
  131. gratedcarrot
  132. gregkiley
  133. GreyhairScout
  134. growingvegetable – Leeds
  135. H3r3D4nny
  136. HaloJUK – London
  137. halverde
  138. hawickrfc
  139. helmetcamroadtrip – Norwich
  140. HLaB75
  141. HorshamCyclist
  142. howiespencer
  143. hydrachem – Sheffield
  144. IAMABULLET1 – London
  145. ian154 – London
  146. idontpayroadtax
  147. IggyHT81S
  148. ilscozzese
  149. ismailzd
  150. iuckcan – London
  151. JameyCam – London
  152. JannieJumbo – Aberdeen
  153. jason40kim
  154. JezBike
  155. jibberish666 – London
  156. jthefishy
  157. jobysp
  158. JoeSoap76 – Glasgow
  159. jonah15 – London
  160. jonnygeez – London
  161. jonredhornet
  162. jonskids
  163. jssjmsvckry – London
  164. Julanikart
  165. julietmikealpha
  166. kalika101
  167. KarlOnSea
  168. Karmacycle1
  169. kiblams
  170. kie7077
  171. knoxieman
  172. kmcyc – London
  173. Kurako76 – London
  174. laplage73
  175. LeatonNick
  176. leedsbikecam1
  177. leedscyclist – Leeds
  178. leew21
  179. leighhunt
  180. LidCamMan
  181. lincstolondon – London
  182. LJ LJ – London
  183. loncycling – London
  184. londonepicurean
  185. Londonneur – London
  186. louear
  187. Lukeybloo
  188. m1mbz
  189. MadMarie2005 – London
  190. magnatom – Glasgow, Scotland
  191. maidstoneonbike
  192. mailpauljonescouk – Cambridge
  193. manchestercyclist – Manchester
  194. mancroady – Manchester
  195. mapryan
  196. markster2010 – London
  197. martint235 – London
  198. matthames
  199. matthew6476
  200. MaximumCube – Bristol
  201. mbails87 – West Midlands
  202. md451
  203. MegaStuke
  204. MelloVELO
  205. mercyclist
  206. mgbracken
  207. MiddleAgeCyclist
  208. miles210595
  209. mixymadman
  210. mjbeaker – Birmingham
  211. mmace – Leeds
  212. mmmmmrob
  213. monkeysnutscom
  214. moth757
  215. MrAnalogue1
  216. MrCasualCyclist
  217. mrcellophane99
  218. MrCyclesafe
  219. MrGrumpycyclist
  220. MrOrigamist – London
  221. MrTMaccabee
  222. MrTrickdem – London
  223. MTBE37
  224. mycommute
  225. mycommutetowork
  226. mycycleclips – London
  227. n325aej
  228. nebikene
  229. Nimtar100
  230. northyorksbaddrivers – York
  231. NottinghamCyclist – Nottingham
  232. notwhatucallanatural
  233. ontheroaduk2008
  234. OptimisticBiker – London
  235. panticle
  236. paulopadopa
  237. paulworthington53 – Liverpool
  238. PedalBikerUK – Alnwick
  239. PemboCycling
  240. PeowPeowPeowLasers
  241. peteaud1
  242. PeterCyclesTheWorld – Lancaster
  243. petertbbrett
  244. peterthewomble
  245. pminopoli
  246. PoliceMadAd – Derby
  247. pompeycommuter – Portsmouth
  248. PompeyCycle
  249. Prestwickuk
  250. prj45
  251. Pufftmw
  252. purpleduck375
  253. RadWagon1 – Cambridge
  254. redradiatorable
  255. redvee2002 – Bristol
  256. ReinhardvonHolst
  257. RhodeLong
  258. rhysjw1000
  259. rml380za – London
  260. roadieeeee
  261. robertjamesfrost
  262. robojimpip – Glasgow
  263. rogerhotuk – London
  264. rogerzilla
  265. ron611087 – London
  266. rosscbrowncycles – Scotland
  267. roverthehill
  268. rugfoot – London
  269. progcovers
  270. qnut007
  271. ruskythegreat
  272. s0m3bl0k3
  273. sallysaile
  274. SamNG41
  275. san0designs
  276. SbCyclist1
  277. schneil
  278. ScottishCyclist
  279. sh4rkybloke – Manchester
  280. SheffieldCyclist – Sheffield
  281. SheffieldTiger – Sheffield
  282. SkrzypczykBass – London
  283. smegheaddan – London
  284. SMIDSYagain
  285. smsm1986
  286. Sniggerme
  287. SonOfTheWind
  288. soolrider
  289. southlondoncycling34 – London
  290. Speshboy
  291. sponge342001
  292. sqrooloose
  293. StabiliserVideos – London
  294. starinthesky1
  295. steveloughranuk
  296. Steve Perkins – London
  297. sunburnspain
  298. SuperstompElite – London
  299. sw19cam – London
  300. swldxer
  301. taypet21 – Bristol
  302. TCTC68
  303. TesterAnimal1
  304. TheAddictfreak
  305. TheBikingExperience
  306. TheCWNT – Isle of Man
  307. TheCyclingEngineer
  308. TheEvangeist
  309. thefireuk
  310. TheLabRatt
  311. TheLondonCommuter – London
  312. TheMaka456
  313. thepoetcyclist – Northern Ireland
  314. TheSadcyclist
  315. TheSeLager – London
  316. TheScoobybike – Glasgow
  317. TheScottishJon – Cambridge
  318. thomase1
  319. timbaggs7 – Nottingham
  320. TiNuts – London
  321. tjdrico
  322. tom999uk – London
  323. tombikess
  324. Tr4veller
  325. Tradescant58
  326. trignflo
  327. trumpettom001
  328. Tuneaftertune
  329. twohat
  330. UKMarx
  331. UnclePhilP
  332. urbanmanc1 – Manchester
  333. Velocioman
  334. VeryMadMart – Stoke on Trent
  335. Vikeonabike
  336. vincealot
  337. vousden
  338. weekssj
  339. westcountrytim
  340. wheelygd
  341. WheelyGoodFun
  342. whitebait01 – London
  343. WokingTrafficSafety – Woking
  344. Wonkynees
  345. xdr5xdrf
  346. yangtse55
  347. YjvK8PX7er
  348. zenfarion
  349. ZiggyRob
  350. dustandpebbles

United States of America

  1. 1nterceptor
  2. animation508
  3. AviationMetalSmith – Long Island, New York
  4. BigSharnm
  5. bike42363
  6. Bikesafer – Milwaukee
  7. bikeologist
  8. blackbirdxxxxx
  9. bmwutonium
  10. bodybait
  11. Brendan61
  12. busog97641
  13. calvinymob
  14. carrigan88
  15. cambridgecyclist
  16. cbscott19
  17. chad2go
  18. ChainReactionBicycle
  19. chavezcycling
  20. computergeek3192
  21. CranksOnCam
  22. crazytraffic99
  23. criteriumcoaching
  24. cyclecitation – New York
  25. cyclingfun2
  26. cyclingintraffic – Boston
  27. CyclingJDK
  28. CyclistLorax
  29. CycleMan2200 – Ohio
  30. DanWuh – Los Angeles
  31. degnaw
  32. degnawBikeCam
  33. destro727 – Boston
  34. dou40006
  35. eoinocarroll – Boston
  36. Evan Wilder
  37. fake123
  38. fearlab
  39. freddotu
  40. frederickchim – Boston
  41. frizzleyfrozzle – NYC
  42. fuxujam
  43. ItParadyske
  44. jsallen1946 – Massachuetts
  45. Lucas Brunelle (website)
  46. lucaseq77
  47. luvmastertx
  48. Mcleod1370
  49. NaptownRoadkill
  50. ositoking
  51. papitooz
  52. pgallas
  53. seattlebikeblog – Seattle
  54. socomcorky
  55. Superhandydave
  56. sweixel
  57. swray2112
  58. themayocycle – Chicago
  59. theroosterblocker
  60. UrbanCyclist100
  61. USCyclist2000
  62. weshigh
  63. willie92708
  64. xchopp
Last updated: 18.03.12
List total: 491

Silly Cyclists – Episode 21

It’s that time again, another episode of silly cyclists. This week’s top 10 see’s 3 video submissions, some red light jumping, incorrect bicycle lights and some wobbly cycling.

If you wish to submit a video for the next episode of silly cyclists, please e-mail your clip to sillycyclists at gmail dot com. I will try to reply to all that e-mail me.

The continued Success of the Barclays Cycle Hire

Barclays Cycle Hire bikes

Image by duncan via Flickr

Transport for London stated today that the Barclays Cycle Hire customers have cycled to the moon and back 13 times in the first 6 months of operation.  That’s over 2.5 million journeys at over 10,000,000km cycled.

The busiest day for the scheme saw more than 27,500 journeys, covering more than 124,000km.

There are nearly 110,000 registered users and ‘casual’ users have purchased over 28,000 access periods in just 8 weeks.

Plans for extending the scheme have been announced, this will see the blue bikes heading into and out of; Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Bethnal Green, Bow, Canary Wharf, Mile End and Poplar. This expansion will included 2,000 bikes and 4,200 docking points across new and old areas. These added station should be up and running in 2012.

I’ve been trying to compare the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme to others across the world, but it seems very hard to come up with figures of usage at a similar time to what TFL have produced. This is especially hard when trying to compare it to the Vélib’ scheme in Paris, mainly because my french is poor. Parlez-vous anglais?

I got some vague stats for both the Vélib’ and the bixi scheme which run in Paris and Montreal. In the first year the Vélib’ scheme logged 20,000,000 journeys with an average of 70,000 a day. Where as the Bixi scheme logged only just over 1,000,000 journeys. The thing to remember here is that the Vélib scheme is bigger than ours. And the bixi scheme has the same number of docks as us but we have more bikes.

I think the Cycle Hire scheme is clearly working, people are using it and the image of them on the street will only draw more people into cycling, which is a bonus.

But Boris needs to address some issues, and that’s the lack of free spaces to dock. I still find that I can go to several docking points in the middle of the day and not be able to park. That is the most frustrating part of using the scheme.
He should also look at how we can improve cycling as a whole in London. Making London a friendlier place to cycle, reducing the traffic, reducing traffic speed, more cycling specific routes. These will all aid cycling in London on a whole and increase the uptake of the cycle hire scheme. And not do things like reducing the congestion charge zone, that was one great thing that saw cycling improve massively in central London.