• Bike racks spell out a new welcome for Lambeth

    Visitors to the London Borough of Lambeth are now greeted by a row of eye-catching bike racks created by cycle parking designers Cyclehoop Ltd.


  • Distributors wanted for Cycle Lifestyle magazine

    Issue 5 of Cycle Lifestyle is coming out in April this year, and we're always looking for new places to distribute this free magazine all about the benefits of cycling in London. Can you help us, by distributing some copies in your local area? Would you like us to send some copies to your workplace, cycling club or school? If you want to support Cycle Lifestyle then please get in touch on info@cyclelifestyle.co.uk

  • 'Biking Boroughs' to get more funding

    The capital's 13 'Biking Boroughs' are to get £4m of funding to be spent over three years until March 2014. TfL's director of better routes and places, Ben Plowden, explains: "Biking Boroughs aims to introduce simple, locally focused solutions that encourage residents to consider, for each journey, whether a bike could be used." He continues: "thousands of short trips made in outer London every day have the potential to be cycled".

    London Assembly member Jenny Jones, from the Green Party, has criticised Mayoral cycling investments in the past, arguing that "London’s cycling revolution has been stalled for the last two years as the Mayor failed to finish the London Cycle Network, which would have created hundreds of linked-up cycle routes throughout London... the one big project that was on the verge of delivering a huge advance for cycle safety, especially in outer London". She continues: "Expenditure on cycling has gone up, but with the exception of some good work by a few local authorities, little extra was acheived".

    My opinion is somewhere in between. Encouraging people in outer London to cycle short journeys by bicycle is very worthwhile, but it should not come at the expense of providing a proper Greater London Cycle Network and Map. All the bases need to be covered, such that short, medium and longer journeys can all be undertaken by bicycle (or, indeed, electric bicycle) in the capital.

    It's not as if the cost is prohibitive: it's been estimated by LCN Development Manager Brian Deegan that Simon Parker's London Cycle Map could be implemented for just £50,000 per borough - yearly wages for a couple of traffic wardens. Then, of course, a proper London Cycle Map would have the knock-on effect of encouraging more people to cycle local journeys, so the project would enhance TfL's Biking Boroughs agenda, and vice versa. What are we waiting for? 

  • Creative things to do with old bike parts

    ... courtesy of Give a Car, a charity guest-blogging on The London Cyclist. Personaly I like the butterfly front gate.

  • Cycle Hire Scheme is shortlisted for design awards

    The Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011, to be precise. For even more precision, check out what makes these bikes so stylish.

  • Lance Armstrong retires

    Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has announced he is quitting professional cycling. Read more here , there and everywhere.

  • Cycling road race will 'bring the magic of the 2012 games to life'

    .. says Sebastian Coe, as reported in The Telegraph. The race will start in central London, then head out to Surrey and back again. (We've all got lost and done that before.)

  • Tower Hamlets women could scoop major transport award

    Eleven women from the Ocean Estate in Tower Hamlets have been nominated for a London Transport Award 2011.

    The women - dubbed Ocean’s 11 – featured in Cycle Lifestyle issue 2 and have been nominated for the award for their remarkable efforts in learning to cycle. They are one of seven projects nominated in the ‘Achievements in Cycling’ category of the awards, which will be presented in London in April this year.

  • Man fends off leopard with bike

    According to this article in Going Going Bike, my mum can add another item to her list of cycling hazards: leopards.

  • Increase in cyclists crossing the Thames in central London

    "Perhaps it's time that the people who use bicycles shouted a bit more loudly at our politicians about re-designating some of our road space towards the bicycle", say bloggers 'Cyclists in the City', after revelaing new statistics about the increasing numbers of cyclists in the capital. Since 2006, the percentage of bicycles crossing the eight Central London bridges carrying road traffic across the river into Westminster and the City has increased significantly during morning rush hour traffic compared to private motor cars.


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