20mph speed limits

20mph speed limits lead to increase in cycling and walking according to a Government report. Although the report is inconclusive as to whether it leads to less crashes and injuries, surely its just more civilised and therefore worth pursuing for that reason alone. #TwentyIsPlenty #RoadPeace https://buff.ly/2ArP3zr

Traffic congestion

An horrific living nightmare of traffic congestion. There’s demands for Medway Council to take action to end huge queues on Medway City Estate every single day as people sit in the cars waiting to get to and from their workplace. I wonder why this happens ?! Why are industrial and housing projects approved and built without a thought for infrastructure, let alone sustainable infrastructure? When they are built and fully populated why do people continue to drive to, and from, when they sit in a traffic jam for hours and it’s probably quicker to walk (let alone ride a bike) than drive?

Authorites seem clueless. The solutions offered by Medway Council, just aren’t solutions – just a dithering fudge. Too few people see this as an issue and nobody seems to have the wherewithal, let alone the political will, to address it.

The building of Peter’s Village on the other side of Wouldham is just a one-way ticket to another horrific living nightmare of traffic congestions. It’s getting that way already and the place isn’t finished being built, let alone fully populated yet.

The priority is to make money, and nothing else seems to matter at all. Transport-wise, the car is always given the number one priority and they can’t even do that property. Lord help us.  This stupidty can’t go on, surely?

#despair https://buff.ly/2QRaCAs

Mudguard attached

OK, I admit defeat, my ugly but effective mudguard has been attached. I’ve peeled off a weeks worth of winter grime from my trusty work bike and readied myself for winter.

I know they are really ugly and spoil the supposedly “clean” lines but unlike most things in the modern world they are hugely reliable and effective.

My back side has breathed a massive sigh of relief!

Dr Freeman to face tribunal

Dr Freeman, the former Team Sky Doctor is to face a medical tribunal over the ordering and delivery of banned testosterone patches to British Cycling headquarters while working for Team Sky.

It is difficult to believe that these were ordered by accident. Surely this needs to be seriously looked at again as there are still lots of unanswered questions.

There is no legitimate use of testosterone patches for professional athletes. They are used for small numbers of older men who are “flagging” but even then its still not universally agreed in medical circles to be appropriate or effective.

Why would a sports doctor order these by accident? Its just not credibile.

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Lance Armstrong an icon?

Why is Lance Armstrong still an icon to Bradley Wiggins? Maybe not the most sensible thing to say but when has Wiggins ever been sensible? Maybe this is just part of the process of cycling coming to terms which is going to take some time I think? Is this just part of the process that let’s us accept Alejandro Valverde race next season in the Rainbow Jersey, because we have to – we have no choice. At some stage we have to accept what has happened, acknowledge it and not try to wipe it from history.

So if cycling has to come to terms with its dark past at some stage then maybe Wiggo is right after all?

But Lance Armstrong? Not only was he a compulsive drug taking cheat, he was a serial liar and a bully and prepared to do whatever it took to achieve what he wanted to achieve. Some of the things he did were quite despicable. He really should have faced criminal proceedings. So I’m not sure that makes him an icon. An icon of what?

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