Prioritise cyclsts and walkers

New roads should prioritise cyclists and walkers, according to influential health group. Leave the car behind and get on your bike. Come on. Lets do it.

Don’t be one of those people who goes everywhere in a car, even for the shortest journeys. Only use the car if you absolutely have to. Make the change. Like the report says: “we’ve got to change”. The time for being lazy is over…

#bike #BanCars

Shopping by bike

How to do your shopping by bike. Sound advice from @sustrans with some great tips on how to do it.

People have gotten lazy. Go everywhere in their car. Obesity. Diabetes. Expensive, privatised public transport. It all adds up. Why not buck the trend and do your shopping by bike. Keeps you active; cheaper; better for you; unclutter the cluttered roads. Better off by bike. Easy.


Sports Personality

Geraint Thomas was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018 last weekend. The cycling vote got out again!

Well done the G Man, I can’t think of a more deserving winner. However, the reaction to it has been a little tepid comparing it to previous cycling winners. When Chris Hoy won, no other cyclist had won since Tom Simpson in 1965, it was bedlam in the cycling world. There was similar euphoria when Mark Cavendish won too.

It feels like it’s all a bit so so. Is it that people are a little tired of this kind of event? I thought the Medway Sports Awards was better! There was a lot of cheesy over the top, cringe-worthy pomp during the evening. The frothy flannel for the England football team was embarrasing. You’d have though they’d won the world cup. Even that nice Mr Southgate looked a bit embarrased.

Well done to the G Man – I, for one, think you are fabulous.


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

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?


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.