Cycling

I have been greatly enjoying the Westminster Hall debate on cycling prompted by The Times “cities fit for cycling” campaign. Many good points were made: my MP commented (as I had said to him in correspondence before) that magic white paint is not a solution to badly engineered junctions. Sarah Wollaston commented on the joy …

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Here we see two takes on the same theme: how close should you pass a cyclist. It seems to me that the two are about equivalent. This is a constant source of debate on the newsgroups, with drivers often of the opinion that the recommended passing distance is “absurd”. No, it’s not, it’s the recommended …

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Getting protected data from a data custodian is not that hard but you have to know how to do it. For data that is not about you, there are hoops to jump through. If you have been harassed and you need to find out who is responsible, this will be of interest. It’s far too …

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Today I have been shopping: I know it’s traditional to show new bikes posed in the kitchen with a cunningly concealed jar of Marmite, but if God had meant us to be indoors on a day like this then he’d never have given us WiFi. More when I’ve had a chance to test ride it.

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Once again I read of the endless debate (read: slanging match) between cyclists and drivers over red light jumping. Why is this particular topic so contentious? And is the “debate” – such as it is – well-founded? Actually, no, the right question is: why does it endlessly go round and round with the same arguments …

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