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A birds eye view of traffic

Last year I was teaching in a building from St Clements – it gave a birds eye view of traffic down below. The funny thing is that everything seemed so calm and relaxed viewed from above. A very different perspective to ground level!

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The amazing thing about this set of photos is that in nearly every case, cars, taxis and buses were respecting the advanced stop boxes. I’m sure this never happens when I’m at ground level.

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Advanced stop signs make it easier for cyclists turning in different directions. Continue Reading →

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Two days in Yorkshire

In case you are wondering what Christmas present to buy your family member who is a keen cyclist, I’m sure this book would be much appreciated and go down very well…

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200 photos of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Two days in Yorkshire at Amazon.co.uk (£35!)

 

 

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A good cycle path

Cycle path over Donnington Bridge offers a rare segregated cycle way for people to cycle without having to ride with traffic.

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No near misses here.

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At rush hour, there is heavy congestion on this road. The cycle path offers a convenient way to beat the traffic jams.

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A fair number of cyclists use this path.

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Quicker by bike.

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The cycle lane is often used by children and people getting to school. It also helps that there are quiet cycle paths by the river and other back roads which connect a local school.

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It’s a good feeling to go  past stationary vehicles.

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An integrated cycle path – another rarity – when the path ends, there are decent options, you aren’t immediately thrown into fast moving traffic.

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I don’t understand the attraction of sitting in a traffic jam.

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Quicker with one leg.

 

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Although, it is surprising how many still use the pavement.

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There is also a (non-segregated) cycle path on the other side of the road. This is good because of you’re on that side of the road, you don’t want to have to cross the road, just to use the cycle path. Still, it is often too narrow because wide cars spill over into the cycle lane. It’s a shame it’s not a foot wider.

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Cars often follow suit, if one person moves into cycle lane, everyone else tends to. This is quite an inviting sight for a cycle commuter.

frosty-donnington-bridge-cycle-pathA frosty scene on Donnington Bridge.

path-by-riverThe cycle path by the River Thames, which offers a traffic free way into the centre of Oxford. Just a shame it’s very bumpy and often muddy. But, it offers great views of Christ Church Meadow

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Photos from Tour de France Yorkshire

Some selected photos from the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Thanks to photographers who offered creative commons photos.

See also: Blog from day 1 | Blog from day 2

 

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Buttertubs pass packed to the rafters. – photo: Dave Haygarth, flick cc.2.0

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Stage Two Winner – Vicenzo Nibali, – just outside Addingham. Photo: Lynne Pettinger flickr

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Geraint Thomas on Holme Moss, stage two. photo Duncan Palmer, Flickr

 

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Grinton Moor, stage one.  Photo Adam Bowie, flickr

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Grinton Moor, stage one.  Photo Adam Bowie, flickr

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Top of Cragg Vale, after stage 2. Photo Dave Haygarth, flick cc.2.0

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Near the top of Cragg Vale. Photo Dave Haygarth, flick cc.2.0

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Buttertubs pass Dave Haygarth, flick cc.2.0 (click to enlarge)

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Silsden Town centre. Photo amsterdame flick cc.2.0

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On the road to Harrogate. Photo Adam Bowie, flickr

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Thomas Voekler on Holme Moss, stage two. photo Duncan Palmer, Flickr

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Stage Two, on the road to Sheffield. Photo Event Coverage –  Eventcoverage, flickr

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Photos cycling in Oxford

Some of my favourite cycling photos from Oxford in the past five years.

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Cyclists do help reduce congestion.

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A good way to get to work. Donnington Bridge.

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Patient cyclists.

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Off to the exam. (More photos of cycling in subfusc)
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High Street

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At the lights. Sandwiched between van and bus.

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Everyone cycles in Oxford.

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Turning right

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Cycling through the rain photos

Some selected photos from the wettest winter since King Canute went on a canoeing trip up to the fjords and waterfalls of the Lake District.

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Nice mac and Wellington boots to keep dry.

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There must be a rainbow somewhere. This delivery guy rides through the rain, with the sun shining through in the background.

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It’s alright in the buggy carriage

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One way to avoid the rain – cycle faster.

Welcome to the floods

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Please keep access clear for the flood waters. Continue Reading →

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A traffic jam of cyclists

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I’m impressed at the patience of these Oxford cyclists in rush hour. Who says the British can’t still queue?

I have to admit I would have a temptation to sprint along the inside and then sprint away from the lights. But, when everyone is so well behaved it wouldn’t feel right to spoil the good natured patience. I tend to avoid the ‘cycling queue’ by going straight on and turning right later on. Definitely, when you see people acting courteously it influences other people to do the same. Similarly when some start flouting the laws it has a big influence on other people.

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Right hand lane waiting for lights to change. Left hand lane is straight on up the high street.

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The only problem with this feeder lane is that cyclists are coming up the middle between two lanes of traffic. But, at least the traffic is usually slow moving around here. (20mph speed limit, which isn’t exceeded by too much)

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This is a dangerous possibility. The huge and very long London Tube bus was wanting to get in the left hand lane, but cyclists were squeezing through on the inside (along the dotted cycle lane). It’s not clear who has right of way or who should give way in this situation. Eventually the bus driver got frustrated with waiting and started beeping his horn, hoping some cyclists would stop allowing him to get in left hand lane. But, if one cyclist goes on the inside, other people often follow suit. (same principle with car drivers overtaking  on the wrong side of road) Continue Reading →

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Cyclists in the First world war – and don’t forget your helmet

I was looking through some photos from World War One. There were quite a few showing soldiers using bicycles. The British army even had a specific bicycle corps.

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And I thought Oxford roads were bad at the moment..

Soldiers were given bicycles to help faster troop movement, but it looks this roads was too muddy to cycle on.

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These cyclists don’t even seem to be wearing a cycle helmet. Talks about socially irresponsibility! I don’t see many hi viz jersey amongst the platoon either. I don’t know how they managed to avoid being run over by tanks!

And don’t get me on to their position in the middle of the road.

Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but it was too depressing to say anything serious about this cycling ad, which got banned for being socially irresponsible.

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Funny or not, around 50% of Premiership sides are sponsored by gambling companies. Continue Reading →

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Classic cycling photos

This is another collection of classic time trial photos from the Bernard Thompson collection. I have already published some of these on my last cycling blog, but this is a new collection from the 280 images, and bigger sized (640px) than last blog. I hope you enjoy these insights into the ‘golden era’ of domestic British cycling and time trialling.

Thanks to Peter Whitfield for including this CD of copyright free images in his excellent cycling books – ’12 Champions’ and ‘History of Time trialling’

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Beryl Burton at the start with large crowd.

 

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A familiar scene for early morning Sunday time trials. Time keeper and pusher-off.

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A road with no markings, must have been relatively quiet.

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A classic shot from the Catford CC hill climb – the oldest cycle race in the world.

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At the start of the national 100.

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Looks like this rider got a good push from the pusher off. Many people checking watches and looking on.

Time Trial Legends

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The 1960s was the peak of the BAR competition with the best timetriallist competing with the best road men.

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Alf Engers – the King of the short distance time trial

Alf Engers set a new competition record of 49.24 for 25 mile TT in 1978, before the advent of tri bars and disc wheels. It was the first sub 50 25 mile TT. He had a habit of annoying the establishment, but he was a class act on the bike. Engers was national 25 mile TT champion in 1969 and 1972-1976.

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Cycling in Leeds

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Recently I was in Leeds during the rush hour. I took a few photos of cyclists and the basic cycle infrastructure.

Leeds has a fairly low % of residents who cycle once a month. According to the Department of transport just 11% of residents cycle at least once a month. It’s not the lowest rate in the UK, but it lags behind other cities.

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Leeds cycle facilities

In the city centre there are some dedicated cycle facilities. It’s not much, but they seemed to be well used during rush hour.

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A temporary brake in the cycle path. The cyclists I saw used their common sense and were cycling at low speed to avoid any problems with pedestrians. But, it does seem to sum up the patchy cycle lane provision.

Leeds cycling campaign.

The Leeds cycling campaign is working with the city council to try and improve facilities for cyclists and make the city more attractive place for cycling. (Leeds Cycling Campaign)

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Proposals for better cycling facilities.  Cycle vision for Leeds

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