Apr. 23rd, 2012 | 0001
One the left is an image I took of a wonderful shop on Camberwell Road. If any of you have been watching The Apprentice you might remember episode 4 when the teams had to 'upcycle' vintage stock (read the Guardian Live Blog for a reminder on how not to use the Union Jack on furniture). They might have done well to take a few tips from this store as even the undeniably over-the-top chairs seem covetable.
The owners were lovely, and as I hadn't locked my bike they kindly volunteered to keep an eye on it for me whle I explored the shop interior, even offering to bring it in for me.
Pay them a visit at 152 Camberwell Road, 0207 701 2413.
Apr. 21st, 2012 | 1159
Bike Tapestry Throw, Urban Outfitters. here.
Apr. 21st, 2012 | 1127
Have a look at the article here on the London Cycle Campaign website.
And don't forget that election day is May 3rd.
Apr. 14th, 2012 | 1624
Elephant and Castle, SE1.
Apr. 6th, 2012 | 2213
Mar. 29th, 2012 | 2240
Hurry down to your local Cath Kidston or visit the website and pick up their funky saddle cover with 15% its usual £3.50 price using the ecode EGGS. The discount expires on 31st March so don't think about it for too long or you might miss out!
Cath Kidston Be A Good Sport bike seat cover.
Mar. 28th, 2012 | 1409
Mar. 27th, 2012 | 1330
Not everybody has the time or inclination to read the Highway Code. Let's face it, it's hardly as exciting as reading the newest Game of Thrones book. But it is an interesting read for the most part and I highly recommend it, not only because as a cyclists you have a responsibility to other road users to understand the rules of the road, but also because being informed will provide you with ammunition to be able to cycle with confidence because you know what your rights are.
"The most vulnerable road users are pedestrians, particularly children, older or disabled people, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. It is important that all road users are aware of the Code and are considerate towards each other. This applies to pedestrians as much as to drivers and riders.
Many of the rules in the Code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence. You may be fined, given penalty points on your licence or be disqualified from driving. In the most serious cases you may be sent to prison. Such rules are identified by the use of the words ‘MUST/MUST NOT’. In addition, the rule includes an abbreviated reference to the legislation which creates the offence. An explanation of the abbreviations can be found in 'The road user and the law'."
I have combed the code with the help of my Kindle, and collected the clauses that are relevant to cyclists, whether that be as law directly addressing us, or regarding how others should behave when cyclists are around.....
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To read the full Highway Code visit http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTra
For more tips and hints on how to stay on the right side, follow the UK Cycle Rules blog by Jorren Knibbe.
Feb. 29th, 2012 | 1133
We’ve all seen Pashley bicycles before, but lovely navy hue definitely demands attention.
Guy’s hospital, London Bridge.
Feb. 24th, 2012 | 1359
And speaking of clever advertising - have a gander at this campaign for Smart Car.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 | 1224
Dec. 7th, 2011 | 1325
The current exhibition is Open 2011, displaying work from local artists that describes their views of the area and gives the public an opportunity to buy original artworks. If you have any way of getting yourself to SE15 (the transport options are numerous!) pay a visit to the Peckham Space before December 17.
Spotted at The Peckham Space, SE15.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 | 0025
If you are a cyclist in the UK take note:
'Road Tax' does not exist. What motorists pay is VED - vehicle excise duty, which is a tax calculated according to the vehicle's emissions, and bicycles do not pollute therefore a cyclist's VED is £0.00. This VED is the tax disc that cars display on their windscreens.
The article states "that 25 per cent of drivers believe that those on bicycles should contribute to the cost of maintaining the roads"
It does not bother to follow this statement by clarifying that roads are maintained by the borough council. Therefore if you are a UK taxpayer who does not dodge your council tax, you contribute towards the upkeep of roads.
It is vital to put an end to this misinformation. The article quotes a few statistics relating to motorists' opinion on cyclists' "free-loading", with no mention of the fact that a lot of those opinions are mistaken. Next time a motorist in the throes of road rage rolls down the car window and hollers at you that you don't pay road tax - you can scoff at how much better informed you are than the troll behind the wheel.
Please read the article and if you can, drop it into your next conversation. There is no excuse for road rage against cyclists - who are in every way more vulnerable than motorists, and the best way to put a stop to it is simply to educate. One person at a time, if needs be.
For further reading on this, here are a couple of good reads. I strongly recommend the Guardian article.
"Cyclists are not tax dodgers" @The Guardian
"Bloody cyclists / Cyclists don't pay road tax" @Chapman Central
"Editorial: Marketing campaign asks the wrong question" @BikePortland.org
The best way for a cyclist to stay out of trouble, and get out of any misconceived trouble that finds you is simply to be clued up on what your rights are and what the law is. For this purpose, the UK Cycle Rules blog is a fantastic blog to follow, keeping you informed on everything from what you can (and can't!) get a fixed penalty notice for, to how to handle tricky shared path situations and other cycle law Must Knows.
EDIT 22/11/11: I came across this site this morning discussing the Confused.com study that provided the statistics for the inflammatory journalism.