Are you proud to be British?

Yesterday morning I needed all the courage and motivation that I could find. The thermometer read 5°C, the wind was howling and the rain was lashing down. I rolled down the road with it stinging my face to meet my brother. He was late so I took refuge in a bus shelter hoping he would…

The essential tips issue

Here are a few thoughts based on Sunday’s ride. It started icy and I was really nervous slipping and sliding everywhere. I finally went down, bringing down my mate too on a quiet road in Portslade. Heading north towards and along Twineham Lane we kept hitting ice in the shade.  By the time that we…

Road safety in Worthing

I wrote the piece below and was wondering how I could précis it so that it could appear in the Worthing Herald when I got news that a friend, who days before I had said that he ought to get back on his bike, was knocked down by an over taking car. The car sped…

What is the worst thing that you can say to a cyclist?

“I’m sorry, I didn’t see you.” From that moment on you are destined for a torrent of abuse. Say that you forgot to look. Say that you have only just started driving. Say that you are partially sighted and shouldn’t really be in a car. But don’t say that you did see the rider. What…

Worthing should be a nice place to cycle, walk, live in….

Monday, I was at a meeting to discuss cycle routes for a map to be produced by West Sussex County Council. Looking at and knowing the town, other than the Prom, there are no possible safe cycle routes to be recommended to novices, children and families to ride, however, we did our best to look…

The future is bright – the future is bike

It’s hard to imagine quite how our car mad nation is going to change over the next few years. I went up to the Surrey Hills on Sunday and the roads and trails were packed with cyclists: tourists, wannabe racers, sportive riders, XC guys and the new style gnarly North Downs free rider. What a…

One new cyclist but another is injured

Yesterday should have been a day of celebration. My son was going away to university and he, for the first time ever, said that he wanted his bicycle. It was with joy that I rode it into work to give it a good service. I’ll take it up next week. Many of you with sons…

Road rage – never justified even if you are a cyclist

I had an incident last night. Riding home, lights a blaze and keeping my eyes peeled, I was just cruising, I wasn’t in a rush. As I approached my turning I started to indicate and pull out. I usually pull out before every central refuge just to slow the cars down before they cut in….

Welcome back to work!

We’ve enjoyed over two weeks of easy, even social, commuting. Not so today! No Christmas cheer, no New Years greetings, just pure British driving aggression. This is what roads are for, being anti social, “I’m in my steel coffin to F  off outa my way – I own this space…………..” Pray for snow, floods, road…