Cold, wet but not so miserable – a night on a bike

Barry Sandland/TIMB - Finger protruding through a blown tire

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – When your tire goes boom.

“Here is my night as a messenger. Riding through the city to a client and ‘bam’, I blew a massive hole in my tire. Big enough for a finger to slip through. I hate flat tires but we all carry Continue reading

Use the transit strike to become a cyclist

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Poster to promote cycling during the London Transit Strike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A strong incentive to ride…

London transit is on strike again today and yet, for hundreds of cyclists, it will make no matter. Of course, there will be a smattering of more cars. And the buses will be full. But there will also be a new wave of cyclists – even if temporary – on the city roads. Hopefully a chance for a few more who will take on the journey more often. Meanwhile, the city is warning of rush hour chaos, saturated buses and excesses on the underground lines that are unaffected by the strike. The trains will be SRO.

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From bike accident to punch in the face took just five minutes

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist rear-ended by a car while stopped in a safety square in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Disrespect then intimidation , then violence – this is cycling in Brussels

Yesterday, I got smacked in the face by an onlooker at a bicycle accident. I stopped my bike at an incident where a car had hit another cyclist, on a VeloVille bike, from behind. Made sure he was OK and helped with  couple of photos at the scene – and a third party walked up from nowhere, kicked the VeloVille bike, telling him to move on, and then punched me square in the face. This is cycling in Brussels.

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