EU parliament temporary blockades endanger cyclists

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclists passes concrete barriers placed across the bicycle path at the European Parliament

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Concrete barrier across a cycling path in aid of security for the visiting EU dignitaries – but not for the safety of cyclists.

Most Brussels cyclists have experienced the re-routing and delays that occur when the EU parliament has dignitaries visiting. We get shuffled through back streets and around buildings as police bar passage. But now the authorities are installing concrete blocks to bar cyclists temporarily – and then leaving the dangerous obstruction in place after the need passes.  Continue reading

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Critical Mass and the police

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Some of the riders in the Critical Mass ride were stopped by police last night. The idea that they were blocking traffic, were impeding flow. A few members were taken to one side and lectured. I rode up on this and took some photos – and was immediately told by the police to stop taking pictures, that it was illegal. Of course, it is not. The police can be photographed and they can be photographed while they are doing their jobs. The limitation appears in Continue reading

Is the Jeremy Vine video a sea change by police or just an exception that proves the dire conditions of cycling in London and the UK?

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - On-bvoard cameras used by cyclists on their daily rides

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The presence of on-board cameras used by cyclists on their daily rides has become one of the most influential aspects in forcing police and courts to change their attitude towards road rage and dangerous driving directed to cyclists.

What might be considered a “finally” moment in UK cycling, a woman found guilty of aggression towards a cyclists has been jailed for nine months. In one of the higher profile cases of aggression against a cyclist, British journalist Jeremy Vine recorded an exchange as he travelled down Continue reading