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

An older bike might just stay with you longer

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man w his old bike in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Riding up on this cyclist, you could hear the chain creak, the fenders shake.

“I have been on a bike more than 20 years. There is a space for the older bikes. I ride everywhere, to the stores, everywhere, and, on a beautiful bike, they will steal it. But if you have an old bike, well. I ride this to do my small trips, but I ride everywhere. I am a person with a heart problem and the bike does me a lot of good.  It was an acute heart crisis and they installed a defribulater in my body. It has been nine years now, but it never has to work, anymore. It only works if the heart stops and, after nine years since the attack, my heart has never stopped. I stayed on the bike because the exercise keeps the body in shape.” Continue reading

Obligatory cycling helmet use is a red herring to bicycle safety

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bike riding police are helmeted in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Helmets seem an easy fix, but obligatory use will reduce the numbers of cyclists on the road, and make the roads increasingly unsafe for the city’s cyclists.

So, once again some Belgium politicians are considering the value of obligatory helmet laws for cyclists. I, of course, have my opinion about this. After all, I have been menaced by motorised transport on four continents and dozens of cities. Mandatory helmet use is a North American ideal. Instead, Belgium should be looking to Holland and Denmark for direction. Helmets are just a red herring in bicycle safety. Continue reading

Making a disability a little safer, maybe a little faster

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with paralysed arm on bike path in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bike trails with the chance for distance and speed

“When I first got the bike, I reached over to change the gears and I was alongside the curb and I fell and I thought I would never let that happen again. When I fell, my knee fell on my arm and bruised it so badly I had to go to hospital. So my girlfriend, who is really into cycling, said, ‘When we go riding, I got you this. Please put it on’. And so I wear a sling. So doing the ride, people notice the guy is hurt.” Continue reading

What might be less than obvious with a disabled cyclist

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with paralysed arm on bike path in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Disabilities in riders are not always easy to see.

“My arm is paralysed. A permanent thing and I have learned to live with it. When I don’t have my sling on, I have no flags, nobody notices. It wasn’t hard to move to a bicycle. I was paralyzed on a motorbike and getting on a bicycle was kind of therapy. With just one arm, I have to be more cautious, but I’m going to get another bike because I know I’m enjoying this.”
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Military service that ends with a recumbent

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Woman with her service dog on HP-Velotechnik

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – With service dog in tow, a trike-bike navigate the bicycle path

“I hurt my neck on military training. I was carrying a big rucksack that was too big for me and it put my helmet down onto my chest and I was jogging for two  hours with my chin on my chest, fully loaded. Not too much fun. My muscle wall seized. That was three years ago. I can walk but not for more than 15 to 20 minutes. My shoulders start to hurt. I cannot run. Cannot drive. I am getting released from the military because of it.”