Ghost bikes remain icons to the ultimate vulnerability of riders

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ghost bike at the location where a cyclist was killed

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bikes painted white, “ghost” bikes, are often left on the roadside where a cyclist has been killed. It has become an international remembrance.

In cities, along roadsides all over the world, are white bikes – ghost bikes. They are locked to polls, posts and fences and serve as reminders of a cyclist, of cyclists, killed at that point. The tragedy is that these are found all over the world, and that most people are well aware of the icon and its intent. Continue reading

Intolerance and violence towards cyclists remains the current reality

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Driver attacking cyclist at the bicycle parade

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Frustrated at the delay caused by the bicycle parade, this driver opted for physical attack.

I struggled with when to post this image. After all, the Gigantische Fiets Parade (Gibantic Bicycle Parade) was a celebration of cycling and, for the week following the event, I have promoted pro-cycling images. Over 2,000 cyclists out to celebrate and encourage cycling. An event held on a national holiday, well controlled by organisers – and yet the impatience of some drivers to cyclists brought about both verbal abuse and physical attack.  Continue reading

Velorution, cycling advocates and every cyclist sees a different future

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Womnan with sign,

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A sign of a cycling vision to come.

I like simple messages. Not simplistic. Simple. As the 2015 Velorution Bike Parade comes to an end on this blog, we close with an ideal and an invitation.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Velorution banner promoting weekly parades through the summer in Paris

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Experience the Velorution parade every week through the summer in Paris.

This was perhaps the clearest message from the Velorutiuon Gigantic Bike Parade – that bikes are and will continue to be, the future of cities. Best to simply join up now. Paris based Velorution is continuing its on-the-road advocacy with weekly bike parades through the city.