Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s a Bacon Roll

There’s been more bad news in the cycling world with yet another female cyclist crushed by yet another lorry in central London at yet another junction where safety improvements have been discussed but not implemented (it kind of brings it home to you when you anxiously check your various cycling tweeps of the right age and location to make sure they’re still safely tweeting). And meanwhile on Twitter there’s been yet more … oh actually I can’t be bothered, imagine a circular firing squad for yourselves, with the media forming an outer circle and sniping about a ‘war on the roads’ and ‘vigilante cyclists’ because it’s obviously totally unreasonable to film someone at the wheel of a fast-moving vehicle who almost took you off the road while they finished their breakfast. And it’s all horribly depressing because we all know that the only thing that will really make a difference is changing the infrastructure so that it’s safe for everyone to cycle, and that will take forever and we’re barely started (and in some cases we’re going backwards). But at the same time, there are things that we can do now that – in small ways and with no doubt uncertain results – might advance the cause somewhat. Like making connections between the cyclists in your community, to try and build pressure locally for better cycling conditions. Or encouraging more people to use their bikes so that the coonsil can see that there might be votes in catering for them. Baby steps

So a small cheer, please, to the proprietor of BJ’s snack van in Bigtown who, when we suggested a little breakfast meetup near his fine dining establishment this Friday, promptly offered to give everyone who turned up on a bike that day a free hot roll and a tea or coffee. It won’t solve all our cycling problems, and it won’t save anyone from the wheels of a lorry, but it will at least add something to the sum total of human happiness while we battle on for cycling nirvana, Dutch style.

Build a Better World Bingo card

It should also (assuming I get my phone and camera sorted in time) help earn me a point (row 3, column 2) on the #BABWBingo challenge. Although, as I invented it, I’m not sure I’m allowed to play.

Meanwhile, for those in London or thereabouts who would like to do more to campaign directly – or just mark another useless loss of life – there is a protest at 8am on Wednesday

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One Response to Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s a Bacon Roll

  1. The operator details are not known yet, but some of those attending the CLOCS seminar at the Guildhall saw the aftermath.

    Vehicle carried FORS registration vinyl (old type without registration no) but also a non compliant message to pedestrians on side of cab. Blue disc – standard O Licence.

    Third construction tipper fatal crash this year.

    Big issue from one council is lack of drivers, and having to cancel bin lorry rounds because no staff available. Thay are also having to go to agencies for drivers, which adds a whole new issue of due diligence by the agency that then has to be tested by the council to ensure thay get competent and legal drivers. The fatal crash in Glasgow, where the Council was fined £20,000 for reversing a bin lorry over a pensioner had an agency driver, who was not properly briefed about having assistance on foot when reversing.

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