Cycle to the Lane

So I cycled to Spurs on their opening night , a fairly wild night of weather that would have deterred a few fairweather cyclists . But the transport headache that was already bad enough in the old ground were much worse in the new one, the small matter of 25,000 extra fans of course. Biggest thing I noticed as I approached close to the final whistle was all those running towards Seven Sisters to beat the crowds and this was before the final bell had sounded.The club have in place stewards in yellow near Seven Sisters and railings keeping them all in line , huge signs too PLEASE GET ON THE PAVEMENT . Charming ! I was very surprised to see that there were still queues when I was coming past Seven Sisters,a good hour post match.Shows the scale of the transport issue facing Spurs. From looking briefly at forums since then, it seems clear that Tottenham Hale may be the best station to head to .The train stations of NP and WHL are mobbed, being so near the ground. I read as well in the Times of a scary crush trying to transfer from Seven Sisters to the overground pre match. I’ve little doubt that once many fans experience a constantly awful travel experience , they will see the light ,which doesn’t mean they will start following my team ,QPR , but they will see that arriving by bicycle is a hundred times more pleasant. Cyclists like myself were in a serious minority but the next month at least will bring better daylight and weather that will be...

Cycle to the Lane

After many months of interminable delay,the Spurs ground is finally opening for business tonight and while I won’t be going to the actual game I am planning to visit the ground (on two wheels of course) to take a look at how the transport infrastructure will cope for the first time with the extra 25,000 people . And to see how many fans are travelling by...

epic cycle for me, just another ordinary day for some.

Excited about a long cycle to Wimbledon tomorrow for my last day on a brain injury course.13.2 miles Strava says it is from Stoke Newington to Wimbledon. My daily cycle commute is less than half a mile and I meet so many cyclists in my work who travel big distances like 13 miles each morning. The fitness I’d have if I worked in Wimbledon rather than down the road from where I live ! It’ll be fun to be on a superhighway in the morning , although going against most of the cycle traffic.CS7 covers most of the journey to south west London and is a road I know fairly well. I’ve had two big cases, one still ongoing,  that have come from collisions on CS7 or as we should call them now, cycle ways. I think the rebranding of cycle superhighways to cycle ways is actually a good thing. Language matters and anything that makes some cyclists feel that it is a race track and a cycle way is only for speed freaks is not a good thing in my view. This will deter exactly the types of hard to reach cyclists that we need to bring with us. Forecast is good , just need to set off early enough so that my below par fitness can take the journey...

coast to coast on the santander hire scheme

I had the pleasure this week of attending a head injury course for two days in Wimbledon. This meant a lovely long cycle .With my bike in the bike shop, it was hire bike time and I did a real coast to coast , well in London terms. I’ve long campaigned for Santander and Barclays before them to extend the scheme outwards from zone 1 and have had some success with this , when the last Mayor confirmed an extension to Stratford. The nearest to me is Middleton Road in Hackney and the furthest I could go en route to Wimbledon was Putney Bridge. A great route, Angel, St John St, Smithfield (I could smell the meat !) , Old Bailey,Fleet St, Strand, The Mall , Pimlico Road , Kings Road… I forgot just how long is the Kings Road which turns into the New Kings Road…punishing but rewarding. Still a fan of those hire bikes too, less jarring on speedhumps than my own racer. A great...

Cycling Action Plan, more progress…!

I’ve spent more time than I should today reading the TFL Cycling Action Plan which is an impressive piece of work. Why ? It’s a long term document, trying to look ahead not just to the next mayoral term but to 2024 and even to 2040 with objectives of cycling rates in mind. What I also like is how specific it is by listing out the individual junctions and saying when construction work will begin. This approach takes leadership since it’s easy for anyone to use the document to say x or y hasn’t happened yet but I feel it shows how serious and ambitious is the current mayor to make good on his cycling manifesto...

punishing climbs !

My sister has three weeks ago given birth to a baby girl, hooray!, and lives on the Friern Barnet side of Muswell Hill. This is one serious amount of hilly cycling . On the way back to Stoke Newington, I counted two stiff climbs, one up Colney Hatch Lane and a stiffer up Crouch Hill , but on the way there… it’s like training for the Tour De France ! Makes you feel so alive and reminds me of work to do on my fitness levels . Nice baby too...