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Cycle? Yes! Alas, Guide Dogs charity blind to government inaction

This week saw the Guide Dogs charity launch a campaign called #cycleyes — as in ‘Cycle Eyes’ not ‘Cycle? Yes!’ — although the latter is what they spelled, albeit with different punctuation! Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best of launches – a flawed survey’s results were highlighted and led to later retractions. The charity also missed…

Hampshire Constabulary inspect 57 vehicles on the M27 – no bull !

Andy Bottomley, the Police Commander for Roads Policing at Hampshire Constabulary, has revealed today that the Commercial Vehicle Operation group, along with VOSA and HMRC, conducted a vehicle inspection operation on the M27 motorway this past Tuesday (21st January 2014). It was not clear as to near which town along the long route the inspections took…

GroundCycle: Because pies in the sky (cycle) require a coffee-perky foundation

The SkyCycle concept for travelling about in London is in the Daily Mail again. It is the second time around for this radical bicycle infrastructure idea – the first time was back in September 2012 (readers who encounter issues with clicking links to The Daily Mail can read this and that instead). Aside: The original proposal may…

CTC chief executive enlightens Canadians about London’s Cycling Superhighways

Last night, the long-running and popular ‘As It Happens‘ current affairs radio programme on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) broadcast an interview with Gordon Seabright, the chief executive of CTC. The programme may also go out to listeners in the USA on their public radio stations. An edited version of their podcast containing the interview…

DfT state Freight Transport Association (FTA) did not represent them in EU meetings

Private Eye magazine reported in issue 1349 (26 September 2013) that Chris Yarsley, the EU affairs manager for the Freight Transport Association (FTA), stated that he had “been asked by the DfT to represent them at various stakeholder meetings due to the cutbacks in London!” On 10 October 2013, the Rt.Hon. Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport…