After the recent terrorist attack at London Bridge, safety barriers appeared, as if by magic, on the bridges over the Thames. Protecting pedestrians from vehicles being driven at them, surely that's a good idea, right? I wasn't so sure.
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As I was cycling to work recently, I had to stop and wait while a lollipop lady held up the traffic. After the first wave of kids had crossed, she stayed there, waiting for a few more to get to the crossing. A queue of traffic was starting to build behind me, frustration rising in all of us keen to clock on.
Why do we put ourselves through the pain of riding bikes up hills, just to ride down them again? Is cycling a different form of masochism from running?
What to do when your phone thinks you’ve run faster than any human in history
I didn't plan on making any resolutions this year. Or rather, I didn't get round to making any, and the usual ones apply just like they do every year. Exercise more, drink less, think more, write more, be kinder to myself and others. That ought to cover it. But I'll be turning 40 in October, and I feel like I should have some great adventure before then, make some epic journey. Easier said than done with a wife, a daughter and a job, though, plus we'll probably be moving house twice this year.
I must confess to being mildly obsessed with my Strava statistics. I love knowing how steep the hills are that I've ridden up, and how many hundreds of people are faster or slower than me. One of the features I like is the ability to set yourself weekly goals for cycling and running. Part of me loves this. I'm motivated by small but achievable goals. I like ticking boxes and crossing items off my to-do list.
Sudden changes of direction are dangerous If you ride close to the kerb, you'll need to pull out sharply to go around obstacles. It's much better to see hazards early, and steer a gentle course around them. Also, it's much more efficient to plan a route that involves fewer turns.
Not in any particular order, and far from finished, but here is my advice to cyclists in big cities:
Everyone is selfish. That's the conclusion it's hard to avoid when cycling around a big city. Cyclists, taxi drivers, white van drivers, pedestrians, we're all guilty, and it poses some uncomfortable questions about human nature. We amber gamble, we cross the road wherever we feel like it, we do u-turns without indicating. Maybe all road users should be forced to use other means of transport once in a while. When I'm driving, cyclists annoy me, and when I'm cycling I'll be cursing a motorist every few hundred metres. And don't get me started on pedestrians...