A UCI report on the success of bike lanes in Seville has
highlighted how a complete network was created in just 18 months.
With the UCI's blue riband event coming to Harrogate later this
year, its report is timely and should inspire us.
Bike lanes in the Netherlands are designed with thought and
intelligence to create a joined-up, easily usable network. I
took a few photos of cycle infrastructure in Zandvoort, and I've
added some comments about the intention of the planners. In the
UK, we should pay particular attention to the way they give bike
routes continuity, instead of making them give way to every side
A Dutch road safety organisation is calling for the crossbar design
of men's bikes to be scrapped, saying it is less safe than a
'step-in' frame, and no longer necessary for a strong bike. Read
calls for end of crossbar.
Many bike paths in the Netherlands are dangerous because they are
so busy, and because some people are using their smartphones,
instead of being aware of what is going on around them. Read more
danger on Dutch bike paths...
Cycling was more popular than ever in the Netherlands in 2014
according to new figures, which show an average distance cycled per
person of 1018km. Electric bikes may be responsible for some of the
increase. Read about the
cycled further than ever in 2014...
Tom Dumoulin is ready for the individual time trial at the World
Championships in Richmond, Virginia, where he is favourite for the
event. He is still slightly tired after a great performance in the
Vuelta a Espana, but will be confident of competing well against
rivals Tony Martin and Rohan Dennis. Read about Dumoulin
for World Champs ITT...
Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin yesterday took the overall lead of the
Vuelta a Espana. A time trial specialist who may also be a future GC
contender, he is rapidly becoming a star of road cycling. In case
you don't know too much about him, here are five
facts about Tom Dumoulin...
There's controversy in the Netherlands over the selection of their
nine riders for the World Championship road race on 27th September
in Richmond, USA. Star riders Gesink and Mollema are in the team as
domestiques, to support Niki Terpstra, and Koen de Kort has been
left out. Read more about controversial
team selection for World Championship road race...
Sky rider Wout Poels was run off the road by a truck today during a
training ride with fellow professional Reinier Honig in the Dutch
province of Zuid-Limburg. They both tweeted about the incident,
which they say was 100% deliberate, and involved a driver from Van
Zaal Transport De Kwakel. Read more about Poels
run off road by truck...
Utrecht is a cycle-friendly city, with good infrastructure for
cycling, and a culture of cycling for short trips in and around the
city. A large percentage of journeys in Utrecht are made by bike.
What can we learn from Utrecht? For some answers, see
HedgehogCycling's series of three 'cycling
from Utrecht' videos...
Anti-doping Denmark yesterday published a report into doping in
professional cycling, in particular on Bjarne Riis's team CSC. It
found that Riis and others would have a case to answer for
complicity in doping, but the statute of limitations prevents cases
being brought. Read more about the Danish
A petition against beer bikes in Amsterdam is to be handed to the
city council today. The petition has gathered more than 6,000
signatures since it was launched in April this year. Read more about
beer bikes in Amsterdam...
A beekeeper was yesterday called to a supermarket in Bloemendaal,
Holland, to move a swarm of bees which had taken up residence in
bike panniers while the bike's owner was inside doing her shopping.
The beekeeper moved the docile insects without needing any
protection. Read more about the bee
moved from bike panniers...
Last month, France 2 broadcast a documentary about a micro-dosing
experiment they carried out, with eight athletes taking part. They
found that in 29 days, they could produce significant performance
improvements with micro-doses of EPO and HGH, plus a blood
transfusion, which would stay within biological passport parameters.
Read more about the France
2 micro-dosing experiment...
The maximum speed on bike paths in built-up areas of the
Netherlands should be 25kmh, according to Fietsberaad, the Dutch
organisation which advises on cycling policy. This would mean racing
cyclists and users of speed pedelecs should ride on the road. Read
more about the proposed
speed limit on Dutch cycle paths...
Abellio, a subsidiary of Dutch national rail company NS, has won
the ScotRail franchise. It is to improve cycle rail facilities, by
investing in more bike parking, and opening cycle hire points at
stations. Read more about Abellio
improve Scottish cycle rail facilities...
The Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment has
launched a campaign to highlight the risks of cycling and using a
smartphone, a practice which is not illegal. There's even a 'cycling
mode' app. Read more about cycling
and smartphones in Holland...
I visited London on a work trip in November, and it was the
opportunity to test out the North-South Cycle Superhighway (CS6). My
impressions are necessarily superficial - those of a two-journey Big
Smoke bicyclist, not a local. Read my 5
thoughts on CS6, and the experience of cycling in London.
The first details about the 2019 UCI World Championship in
Yorkshire are emerging. All the races will finish in Harrogate, with
starts in different places in Yorkshire. The Tour de Yorkshire
editions between now and 2019 will be dress rehearsals for the World
Championships. Scarborough is likely to feature heavily in the Tour
de Yorkshire and the 2019 event.