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Sunday, 25 May 2014
Yarn bombing in York

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Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.

~ Wikipedia on Yarn bombing.

Posted by bigblue on 25/05/2014 at 08:39 AM
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Saturday, 24 May 2014
York Minster

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It’s a wet day. I ditched my car outside the city and am on foot. I overtook many cars walking in. I left my bicycle in the car, but there are lots of cyclists despite the heavy showers.

Posted by bigblue on 24/05/2014 at 01:38 PM
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The view from Blackfriars

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I’m currently a couple of hundred miles North of here.

Posted by bigblue on 24/05/2014 at 07:41 AM
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Friday, 23 May 2014
Draw in

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Another photo from the die in/draw in on Wednesday.

Posted by bigblue on 23/05/2014 at 10:31 PM
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Thursday, 22 May 2014
Elephant and Castle

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This is the scene of the killing on 13 May 2014 of Abdelkhalak Lahyan while cycling through this junction. Protesters yesterday stated that this death was not an accident but due to a fault in the design of the roundabout (which was redesigned by Mayor Boris Johnson’s Transport for London team in 2010).

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These people met yesterday for a protest and to create (with chalk) a cycle lane which could be built immediately and with low cost in order to ameliorate the current death trap. They staged a 10-minute “die in” on the pavement and listened to speeches and a poem by Seamus Heaney, The Summer of Lost Rachel. Speakers highlighted that despite the boasts of the London administration that it was spending “record sums” on cycling, they are referring to provisions that are being made for expenditure over the next 10 years (and so in future administrations’ budgets) and the figures are miniscule compared to current actual spending on transport infrastructure.

What I learned yesterday is that our political leaders like to pretend that there is little money for safe infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, and that they need to scrape left-over funding to create half-hearted solutions in a drip-drip fashion. The reality that Elephant and Castle shows is that they are spending vast sums on creating infrastructure that is dangerous to people due to prioritisation of the wrong things.

The top photograph is by Sean O’Sullivan.

Posted by bigblue on 22/05/2014 at 10:59 AM
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Sunday, 18 May 2014
Big Ride London 2014

On Saturday I went up to Croydon and joined the Croydon Cycling Campaign‘s feeder ride to the Big Ride London 2014 organised by the London Cycling Campaign. This video shows excerpts from the ride into London, and the Big Ride itself.

My suggestion to the organisers would be:

  1. In your speeches you should emphasis what you are standing and fighting for, not the small victories achieved. You represent cyclists, not compromises.
  2. Give some of the marshals more training - those who were stopping the cyclists for pedestrians to cross. For example there were a lot of stop/starts on the ride. At these times they needed to make sure that the crossings were clear, and that cyclists were not blocking the pedestrians.
  3. I am not sure why you “bunched up” everyone at the start. Don’t. It doesn’t make the ride go smoother or faster.
You can see someone else’s video and listen to the speeches here.  One of the comment-posters at that video makes the pertinent point:

The sponsors of the Space for Cycling Campaign are the Bicycle Association of Great Britain (an industry body), Evans Cycles (a retailer) and the Embassy of the Netherlands. So the only government support comes from Holland!

Posted by bigblue on 18/05/2014 at 09:55 PM
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Faded patches

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I’m intruiged by the pattern of the faded chairs, and decided not to sit down on them.

Posted by bigblue on 14/05/2014 at 08:09 PM
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Tuesday, 13 May 2014
A colourful wall

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This looks very familiar. I think that I’ve seen it before.

Posted by bigblue on 13/05/2014 at 08:43 PM
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