I have always depended on the kindness of strangers

This is getting to be a regular occurrence

This is getting to be a regular occurrence

I came off my bike again on Thursday evening – and I mean properly came off. No getting my trousers caught, or skidding down the ramp at work for me this time.

No, those were just practice runs ahead of the main event.

I was on my way home from work when it happened. I’d taken a detour to stop off at Sainsbury’s in Camden, and I was heading down Parkhurst Road towards the junction with Holloway Road when I very suddenly came off my bike.

It all happened so quickly I had no time to react at all. One second I was cycling along, thinking about dinner and getting in from the rain, and the next second I was on the ground. Continue reading

Rest in peace


Yesterday was a good ride into work. The sun was trying to shine (unlike today!), and it wasn’t raining, freezing cold or blowing a howling gale. It felt like spring was finally on the way.

Most importantly, my ride into work yesterday morning didn’t end with me under the wheels of a lorry.

Sadly, that’s more than can be said for the rider of the bike in the picture above. She was killed, crushed by a left-turning lorry, as she cycled near Victoria in central London during the morning rush hour.
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