Of bike storage and gyratories

No room at the inn?

No room at the inn?

I moved house last month.

I mention this not merely to explain why things have been quite quiet on this blog lately; what with packing, organising the logistics of the actual move, unpacking, sleepless nights worrying about the move and then, in the new place, getting used to sleeping in a strange room, the subsequent headaches from the stress of it all, and then – once I’d finally settled in – the horrible summer cold that sneaked up on me when I wasn’t looking, I didn’t have the time nor the head space to write anything.

No, I mention this because the move has had two wholly unexpected bike-related consequences. Continue reading

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So why do so many people in Hackney cycle?

IMAG0090-2-1Apparently I live in one of the most cycle friendly boroughs in London. I learned this amazing fact quite recently, thanks to data from the 2011 census results, published at the end of January. It revealed that more people in Hackney cycle to work than anywhere else in the capital.

According to commentators, ‘Hackney’s councillors have pursued planning and transport policies that make it easier for all their residents to get around’, and as a result ‘the roads cater for slow, safe and simple cycling that works for all sorts of people of all ages.’  Continue reading