What can an 80-year-old MoT Report on Accidents to Cyclists tell us about the DfT’s Cycle Safety Review?

Some time soon the government will announce the results of its cycle safety review.  One part of it was unveiled at the weekend – a death by dangerous cycling law may be introduced, even though the risk to pedestrians from cyclists is extremely low, as I discussed on Sky News on Sunday.  This law was called for by Matt Briggs, …

When the founder of the NHS called Ministers of the Crown assassins for not building enough cycleways

The National Health Service was founded 70 years ago on 5th July 1948. Its lead architect was Labour Health Secretary Aneurin Bevan. When in opposition, the long-time MP for Ebbw Vale was a thorn in the government’s side, regularly standing up for issues of social justice. Take, for instance, a speech he gave in the House of Commons on 28th April 1936. …

Bike Boom is now available

Bike Boom was published in June 2017 by Island Press of Washington, DC. The 800+ footnotes for the book are free to read online. Go here: Buy the print book from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes&Noble, or indie book sellers. Digital versions of the book are available on Amazon and Apple’s Book Store. The iPad version of the book (with additional illustrations and videos …

PRESS RELEASE: Historian uses Google Streetview to find Britain’s “lost” 1930s-era cycleways

Monday, 8th May 2017 PRESS RELEASE For immediate publication. A historian has used the spin-off from an American military mapping project to discover nearly 300 miles of “lost” British cycleways. These cycleways were installed beside British roads between 1934 and 1940, but were abandoned after the Second World War. Many were surfaced with red concrete, protected cyclists with kerbs and …

Blurbs

The front cover of Bike Boom can be seen above, but here’s the back cover, too. It contains the all-important blurbs. Text too small to read? Click for a larger version or read the full text is below. The book majors on the bike booms of the 1930s in the UK and the 1970s in the USA. Between 1934 and …