Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Maybe it's the prospect of this Summer's Grand Depart, maybe it's the boom in the number of cyclists in the capital, but the London Evening Standard -- bible of the city's tube-bound strap hangers -- has gone cycling crazy.

The Standard is pushing a 12 point charter to bring about nothing short of a London Cycling Revolution. (The charter isn't available online but I've uploaded it here.)

Why they've suddenly started crusading for us dedicated pedallers is the subject of much debate. Is it just because Associated Newspapers hate Ken Livingstone and see the cycling issue as a stick with which to beat the Mayor? Is the paper trying to court a new market of readers because more cyclists = fewer strap hangers = fewer sales of the Standard at tube stations?

Resonance FM's Bike Show chews over the Standard's proposals in a podcast, which is worth a listen.

I hope the plans are noted by one Mr Williams of Acton, the owner of the black Peugeot 407 that hit me yesterday morning after making a blatantly illegal manouevre, sending me flying over his front quarter.

Send me the cheque for the repairs to my beloved Specialized Tricross, Mr Williams, and we'll take it no further.

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