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Oh bollards! Well, oh barrier!

A story from last year. “Oh bollards,” or, more likely something stronger, slipped out of my mouth when I was cycling through Croyland Park in Wellingborough and was presented with a new barrier completely blocking my path. Through a rather lengthy campaign, I got North Northants Council to replace their recently installed barrier, which completely […]

Kidical Mass – April 2024

Yesterday Kidical Mass Nottingham returned! Eager to bring this back this year after a successful 5 rides in 2023, I found out about the Safe Streets Now group. They were organising a campaigning day of action so a series of Kidical Mass rides were set to take place around the country on one particular day. […]

My March 2024

Dear Diary, I am typing this at the end of the first day of April. We are somehow 25.1% of the way through the year of 2024. As per my new tradition, as with each month, so far, January and February, I now do a photo review. As each month passes, I look back which […]

February 2024

My February 2024

Dear Diary, As with January, I have decided to review February and put some photos of the month here. It gives me a reason to reflect on the many photos I take. The way I have done it before with the yearly review means that because of the hundreds and hundreds of photos I have […]

My 2023 review

Wooah. That took a while. I have spent some time on the very last day of 2023, and in truth a few days after, reflecting on the year gone by. The main way this was done was by looking at all of the photos I have taken from the year. There were a lot of […]

Kidical Mass Nottingham – fourth ride

The Sunday before last was the fourth Kidical Mass Nottingham ride. At the beginning of this year, the ride was only a concept in my mind but through planning, organisation and promotion, I rolled it out and brought together such a successful and growing group ride. This 4th ride was slightly different as the we […]

Kidical Mass Nottingham – third ride

The third Kidical Mass Nottingham.

Kidical Mass Nottingham – second ride

On the Sunday 18th June it was the second Kidical Mass Nottingham! The first ride was well attended despite a rainy morning so this time, with word getting out and the weather being on our side, 55 people attended! It was so heartwarming to see so many families being able to cycle around our city. […]

Kidical Mass Nottingham

Yesterday was the very first Kidical Mass cycle ride! I wanted to launch Kidical Mass here in Nottingham after deciding towards the end of last year that we needed a family oriented ride on a weekend day. In collaboration with the North South Active Travelway (NSAT), I pushed the idea of a family ride and […]

Kidical Mass Nottingham

In this recording, I talk about the first ever Kidical Mass ride in Nottingham that took place on Sunday 23rd April.

2021-08-31 – Why the abnormal felt so normal

In this podcast I talk about a recent weekend away in London then Brighton. It was one of the first times I have felt normal in a long time, in an environment many would find abnormal. Cycling completely naked!

First Critical Mass Wellingborough

Here I talk about Wellingborough’s first ever Critical Mass. There is a collection of photos and videos on the blog. I talk about the event itself and how it came into being.

First Critical Mass Wellingborough

Back on Friday 31st July 2020, Wellingborough held its first ever Critical Mass. What follows is collection of photos and videos from the day.    It was such a massive success.  At its peak, there were 67 people cycling in one big group.  As I have watched some of the videos back, it seemed […]

London and Brighton Naked Bicycle Rides

Every year since 2014, I have cycled in the London part of the World Naked Bike Ride.  This year, like usual, I stripped off and cycled in the capital back on Saturday 8th June 2019 with hundreds and hundreds of other cyclists.  But this year, on the following day I then cycled in the Brighton […]

National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist

Yesterday I attended the National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist and the first UK pedal on Parliament organised by group Stop Killing Cyclists. It has been in my calendar for months and months.  I really wanted to go but owing to some important matters at home, I nearly didn’t attend.  I am pleased I nipped down […]

Time-lapse – Cycled from Wellingborough to Oxford

 On Sunday 2nd September I cycled from Wellingborough to Oxford. I’ve made this journey back in 2015 when I visited Giles Gear for his Birthday.  Back then I used some country roads getting out of Northampton and then hit the A43.  I know, from experience, that if I were to take the whole left […]

Cycled 68 miles from Wellingborough to Nottingham

 I haven’t posted here on my website for so long.  Crryyyy.  Why?  I don’t know.  Well, I do.  I have been doing things.  Ok, that sounds loose.  And the other reason is that I always think that producing anything takes so long.  Imagine the editing and editing and editing that goes into producing anything […]

Hello sunshine, hello close pass

The sun is finally here. I have been waiting for such a long time for better weather. Cycling in the wind, rain, sleet or snow is not the best. But I don’t let it put me off. The sun is now beating down, with clear blue skies, and no wind and it makes me feel […]

Cycled 80 miles from Wellingborough to London

Dear Diary, I fancied a very long bicycle ride. I wanted to repeat the ride I did a couple of years ago. I loved the feeling of setting off cycling from my house and during the same trip, cycling along Whitehall. On Tuesday 15th August 2017, I awoke a little late – it was around […]

World Naked Bike Ride 2016

I recently took off my clothes and rode a bicycle around London for my third World Naked Bike Ride. It has now become an annual event and one which I would not miss. The event is a series of protests and one of making statements. It calls on society to reduce its reliance on cars […]