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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 […]

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 January 2024

Dear Diary, Quick update. Today is 32/366. 8.7% of the year is already complete. It feels like I have blinked and the month has gone but equally, as it is January, the month after festivities and extended break of Christmas, it seems to have lasted a long time. So far this month I have kept […]

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First active week

Dear Diary, The first full week of 2024 has come to an end and I can safely say I have abided by one of my New Year’s Resolutions – to be more active.  I did set numerous others which I have broken, including getting to bed earlier, he writes at 1.40am, but increasing my activity […]

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 […]

Weekend of cycling

This weekend just gone I was cycling everyday. It worked out that two cycling events fell on the Friday and Saturday and I arranged for the Sunday. Opps. Lots of pedalling! I was a bit tired towards the end of it, but each event is all about enabling and encouraging people to cycle so it […]

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

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

Travel and Transport in Wellingborough and North Northants

We now have a new council – the North Northants Unitary and May 6th presents an opportunity to vote in a better solution in Wellingborough and North Northamptonshire.  With services all controlled by one authority, our overall travel and transport strategy can be unified and can be so much better if it becomes Labour controlled. […]

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 […]

Coming up – Critical Mass Wellingborough

This coming Friday, the 31st July 2020 it is Wellingborough’s first ever Critical Mass.  This is a big group cycle ride to celebrate cycling but also to protest for change. This morning I was on BBC Radio Northampton (@2:11:39) to discuss cycling in Wellingborough. Yesterday I did the same for the BBC News website.  At […]

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 […]

Happy New Year 2019!

I often start my Happy New Year post by saying the year just gone has been “great”, “special” or even “wonderful”, but 2018 has been marked by a devastating loss and it has overshadowed the good times. However, these good times do need to be revisited as now is the time to reflect on the […]

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 […]

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 […]