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Archive for the ‘Bicycles’ Category
22 May 2014 at 08:24
Comments Off on Peaky Snappers
The nearby Peak District National Park is getting the Google Street View treatment, via a new Google Trekker backpack camera system… “we are the first UK national park to get the Trekker backpack. … From the backpack protrudes the Martian-like head with its 15 lenses.”
Free vintage cycle and lifestyle festival up in the Peak District on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, this summer. Plus an “up hill, down dale” cycle race. I know some of that area, and wowzer it is going to be strenous!
03 Apr 2014 at 09:15
Comments Off on Bicycle: the film
Phase two of a major documentary on the bicycle in Britain is crowdfunding now. Seems to be being made in the West Midlands…
12 Mar 2014 at 11:11
Comments Off on Boris bikes it for Brum
There’s a nice proposal for an HS2 cycle path, though I’ve not heard about it before now. Today… “Boris Johnson has added his voice to calls for a cycle route to be built alongside the proposed HS2 high-speed train line from London to Birmingham … A feasibility study is currently under way on the viability […]
07 Nov 2013 at 09:57
Comments Off on E-Flyer
Another electric bicycle based on past classic designs. The Icon E-Flyer is based on the classic 1920s British motorcycle look…
05 Nov 2013 at 09:20
Comments Off on Concept 1865
BASF’s Concept 1865. A “Penny Farthing” bicycle, reinvented with advanced materials, puncture proof tyres, and an electric motor.
13 Oct 2013 at 11:24
Comments Off on Stop the theft cycle
Open source, Kickstarter-funded, the Bike Index registry. Register your bike’s serial number, fight bike theft. Two good insurance-grade ‘d-lock’ locks can also help in that regard.
15 Aug 2013 at 01:18
Comments Off on Skycycle
£200m proposal for a “Skycycle network of elevated routes” in London, for cyclists…
01 Feb 2013 at 08:01
Comments Off on Cycle hubs at Birmingham train stations
£200,000 of new funding, to “provide an interconnected cycle hire schemes covering the Birmingham area”, based on hubs at four rail stations including Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Longbridge and out in the Black Country at Rowley Regis.
06 Dec 2012 at 11:59
Comments Off on Bicycling in the blue sky
Back in 2007 D’log idly suggested an elevated aerial route cutting through Birmingham city centre… “I’d like to see an aerial off-road bicycle-path that would go from BIAD to the Custard Factory, and then the Custard Factory up to the city centre. Try making that “as the crow flies” journey on foot today, let alone […]
Tweed Run, London, an Autumn 2012 event for cyclists who wear tweed…
16 Jul 2012 at 05:58
Comments Off on Google Maps UK adds cycling routes
Google has added cycling routes to the UK version of Google Maps. Canal towpaths, too.
20 May 2012 at 23:10
Comments Off on Walkability
Interesting correlation between walkable neighbourhoods and creative industries business location. And it’s a study of Ontario, Canada, so it can’t be argued that the hot climate means people can do without cars.
Fist of Light tackles the 31-mile bicycle ride from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon (home of the Bard, etc)… “In places […] we found ourselves free wheeling through thick mud. It’s not a journey to be made on a road bike.” Sounds very similar to the Barlaston-Stone mudbath stretch south of Stoke-on-Trent, which effectively cuts off Stoke […]
Lovely old advert for a puncture-proof bicycle tyre, made in Birmingham, taking advantage of the then-latest technology…
27 Feb 2012 at 10:24
Comments Off on Still Walking – Birmingham festival of walking
Still Walking, a 2012 festival of walking in Birmingham, taking place between 15th March and 1st April. Lots of walking tours (not all city-centre/Digbeth), and one three-hour cycling tour (on bicycles, not walking) that will… “explore the social history of bicycle production and use in Birmingham. We will visit 15 sites of local and sometimes […]
03 Nov 2011 at 06:21
Comments Off on The Victorian photo-cycle
Long before the Google StreetView tricycle, the steampunk -esque Victorian photo-cycle (Scientific American, April 1885) with mounted camera …
BIAD design students work to create new accessories and a new look for a famous Midlands bicycle brand…