RIDE THIS WEDNESDAY (14th March)

THIS WEDNESDAY!!!

RECLAIM THE ROAD

Assemble from 2200hrs (that’s 10 o’clock at night) in the car park of the John McIntyre Building of Glasgow University

(it’s the building just inside the Main Gates at the TOP of the hill)

Ending at The Kinning Park Complex at about midnight

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/events/188252364618051/

Part of Glasgow University’s “Climate Week”

February 2012 Critical Mass and meet-up – This Friday

Recently Facebook revamped the “groups” feature so that existing members had to pop back and rejoin the group to keep receiving messages and event invitations. So two days ago the size of the Glasgow Critical Mass Facebook Group was 5 members. Including the 4 of us who were Admins beforehand.

However, in the last 48 hours we have had half a dozen new members join up, and in a fit of wild enthusiasm I’ve put up a ride event for this Friday.

Facebook page for the ride:

* http://www.facebook.com/groups/6202696383/10150536640106384/?notif_t=like#!/events/358281470859159/

Facebook page proper, for anyone that would like to join or rejoin:

* http://www.facebook.com/groups/6202696383/10150536640106384/?notif_t=like#!/groups/6202696383/

See Me Save Me

On February 5th 2009, cyclist Eilidh Cairns was knocked down and killed by a tipper lorry in Notting Hill Gate, London. She was an experienced cyclist, making a 20 mile round trip on London roads every day.  The coroner concluded that she was most likely riding ahead of the lorry, which then ran into her rear wheel.

Last year the driver pleaded guilty to driving with uncorrected defective vision and was given 3 points and a £200 fine. He said he did not see her. He is still driving his truck.

Heavy Goods Vehicles count for 45% of all London cyclist deaths but make up only 5% of road traffic. Across Europe 4000 people, mostly unprotected road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are killed each because of HGV blind spots.

Eilidh’s sister Kate is campaigning for a change in European law to oblige HGVs to fit sensors and cameras to cover these blind spots and save lives.  You can find out more here:

http://www.eilidhcairns.com/campaign

The key actions you can take are

  • Contact your MEP to ensure they sign Written Declaration 81 to bring in this legislation.  Of Scotland’s MEPs, 3 still haven’t signed (Ian Hudghton, Alyn Smith and Catherine Stihler)
  • Ask your friends and family in other EU constituencies to do the same
  • If you want to do more, you could join the campaign group in London on February 14th or in Strasbourg on February 15th and 16th to lobby MEPs in person

Summer fun!

Next Critical Mass is on Friday August 27th, meeting at 6 in George Square as per usual.

There do seem to be more cyclists on the streets than there used to be, particulalry on the occasions when we have nice weather.  There also seem to be more bike-related enterprises.  Glasgow Bike Shed has now opened in the Barras market, and offers reconditioned bikes and advice on maintenance and cycling safety.

On Sunday the Broomielaw will be closed to cars for Glasgow Sky Ride.  There are various events on at Glasgow Green, featuring Chris Hoy and, er, Lorraine Kelly.  Still, if it gets people on their bikes…

June Critical Mass a big success – roll on July!

June Critical Mass in Glasgow

Photo: Robert Mercer

We had a great turnout (and pretty good weather) for Critical Mass on June 25th. We hope to see the same people and more on July 30th for the next one!

Glasgow Cycling Festival

Coming up this month: Glasgow Cycling Festival.  A week of cycling-related events – races, films, competitions and socials.  You can find out more at http://glasgowcyclefestival.cruxof.it/

Glasgow Cycling Festival flyer

2009’s First ‘Mass’

Happy New Year!

After December’s non-existent Critical Mass (it was Boxing Day after all), Glasgow’s Critical Mass was back, on January the 30th. While the weather wasn’t too bad, a small showing led to a speedy ride, straight to the Halt on Woodlands Road. A round (or 4) later, the ‘Mass’ parted ways, in good spirits for next month.

Speaking of which, this is a handy time to approach the question, ‘Is cycling drunk illegal?’. Details found here. Short answer: surprisingly, sometimes yes. It’s not the alcohol, it’s being unable to control your vehicle. But you can’t be forced to be breathalysed or have a blood sample taken. But then if you’re that drunk, would you really risk it?

Also, a link has been added to the Facebook Group, for all those with facebook profiles to keep in touch about Critical Mass related things.

PS: Interesting article concerning recent news about road cycling safety. Contrary to recent ‘surveys’ cycling has not got more dangerous since the increase in cycling due to the ‘credit crunch’ and as statistics show – an increase in cycling means a reduction in cycling accidents.