Tag Archives: bicycles

Bike rack, London

Monday 14th October 2019, 10.10am (day 2,972)

Bike rack, London, 14/10/19

I have to admit to being unable to ride a bike. I am sure family will mention that there was a brief period, aged about 7, where I gave it a go but we never got on. Can’t say I really see the point of them: walking has always seemed more pleasant, and safer, over shorter distances and any longer, let’s get a bus or train shall we? But I’m not anti-bike. I like ‘bike for hire’ schemes (cf. Brisbane, 2013). I know cyclists suffer prejudice due to their chosen form of transport. It’s just not for me.

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The orange bikes

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 9.55am (day 2,364)

Bike pool, 13/2/18

Making transport communal has always seemed to me to be the most sensible solution. I haven’t owned a car for some twelve years now, at least, but I am a member of a car pool. These orange bikes get unlocked by some code you can get on your mobile phone, you use them, leave them at your destination so someone else, possibly, can use them there. So simple. Unlike the similar ones I saw in Brisbane five years ago, these ones are seen to be used now and again. And yet there are some who would react even to this basic and friendly form of socialism by frothing at the mouth.

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In the park

Tuesday 5th July 2016, 5.30pm (day 1,776)

In the park, 5/7/16

Perhaps this shot would have been better with either one group or the other, but I like the split-screen nature of it with both. A nice evening in Hebden Bridge, much more amenable weather than in Manchester for most of the day, which is where I was.

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The peloton

Sunday 3rd May 2015, 2.55pm (day 1,347)

Peloton, 3/5/15

Following the perceived success of last year’s passing of the Tour de France, everyone decided it would be a good idea to run another professional cycle race along our street — only this time going up the hill rather than down it. The end result was much the same — a lot of guys on bikes came past very quickly and 30 seconds after they had done so, all the spectators went home.

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The world’s greatest cycle race comes through Nutclough…

Sunday 6th July 2014, 1.50pm (day 1,046)

Tour de France, 6/7/14

…so I think the Tour de France should be the subject of today’s picture… don’t you? I doubt any other world-class sporting event is going to come within a few feet of my front door again. Of all the ones I got today I like because of my friend Simon’s smile, and also the fact it has the yellow jersey on it — he’s just visible in the centre.

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Expect to see more of these

Monday 5th May 2014, 10.55am (day 984)

Bicycles, 5/5/14

The first two days of the Tour de France pass through Yorkshire this year, and on Sunday 6th July the race goes right past my front door, literally. The associated publicity campaign has already begun, with a noticeable increase in the number of bicycles to be seen on any given public holiday — as today was. There will be more, I am sure.

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Bike rack, QUT

Tuesday 16th April 2013, 10.00am (day 600)

Bike rack, QUT, 16/4/13

These bike racks situate themselves throughout Brisbane, and I have been waiting to catch one completely full, like this. Although having said that, I never seem to see anyone actually riding one. NB: this photo is not an endorsement of Lipton Ice Tea, in any way, shape or form.

Hey… it’s day 600 of the blog! Crikey. To mark this milestone I have done one of my regular updates of the ‘best of the rest’ page – and the Stats page has also been refreshed.

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