Monday, 25 March 2013

Shivon Watson Ghost Bike Threatened with Removal


Shivon ghost bike
The ghost bike in Hackney, east London, England, on the roundabout of Lauriston Road and Victoria Park Road E9 is threatened to be removed by Hackney Council on 26 March 2013. The bike is a memorial to Shivon Watson - who died aged 28 on 10 March 2010 - killed by a skip lorry on her way to work.

The attempted removal according to the notice on the bike, it is due for removal tomorrow. Cyclist Hannah Caller, a concerned member of the public rang the council who stated that it is law and a statutory requirement to remove abandoned bikes or things attached to street furniture and while they recognise this is a memorial, it has to go. On further questioning of why it has been allowed there for three years, the manager responsible  said that someone or some people have recently made a complaint on aesthetic grounds and so the council can no longer turn a blind eye.

The council are it is claimed trying to be sensitive as it is the time of Shivon's birthday and the anniversary of her death, though it is hard to see how removing the bike will be sensitive.

Either way, if you are keen to see the bike stay as a reminder of Shivon and indeed as a reminder of the dangers that exist for cyclists, then please do take the time to make a call and ask for the manager of the enforcement team responsible for this decision at Hackney Council. The number is 020 8346 4839.  

After all, nothing has been done to make that particular roundabout safer since the incident that took her life and if several people call then it may make them think again.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Two cyclists killed in Hanham hit and run are named


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The two cyclists killed in a hit and run on Sunday afternoon have been named as Clare and Ross Simons. 

The driver of the vehicle was spotted by police and asked to stop and soon after collided with a car and killed the married couple out riding their tandem.

Inspector Frazer Digby from the collision investigations team said "...I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or saw this car in the area shortly before the collision to come forward and contact us. This is a tragic incident in which two people have needlessly lost their lives. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with their families."

Nearly 1 in every 6 pedal cyclist casualties (16 per cent) in the UK occurs in a ‘hit and run’ accidents. Pedal cyclists are over-represented in these accidents, representing 11 per cent of hit and run casualties (compared with 7 per cent of all casualties).

The number of cyclists killed this month has reached five.

A 38-year old man has been arrested having handed himself in.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Wiltshire: Council Spend on Cycle Infrastructure on the Decline


Cycling spend by the Council of Wiltshire is on the decline, according to new research by Two Wheels and Beyond.

The findings were revealed as part of a wider research project using the Freedom of Information Act, which looked at cycle infrastructure spend in all London Borough and English County Councils over the last five years.

The research asked each council, how much has been spent on bicycle infrastructure as part of the transport budget over the last five years?

The results showed Wiltshire Council spending on cycle infrastructure has steadily declined since a peak of £272,514 in 2009/10. This year the budget fell to it’s lowest in five years to £74,278.

Brent Council Spend on Cycle Infrastructure on the Decline


Cycling spend by the London Borough of Brent is on the decline, according to new research by Two Wheels and Beyond.

The findings were revealed as part of a wider research project using the Freedom of Information Act, which looked at cycle infrastructure spend in all London Borough and English County Councils over the last five years.

The research asked each council, how much has been spent on bicycle infrastructure as part of the transport budget over the last five years?

The results showed Brent Council spending on cycle infrastructure has steadily declined since a peak of £940,882 in 2008/09. This year the budget fell to it’s lowest of £67,500, despite the council
being awarded a framed Team GB cycling shirt in recognition of their efforts to get residents on their bikes.  Perhaps, alongside the promotion of cycling, should come the better effort on spending on cycle infrastructure, which is so far removed from the quality and safety of the Dutch.

Bexley: Council spend on cycling infrastructure falls to zero


Cycling spend by the London Borough of Bexley has fallen to zero this year, according to new research by Two Wheels and Beyond.

The findings were revealed as part of a wider research project using the Freedom of Information Act, which looked at cycle infrastructure spend in all London Borough and English County Councils over the last five years.

The research asked each council, how much has been spent on bicycle infrastructure as part of the transport budget over the last five years?