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Deputy Prime Minister told to stop cycling

It’s dangerous, cycling. Especially in London, or anywhere in America, just read Sam’s last post.

But now Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been advised by his security personel that he needs to stop riding his bike from his home in Putney, South West London to his place of work in the Cabinet Office, beside 10 Downing Street.

Apparently they’re worried that he’ll be pelted with objects or run off the road due to his new found unpopularity, which is surging thanks to his failure to hold up one of his pre-election pledges to students: to scrap tuition fees.

Run off the road? Pelted with objects? It’s all par for the course isn’t it? I doubt the bus driver who tried to kill me a few weeks ago objected to my stance on Britain’s gun-owning laws. I think he just didn’t check his mirror.

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Bicycles in Iran

A Photoessay (via @Brainpicker)

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Long Beach police issue statement regarding mass bike confiscation

The City of Long Beach, California has issued a statement in regard to the recent Critical Mass event in the city, which was forcibly shut down by police on October 29th. Law enforcement officials confiscated bikes and issued more than 70 citations to the small group of cycling advocates, claiming riders disobeyed road rules and failed to properly register their bicycles.

The statement makes generalized references to various improvements the city has planned for Long Beach, including cycling lanes, bike racks, and road-safety awareness initiatives. Police stressed the importance of compliance with established cycling regulations, saying:

Cyclists that do not follow the rules of the road create motorist animosity towards cyclists, which directly conflicts with Long Beach’s goal of being America’s Most Bike-Friendly City. Riding responsibly is the duty of every cyclist, just as we expect every motorist to respect our cyclists.

On October 29th, around 85 cyclists gathered to ride around the city in recognition of the Critical Mass movement, which aims to encourage cycling in urban areas. When the riders encountered police, they assumed the officers were there to assist them with traffic safety and road-closures. Conversely, the cyclists were forced to surrender their bicycles, and many were issued with traffic citations for alleged road safety violations.

The cyclists later discovered that, among other reasons their bikes were impounded because they lacked registration documentation. Long Beach requires bicycles to be inspected by the Fire Department and to have working brakes in order to receive legal registration. Some cyclists complained that the city had refused to issue them with registration stickers well in advance of the event. Police claim that the riders had not obtained the required permits for a group ride.

Participants of the event are planning to attend the Long Beach City Council meeting scheduled for November 9th. They expect to make their concerns heard. Ronnie Sandlin, of Pedal Movement, stressed the reality that bikes represent the main form of transportation for many people in Long Beach. On having his bike impounded, he added, “Not having a bike is a big deal for us.”

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man rides bike around Europe to find missing son

Last week he received an anonymous email saying his son, now aged six, was in Amsterdam and the tip-off proved correct.

Melinda Thompson has been arrested and is now in custody awaiting extradition to Australia.

Mr Thompson had been cycling for over three months while also highlighting the plight of parents of abducted children.

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