As I sat here this afternoon looking out at the driving cold rain and huddling a bit closer to the fire it was hard to imagine that just a few hours earlier I was feeling spring in the air. The … Continue reading →
This is a gallery of images from a trip to Palma de Mallorca in late November 2016 where a multi-national group of ECF visitors was hosted by Biciutat de Mallorca, the local cycle campaigning group for the largest of the … Continue reading →
Just before Christmas I stood with a group of people on a wooded hillside in England’s South Downs. It was a restful spot, the trees protecting us from the wind and impending rain. Which is fitting, because this was the … Continue reading →
I feel as if I have been away. Several weeks have passed without publishing anything on the blog, and almost as long since I rode a bike much more than the 15 minutes it takes to get to the station, … Continue reading →
On January 1st 2012 I published the first, tentative post on Idonotdespair.com To celebrate my fifth anniversary I have gathered together a small collection of favourite posts. Firstly your top 5 – the posts that have gathered the most visitors,some … Continue reading →
If there is one sight I have become accustomed to over many years it is the image of one (or possibly both) of my brothers disappearing into the distance on one of our post Christmas bike rides.
This year it was Trevor’s turn to wait for big brother, but at least the stunning low sunshine set up a beautiful silhouette on a minor road near Ways. It was good to be out for the first time in a few days.
A couple of weeks ago I went to the Ghent Six Day cycle race with my Dad for my second immersion in this Flemish temple of cycling, cycle sport turned into pure entertainment. And once again I was captured by … Continue reading →
One of those days today. One of the few days when there really is no point trying to explain to anyone not already converted why cycling is the best choice. Hitting the panic button when I realise that there was … Continue reading →
When I am doing speeches and presentations about cycling I am usually concentrating on the serious benefits and economic arguments for cycling. But I often get to remind my audiences that there is a little bit of magic about cycling, … Continue reading →
A bit of a mental leap now because I am back home in Belgium, but just a week ago I was in the North-East corner of Ukraine, close to the Russian border in Kharkiv. This was the host city for … Continue reading →
As an environmentalist I feel deeply concerned about what is happening to our climate. It is not right that I should be out in the garden shovelling leaves in shorts and a teeshirt on the last weekend of October in … Continue reading →
When I went to Kiev in 2012 my hosts at the Kiev Cyclists Association had an office in Podil, the Kiev lower city where I found an interesting and bustling urban centre close to the river Dnieper. However this time … Continue reading →
I am on a three-city expedition across Eastern Europe this week, spending two days each in Sofia and then the Ukrainian cities of Kiev and Kharkiv. Bulgaria seems to have become quite familiar in the last year as this is … Continue reading →
One of the subjects I am working on at the moment is what we call “Smarter Cycling”, the interface of cyclists, bikes, data and connectivity. However that’s not quite what this post is about – my writing on the policy … Continue reading →
Sunday was the day after a big family party back in my home town of Bungay, Suffolk. I spotted some down time when the rest of the clan were occupied so I sneaked off on a borrowed bike to recharge … Continue reading →