As we enter the final week of Le Tour De France 2005, I am joined in the studio by Bike Show regular William Greswell. Interviews with Guy Andrews, editor of Road Cycling UK and Rouleur magazine. Also talking with Kent Benson who is watching roadside in the Alps. Kent runs If Hannibal Had, organising cycling holidays in the Italian Alps.
Today’s show features the first part of a two-part interview/ride with ‘Buffalo’ Bill Chidley, Chair of the London Bicycle Messengers Association. The LBMA works for London’s 400-500 bicycle messengers (also known as couriers) and has run a prominent campaign to reduce the risks to cyclists posed by Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). Bill and I visit three of the seven sites where London bicycle messengers have been killed while at work.
In the studio are Jesse and Regan from the World Naked Bike Ride. The London ride will be on 11 June 2005, 3pm at Hyde Park Corner. The organisers have received approval from the Metropolitan Police so no arrests will be made for nudity. They hope this will result in an even better turnout than the 60+ of 2004. The idea is to go ‘as bare as you dare’.
This week’s show features Rosie Walford, psychologist and founder of The Big Stretch explaining how cycling helps improve your powers of creative thinking by moving your brain into an alpha state. We take a ride around Islington and the City of London.
Cars – Desperate Bicycles
First Love Never Dies – The Cascades
Natural Harmony – The Byrds (Notorious Byrd Brothers LP)
Banana Splits Theme (Tra La La) – The Banana Splits
Sights Unseen – Soledad Brothers
Riding with Jeremy Deller, London-based artist and recent winner of the Turner Prize, who dedicated his win to ‘all London cyclists’.
Riding across London with Mark Ellen, bon rouleur and editor of Word Magazine. Mark is the founder of Q Magazine, a former presenter of the Old Grey Whistle Test and the bassist in Tony Blair’s college band Ugly Rumours.