Another day for you and me in Carradice

Jack travels over the Yorkshire moors to Nelson, Lancashire to visit one of the oldest and most venerable companies in British cycling. Cotton mill worker Wilf Carradice began producing his indestructible canvas saddlebags in the 1930s and in 2011 sales are booming. Owner and MD David Chadwick tells the story of a family business and we get a tour of the factory. For more history of Carradice, there is a good article over at Classic Lightweights.

This is the latest in a series of special features on British cycling manufacturers. Listen to previous features on Brooks saddles, Brompton folding bikes and Alex Moulton.

Some of Jack’s photographs from the factory are below.

Is riding a bike as easy as riding a bike?

Jen Kerrison takes over the show for a week while Jack is away in Yorkshire, riding up hill and down dale. Jen asks if cycle training is necessary for adult cyclists. Or is riding a bike just like riding a bike? speak with three cyclists who have returned to cycling after years out of the saddle. Is training relevant for adults cyclists, and if it is – how do we convince them to take it up? Jen also talks with Andrew Denham, founder of the Bicycle Academy – a bike building school with a very big difference.

Image credit: Life Cycle

Campaigning for a Civilised Cycling City

In the studio is Mustafa Arif, Chair of Campaigns at the 11,000 strong London Cycling Campaign. We look back at the weekend’s Tour Du Danger, a bicycle ride around ten of the most hazardous junctions for cyclists in London and hear how politicians Simon Hughes MP and London Mayor Boris Johnson plan to make London a cycling city.

If you can bear it, you can hear the full half hour of Boris Johnson being grilled by the London Assembly on cycle safety.

Joining the London Cycling Campaign costs just £32 (£14 concessions)

Boris Johnson on the Safety of Cycling in London: Complete Audio

Following a spate of deaths and serious injuries to London cyclists, there is a growing campaign to make London streets safer for cycling and walking. Under questioning from various members of the London Assembly including Caroline Pidgeon and Jenny Jones, it appears the Mayor thinks that things are fine as they are.

This is a complete audio record of Boris Johnson answering questions on cycle safety on 10 November 2011.

Mayor of London: Are London’s Streets Safe for Cyclists? by thebikeshow

Is London Air Killing Us?

Some people say that air pollution in big cities like London is a public health emergency, contributing to 4,300 premature deaths a year. But nobody seems to talk about it. Is the Government doing anything to deal with it? Are cyclists at risk more than other people?

Is the Mayor of London more concerned about avoiding fines from Brussels than cleaning up the air we breathe? And why is Boris trying to glue air pollution to the roads? Jack and Jen discuss the issue with experts Simon Birkett of the Campaign for Clean Air in London and environmental lawyer Alan Andrews of Client Earth.

More data and information including some amazing maps of air pollution in London are available from the London Air Quality Network.