Make Our Junctions Safer

Make our Junction Safer

Flowers and candles for Ellie Carey, a 22-year old woman killed while cycling on Tower Bridge Road on 2 December 2011. The flowers and candles were left by family and friends on 14 December following a short vigil at the spot where she was killed by a left-turning heavy goods vehicle.

Ellie’s father Allister has led calls for the Mayor of London to step in and reduce the danger to all road users of a junction that has been the subject of safety campaigns by cyclists and pedestrians for at least two years. Politicians and campaigners are pressing the Mayor to take action to reduce road danger at many of London’s busy junctions. In response, the Mayor has promised a safety review of 300 junctions but remains committed to a policy of ‘smoothing traffic flow’ that precludes significant reengineering of layouts to give cyclists protected space on the roads.

Fatal collision sign on Abbey Street junction with Tower Bridge Road

2011 has seen 16 cyclists killed on the streets of London.

Looking back at 2011 and ahead to 2012

Listeners write in with recollections of their favourite ride of 2011 and most exciting plans for riding in 2012. Plus clothing designer Amy Fleuriot tells of her new Cyclodelic boutique on Columbia Road and shows a few of the her new lines. Jack, Jen and Amy offer a few of their own style pointers for cycling fashionistas thinking about what to wear in 2012.

Tell us your best ride of 2011

Next Monday 12th December will be the last edition of the show for 2011. A time both for looking back at the year gone by and ahead to 2012. To that end, we really really want to know:

(i) What was your favourite bike ride of 2011?


(ii) What is the ride you’re most excited about in 2012?

The best ride of the year needn’t be glamourous or high-achieving, just pleasurable and memorable. It could have be completing a long distance audax, an interesting urban excursion, a gentle roll in the countryside or a thrilling night ride. The Etape du Tour or a trip down to the shops.

Likewise, your most exciting ride for 2012 needn’t be signed and sealed. It could be just at the planning stage and in need of further development.

Email your responses to by lunchtime on Monday 12 December including a name and whereabouts you live (or put them in the comments below) and they’ll be included in the broadcast later that day.


Reading About Riding

A pre-Christmas books special is now a firmly entrenched tradition on The Bike Show. This year’s edition covers more literary ground than ever before. Amateur bicycle librarians Tim Dawson of The Sunday Times and Carlton Reid of Bike Hub join Jack and Jen in the studio. Tim Dawson’s excellent Cycling Books website is well worth a visit. And you can find out more about Carlton Reid’s book project at

Here’s a rundown of the books discussed in this week’s show. If you buy any of the books listed (or anything else) via the Amazon links below, a little something will go towards keeping The Bike Show rolling on in 2012, and it won’t cost you a penny.

Bicycle Technology – Rob Van Der Plas
Bicycle Design – Mike Burrows
Cyclepedia – Michael Embacher
Tomorrow, We Ride – Jean Bobet
Slaying the Badger – Richard Moore
On Bicycles – Amy Walker
Bike Snob – Eben Weiss
Pedalare! Pedalare! – John Foot
The Little Black Bottle – Gerry Moore
The Death of Marco Pantani – Matt Rendell
The Boy Who Biked the World – Alistair Humphreys

Two great books that were not mentioned but were featured on the show earlier in the year are Racing Through the Dark by David Millar and It’s All About the Bike by Rob Penn.