3 March 2008: Cycling Troubadours

The fourteenth and final show in the current season features an extended interview with Jimmy and Triin aka Too Dumb To Die, cycling jazz troubadours, back from a year and a half touring South East Asia with the Cyclowns Circus. The show also features Martin Low of Westminster City Council describing the Sustrans Connect2 project to build a cycle-friendly bridge across the railway in north Bayswater.

Thanks to everyone who’s helped make The Bike Show this season, in particular reporters Kieron Yates and Amy Cooper and the fabulous engineers at Resonance FM. Thanks for listening! The Bike Show will be back in a couple of months.

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  • http://www.velorution.biz Andrea Casalotti

    Martin Low is a lying scumbag. Why do you disgrace your show by airing this sleazeball, who has never had done anything positive for vulnerable road users, who has always put cars and buses above pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Jack

    I think the Connect2 project that was the subject of this feature is pretty good. It wouldn’t have got through to the final list with Sustrans if it wasn’t a good project.

    I don’t agree with you that it disgraces to The Bike Show to feature this project in our ongoing series on the Connect2 initiative in London, and I was grateful to Martin for taking the time to walk around the project site.

    As to Westminster City Council’s wider policies on transport, I agree that it isn’t up there among the most pro-cycling local authorities. But that discussion will have to be for another day. If you have substantive points in addition to the personal insults, I’d love to hear them.

  • Sabrina

    You piqued my interest at the start of your show when I heard you were broadcasting from New Orleans. I have been there three times, twice pre- Katrina and once post-Katrina. For a city so rich in history, music, food, literature, as well as some fine cycling, I was surprised how little of your show was devoted to it. What’s the point of saying “I’m broadcasting from New Orleans” if you don’t give your listeners a sense of local flavour?
    One of my friends lives in the city and was not able to get out in time before Katrina hit. After it struck, a bicycle was his only means of transportation. He cycled all over the city surveying the damage and was able to help people in their ravaged homes because he had a means of transport. Bike store owners reported a massive increase in sales for months after the hurricane. For a lot of people in New Orleans, the bicycle was a safer and much more manoeuvrable alternative to a car. If you were seen driving car, there was a good likelihood that it wouldn’t be yours for much longer. The bike shop owners at Bicycle Michael’s and their customers could tell you all about it on Frenchman Street.
    It would have been interesting to hear your take on the city. There are so many sights! Cycling by the Mississippi, through the French Quarter, by the palatial homes in Uptown and the devastated homes in the Lower Ninth Ward. New Orleans is a small city, it is easy to see everything. You’ll just have to go back again and give us some local flavour, Jack!

  • http://thebikeshow.net/about Jack

    Sabrina:

    Cycling post-Katrina was covered in some depth in this earlier episode.

    I actually did record my own reflections on the city but in the end there was not enough time to include them in the 30 minute show.

    I arrived in NOLA on the train from Atlanta, and there is such a massive difference between the two cities – and cycling serves to illustrate the contrasts. Atlanta is an unpleasant, utterly alienating and anonymous urban sprawl. As Gertrude Stein once said of Oakland, California (quite unfairly in my view) there really is no there there. New Orleans is in parts quirky, local, green and friendly. The only cyclists in Atlanta are downtrodden bike messengers battling the cold wind and hipsters on bling bling aerospoke-equipped fixies. In New Orleans the many bikes I saw were all in various stages of disrepair, old age and eccentric customisation.

    I didn’t ride as much as I’d have liked because the bike I’d borrowed from friends broke while I was riding it and Bicycle Michael’s had closed for the day when I came by to get it fixed. I had no tools with me. There is a local bike co-op in the same Frenchman St area and I had planned to go to interview people there but it was also closed on the two days I was visiting.

    Excuses, excuses…

    The more mundane reason for mentioning my location at all was that I was conscious of a bit of incidental background noise (it was recorded in a garden) and I thought I ought to explain that. Anyhow, sorry to have whetted your appetite and not delivered the goods. But as you rightly say, there’s always a next time.

  • Jesse

    I loved the music by Too Dumb To Die, and I’m definitely going to try to see them perform while they’re still in London. The link on the write-up here didn’t work, so I’m giving it here in case people can’t remember it from the radio show.

    http://www.myspace.com/toodumbtodie

  • Sabrina

    Thank you for posting the recording of your own reflections, Jack. It’s always a joy to listen to you. I agree the citizens of Nola know how to customise their rides. I’ve never seen so many tripped-out low-riders in my life!