London’s eight Royal Parks stretch from Greenwich in the east to Richmond in the west and make London one of the greenest big cities in Europe. Between them, the parks’ 5500 acres of land are the lungs of the capital. But they have remarkably few paths where cycling is allowed.
Mark Camley has been Chief Executive of the Royal Parks Agency for just over a year and is convinced more can be done to make the Royal Parks work for cyclists. I talk with Mark about the issues he’s facing in making this happen, and then go for a ride around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens with Ruth Holmes, a landscape management officer at the Royal Parks with special responsibility for cycling.
Mark welcomes all comments and suggestions from park users, and says he reads all his email personally:
Barry Mason of Southwark Cyclists is on hand this week to demolish all those annoying arguments used against cyclists by angry petrol-heads. Plus we witness the beginning of a 4,600 mile ride around Britain on tall bikes.
Owing to a technical meltdown at Resonance fm HQ, we have no archived version of Monday’s show on the Waltham Forest Bicycle Recycling Project. In it’s place we have a special podcast-only version of the show recorded at the Scooterworks cafe in Waterloo. Also features the Re-cycle project that takes old bikes to Africa. Presented by Kieron Yates and Jack Thurston.
In this week’s show we discuss the growing problems cyclists are experiencing in putting bikes on trains. In the studio is Dave Holladay of the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) which is running a campaign to improve cycle-rail integration. We also catch up with Tom Kevill-Davies aka The Hungry Cyclist on his epic ride around the Americas in search of the perfect meal.
In this week’s show we look at cycling and the media. Do newspapers, TV and radio do justice to cyclists? Does it matter? As more and more people get on two wheels, is media coverage of cycling changing at all? Featuring comment from Buffalo Bill who runs the Moving Target zine and Matt Seaton who writes about cycling in The Guardian newspaper.