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 bikeshow@resonancefm.com 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.


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)

Paris-Brest-Paris: part two

Following on from last week’s documentary feature by Kieron Yates is a studio discussion of Paris-Brest-Paris, the world’s most venerable long distance bicycle race. In the studio are PBP veterans Judith Swallow and Dave Minter, and PBP debutant Pete Kelsey. Chris Ragsdale, one of this year’s stars, clocking in an exceptionally impressive sub-45 hour time, joins us down the line from his native Seattle.

For more information about audax in the UK see the Audax UK ride calendar and the audax pages of Yet Another Cycling Forum.

Image credit: Wig Worland, from Pete Kelsey’s short film Towards the Ocean.

Compare and contrast

Here’s the Mayor and Transport for London’s plan for the new northern end junction of Blackfriars Bridge:

TfL's existing plan

And here’s the new plan from the London Cycling Campaign:

London Cycling Campaign's new plan

Which do you prefer?

If you think the LCC’s design is so much better, then get on your bike and join hundreds of London cyclists and walkers for a flashride at Blackfriars Bridge, tomorrow, Wednesday 12 October at 5.45pm. Simple as that.