Kieron Yates joins Southwark Cyclists for the inaugural John Peel Memorial Ride in homage to the great British broadcaster and champion of the underdog. Jack rides with Brendt Barbur, founding director of the Bicycle Film Festival on the day after the festival took London by storm.
Riding with Rose Ades, head of Transport for London’s cycling centre of excellence and chief cycling adviser to London Mayor Ken Livingstone. Cycle training with Ben Bowskill. Bicycle bell test and ensemble.
Christmas Day ride across the south downs of East Sussex, including a climb up Ditchling Beacon with writer and film-maker Nicky Hamlyn. Followed by hot bath.
A ride on the Kent-Sussex border with my old school friend, writer and wilderness guru Daniel Start. We evoke the Edwardian spirit of genteel cycle touring and our ride takes in a ruined castle, ancient woodland, a dangerous cliff excursion, an encounter with a barn owl and a visit to a man buried in a pyramid.
Today’s show features the first part of a two-part interview/ride with ‘Buffalo’ Bill Chidley, Chair of the London Bicycle Messengers Association. The LBMA works for London’s 400-500 bicycle messengers (also known as couriers) and has run a prominent campaign to reduce the risks to cyclists posed by Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). Bill and I visit three of the seven sites where London bicycle messengers have been killed while at work.
In the studio are Jesse and Regan from the World Naked Bike Ride. The London ride will be on 11 June 2005, 3pm at Hyde Park Corner. The organisers have received approval from the Metropolitan Police so no arrests will be made for nudity. They hope this will result in an even better turnout than the 60+ of 2004. The idea is to go ‘as bare as you dare’.