Season opener: Berlin, bikes & public art, Dunwich Dynamo

Cycling along stripes flowersCan London ever be as good a cycling city as Berlin? Helen Pidd of the Guardian and Matt Tempest give their views. Artist Mila Lipowicz talks about East London Local(Eyes): an interactive video installation that recreates the feeling of riding a bike around East London. Katy Hallett of Sustrans on commissioning public art for the National Cycle Network. Plus a look ahead to the Dunwich Dynamo this coming 24-25 July.

Photo Credit: Sustrans

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6 thoughts on “Season opener: Berlin, bikes & public art, Dunwich Dynamo

  1. One comment regarding separated cycling infrastructure. Space is limited in some London neighbourhoods, especially those in zone 1, but in my local area there are plenty of streets that could support Dutch style lanes. The A11 for example, running from Stratford to the Bow Flyover currently has six lanes, decent sized pavement and a large central reservation.

    Before the Olympic development began you could cut thru’ the marshes and come out near Roman Road. But even this was a diversion and was not especially pleasant during the dark evenings.

    This is one of the few crossings over the River Lee which physically separates suburban east London from the East End and for a cycling commuter the choices are all poor.

    A segregated bike lane on this route would be a worthwhile Olympic legacy.

  2. Cycling in winter isn’t such a big deal. If it’s icy you can use studded tyres. They are available from Schwalbe, Nokian and others. It might be a little slower than cycling in summer, but it’s warmer than waiting for the bus.

    If snowdrifts narrow the streets, that can actually be a plus because everyone drives more considerately, given the exceptional conditions.

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