Turning the corner

British Cycling has joined forces with The AA and pedestrian groups in calling for a ‘universal’ rule to give way when turning in order create simpler, safer junctions for all road users #TurningTheCorner.

The organisations propose consolidating and strengthening existing rules in the Highway Code so that, whether you are driving or cycling, you would be clearly obliged to give way when turning to people who are going straight ahead.

The new proposal follows research conducted on behalf of British Cycling in a bid to make junctions safer, simpler and more efficient for all road users, based on successful existing models in place in countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. In practice, the changes would see:

  • Drivers turning at a junction giving way to people cycling and walking who may be on your nearside, or crossing the road you wish to turn into.
  • Cyclists turning at a junction giving way to people walking who are crossing the road you wish to turn into.
  • Pedestrians getting increased protection when crossing a side road or other junction.

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British Cycling has today launched a petition to allow members of the public to add their support to the new proposal. Among those to have already signed the petition are Chris Boardman, Olympic champions Joanna Rowsell Shand, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Steven Burke and Paralympic legend Dame Sarah Storey.

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Ride the Rapha Festive 500km

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I was emailed about the Rapha Festive 500 today:

Challenge yourself to ride the Rapha Festive 500 this holiday season. Complete 500km in the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and document your story to win incredible prizes, including a Moots bicycle built to your specifications.

I love the concept of this, although my chance of success would be tiny!

EcoHelmet Wins Dyson Award

folding, paper helmet has won the prestigious Dyson Award.

Intended for bike shares and travel, the EcoHelmet is constructed from waterproofed recycled paper in a radial honeycomb pattern and folds flat for easy vending. It fits most head sizes and the inventor claims it absorbs impact as well as traditional polystyrene.

It’s also disposable with an expected short life, if put in a bag, or banged around on a bike rack. It’ll cost less than £10.00.

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The inventor, Brooklyn-based Isis Shiffer, will use the money from Dyson—£30,000—to bring the concept to market and for certification. Folding helmets exist now, like the Pango, but not normally sold as they don’t meet standards. Isis told the BBC that a paper helmet is a “tough sell.” It isn’t the best looking design.

With backing and certification, I could see the helmet being used by bike shares and travelers. In the rainy parts of the world, such as Europe, the EcoHelmet is coated with a rain-resistant material that’ll last for a few hours!

Fake bike helmet inspired by Playmobil hair needs to become reality

Style and safety can go hand in hand.

In 2015, Simon Higby and Clara Prior Knock at DDB Stockholm and Copenhagen (respectively) set out to create a bicycle helmet that would get kids excited about bicycle safety. Collaborating with Danish company MOEF to create the prototype, they were inspired by Lego and Playmobil plastic, toy hair pieces.

Not only is the final design beautiful, it’ll make the wearer look like a vintage Justin Bieber.

The project was part of Higby’s MBA thesis. MOEF produces “special effects and visual concepts for advertising, film and exhibitions.” So far, neither Lego nor Playmobil have picked up on the idea.

Someone please make this helmet a reality.

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What will the bicycles of the future look like?

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Bicycle design has changed very little in the last one hundred years.  The materials used to make the bikes are different, with carbon fibre and aluminium frames eventually replacing cast irons and wood, but the basic shape and feel of the bike is essentially as it was at the start of the 20th century.

But, thanks to a change in regulations at the UCI, cycling’s world governing body, we may be on the verge of a new era in bike design.

According to Cycling Weekly, the UCI is set to scrap the 3:1 rule, which says that the ratio between the length and the width of bike tubes and other components cannot exceed 3:1. In short, the rule severely restricts what you can do with a bike and limits the extreme aerodynamic shapes you might expect to have taken over the sport in the modern era.

One company desperate to see a relaxation of the regulations is Cervélo, a Canadian bike manufacturer. As well as the 3:1 rule, there are hopes that the 6.8kg weight limit will also be ditched, allowing designers to shave more weight off the bike in the hunt for increased speed.

Last month, Cervélo unveiled their radical P5X bike for triathletes – where the 3:1 rule is not in place – calling it the “most technologically advanced triathlon bike ever made”. The bike will be on display at this weekend’s Rouleur Classic exhibition in London.

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With a striking frame design, high-tech disc brakes and an integrated front end, the P5X certainly looks the part.