London’s cycle network visualised as the Tube map

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London Cycle Lane Map (credit: Route Plain Roll, London Cycling Network)

The London Cycle Lane Map combines classic design approach in the style of the iconic London Underground map with central area that reflects capital’s actual geography.

The London Cycle Lane Map was originally launched in June last year on the London Cycle Network blog, and has received widespread attention since yesterday when it was featured on Mail Online Travel. There is a zoomable PDF version of it here.

The London Underground map from which it takes its inspiration is purely diagrammatical in nature, meaning it does not accurately reflect the city’s geography – something evident when comparing the familiar version of it with this one from Transport for London (TfL) showing the lines as the actually relate to the capital’s geography.

As this article on the Mapping London website points out, the London Cycle Lane map adopts a hybrid approach.AdTech Ad

Centred on the intersection of the East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways at Blackfriars, the shaded area in the middle of the map, roughly bounded by Exmouth Market, the Tower of London, Elephant & Castle and Piccadilly Circus at the cardinal points, accurately depicts the capital’s geography.

Outside that circle, however, it switches to a diagrammatical approach, meaning that some locations look much closer together, or further apart, than they are in reality.

And while, as the name implies, the focus is on cycling infrastructure and routes specifically for cyclists, it’s noticeable that missing from the map are ones following the Thames Path, as well as along the towpath of the Regent’s Canal, hugely popular among commuter and leisure cyclists alike.

Other maps charting the capital’s cycle network are available, of course – this one, from the London Cycling Campaign and powered by CycleStreets, allows users to find a route by entering the locations of the start and finish of their journey.

TfL publishes a set of 14 maps showing cycle routes in various parts of the city. Distributed via outlets such as bike shops and cycling cafes, they are currently unavailable on the TfL website.AdTech Ad

 

Jeremy Vine shares video of road rage

BBC presenter Jeremy Vine has shared a video of a road rage incident he was involved in last Friday while cycling through London.

In the clip below, filmed on cameras attached to Vine’s helmet and the rear of his bike, a woman blares her horn while driving behind Vine on a narrow street in Kensington, London. Vine stops his bike to tell her he needs to be cycling a safe distance away from the parked cars, at which point she gets out of her own car and confronts him.

There’s quite a lot of shouting, swearing and angry confusion before Vine rides off again. Later in the clip, the woman gets out of her car while stopped at a red light and confronts Vine once more.

Vine has passed the footage on to London’s Metropolitan Police.

Rapha unveils Team Sky 2013 cycling kits

For 2013, Rapha is sponsoring their first pro team with full kit and the requisite lifestyle and “fan” replica pieces. In usual Rapha style, they’ve gone all out with the story telling and imagery.

The gear will encompass pro-level cycling kit that’s the same stuff team riders will race in, less expensive enthusiast gear that looks quite similar but is slightly less technical, and daily wear and accoutrements to let the rest of the screaming, cowbell swinging fans know who you’re rooting for.

Immerse yourself in the product range on their website or with their Mallorca training camp Look Book(including interview with Team Performance Manager Rod Ellingworth) to get in the mood, then click below for images and a brief description of the three tiers of clothing and kit offered.

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE: “The opportunity to work with the riders and staff of Team Sky has always been about improving how they perform, look and feel as a ‘Team Sky rider 24 hours a day’. We are excited about the refinements we have brought to the on­?bike clothing and are very glad to be able to redefine their look off the bike in a way more commensurate with the stature of these riders and the team,” said Simon Mottram, Founder and CEO of Rapha. “This has been a massive undertaking for everyone here at Rapha to get this launch today. To see the full breadth of the offer become a reality for everyone at Team Sky and for our customers is amazing.”

The complete collection comes available mid-­February online at Rapha.cc and at Rapha Cycle Club stores in London, San Francisco, and Osaka. Key supporter products will be sold at key European races and events via a mobile Rapha Cycle Club. A selection of the offering will be sold through the current Rapha stockists around the globe.

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Pro-Team: At the highest level, riders will be able to wear exactly what the Team Sky riders will wear to race and train in 2013, keeping the same design, fit and performance from the peloton. The Pro-Team offer includes a mix of jerseys, bibs, jackets, merino, and accessories.

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Replica: For the rider wanting the look but who doesn’t require the complete pro-performance or price tag. The Replica offer includes women’s and kid’s and “Wiggo” emblazoned jerseys.

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City Wear & Supporter: Created to dress the riders and staff of Team Sky, the offering for supporters ranges from new gingham check colors of the Rapha Long Sleeve Shirt, Rapha Jeans, T-shirts, and supporters scarves and flags. A standout new product in this offer is the ‘Supporters Jersey’, a top that has the look of the team but with a cut meant to pair with jeans for off-the-bike.